Minnesota heartily embraces online learning for students in grades K-12, with an impressive list of opportunities, numerous district programs, several virtual charter schools, multi-district programs and a consortium of schools. Minnesota saw online enrollment of 15,083 students in the 2013-14 season, with 76,716 course completions. The choice of online courses is one reason why Minnesota leads other states in online education; students can choose a single online course through multiple providers funded by the state- a rarity in online learning on the K-12 level.
|SCHOOL NAME||GRADE LEVELS||CITY||SCHEDULE||TYPE||PHONE NUMBER|
|Minnesota Center of Online Learning Elementary||K - 5||Houston||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(507) 896-5323|
|Minnesota Virtual Academy||K - 12||Houston||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(866) 360-0159|
|iQ Academy Minnesota||6 - 12||Fergus Falls||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(877) 994-4766|
|Minnesota Virtual High School||6 - 12||N/A||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(866) 356-5873|
|GLBTQ Online High School||9 - 12||Maplewood||Both Live/On-Demand||Private||(877) 977-4101|
|Wolf Creek Online High School||9 - 12||Lindstrom||Both Live/On-Demand||Public||(651) 213-2095|
|Insight School of Minnesota||9 - 12||Brooklyn Center||Live/Synchronous||Private||(800) 711-5944|
|MTS Minnesota Connections Academy||K - 12||St. Paul||On-Demand/Asynchronous||Public||(651) 523-0888|
|BlueSky||7 - 12||West Saint Paul||On-Demand/Asynchronous||Public||(651) 642-0888|
The Minnesota State Colleges and University System oversees 31 public community colleges and four-year colleges and universities, including numerous online schools and programs. Virtual learning plays a big role at the University of Minnesota, where online course enrollments grew to more than 36,000 during the 2012-2013 academic year. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is the largest single provider of higher education in the state, featuring 24 technical and community colleges and seven state universities spanning 54 campuses. Minnesota community colleges offer hundreds of online course options for both college and high school students.
|SCHOOL NAME||ADDRESS||CITY||SEE PROGRAMS|
|Mesabi Range Community and Technical College||1001 Chestnut St W||Virginia||+|
|St. Cloud Technical and Community College||1540 Northway Drive||Saint Cloud||+|
|Alexandria Technical & Community College||1601 Jefferson Streeet||Alexandria||+|
|Ridgewater College||2101 15th Ave NW||Willmar||+|
|Saint Paul College-A Community and Technical College||235 Marshall Ave||Saint Paul||+|
|South Central College||1920 Lee Blvd||North Mankato||+|
|Hibbing Community College-A Technical and Community College||1515 E 25th St||Hibbing||+|
|Riverland Community College||1900 8th Ave NW||Austin||+|
|Inver Hills Community College||2500 80th St E||Inver Grove Heights||+|
William Mitchell College of Law
Beginning in January 2015, the William Mitchell College of Law will become the nationâ€™s first school to launch an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited hybrid law degree (J.D.). There are no other online schools in Minnesota or the United States that offer this ABA-accredited law degree. Under the new four-year, part-time hybrid degree program, law students will combine 12 weeks of fully-online coursework learning with a week-long campus-based visit at the end of each semester dedicated to experiential learning. Coursework covers common law school topics such as torts, criminal law, contracts, property, civil dispute resolution and employment law. A two-credit externship is also required during the third year. Online law students will have an opportunity to focus on Indian law or law and business.
To learn more about the hybrid law degree at William Mitchell College, visit http://www.wmitchell.edu/.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Although Minnesota State Community and Technical College has four campuses, anyone can attend classes at these online schools in Minnesota remotely through the collegeâ€™s eCampus. Designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution, the schoolâ€™s University Transfer Degree is a two-year online program that leads to an Associate in Arts, Associate of Science or Associate of Fine Arts degree. Minnesota State Community and Technical College has articulation arrangements with universities in Minnesota and North Dakota to ensure that credits or degrees will be seamlessly accepted into participating bachelorâ€™s programs. Associate degree programs include majors in accounting, business, computer programming, information technology, medical assisting (coding, insurance, and administrative), pharmacy technology and paralegal studies.
