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There are more than 60 post-secondary institutions in Minnesota. Of these schools, 60 offer online programs. A total of seven are public four-year colleges or universities and 21 are public community or technical colleges and 32 are private colleges, universities, or career and vocational schools. These schools offer 606 online certificate programs, 3,929 online associates programs, 5,545 online bachelors programs, 1,864 online masters programs, 2,377 online professional programs, and 513 online doctoral programs. Software engineering, writing, and business are examples of subjects offered by these programs.
Of the online colleges in Minnesota, the one with the most number of programs online is University of Minnesota, which is a 4-year research university. The school offers 59 online programs in the following subjects:
- Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science
- Advanced Nursing
- Allied Health
- Business Administration
- Business Management
- Computer Programming
- Computer Science
- Construction Management
- Criminal Justice
- Culinary Arts
- Dental Assisting
- Electrical Engineering
- Elementary Education
- Forensic Accounting
- Game Design
Based on factors including the type and location of the institution as well as the program, tuition for online college courses may vary. The average in-state tuition at the public four-year colleges and universities in Minnesota was $7,494 per year. On average, tuition at public community and technical colleges was $4,536 per year. Tuition for students at private accredited online colleges ranged from $9,360 to $30,016 per year.
College students in Minnesota received an estimated $20,663,127,897 worth of financial aid each year to help offset tuition. While some of this aid was in the form of loans that had to be paid back, approximately 41.95% of this aid was in the form of scholarships and grants. Institutional grants account for a reported 72.22% of the scholarships and grants. In 2010, the accredited Minnesota online colleges awarded their students $6,708,227,369 in institutional scholarships and grants.
Job and Careers
Based on the total gross state product for Minnesota, which was $270.707 billion in 2010, Minnesota has the 16th strongest economy amongst the states in the nation.
There are a total of 2,562,450 workers employed in the state. The three biggest industries in the state are:
- Retail trade
Of Minnesota employees, 2% are working in the agriculture industry. Another 7% of workers are employed in the financial industry. Also, 12% are working in the retail trade industry.
The average wage in Minnesota is more than the national average. The national average annual income is $42,871, while employees in Minnesota earn an average annual income of $45,470. The median income for employees is $35,990 per year, with the top 10% earning over $82,950 per year and the bottom 10% earning under $18,180 per year. The highest paid employees are surgeons, while the lowest paid employees in the state are fast food cooks. Minnesota surgeons can earn up to $225,410 per annum, while fast food cooks in the state can earn as little as $17,890 per year. Across the US, surgeons earn an average annual salary of $180,870. On the other hand, fast food cooks around the US make $18,540 annually on average.
Located in the Upper Midwest region of the United States, Minnesota was named from the Dakota word “mnisota” meaning “sky-tinted water”. The 12th largest state in the US, it has an area of 86,936 square miles. It has an average annual temperature of about 40°F.
Of the states in the country, Minnesota has the 21st largest population. It has 87 counties with a reported population of 5,303,925 residents. About 41% of those living in Minnesota are less than 30 years old. With approximately 17% of its population identifying itself as belonging to a racial or ethnic minority group, the state has one of the least diverse populations in the US.
Although Minnesota’s capital city is St. Paul, the largest city in the state is Minneapolis, with a population of 382,578 residents. An estimated 13.86% of the state’s residents live in the Minneapolis metropolitan area. Minnesota’s other big cities include St. Paul, Rochester, Duluth, and Bloomington.
Minnesota residents typically have an average level of education as compared to those around the country. According to the 2010 Census, an estimated 18.2% of the state’s residents over the age of 25 have completed high school, 6.7% have at least an associates degree, 5.2% have degrees at the bachelors level or higher, and 1% hold a graduate level degree.