There are nearly 200 post-secondary institutions in the U.S. state of Minnesota. The Twin Cities campus of the public University of Minnesota (U of M) is the largest university in the state with 51,721 enrolled for fall 2010, making it the fourth-largest American campus by enrollment size. The U of M has four other campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester. The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU), which does not include the U of M, comprises 31 public universities and colleges on 54 campuses.
The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul is Minnesota's largest private university or college with a fall 2010 enrollment of 10,815 students. Center City-based Hazelden Graduate School of Addiction Studies is the state's smallest postsecondary institution, while Century College in White Bear Lake is Minnesota's largest community and technical college.
The majority of Minnesota's post-secondary institutions are accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), but 22 have received accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Most are accredited by multiple agencies, such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the National League for Nursing (NLNAC), and the American Psychological Association (APA).
While the University of Minnesota was chartered by the state in 1851, it did not operate as a place of higher education for nearly two decades. St. Paul-based Hamline University is considered the state's oldest private college or university, being founded in 1854 as a Methodist coeducational institution. Mayo Medical School and the University of Minnesota feature the only two medical schools in the state. Hamline University School of Law, the University of Minnesota Law School, the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and William Mitchell College of Law are American Bar Association-accredited law schools.
- National for-profit institution Anthem Education Group has a campus in St. Louis Park that offers associate's degrees.
- National for-profit institution DeVry University operates a campus in Edina that offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees.
- National for-profit institution Herzing University operates a campus in Crystal that offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees.
- National for-profit institution ITT Technical Institute operates a campus in Eden Prairie that offers associate's and bachelor's degrees.
- National for-profit institution Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts operates a campus in Mendota Heights that offers less than one year certificates and associate's degrees.
- National for-proft institution National American University operates campuses in Bloomington, Brooklyn Center, Burnsville, Rochester and Roseville that offer associate's and bachelor's degrees.
- National for-profit institution the University of Phoenix operates a campus in St. Louis Park that offers bachelor's and master's degrees.
Seven now-defunct institutions were located in Minnesota:
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