Minneapolis, MN: Higher Education Overview

By Anna Beth Blevins on June 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo Courtesy of University of Minnesota

From a large public university to a small arts college, Minneapolis’ higher education environment is full of opportunities for learning in many different settings.

Public University

The city is home to the University of Minnesota. More than 50,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students attend about 20 different colleges, schools or other academic units, making the Big 10 school the fourth largest U.S. campus in terms of enrollment. The school’s 16 sports teams are the Golden Gophers, and they compete in NCAA’s Division I.

Community College

Minneapolis Community and Technical College is a public two-year college. Almost 15,000 students are enrolled in this downtown school’s program, and the spacious campus covers more than 20 acres of land.

Private Colleges

There are numerous private colleges and universities in Minneapolis. Augsburg College is a small Lutheran school with less than 4,000 students. It is known for its service learning curriculum, which earned it a Presidential Award for Community Service, an award that only six higher education institutions in the U.S received.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design has about 650 students, and its four-year program specializes in visual arts of all kinds. It is one of only a few schools that allows students to major in comic art.


Learn more about private and public schools in Minneapolis.

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