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2021 Best Value Colleges for Education in Minnesota

22 Colleges
2,494 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,026 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Value Education School for You

Best Value Colleges for Education in MinnesotaIn 2018-2019, education students earned 2,494 bachelor's degrees from a Minnesota school, making the subject the 6th in the state. This means that of the 88,927 bachelor's that were awarded in the country, 2.8% were from a college or university in the state.

This year's Best Value Colleges for Education in Minnesota ranking looked at 22 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education. To us, 'best value' doesn't just mean the school with the lowest overall costs. For this ranking, we are identifying those education schools that provide their students with a hiqh quality education at a price that is lower than other colleges and universities of the same caliber.

To determine the average cost, we look at total expenses - such as tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other related expenses - and then subtract the average financial award a student receives. Knowing this amount can help you determine how much you may have to borrow in loans or take out of savings. Depending on your income and other factors, the cost for you to attend a particular school may be more or less.

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When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Best Value Education Schools list to help you make the college decision.

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2021 Best Value Education Schools in Minnesota

Check out the education programs at these schools if you want to get the best value for your money.

Top 10 Best Value Education Schools

#1

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, MN

Martin Luther College comes in at #1 in this year's ranking. MLC is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the town of New Ulm. MLC not only placed well in our value rankings. It is also #1 on our Best Colleges for Education in Minnesota list.

It takes the average student at MLC about 4.4 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $19,221. This means that the average student pays around $85,341 to get a bachelor’s degree from MLC. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Winona State University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the distant town of Winona, Winona State is a public school with a medium-sized student population. In addition to being on our best value list, Winona State has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Minnesota ranking.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at Winona State to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,880. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Winona State is $98,022. When students graduate in a lesser amount of time, they can save thousands of dollars.

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Our rankings recognize University of Minnesota - Duluth as the #3 school in this year's rankings. UMN Duluth is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Duluth. In addition to being on our best value list, UMN Duluth has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Minnesota ranking.

It takes about 4.5 years for the average student at UMN Duluth to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $22,044. When we combine these numbers, we estimate that the cost to get a bachelor’s degree from UMN Duluth is $98,537. The sooner a student graduates, the more money they can save.

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The #4 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Bemidji State University. Located in the town of Bemidji, Bemidji State University is a public school with a small student population.

It takes the average student at Bemidji State University about 4.4 years to graduate, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $15,793. This makes the estimated cost of a bachelor’s degree from Bemidji State University be around $69,489. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Minnesota State University - Mankato. Minnesota State University - Mankato is a large public school located in the city of Mankato.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at Minnesota State University - Mankato is 4.6 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $21,786. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Minnesota State University - Mankato is $99,998. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Our rankings recognize Concordia College at Moorhead as the #6 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Moorhead, Concordia College Moorhead is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Concordia College Moorhead also took the #6 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Minnesota rankings.

It takes about 4.1 years for the average student at Concordia College Moorhead to complete their degree, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $30,026. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Concordia College Moorhead is $122,206. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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Minnesota State University - Moorhead earned the #7 spot in our 2021 rankings. Minnesota State University - Moorhead is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Moorhead. Minnesota State University - Moorhead also made our Best Colleges for Education in Minnesota list, coming in at #9.

The average student at Minnesota State University - Moorhead graduates in less than 4.4 years, and on average, the annual cost to attend the school is $24,047. Putting this cost and the average time to graduate together, we find that the average amount you’ll pay to get a bachelor’s degree from Minnesota State University - Moorhead is $106,288. If you can shave even one term off your degree, you can save a substantial amount of money.

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#8

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Saint Cloud State University. Located in the city of Saint Cloud, St. Cloud State University is a public school with a large student population.

The average amount of time it takes for a student to receive their degree at St. Cloud State University is 4.7 years, and the yearly average cost to attend the school is $21,909. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the St. Cloud State University is $102,315. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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University of Minnesota - Morris comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. UMN Morris is a small public school located in the town of Morris.

It takes about 4.2 years for the average student at UMN Morris to complete their degree, and it costs about $14,646 per year to attend the school. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the UMN Morris is $62,099. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Southwest Minnesota State University landed the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value education schools. Southwest Minnesota State University is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Marshall.

It takes about 4.4 years for the average student at Southwest Minnesota State University to complete their degree, and the average full-time cost to attend the school is around $15,845. Thus, the average cost to get a bachelor’s degree from the Southwest Minnesota State University is $68,926. When you graduate sooner, you can save a lot of money.

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Best Education Colleges in the Plains States Region

Explore all the Best Education Schools in the Plains States Area or other specific states within that region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 2,707
Kansas 1,678
South Dakota 747
Iowa 1,839
Nebraska 1,365
North Dakota 667

Education Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1,230
Teacher Education Subject Specific 655
Other Education 325
Special Education 169
General Education 77

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Social Sciences 2,695
Psychology 2,578
Communication & Journalism 1,470
History 345
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 271

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Notes and References

*These averages are for the top 22 schools only.

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Horadrim.

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