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Last Updated: October 09, 2021

Minnesota - The North Star State

Minnesota is situated in the north-central part of the United State, bordered by the states of North and South Dakota, Iowa, and Wisconsin. The population of Minnesota is estimated to be about 5.7 million, which makes it the 22nd most populous state in America. The capital city of Minnesota is St. Paul, and Minneapolis is the largest city. Minnesota's climatic conditions are not extremely favorable when compared to other states in the US. The state experiences a continental climate, characterized by hot and humid summers and extremely cold winters. The state was originally inhabited by the Native American tribes such as the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Iowa, Omaha, Winnebago, Dakota Sioux, and so on, and was later colonized by the British. Minnesota received its statehood in the year 1858.

Major Cities in Minnesota


With a population of around 436,000, Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota. It was established as a city in 1867 and is situated in Hennepin County. The city was founded by John H. Stevens and Franklin Steele. The city is a major commercial and cultural epicenter. The most reputed institution in the state, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, is situated in this city. The most fascinating tourist attractions in this city are Minneapolis Institute of Art, Walker Art Center, Minnehaha Falls, Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Mill City Museum, Bell Museum, and so on.

St. Paul

St. Paul has an estimated population of around 316,000 and is the second-largest city in the state. St. Paul officially became the capital city of Minnesota in 1849. It was established as a city on March 4, 1854, and is situated in Ramsey County. Macalester College, University of St Thomas, St Catherine University, Bethel University, etc., are some of the popular educational institutions in the city. Top tourist destinations in the capital city are the Victorian Buildings on Summit Avenue, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Minnesota History Center, Cathedral of St. Paul, Science Museum of Minnesota, State Capitol, Mississippi National River, and Recreation Area, and so on.


With a population of roughly 120,000, Rochester is the third-largest city in Minnesota. The city was founded in 1854 by George Head and is situated in Olmsted County. The University of Minnesota-Rochester and Mayo Medical School are popular higher education institutions in this city. The Mayo Clinic is a popular healthcare organization situated here. The Rochester Art Center, Downtown Peace Plaza, Quarry Hill Nature Center, Plummer House, Soldiers Field Veterans Memorial, Douglas State Trail, History Center of Olmsted County & Mayowood Mansion, etc., are some of the most popular centers for tourism in this city.


Bloomington has a population of over 90,000 and is the fourth-largest city in Minnesota. Situated in Hennepin County, it was founded in 1843 and established as a city in 1960. The city is home to America's largest shopping complex called the 'Mall of America' which is also a major tourist attraction. Other well-known tourist centers include Nickelodeon Universe, Lego Imagination Center, Hyland Lake Park Reserve, Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Normandale Japanese Garden, Amazing Mirror Maze, and so on.

Economy/Job Market

Tuition Fee and Living Cost in Minnesota

The cost of living in the state of Minnesota is slightly lower than the national average. The state's housing costs are costlier than the nation's average, whereas healthcare is the least expensive. Little Canada, Minnetonka, North Oaks, Minneapolis, and Hopkins are some of the most expensive cities in Minnesota.

Some of the most affordable places in the state are Hibbing, New Ulm, Montevideo, Kasson, and so on. The cost of education is moderate in the state. However, a few public and private institutes may be on the more expensive side. For instance, the tuition cost in the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (public) is higher than the national average, costing about $17,000 for in-state students and around $36,000 for out-of-state students.

List of Few Major Universities/Colleges

Scholarships/Financial Aid for Students


The North Star State is widely known for its enchanting beauty and is also popularly called the 'Land of 10,000 Lakes' due to the abundant number of lakes in this state. Minnesota is a place that has various landscapes with its rivers, lakes, forests, and parks which makes it an ideal location for tourists to explore. Minnesota also has countless numbers of tourist attractions that also give visitors the chance to engage in various fun activities.

Some of the best tourist destinations in this state are Superior National Forest, Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, North Shore Scenic Drive, Mall of America, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Cathedral of Saint Paul, Paddle Voyageurs National Park, International Wolf Center, Minnesota State Capitol Building, Minnehaha Falls, Munsinger Clemens Gardens, Itasca State Park, and more. Some of the most iconic foods served here are the Bent River, Swedish Meatballs, Polish Sausage, Glorified Rice, Walleye Sandwich, Gravlax, and Blueberry Walnut Pancakes.

