Top 20 Universities in Minnesota


Minneapolis College of Art and Design
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Minnesota is home to a variety of universities — public and private, large and small. Whether you’re looking for a large student body or a small school feel, this state has something for you. Each of the universities on this list offers a wide array of academic programs that prepare students for careers after graduation.

Here are the top 20 universities in Minnesota that provide excellent education and quality of living.

20. Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Minneapolis College of Art and Design is a private institution that was founded in 1886. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 725, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 5 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Its tuition and fees are $35,326 (2015-16).

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design educates individuals to be professional artists and designers, pioneering thinkers, creative leaders, and engaged global citizens.

Founded in 1886, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design is an independent, non-profit institution offering a four-year curriculum integrating the Liberal Arts into 14 professional BFA degree majors in Fine Arts, Media Arts and Design; a four-year BS degree program in the area of Entrepreneurial Studies; a two-year MFA degree programs; a two-year, online MA in Sustainable Design; a two-year or three-year pathway toward an online certificate in Interactive Design and Marketing; and a two-year Post Baccalaureate certificate program.

MCAD is rated among the top colleges of art and design in the nation. It has more than 1,500 students participating in Continuing Studies and young artist programs. Community outreach includes gallery exhibitions on and off campus, public lectures and the annual MCAD Art Sale.

Applying

When applying to Minneapolis College of Art and Design, it’s important to note the application deadline is May 1, and the early action deadline is December 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due May 1.

The application fee at Minneapolis College of Art and Design is $50. It has an an acceptance rate of 64.4 percent.

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Minneapolis College of Art and Design is 13:1, and the school has 83.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students.

The most popular majors at Minneapolis College of Art and Design include: Illustration; Graphic Design; Painting; Photography; and Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects.

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80.7 percent.

Student Life

Minneapolis College of Art and Design has a total undergraduate enrollment of 725, with a gender distribution of 37.7 percent male students and 62.3 percent female students.

Campus Services

Minneapolis College of Art and Design offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health insurance.

Minneapolis College of Art and Design also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc).

Of the students at Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 30 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Minneapolis College of Art and Design.


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