To find more information about the transfer degree program, or other degrees and certificates at Minnesota State Community and Technical College, visit http://www.minnesota.edu/.
University of Minnesota Digital Campus
The University of Minnesota, which is not part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, offered its first online course in 1996. In 2008, the university launched its digital campus with 18 fully-online degrees. By 2012-2013, U of M campuses offered more than 1,422 web-based courses, 30 fully-online undergraduate and graduate certificates and degree programs, and more than 20 hybrid programs with a significant online component. All five campuses of the university, from the Twin Cities to Duluth to Rochester, offer online schools in Minnesota.
Through the digital campus, U of M students can choose from online bachelorâ€™s degrees in fast-growing fields, such as health and information technology, as well as online masterâ€™s degrees in areas such as engineering and nursing. Distance learning students interact with and learn from the same faculty and staff as those in on-campus programs. Online students also have access to support and advisory services, as well as specialized resources through the digital campus.
Discover the University of Minnesota Digital Campus at http://digitalcampus.umn.edu/index.html.
St. Cloud State University Online
More than 200 undergraduate and graduate courses are offered at St. Cloud State University (SCSU) Online in the fall, spring and summer semesters. SCSU features online bachelorâ€™s degrees in community psychology, criminal justice and elective studies, as well as online masterâ€™s degrees in applied behavior analysis, criminal justice studies, information media and teaching English as a second language. The university also offers blended learning programs in land surveying, information media and public safety executive leadership.
As with other online schools in Minnesota, the online education experience at SCSU is just as rigorous as the on-campus experience, with many online courses taught by the same faculty who lead classroom-based studies. If an online course requires face-to-face meetings on campus or at an off-campus site, that requirement is identified in the course enrollment system. Students must meet with an SCSU academic advisor to determine if they can complete their degree entirely online.
For more information about SCSU Online, visit http://www.stcloudstate.edu/continuingstudies/distance/scsu_online.asp.
University of St. Thomas
The largest online school in Minnesota is the University of St. Thomas, which is also Minnesotaâ€™s largest private university. The University of St. Thomas offers fully-online programs for graduate degrees and certificates. Masterâ€™s degree programs are available in special education with a focus on autism spectrum disorders (ASD), public safety and law enforcement leadership. In addition, students may pursue an online graduate certificate in ASD or a special education teacher license in ASD. Program features include streaming video lectures, live sessions with visual whiteboards, professor-hosted discussion boards, live chat rooms, group study and social networking.
At the University of St. Thomas, online courses are eight weeks long and start six times per year so students donâ€™t have to wait to get started on their degree. All coursework can be completed online, with the exception of clinical practice or field work. Every online student is assigned an academic advisor who is available to answer questions and provide progress reports via email or phone.
Learn more about online programs at the University of St. Thomas at http://www.stthomasonline.com/.
4 Year Online Colleges in Minnesota
|SCHOOL NAME||TYPE||ADDRESS||CITY||SEE PROGRAMS|
|Minnesota State University-Mankato||Public||South Rd and Ellis Ave||Mankato||+|
|University of Minnesota-Twin Cities||Public||100 Church Street SE||Minneapolis||+|
|Saint Mary's University of Minnesota||Private not-for-profit||700 Terrace Heights||Winona||+|
|Martin Luther College||Private not-for-profit||1995 Luther Ct||New Ulm||+|
|Augsburg College||Private not-for-profit||2211 Riverside Ave||Minneapolis||+|
|University of Minnesota-Crookston||Public||2900 University Ave||Crookston||+|
|Luther Seminary||Private not-for-profit||2481 Como Ave||Saint Paul||+|
|Crown College||Private not-for-profit||8700 College View Drive||Saint Bonifacius||+|
|Bemidji State University||Public||1500 Birchmont Dr||Bemidji||+|
Best for Future Service Members
In addition to being the land of 10,000 lakes, Minnesota is known for its large number of opportunities for prospective students interested in serving their country. Undergraduates and graduate students alike can benefit from the stateâ€™s prestigious universities and numerous ROTC programs. Listed below are all of the nonprofit, four-year degree generating universities that offer at least two ROTC programs to enrolled students. Online schools in Minnesota that offer Army, Navy and/or Air Force ROTC branches and keep tuition costs affordable are highlighted.
