Minnesota State is the fourth largest system of state colleges and universities in the nation with 30 colleges, 7 universities, and 54 campuses. We are also proud to partner with businesses throughout Minnesota and beyond...

Students and employers alike can rest assured Minnesota State provides an extraordinary education at an exceptional value. With the lowest tuition costs in the state, our colleges and universities are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, with many academic programs having specialized accreditations. Our faculty, too, are highly credentialed, experienced, and dedicated.

Extraordinary Facts

  • We serve 375,000+ students annually.
  • Our colleges and universities serve more students of color, first-generation college students, and students of modest financial means than anyone else in the state, including:

    • 63,616 Students of Color and American Indian Students
    • 48,500 First-Generation College Students
    • 84,000 Low-Income Students
    • 95,000 Students Aged 25 or Older
    • 10,000 Veterans and Service Members
  • We offer the lowest tuition in Minnesota.
  • Our colleges and universities have 54 campuses that are conveniently located throughout Minnesota.
  • We provide more than 3,700 academic programs, including over 600 fully online.
  • We have more than 15,403 customized and specialized training, occupational, and professional classes.
  • We award more than 40,000 degrees, certificates, and diplomas annually.
  • 87% of graduates find a job related to their field of study within one year of graduation.
  • We employ more than 16,000 dedicated faculty and staff focused on student success.


It is the core value of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to provide an opportunity for all Minnesotans to create a better future for themselves, for their families, and for their communities.


The core commitments of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities are to ensure access to an extraordinary education for all Minnesotans, be the partner of choice to meet Minnesota’s workforce and community needs, and deliver to students, employers, communities and taxpayers the highest value/most affordable higher education option. 


Strategic Framework for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Charting the Future for a Prosperous Minnesota


Accountability Dashboard - The Accountability Dashboard for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is designed to track progress in reaching the system's strategic goals and to encourage continuous improvement of system institutions.