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Online and On-Campus Colleges in
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Online and On-Campus Colleges in & Minnesota

Article Sources
  • Campuses, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, Accessed May 2017, http://www.mnscu.edu/colleges/campuses.html
  • Student FAQs, Minnesota Transfer, Accessed May 2017, http://www.mntransfer.org/students/basics/s_faq.php
  • About Us, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Accessed May 2017, https://twin-cities.umn.edu/about-us
  • At a Glance, St. Cloud State University, Accessed May 2017, http://www.stcloudstate.edu/about/glance.aspx
  • Fast Facts, Minnesota State Mankato, Accessed May 2017, https://www.mnsu.edu/about/facts.html
  • About Us, University of Minnesota Crookston, Accessed May 2017, https://www.crk.umn.edu/about-us
  • A Unique Campus History, University of Minnesota, Morris, Accessed May 2017, https://www4.morris.umn.edu/about/unique-campus-history
  • History, Bemidji State University, Accessed May 2017, http://www.bemidjistate.edu/about/history/
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead's History, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Accessed May 2017, https://www.mnstate.edu/about/history.aspx
  • About, Martin Luther College, Accessed May 2017, https://mlc-wels.edu/about/
  • Fall 2016 Facts, University of Minnesota Duluth, Accessed May 2017, http://www.d.umn.edu/facts/
  • Winona State University Overview, Winona State University, Accessed May 2017, https://www.winona.edu/aboutwsu.asp
  • Aid from State Sources, Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Accessed May 2017, https://www.ohe.state.mn.us/mPg.cfm?PageID=222
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In Minnesota, students can choose from a number of colleges and universities. These options include two-year colleges, four-year universities and technical schools. There are also a number of institutions in Minnesota that offer online degrees.

One of the largest higher education systems in the state is Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Within the system, there are seven universities and 30 colleges. Some of these schools are two-year institutions while others offer four-year degrees. Several have a flagship campus as well as satellite locations. The other main public university system is the state is the University of Minnesota which includes five institutions.

Students who choose to start their education at a community college within the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities may be able to easily transfer their credits toward a bachelor's degree. That's thanks to articulation agreements between the member schools within the state system. However, even those who decide to continue their education outside the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities may find their credits are accepted by the University of Minnesota, private institutions or one of the online colleges for Minnesota.

Best 4-Year Colleges in Minnesota

Whether you want to earn an online bachelor's degree in Minnesota or would like to study on-campus, finding the right school is crucial. Here's a look at the best four-year colleges in the state, as determined by a methodology that considers cost, program flexibility and graduation rates among other things.

Methodology
1University of Minnesota-Twin Cities+
ADMISSION RATE
45%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$55
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
36

The University of Minnesota's flagship campus in the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul tops the rankings. The university doesn't only rank high for the state, but it is also the 25th best college in the country.

Students who choose the University of Minnesota Twin Cities should have no trouble finding a degree that fits their career goals. The school ranks first in the state for the number of programs it offers. It is also one of the best online colleges for Minnesota and is second in the state when it comes to distance education offerings.

What's more, the university promotes a flexible learning environment. In addition to online courses, there are night and weekend classes as well opportunities for AP credit, dual enrollment and even credit for some life experiences. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities ranks ninth for its affordable net cost and sixth for its graduation rate.

Additional Info
2Saint Cloud State University+
ADMISSION RATE
86%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$20
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
5

As one of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, St. Cloud State University is the most-affordable school on this list. It ranks first for the low cost of its tuition and fees and its average net price is the second best of the 42 Minnesota schools surveyed.

At its campus about an hour northwest of Minneapolis, SCSU has been educating students since 1869. Today, the school has more than 200 majors, minors and pre-professional degree programs in addition to more than 60 graduate offerings. That helps St. Cloud State University rank third in the state for the number of programs offered.

It also offers a flexible learning environment with online, night and weekend classes available to accommodate adult learners. In addition, there is an option to earn credit for some life experiences. Remedial support is available to those who need to brush up on academic skills before pursuing their degree.

Additional Info
3Minnesota State University-Mankato+
ADMISSION RATE
67%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$20
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
22

Another top-ranked choice in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System is Minnesota State University-Mankato. Celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2018, the school encourages students to think big and prides itself on preparing graduates to apply their knowledge in the real-world.

Minnesota State University-Mankato earns high ranks for both its affordability and its program availability. It has the second lowest tuition and fees of the 42 Minnesota schools surveyed. It also earned top ten rankings for the low cost of its books and supplies, its average net price and its average net price for low-income students.