|Tuition||City||ROTC - Army||ROTC - Navy||ROTC - Air Force|
|University of Minnesota-Twin Cities||$12,060||Minneapolis||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Minnesota State University Moorhead||$6,898||Moorhead||Yes||No||Yes|
|North Central University||$18,610||Minneapolis||Yes||No||Yes|
Best for Personal Attention
Minnesota might be cold in the winter, but the courses at these selected colleges and universities provide a warm welcome, as classes contain fewer than 20 students per professor. They combine academic excellence with personalized attention.
|University of Minnesota-Crookston||20 to 1||3,152||$10,030||Public||Crookston|
|Minnesota State University Moorhead||18 to 1||7,887||$6,898||Public||Moorhead|
|North Central University||17 to 1||1,445||$18,610||Private not-for-profit||Minneapolis|
|Northwestern College||17 to 1||3,474||$26,740||Private not-for-profit||Saint Paul|
|Metropolitan State University||17 to 1||10,041||$6,329||Public||Saint Paul|
|Concordia University-Saint Paul||16 to 1||2,131||$29,700||Private not-for-profit||Saint Paul|
|Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota||16 to 1||2,366||$27,820||Private not-for-profit||Winona|
|University of Minnesota-Morris||15 to 1||2,085||$11,720||Public||Morris|
|Augsburg College||15 to 1||3,451||$31,292||Private not-for-profit||Minneapolis|
|University of St. Thomas||15 to 1||6,515||$33,040||Private not-for-profit||Saint Paul|
|Crown College||14 to 1||1,108||$22,100||Private not-for-profit||Saint Bonifacius|
|The College of Saint Scholastica||14 to 1||3,277||$30,208||Private not-for-profit||Duluth|
|Concordia College at Moorhead||13 to 1||2,811||$30,650||Private not-for-profit||Moorhead|
|St Catherine University||13 to 1||4,438||$24,544||Private not-for-profit||Saint Paul|
|Minneapolis College of Art and Design||12 to 1||626||$31,450||Private not-for-profit||Minneapolis|
|Martin Luther College||12 to 1||1,184||$11,770||Private not-for-profit||New Ulm|
|Hamline University||12 to 1||2,268||$33,236||Private not-for-profit||Saint Paul|
|St Olaf College||12 to 1||3,233||$39,560||Private not-for-profit||Northfield|
|Bethel University||12 to 1||3,963||$30,700||Private not-for-profit||Saint Paul|
|Oak Hills Christian College||11 to 1||142||$14,420||Private not-for-profit||Bemidji|
|Crossroads College||11 to 1||188||$14,800||Private not-for-profit||Rochester|
|Bethany Lutheran College||11 to 1||641||$22,810||Private not-for-profit||Mankato|
|Saint Johns University||11 to 1||1,929||$34,838||Private not-for-profit||Collegeville|
|College of Saint Benedict||11 to 1||2,138||$35,298||Private not-for-profit||Saint Joseph|
|Gustavus Adolphus College||11 to 1||2,530||$37,210||Private not-for-profit||Saint Peter|
|Macalester College||10 to 1||2,236||$43,472||Private not-for-profit||Saint Paul|
|College of Visual Arts||9 to 1||219||$25,161||Private not-for-profit||Saint Paul|
|University of Minnesota-Rochester||9 to 1||290||$11,720||Public||Rochester|
|Carleton College||9 to 1||2,047||$44,184||Private not-for-profit||Northfield|
|Apostolic Bible Institute Inc||8 to 1||59||$3,150||Private not-for-profit||Saint Paul|
|Northwestern Health Sciences University||8 to 1||289||$10,282||Private not-for-profit||Bloomington|
|Mayo School of Health Sciences||7 to 1||173||N/A||Private not-for-profit||Rochester|
|Dunwoody College of Technology||7 to 1||1,493||$16,277||Private not-for-profit||Minneapolis|
Best for Women in Technology
Minnesota is a great place for women to enter a degree program in technology. This quickly-growing, traditionally male-dominated field offers significant financial rewards and solid career opportunities. Recognizing the impact that women can make in the field, online schools in Minnesota have developed programs to support and guide them through the educational process. From mentorship programs to female-only residences, these features ensure that women can earn their degrees in a positive, encouraging environment. Weâ€™ve done the research and compiled some of the best accredited, four-year colleges for women in technology.
