Minneapolis — one half of Minnesota's Twin Cities when paired with neighboring St. Paul — is a quintessential city for students to thrive as it houses well over 30,000 college-goers. The city prides itself on its commitment to higher education, and has implemented College Readiness Programs to improve access to Minneapolis colleges, close opportunity gaps and increase degree completion. The city also claims more than a dozen Fortune 500 companies within the area where students can strive for a brighter future. Minneapolis isn't "all work and no play," however; the city is home to the third-largest theater market behind New York and Chicago.
The primary option for technical colleges in Minneapolis is the aptly named Minneapolis Community and Technical College. A considerable majority of students across both of these schools tend to study liberal arts or nursing while in attendance. Minneapolis College also boasts multiple choirs and instrumental ensembles, as well as a theater program that is sure to impress, given the school's location in such a vibrant performing arts community.
Minneapolis also hosts a branch of the Aveda Institute for those who aspire to cosmetology careers.
One of the midsized universities in Minneapolis, Augsburg University boasts evening hybrid programs for adults seeking degrees in biology, nursing, psychology and education. At Minneapolis' largest school, the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, the most popular degree programs include psychology, economics, computer science, biology, and journalism. UMN is also the home of the Gophers who recently regained possession of Paul Bunyan's axe, one of college football's most epic and recognizable traveling trophies.
There are also a couple of institutions that have a more specific focus in terms of programs: the Institute of Production and Recording and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
There are half a dozen universities in Minneapolis that offer advanced degree programs. The largest school, UMN - Twin Cities, offers hundreds of graduate degree programs, from a master's in accountancy all the way down the alphabet to a Ph.D. in water resources science. The smallest of the colleges in Minneapolis is Bethlehem College & Seminary. This faith-based institution offers both master of divinity and master of theology programs. Full-time students may also receive the school's Serious Joy Scholarship — a $10,000 award — to help make tuition more affordable.
To learn more about postsecondary options in the state, view our list of Minnesota colleges.