17 MN Schools Make Forbes’ List of Top Colleges

Carleton College was the highest-ranked Minnesota school, coming in at 31st on Forbes’ annual list of the best colleges and universities in the nation.

Seventeen Minnesota colleges and universities made Forbes’ 2012 list of the top 650 schools in the country, and two were named among the top 100.

Carleton College, at 31st on the list, ranked the highest of any Minnesota school and was followed by Macalester College, which came in 78th. St. Olaf College (142nd), St. John’s University (151st), and the University of St. Thomas (172nd) rounded out the state’s top five.

The annual ranking, which is assembled by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity, is based on schools’ performances in five categories: post-graduate success, student satisfaction, debt, four-year graduation rate, and competitive awards, according to Forbes. (The complete methodology can be viewed here.)

All 17 Minnesota schools that made the list, along with their rankings and total annual costs as reported by Forbes, are:

31- Carleton College, $56,340
78- Macalester College, $53,315
142- St. Olaf College, $48,850
151- St. John’s University, $53,037
172- University of St. Thomas, $46,700
194- Gustavus Adolphus College, $46,120
246- University of Minnesota- Morris, $22,425
255- Hamline University, $42,698
258- University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, $29,050
267- Bethel University, $41,300
306- Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, $37,100
321- Concordia College at Moorhead, $39,120
391- College of Saint Benedict, $45,564
437- Northwestern College, $36,810
469- St. Catherine University, $43,892
611- Saint Cloud State University, $25,393
635- Minnesota State University- Mankato, $24,210

Princeton University topped Forbes’ list, followed by Williams College, Stanford University, the University of Chicago, and Yale University.

To view the full list, click here.