Universities & Colleges in Minnesota

University (city) Total StudentsUG (in) / UG (out)G (in) / G (out)
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (Minneapolis) 61787$16727 / $35545$20908 / $30318
Mayo Medical School (Rochester) 1249$12545 / $12545$19863 / $19863
Carleton College (Northfield) 2014$52272 / $52272$N/A / $N/A
Macalester College (Saint Paul) 2172$51227 / $51227$N/A / $N/A
University of St Thomas (Saint Paul) 11201$48090 / $48090$26136 / $26136
St Olaf College (Northfield) 3046$44954 / $44954$N/A / $N/A
University of Minnesota-Duluth (Duluth) 11868$14636 / $19863$20908 / $30318
Bethany Lutheran College (Mankato) 524$27181 / $27181$N/A / $N/A
University of Minnesota-Morris (Morris) 1856$13590 / $13590$N/A / $N/A
University of Minnesota-Rochester (Rochester) 416$14636 / $14636$N/A / $N/A
St Catherine University (Saint Paul) 5758$35545 / $35545$17772 / $17772
Winona State University (Winona) 8856$10454 / $16727$9409 / $13590
Bethel University (Saint Paul) 3952$36590 / $36590$10454 / $10454
Hamline University (Saint Paul) 4258$39727 / $39727$9409 / $9409
North Central University (Minneapolis) 1186$27181 / $27181$11499 / $11499
Saint Johns University (Collegeville) 1856$49136 / $49136$18818 / $18818
Crown College (Saint Bonifacius) 1760$28227 / $28227$10454 / $10454
University of Northwestern-St Paul (Saint Paul) 3493$30318 / $30318$9409 / $9409
Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Minneapolis) 909$42863 / $42863$42863 / $42863
Saint Cloud State University (Saint Cloud) 16326$9409 / $17772$9409 / $13590
College of Saint Benedict (Saint Joseph) 1943$42863 / $42863$N/A / $N/A
Augsburg College (Minneapolis) 3458$37636 / $37636$13590 / $13590
University of Minnesota-Crookston (Crookston) 2823$12545 / $12545$N/A / $N/A
Southwest Minnesota State University (Marshall) 8718$9409 / $9409$9409 / $9409
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (Winona) 5931$33454 / $33454$8363 / $8363
Minnesota State University Moorhead (Moorhead) 7534$9409 / $17772$10454 / $10454
Martin Luther College (New Ulm) 900$14636 / $14636$6272 / $6272
The College of Saint Scholastica (Duluth) 5058$40772 / $40772$16727 / $16727
Bemidji State University (Bemidji) 6354$9409 / $9409$9409 / $9409
Minnesota State University-Mankato (Mankato) 17357$9409 / $17772$9409 / $9409
Oak Hills Christian College (Bemidji) 119$17772 / $17772$N/A / $N/A
National American University-Bloomington (Bloomington) 354$14636 / $14636$N/A / $N/A
Adler Graduate School (Richfield) 311$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Concordia University-Saint Paul (Saint Paul) 4380$21954 / $21954$9409 / $9409
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (New Brighton) 110$N/A / $N/A$14636 / $14636
Walden University (Minneapolis) 80300$11499 / $11499$13590 / $13590
National American University-Roseville (Roseville) 230$14636 / $14636$N/A / $N/A
American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Roseville) 66$N/A / $N/A$12545 / $12545
Sanford-Brown College-Mendota Heights (Mendota Heights) 69$16727 / $16727$N/A / $N/A
Globe University-Woodbury (Woodbury) 547$15681 / $15681$15681 / $15681
The Art Institutes International-Minnesota (Minneapolis) 713$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A
Academy College (Bloomington) 124$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A
Luther Seminary (Saint Paul) 546$N/A / $N/A$17772 / $17772
Herzing University-Minneapolis (Minneapolis) 717$15681 / $15681$12545 / $12545
Minnesota School of Business-Elk River (Elk River) 135$15681 / $15681$N/A / $N/A
Gustavus Adolphus College (Saint Peter) 2379$43908 / $43908$N/A / $N/A
McNally Smith College of Music (Saint Paul) 455$28227 / $28227$21954 / $21954
Mayo Graduate School (Rochester) 276$N/A / $N/A$29272 / $29272
Bethel Seminary-St Paul (Saint Paul) 384$N/A / $N/A$9409 / $9409
Dunwoody College of Technology (Minneapolis) 1094$21954 / $21954$N/A / $N/A
Crossroads College (Rochester) 96$17772 / $17772$N/A / $N/A
University of Phoenix-Minnesota (Saint Louis Park) 75$12545 / $12545$17772 / $17772
Mayo School of Health Sciences (Rochester) 425$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Argosy University-Twin Cities (Eagan) 1322$14636 / $14636$14636 / $14636
Rasmussen College-Minnesota (St. Cloud) 7519$11499 / $11499$10454 / $10454
Northwestern Health Sciences University (Bloomington) 1173$12545 / $12545$13590 / $13590
Duluth Business University (Duluth) 144$18818 / $18818$N/A / $N/A
William Mitchell College of Law (Saint Paul) 738$N/A / $N/A$N/A / $N/A
Minnesota School of Business-Rochester (Rochester) 126$15681 / $15681$N/A / $N/A
Minnesota School of Business-Blaine (Blaine) 181$15681 / $15681$N/A / $N/A
National American University-Brooklyn Center (Brooklyn Center) 409$14636 / $14636$N/A / $N/A
Metropolitan State University (Saint Paul) 10575$9409 / $16727$9409 / $17772
Minnesota School of Business-Richfield (Richfield) 581$15681 / $15681$15681 / $15681
Minnesota School of Business-Plymouth (Plymouth) 104$15681 / $15681$N/A / $N/A
Minnesota School of Business-Waite Park (Waite Park) 141$15681 / $15681$N/A / $N/A
Capella University (Minneapolis) 61132$15681 / $15681$16727 / $16727
Concordia College at Moorhead (Moorhead) 2177$37636 / $37636$N/A / $N/A
Minnesota School of Business-Brooklyn Center (Brooklyn Center) 80$15681 / $15681$N/A / $N/A

*UG - Undergraduate
*G - Graduate
*in - In-state Fees
*out - Out-of-State Fees
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