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2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Minnesota

77 Colleges
$41,232 Avg Salary*
51% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Many college students wish to attend a diverse and inclusive institution. This is why College Factual developed its rankings for the Most Diverse Schools in Minnesota.

After analyzing 77 schools in Minnesota, we came up with our list of those that offered the most diversity. The four factors we consider to determine overall diversity includes: race and ethnicity of the students, location of origin, age, and male to female ratio.

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Most Diverse Colleges in Minnesota

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#1

Carleton College

Northfield, Minnesota

Our 2021 rankings named Carleton College the most diverse school in Minnesota. Located in Northfield, Minnesota, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 512 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Carleton go into careers with an average salary of $54,200.

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#2

Macalester College

Saint Paul, Minnesota

You’ll be in good (and diverse) company if you decide to attend Macalester College. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Minnesota list. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the small , private not-for-profit school awarded 679 diplomas to qualifed bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

A significant number of the students are international, about 16.4% of the student body. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Macalester go into careers with an average salary of $47,600.

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#3

Crown College

Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota

Out of the 77 schools in Minnesota that were part of this year’s diversity ranking, Crown College landed the #3 spot on the list. Located in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 273 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 42% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Crown go into careers with an average salary of $35,100.

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You’ll enjoy a diverse student body if you attend Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. The school came in at #4 in Minnesota on this year’s diversity ranking. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is a small public school located in Cloquet, Minnesota.

This school is considered a tribal institution. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $32,400 during the early years of their career.

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#5

Rainy River Community College

International Falls, Minnesota

The excellent diversity at Rainy River Community College helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the most diverse schools in Minnesota. Located in International Falls, Minnesota, Rainy River Community College is a small public school.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Rainy River Community College go into careers with an average salary of $28,100.

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#6

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Coming in at #6 for 2021 overall diversity in Minnesota is UMN Twin Cities. UMN Twin Cities is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,988 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 56% falling into the traditional age range. Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from UMN Twin Cities make an average of $51,900 per year during the early years of their career.

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#7

St Olaf College

Northfield, Minnesota

St Olaf College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Minnesota ranking. Located in Northfield, Minnesota, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 920 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf is $50,400 during the early years of their career.

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#8

Augsburg University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Augsburg University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Minnesota ranking. Augsburg is a private not-for-profit institution located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 637 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 49% falling into the traditional age range. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from Augsburg is $46,800 during the early years of their career.

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Minnesota West Community and Technical College came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Minnesota ranking. A small institution, Minnesota West Community and Technical College is public.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Minnesota West Community and Technical College make an average of $34,700 a year.

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#10

North Central University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

North Central University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Minnesota ranking. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the small , private not-for-profit school handed out 249 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $34,600 during the early years of their career.

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If you crave a diverse college experience, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, coming in at #11 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a medium-sized public school located in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Minneapolis Community and Technical College go into careers with an average salary of $33,200.

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#12

Saint Paul College

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Saint Paul College landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Minnesota ranking. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Saint Paul College-A Community and Technical College is a medium-sized public school.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Saint Paul College-A Community and Technical College make an average of $32,300 per year during the early years of their career.

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#13

Northland Community and Technical College

Thief River Falls, Minnesota

Northland Community and Technical College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Minnesota ranking, coming in at #13. A small institution, Northland Community and Technical College is public.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Northland Community and Technical College make an average of $39,400 a year.

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#14

Capella University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Coming in at #14 for 2021 overall diversity in Minnesota is Capella University. Capella University is a large private for-profit school located in Minneapolis, Minnesota that handed out 2,866 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Capella University go into careers with an average salary of $63,600.

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#15

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Saint Cloud State University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Minnesota ranking. Located in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, the fairly large , public school handed out 2,065 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

This school has a higher percentage than average of non-traditional aged students. Only 48% of the students fall into a traditional age range, adding to the overall diversity score. During the early years of their career, graduates from St. Cloud State University make an average of $44,200 a year.

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#16

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, Minnesota

Martin Luther College did quite well in the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Minnesota ranking, coming in at #16. Martin Luther College is a small private not-for-profit school located in New Ulm, Minnesota that handed out 190 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

During the early years of their career, graduates from MLC make an average of $37,300 a year.

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#17

Mesabi Range College

Virginia, Minnesota

Coming in at #17 for 2021 overall diversity in Minnesota is Mesabi Range College. Located in Virginia, Minnesota, Mesabi Range College is a small public school.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from Mesabi Range College go into careers with an average salary of $32,500.

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#18

Normandale Community College

Bloomington, Minnesota

If you crave a diverse college experience, Normandale Community College, coming in at #18 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Located in Bloomington, Minnesota, Normandale Community College is a medium-sized public school.

During the early years of their career, graduates from Normandale Community College make an average of $39,400 a year.

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#19

University of Minnesota - Morris

Morris, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Morris landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Minnesota ranking. UMN Morris is a small public school situated in Morris, Minnesota. It awarded 385 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Those who receive a bachelor’s degree from UMN Morris go into careers with an average salary of $40,700.

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#20

Itasca Community College

Grand Rapids, Minnesota

If you crave a diverse college experience, Itasca Community College, coming in at #20 in our latest diversity ranking, could be the right place for you. Itasca Community College is a small public school located in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Itasca Community College make an average of $36,400 per year during the early years of their career.

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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Most Diverse Colleges in Minnesota ranking. This medium-sized , private not-for-profit school is located in Winona, Minnesota, and it awarded 375 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 19% falling into the traditional age range. The average salary of a graduate with a bachelor’s degree from SMU MN is $47,800 during the early years of their career.

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#22

Century College

White Bear Lake, Minnesota

Century College ranked #22 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Minnesota list. Century College is a medium-sized public school located in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.

Graduates with a bachelor’s degree from Century College make an average of $38,000 per year during the early years of their career.

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#23

University of Minnesota - Crookston

Crookston, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Crookston ranked #23 on this year’s Most Diverse Colleges in Minnesota list. UMN Crookston is a small public school situated in Crookston, Minnesota. It awarded 448 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 34% falling into the traditional age range. Upon graduation, bachelor’s degree recipients go on to jobs making an average salary of $44,800 during the early years of their career.

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Minnesota State Community and Technical College came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Most Diverse Colleges in Minnesota ranking. A medium-sized institution, M State is public.

During the early years of their career, graduates from M State make an average of $36,200 a year.

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#25

Concordia University - Saint Paul

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Coming in at #25 for 2021 overall diversity in Minnesota is Concordia University - Saint Paul. Concordia University - Saint Paul is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota and has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 752 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergradutates.

There is high student age diversity at this school with about 24% falling into the traditional age range. During the early years of their career, graduates from Concordia University - Saint Paul make an average of $49,200 a year.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*These averages are for the top 25 schools only.

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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 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).

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