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2021 Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Minnesota

19 Colleges
2,494 Bachelor's Degrees
$25,475 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 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 Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in Minnesota ranking analyzed 19 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in education. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality education programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the education program at the school. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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2021 Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students in Minnesota

The following schools top our list of the Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

Top 10 Best Education Schools for Non-Traditional Students

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities has taken the #1 spot in this year's education ranking for non-traditional students. UMN Twin Cities is a fairly large public school located in the city of Minneapolis. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UMN Twin Cities, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Minnesota ranking.

The student loan default rate at UMN Twin Cities is lower than is typical, just 2.2% of students default in three years. Approximately 13,571 students take at least one class online at UMN Twin Cities. 10,971 of UMN Twin Cities students are attending part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Winona State University as the #2 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Winona, Winona State is a public college with a moderately-sized student population. Winona State also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Education in Minnesota rankings.

About 3.5% of Winona State students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,703 students take at least one class online at Winona State. There are roughly 1,335 part time students in attendance at Winona State. Winona State does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#3

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

Saint Cloud State University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Saint Cloud, St. Cloud State University is a public college with a fairly large student population.

The student loan default rate at St. Cloud State University is lower than is typical, just 4.6% of students default in three years. There are approximately 3,478 students at St. Cloud State University that take at least one class online. 5,416 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, MN

Bethel University Minnesota comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Bethel University Minnesota is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Paul. Bethel University Minnesota did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Education in Minnesota list.

The student loan default rate at Bethel University Minnesota is lower than is typical, just 2.4% of students default in three years. Approximately 680 students take at least one class online at Bethel University Minnesota. 891 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #5 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Minnesota State University - Mankato. Located in the city of Mankato, Minnesota State Mankato is a public college with a large student population.

The student loan default rate at Minnesota State Mankato is lower than is typical, just 4.5% of students default in three years. There are approximately 4,986 students at Minnesota State Mankato that take at least one class online. There are roughly 3,207 part time students in attendance at Minnesota State Mankato. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Minnesota State University - Moorhead landed the #6 spot in our 2021 best education schools for non-traditional students. Located in the suburb of Moorhead, MSU Moorhead is a public school with a moderately-sized student population. MSU Moorhead did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Education in Minnesota list.

The student loan default rate at MSU Moorhead is lower than is typical, just 4.9% of students default in three years. There are approximately 1,764 students at MSU Moorhead that take at least one class online. 1,779 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Minnesota - Duluth. UMN Duluth is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Duluth. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, UMN Duluth has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Education in Minnesota ranking.

About 3.0% of UMN Duluth students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. Approximately 1,853 students take at least one class online at UMN Duluth. 1,571 of UMN Duluth students are attending part time. UMN Duluth does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Bemidji State University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 best education schools for non-traditional students. Located in the remote town of Bemidji, Bemidji State University is a public school with a small student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.6%. 1,371 students at Bemidji State University are exclusively online. There are roughly 1,759 part time students in attendance at Bemidji State University. Bemidji State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of St Thomas Minnesota landed the #9 spot in our 2021 best education schools for non-traditional students. UST MN is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Saint Paul. UST MN did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our Best Colleges for Education in Minnesota list.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 1.1%. Approximately 781 students take at least one class online at UST MN. 2,663 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Southwest Minnesota State University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Southwest Minnesota State University is a medium-sized public school located in the remote town of Marshall.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.8%. There are approximately 943 students at Southwest Minnesota State University that take at least one class online. 5,051 of Southwest Minnesota State University students are attending part time. Southwest Minnesota State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Education Colleges in the Plains States Region

Explore all the Best Education Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 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 2,655
General Education 2,510
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1,356
Educational Administration 794
Special Education 632

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Psychology 5,339
Social Sciences 3,025
Communication & Journalism 1,616
Family, Consumer & Human Sciences 556
History 367

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 19 schools only.

References

  • 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).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
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