Which MN university is the best? MONEY magazine has a theory


St. John's University is the best college in the state – and the 25th best to attend in the nation – according to a recent study by MONEY magazine.

A men's Catholic college in Collegeville that boasts an above-average graduation rate, St. John's popular academic programs are global business leadership, biology, and accounting, according to its profile in MONEY.

MONEY also mentions the university's popular activities like the Polar Bear Plunge and annual Maple Syrup Festival. The school's former college football coach, John Gagliardi, has won more games than any other college coach, and cheering on the division III team is a "highlight of the campus experience" according to MONEY.

The magazine published a list of the "Best School in Every State" based on the quality of education, affordability and outcomes – including earnings, job meanings and career services. Read more about the methodology here.

Moreover, a total of five Minnesota colleges were ranked in the top 100 of the magazine's national list. St. Benedict – the women's college that partners with St. John's – is the second highest ranked in Minnesota at 47th.

Earlier this year, Forbes published a list of the nation's top 300 colleges. Only Minnesota's Carleton College and the U of M made the top 100.

MN colleges excel in different areas

If you're a high school senior preparing your college applications, MONEY also put together top 50 lists on six different topics to help narrow down your search.

The lists include the best public colleges, liberal arts colleges, most affordable private, best for merit aid, easiest to get into and colleges that add the most value.

Here are some notable MN universities that made the lists:

Here's where other Minnesota colleges ranked on the overall list:

  • College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, 47
  • University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, 58
  • Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, 74
  • Bethel University in St. Paul, 82
  • Martin Luther College in New Ulm, 95
  • St. Olaf College in Northfield, 132
  • University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, 193
  • Macalester College in St. Paul, 215
  • Carleton College in Northfield, 216
  • University of Minnesota Morris, 232
  • Hamline University in St. Paul, 238
  • Augsburg College in Minneapolis, 280
  • Minnesota State in Mankato, 287
  • Concordia College in Moorhead, 353
  • St. Mary's University in Winona, 380
  • College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, 389
  • Winona State University, 429
  • St. Catherine University in St. Paul, 496
  • Northwestern College in St. Paul, 526
  • University of Minnesota Duluth, 551
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 587

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