|TUITION + FEES||CITY||WOMEN IN TECH DEGREES AWARDED||TOTAL ENROLLMENT||TYPE|
|University of Minnesota-Twin Cities||$13,459||Minneapolis||274||38,694||Public|
|University of St. Thomas||$33,787||Saint Paul||49||7,140||Private Not for Profit|
|Saint Cloud State University||$7,472||Saint Cloud||34||11,799||Public|
|University of Minnesota-Duluth||$12,785||Duluth||23||10,117||Public|
|Minnesota State University-Mankato||$7,531||Mankato||22||12,392||Public|
|Winona State University||$8,710||Winona||14||7,793||Public|
|Metropolitan State University||$6,642||Saint Paul||14||2,767||Public|
|Bemidji State University||$8,107||Bemidji||13||3,809||Public|
|Minneapolis College of Art and Design||$31,650||Minneapolis||8||617||Private Not for Profit|
|Southwest Minnesota State University||$8,074||Marshall||6||2,461||Public|
Best Schools Fighting for Families
Minnesota has a wide variety of options available for students wishing to pursue a degree and career in social work. Whether youâ€™d like to work in a clinical setting, with children at a school, or in a government body, social work is a rewarding career that can enable you to help families through difficult situations. These online schools in Minnesota offer programs that provide students with the hands-on experience they need to find quality employment after graduation. Work-study programs and scholarships make education more affordable. Weâ€™ve compared the many social work programs in Minnesota to compile this list of the best in the state.
|CITY||SOCIAL DEGREES AWARDED||WOMEN||MEN||TUITION & FEES||TOTAL ENROLLMENT|
|University of Minnesota-Twin Cities||Minneapolis||222||178||44||$13,459||38,694|
|St Catherine University||Saint Paul||188||175||13||$33,176||3,440|
|University of St. Thomas||Saint Paul||168||151||17||$33,787||7,140|
|Saint Cloud State University||Saint Cloud||129||113||16||$7,472||11,799|
|Minnesota State University-Mankato||Mankato||119||101||18||$7,531||12,392|
|Winona State University||Winona||90||80||10||$8,710||7,793|
|Minnesota State University Moorhead||Moorhead||74||58||16||$7,834||5,695|
|University of Minnesota-Duluth||Duluth||71||58||13||$12,785||10,117|
|The College of Saint Scholastica||Duluth||49||44||5||$30,398||3,297|
|St Olaf College||Northfield||42||36||6||$39,560||3,113|
|Metropolitan State University||Saint Paul||40||31||9||$6,642||2,767|
|Concordia College at Moorhead||Moorhead||32||27||5||$30,860||2,698|
|Bemidji State University||Bemidji||30||22||8||$8,107||3,809|
|Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota||Winona||24||8||16||$28,320||3,434|
|Bethel University||Saint Paul||16||16||$30,840||3,042|
|Macalester College||Saint Paul||16||7||9||$43,693||1,978|
|Hamline University||Saint Paul||15||12||3||$33,752||2,720|
|Southwest Minnesota State University||Marshall||14||14||$8,074||2,461|
|Gustavus Adolphus College||Saint Peter||11||8||3||$37,660||2,486|
|Bethany Lutheran College||Mankato||10||4||6||$23,270||582|
|University of Minnesota-Morris||Morris||8||6||2||$12,549||1,789|
|North Central University||Minneapolis||8||7||1||$19,066||1,155|
|College of Saint Benedict||Saint Joseph||7||7||$36,218||2,041|
|Saint Johns University||Collegeville||5||5||$35,486||1,919|