Students attending colleges in St. Paul can find a vibrant city, with an interesting history and a healthy economy. Set along the Mississippi River, St. Paul is nicknamed "The most livable city in America." Residents can get around via an efficient public transit system, on bikes or scooters, by car or on foot.
High school students enrolled in Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) can pursue the Early College program to take courses that earn college credit. SPPS also offers Career and Technical Education courses to high school students; many of these courses count toward college credit.
The technical programs offered at Saint Paul College, a public community and technical college, include computer science, health professions, mechanic repair/technology and construction trades. In addition to campus-based programs, students can also choose from some completely online courses as well as hybrid options. Established in 1910, Saint Paul College partners with more than 500 industry, labor and business representatives to provide job opportunities for its graduates.
Metropolitan State University, a public institution, offers a comprehensive array of majors, three of the most popular being business administration, nursing, and accounting.
The other colleges in St. Paul include a number of not-for-profit private institutions, some of which are faith-based. University of Northwestern, St. Paul, for example, is a Christ-centered liberal arts university set on a 107-acre lakeside campus.
St. Catherine University's mission "to guide the education of all students within a learning environment that recognizes the accomplishments of women and their distinct approaches to teaching and learning." Its students are called "Katies."
University of St. Thomas is the largest private university in Minnesota. The institution partners with Fortune 500 companies and alumni to provide internships for students, nicknamed "Tommies."
All of the aforementioned universities in St. Paul offer graduate programs. MSU's most popular graduate programs are in the fields of business administration and nursing, while St. Catherine's awards more master's degrees in social work than in any other discipline.
Mitchell Hamline School of Law is a large, well-established school whose alumni include a U.S. Supreme Court chief justice, governors and members of the U.S. Congress.
Bethel Seminary and Luther Seminary both offer a variety of advanced degree and certificate programs for aspiring religious professionals.