When it comes to academics, Minnesota State Mankato ranks second for the number of programs it offers. Those looking to earn an online degree in Minnesota will find them here too. The school ranks fifth in the state for the number of distance education programs it maintains.

Additional Info
4University of Minnesota-Crookston+
ADMISSION RATE
77%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$30
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
15

Located in northern Minnesota, the Crookston campus of the University of Minnesota is dwarfed by the physical size of its counterpart in Twin Cities. However, don't let its small campus fool you. The University of Minnesota Crookston is a solid choice that rivals many of the bigger institutions in the state.

What's more, UMC doesn't cost as much as some of the bigger name schools in Minnesota. The sticker price of its tuition and fees was the eighth best of the 42 schools surveyed. The University of Minnesota Crookston ranks first for its average net price and second for its average net price for low-income students. Its graduates reported the fourth-lowest student debt in the state compared to alumni of other surveyed institutions.

For older and nontraditional students, there are online classes plus credit may be granted for life experiences. All students have access to academic advising while graduates get career placement services as well.

Additional Info
5University of Minnesota-Morris+
ADMISSION RATE
60%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$25
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
0

The University of Minnesota, Morris prides itself on welcoming students from all backgrounds and walks of life. The campus opened in 1960 and today serves nearly 1,900 students. It offers 35 majors and minors although biology was the most popular degree awarded in 2015. There are also 10 pre-professional programs from which to choose.

Like its counterpart in Crookston, the University of Minnesota, Morris offers great value. Its tuition and fees rank ninth in the state while its average net price lands the school in the number three spot in these rankings. For low-income students, the average net price of the University of Minnesota, Morris is the best in the state. Meanwhile, qualified American Indian students attend free of charge.

You won't find any online programs at the university, but adult learners may benefit from a policy that allows credit for some life experiences.

Additional Info
6Bemidji State University+
ADMISSION RATE
94%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$20
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
15

Founded in 1919 as a school for teachers, Bemidji State University is a part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. Today, it has more than 65 undergraduate majors and pre-professional degree plans as well as 14 graduate programs.

BSU ranks high for the affordability and flexibility of its programs. It is also one of the best online colleges for Minnesota, with the ninth-greatest number of programs available via distance education. Both on-campus and online students benefit from low tuition rates at Bemidji State University. The school ranks fifth in the state for its tuition and fees, average net price and average net price for low-income students.

As for flexibility, Bemidji State University offers dual credit, AP credit and credit for some life experiences. Remedial support and academic counseling are also available. Graduates have access to career placement services.

Additional Info
7Minnesota State University Moorhead+
ADMISSION RATE
77%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$20
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
12

At Minnesota State University Moorhead, students will find all the state's most popular degree programs. Registered nursing, biology and business administration are among the majors offered although the top choice for many students is elementary education and teaching. More degrees were awarded by MSUM in that field than any other in 2015. That's not surprising considering the university was originally founded in 1888 as a school for teachers.

Its many degree options helps Minnesota State University Moorhead rank eighth in the state for the total number of academic programs it offers. Students looking to earn an online bachelor's degree in Minnesota will also find choices here. The school ranks 12th for the number of distance education programs available.

Located near Fargo, North Dakota, MSUM is one of Minnesota's most affordable universities. It ranks third in the state for its low tuition and fees.

Additional Info
8Martin Luther College+
ADMISSION RATE
78%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$35
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
6

Located in New Ulms, Martin Luther College is the smallest institution on this list. Its 900 students are largely training for ministry work within the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Its undergraduate programs include elementary education, theological studies and a preseminary program. Graduate degrees in education and educational administration are also available.

While Martin Luther College offers a limited number of degree programs, for those interested in Christian ministry work, it's a top choice. The school's retention rate is fifth-best in the state, and it ranks 11th when it comes to graduating its students on-time.

Many of these enrolled seem to be able to minimize student loans, as Martin Luther College ranks tenth in the state for the median debt carried by graduates. Alumni also have the second best three-year repayment rate in the state. That may mean students are able to find positions after graduation that allow them to successfully make loan payments.

Additional Info
9University of Minnesota-Duluth+
ADMISSION RATE
76%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$40
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
7

In northern Minnesota by the shores of Lake Superior, the University of Minnesota Duluth offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 10,000 students. The school ranks high for affordability and its flexible learning options.

UMD was founded in 1895 and joined the University of Minnesota System in 1947. The current campus was built in 1948. As a regional university, it draws its student body largely from Minnesota.

