It’s “back to school” season once again, with students returning to classrooms and dormitories across the country on their way to earning degrees. However, the return on that educational investment can vary from school to school. To find the best value colleges in Minnesota, SmartAsset measured categories, including scholarships provided, starting salary, tuition, living costs and retention rate.

 

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

$9,253

$58,800

$14,760

$13,138

93%

63.58

2

Saint Johns University

Collegeville, MN

$29,057

$59,700

$44,990

$12,819

85%

55.96

3

University of Minnesota-Duluth

Duluth, MN

$7,533

$54,100

$13,366

$11,248

80%

55.43

4

St Olaf College

Northfield, MN

$32,250

$55,000

$47,840

$12,750

91%

52.00

5

Minnesota State University-Mankato

Mankato, MN

$5,624

$52,800

$8,184

$12,298

77%

51.41

6

University of St Thomas

Saint Paul, MN

$22,975

$58,600

$42,736

$13,928

87%

48.92

7

Carleton College

Northfield, MN

$38,259

$58,900

$54,759

$16,566

95%

48.89

8

Winona State University

Winona, MN

$5,287

$51,300

$9,425

$12,550

77%

47.22

9

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

$5,802

$53,100

$8,265

$12,726

67%

46.30

10

Gustavus Adolphus College