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Minnesota's higher education system consists of nearly 200 public and private institutions, including the highly ranked University of Minnesota and Minnesota State University. The state is also home to satellite campuses of notable national private institutions, such as Anthem College, Capella University, DeVry University, the Everest Institute, the University of Phoenix, and Walden University. All schools within the state are overseen by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, which is responsible for licensing private institutions, helping students access financial aid, providing students with information on institutions so they can make informed decisions, and producing independent statewide information on higher education. It administers several state and federal grant programs, such as the Federal College Access Challenge Grant and the Intervention for College Attendance Grants, that are designed to enhance college readiness and expand pre-college awareness.
The University of Minnesota – Twin Cities is a public, four-year university that is the flagship institution of the University of Minnesota system. Located in Minneapolis, Minn., the university offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in education, management, public affairs, nursing, allied health, science, and engineering to its 52,000 graduate and undergraduate students. The U.S. News & World Report placed the University of Minnesota at No. 25 in the nation in its top public schools category, and the school ranked within the top 30 of the best business, education, engineering, law, and primary care medical schools. In addition to its on-campus programs, the University of Minnesota offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral online degree programs. These programs include bachelor's degrees in accounting, applied health, manufacturing technology, and marketing; and master's degrees in computer science, electrical engineering, and maternal and child health.
Founded in 1867, Minnesota State University – Mankato awards associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees at its campus in Mankato, Minn. The U.S. News placed Minnesota State University – Mankato at No. 70 in its ranking of the top regional universities and as the No. 20 top public school in the Midwest. In addition to its on-campus programs, Minnesota State University – Mankato provides online bachelor's and master's in education, communication, organizational studies, and a nursing RN-to-BSN completion program. Minnesota State University's online courses are delivered through the Desire2Learn course management system, which enables students to access class notes and reading assignments through their computers or mobile devices, communicate with their professors and peers, and submit assignments.
St. Cloud State University is a public, four-year institution that confers associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in business administration, education, engineering management, art education, mathematics, and science. Founded in Saint Cloud, Minn., in 1869, the university now serves more than 17,600 graduate and undergraduate students at its campus. The U.S. News placed St. Cloud State University at No. 28 in its ranking of the top public schools in the Midwest. St. Cloud State University offers several online degree programs for students interested in distance learning. It provides online bachelor's degree programs in community psychology, criminal justice studies, and liberal and professional studies; as well as master's in applied behavior analysis, criminal justice studies, information media, instructional design and training, and teaching English as a second language. The university also offers online minors in criminal justice studies and community psychology and graduate and undergraduate licensure programs in driver education teacher preparation and teaching English as a second language.