Nontraditional students will find UMD offers many options to make earning a degree easier. There are night, weekend and online courses. Plus, remedial support is provided for those who need to brush up academic skills. Adult learners may even find they get credit for some life experiences. The University of Minnesota Duluth ranks tenth for the affordable cost of its tuition and fees and its average net price. For low-income students, its average net price is the third-best in the state.

Additional Info
10Winona State University+
ADMISSION RATE
62%
TEST REQUIREMENTS
Required
APPLICATION FEE
$20
NO. OF ONLINE PROGRAMS
12

Winona State University is the oldest member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The school was founded in 1858 and has since grown to include three campuses. The main campus is in Winona along with a secondary West Campus in the city. The third WSU location is in Rochester.

Students from 35 states and 42 countries are enrolled at Winona State University. Many factors may bring them to the school, including its affordable tuition rate. The university ranks sixth out of 42 Minnesota schools for its low tuition and fees.

WSU has five colleges covering popular fields such as business, education and nursing. Online courses, remedial support and credit for life experiences are all available. There are more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs, but registered nursing was the most-awarded degree in 2015.

Additional Info

Most Popular Degree Programs in Minnesota

Curious what other Minnesota students are studying? Here's a look at the most popular on-campus and online Minnesota degrees.

In-Demand Careers in Minnesota

A degree is only as good as the job it can get you. While there are no guarantees, these careers are expected to see the most growth and demand in Minnesota in the coming years.

Career Title Projected Job Growth Total Employment Annual Salary
Wind Turbine Service Technicians105.9%250$54,740
Statisticians37.2%890$84,060
Home Health Aides30.1%25,200$26,390
Cartographers and Photogrammetrists28.7%250$66,130
Occupational Therapy Assistants28.7%500$47,860
Operations Research Analysts27.7%2,530$87,630
Therapists, All Other26.7%440$58,920
Nurse Practitioners25.8%3,430$106,820
Personal Care Aides25.8%67,420$24,610
Physician Assistants24.6%1,910$107,670
Nurse Midwives24%250$104,690
Massage Therapists24%2,190$46,540
Physical Therapist Assistants23.6%1,450$52,640
Reinforcing Iron and Rebar Workers23.6%200$52,380
Credit Counselors23.3%670$48,770
Dietetic Technicians23.3%350$32,070
Physical Therapists23.2%4,030$79,310
Residential Advisors23%1,680$34,650
Forensic Science Technicians22.8%50$55,040
Bicycle Repairers22.7%-$26,240
Biomedical Engineers22.6%1,160$101,710
Hearing Aid Specialists20.8%-$61,410
Marriage and Family Therapists20.7%1,080$49,420
Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal and Plastic20.1%4,560$43,010
Phlebotomists20%1,840$36,370
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians20%-$31,940
Opticians, Dispensing19.5%2,080$39,470
Insulation Workers, Mechanical19.1%930$68,900
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers19%1,540$77,680
Physical Therapist Aides19%320$37,170
Source: 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Financial Aid and Scholarships in Minnesota

Minnesota residents may be eligible for financial aid beyond what's offered by the federal government. State programs include Minnesota State Grants, Postsecondary Child Care Grants, Minnesota GI Bill and the Minnesota Indian Scholarship. The state also maintains a work-study program and offers student loans for those who have exhausted their federal loans or do not qualify for need-based financial aid.

 
Minnesota State Loan Repayment Program
Award repays student loans.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

August 1

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Reapplication required for renewal.

 
Provost Scholarship
Applicant must be an out-of-state resident with a minimum 3.75 GPA and minimum combined SAT Reasoning score of 1400 (composite ACT score of 32).
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AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

November 15 (Early Action admissions deadline)

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA and full-time status.

 
Moody's Mega Math Challenge
Applicant must be a high school junior or senior who is part of a team working to solve an open-ended, applied math-modeling problem focused on a real-word issue in 14 hours. Teams must be comprised of three to five students.
More

AWARD AMOUNT

$20,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

February 17

 

 

 
President's Non-Resident Scholarship
Applicant must be an incoming freshman student who is not a resident of Utah. Applicant is automatically considered with application for admission.
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AWARD AMOUNT

$17,000

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Not Available

RENEWAL CRITERIA

Renewable if recipient maintains a minimum 3.6 GPA.

Additional Resources

Article Sources
Methodology

To get our list of the best colleges, we ranked 1,649 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S. Each school was scored on a 100-point scale, using the most recent data available from government sources. Our data points include:

  • The in-state tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The estimated cost of books and supplies, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • The average net price for students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average net price for low-income students receiving Title IV grant and scholarship aid, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • The average amount of institutional grant aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduate students as a percentage of in-state tuition and fees, National Center for Education Statistics, 2014-15
  • Median debt of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • 3-year student loan repayment rate of graduates, College Scorecard, 2014-15
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • No. of degree and certificate programs offered via distance education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Percent of students enrolled in any distance education classes, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Average retention rate for full-time and part-time students, National Center for Education Statistics, Fall 2015-16
  • Graduation rate within six years, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
  • Flexibility and student services, based on whether the school offers the following services, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015-16
    • Dual credit
    • Credit for life experience
    • Advanced Placement credit
    • Programs of study that can be completed entirely on weekends or in the evening
    • Remedial services
    • Academic and career counseling
    • Job placement services for graduates
    • Guaranteed tuition plan
    • Tuition payment plan
    • Any other alternative tuition plan
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Bemidji State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1500 Birchmont Dr
City
Bemidji
State
MN
Zip Code
56601
Website
www.bemidjistate.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-24
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
4,791
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$20
Admission Rate
94%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,366
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
21
Number of Online Programs Offered
15
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
40%
Martin Luther College
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1995 Luther Ct
City
New Ulm
State
MN
Zip Code
56073
Website
www.mlc-wels.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-28
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Distant
School Type
Private not-for-profit
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
827
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$35
Admission Rate
78%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$13,570
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
12
Number of Online Programs Offered
6
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
22%
Minnesota State University-Mankato
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
South Rd and Ellis Ave
City
Mankato
State
MN
Zip Code
56001
Website
www.mnsu.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
20-24
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
13,269
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$20
Admission Rate
67%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,836
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
23
Number of Online Programs Offered
22
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
31%
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
100 Church Street SE
City
Minneapolis
State
MN
Zip Code
55455
Website
www1.umn.edu/twincities/index.php
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
560-700
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
620-740
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
570-690
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
26-31
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
City: Large
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
34,071
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$55
Admission Rate
45%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$13,790
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
17
Number of Online Programs Offered
36
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
20%
University of Minnesota-Crookston
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
2900 University Ave
City
Crookston
State
MN
Zip Code
56716
Website
www1.crk.umn.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
430-530
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
450-560
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
400-510
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-25
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Distant
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
2,823
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$30
Admission Rate
77%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$11,646
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
17
Number of Online Programs Offered
15
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
41%
University of Minnesota-Duluth
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
515 Darland Administration Bldg
City
Duluth
State
MN
Zip Code
55812
Website
www.d.umn.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
470-610
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
490-590
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
440-580
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-26
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
9,837
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$40
Admission Rate
76%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$13,082
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
17
Number of Online Programs Offered
7
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
13%
University of Minnesota-Morris
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
309 Behmler Hall
City
Morris
State
MN
Zip Code
56267
Website
www.morris.umn.edu/
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
500-660
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
510-640
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
490-620
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
22-28
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Remote
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
1,856
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$25
Admission Rate
60%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$12,846
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
12
Number of Online Programs Offered
0
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
2%
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
1104 Seventh Avenue South
City
Moorhead
State
MN
Zip Code
56563
Website
www.mnstate.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
447-519
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
481-570
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
20-25
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Suburb: Midsize
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
5,243
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$20
Admission Rate
77%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$8,096
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
18
Number of Online Programs Offered
12
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
34%
Saint Cloud State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
720 Fourth Ave. South
City
Saint Cloud
State
MN
Zip Code
56301
Website
www.stcloudstate.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
445-560
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
450-585
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
19-25
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Small
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
14,233
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$20
Admission Rate
86%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$7,814
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
23
Number of Online Programs Offered
5
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
22%
Winona State University
Basic Information
Test Score Data
Address
175 West Mark Street
City
Winona
State
MN
Zip Code
55987
Website
www.winona.edu
Test Scores
Required
SAT Critical Reading 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
SAT Critical Math 25th-75th Percentile
495-655
SAT Writing 25th-75th Percentile
N/A
ACT Composite 25th-75th Percentile
20-25
Campus/School Overview
Campus Environment
Town: Distant
School Type
Public
Total UnderGraduate Enrollment
8,011
UnderGraduate Application Fee
$20
Admission Rate
62%
Offers On-Campus Housing
Yes
In-State Tution & Fees
$9,047
Student-to-Faculty Ratio
20
Number of Online Programs Offered
12
Percent of Students Enrolled in Online Classes
20%
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