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Minnesota Schools

In the state of Minnesota, academia is a declining field. The trends in Minnesota's academic community can be evaluated by looking at the statistics and graphs below.


Professional Trends

Faculty Employment Growth in Minnesota By Profession

882 1,069 1,165 1,012
21 162 143 144
2,219 2,239 2,340 2,245
2,144 2,188 2,232 2,288
2,682 2,716 2,521 2,555
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Yellow: Instructors
  • Blue: Lectures
  • Light blue: Assistant Professors
  • Red: Associate Professors
  • Grey: Professors

There are 141 colleges and universities in Minnesota. In 2006 there were 7,948 higher education faculty at these institutions. In 2009 there were 8,244 higher education faculty at these institutions.

This shows a 4% increase in the number of higher institution faculty in Minnesota.

Average faculty salaries in Minnesota

Assistant Professors
Associate Professors

Higher education faculty in Minnesota earn $57,790 per year on average. This is more than salaries made by faculty in other parts of the US, which average $57,293 per year. In Minnesota, there is a 3% difference in salaries for male and female faculty. Male faculty earn more than their female counterparts.

Tenure status for instructors & Researchers in Minnesota

No data at this time.

Of the 8,625 college faculty in Minnesota, 51% are tenured. Another 19% are on track to be tenured.

Tenure Status for Instructors & Researchers in Minnesota by gender

Tenured On Tenure Track Not On Tenure Track
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
Men 0%
Women 0%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

National Vs. Minnesota Full Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 1.45% 2.08% 3.3%
0% 3.73% 3.6% 7.47%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Minnesota
  • Light Blue: National

The number of part-time faculty has grown in Minnesota by 4% between the years 2006 and 2009. And the number of full-time faculty has also grown by 4%. This shows that in academia in Minnesota, working full-time is becoming less popular.

National Vs. Minnesota Part Time Faculty Employment Growth

0% 13.17% 6.39% 4.37%
0% 6.27% -0.1% 9.48%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Minnesota
  • Light Blue: National

Full time faculty minorities in Minnesota

No data at this time.

And in 2009 5% of those who were working on a part-time basis, identified themselves as being from an ethnic or racial minority background. While 7% of those who were working on a full-time basis identified themselves as being from an ethnically diverse background.

Part time faculty minorities in Minnesota

No data at this time.

National Vs. Minnesota Faculty employment Growth of Minorities

0% 4.32% 8.33% 8.93%
0% 4.82% 5.85% 12.52%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Grey: Minnesota
  • Yellow: National

From 2006 to 2009, the total number of minority faculty in Minnesota has increased by 16%. This is consistent with national statistics, which show that of the 788,996 higher education faculty working nationally in 2006, 134,815 were from an ethnic or racial minority background, while of the 855,625 faculty working in 2009, 151,691 were from a minority background.

Full Time Faculty Minorities at Minnesota by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

Part Time Faculty Minorities at Minnesota by Gender

Native American Asian African American Hispanic
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
M 0%
W 0%
  • Blue: Men
  • Pink: Women

National Vs. Minnesota Faculty Employment growth of men

0% 6.91% 1.2% 0.22%
0% 4.12% -0.48% 4.71%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Minnesota
  • Light Blue: National

The percentage of women working in academia in Minnesota has also increased over the past few years. And the number of women faculty at colleges and universities around the nation has also increased. Between 2006 and 2009, there has been a 9% change.

National Vs. Minnesota Faculty Employment growth of women

0% 7.52% 7.5% 7.82%
0% 6% 4.61% 13.02%
2006 2007 2008 2009
  • Light Blue: Minnesota
  • Light Blue: National

National Vs. Minnesota Faculty employment by Gender

National Minnesota
Men 46%
Women 54%
Men 46%
Women 54%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

Educational Trends

Student enrollment in Minnesota


Consistent with the growth in the number of collegiate-level faculty in Minnesota, the number of students studying in institutions of higher learning has also increased in the state.

Currently Minnesota has 107,125 graduate students and 328,053 undergraduate students.

Student Enrollment Growth by degree in Minnesota

14883 15328 15997 16790 17550
26372 26744 28313 28119 29092
1536 1866 1973 3328 3759
14649 15667 17342 18410 18527
13992 13833 12998 12380 14987
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate
  • Blue: Bachelor
  • Light blue: Master
  • Red: Doctorate
  • Grey: Certificate

Student Completed Degrees in Minnesota


In 2009, in Minnesota, 30,013 students graduated from institutions of higher learning. Approximately 27% of these students graduated from masters and doctoral degree programs. Another 35% graduated from bachelors-level programs.

Programs available for each degree type for all schools in Minnesota


These numbers are fairly consistent with the number and level of degree programs offered at the institutions of higher learning in Minnesota.

Retention rates in Minnesota

Returning Students 56%
  • Yellow Returning Students
  • Yellow Pattern Non Returning Students

It is interesting to note that for every 100 first time students that enroll in undergraduate programs in Minnesota, only 56 students return to school the following year and 41 eventually graduate. National trends are consistent with this. At a national level, schools have an average retention rate of 59% and graduation rate of 45%.

Graduation rates in Minnesota

Graduation Students 41%
  • Blue Pattern Non Graduated Students
  • Pink Graduated Students

National Vs. Minnesota Students By Gender

National Minnesota
Men 43%
Women 57%
Men 40%
Women 60%
  • Blue Pattern Men
  • Pink Women

The student population in Minnesota is not very diverse. Of the 435,178 students studying in Minnesota's institutions of higher learning, 60% are female, and 18% are from an ethnic or racial minority. In the US, as a whole, 58% of the student population is female. And approximately 28% belong to a racial or ethnic minority.

National Vs. Minnesota Students Minorities

National Minnesota
Minorities 29%
Minorities 18%
  • Yellow Pattern Minorities
  • YellowNon Minorities

Faculty Salaries in Minnesota

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  1. Minnesota Business Schools176,131 Employed
  2. Minnesota Teaching Schools145,730 Employed
  3. Minnesota Psychology Schools60,901 Employed
  4. Minnesota Engineering Schools60,089 Employed
  5. Minnesota Business Administration Schools47,690 Employed
  6. Minnesota Management Schools44,003 Employed
  7. Minnesota Educational Leadership Schools43,975 Employed
  8. Minnesota Art Schools37,650 Employed
  9. Minnesota Special Education Schools36,365 Employed
  10. Minnesota Law Schools36,022 Employed
  11. Minnesota Information Systems Schools34,160 Employed
  12. Minnesota Biology Schools34,130 Employed
  13. Minnesota Counseling Schools31,813 Employed
  14. Minnesota Liberal Arts Schools28,371 Employed
  15. Minnesota Music Schools28,303 Employed
  16. Minnesota Information Technology Schools27,725 Employed
  17. Minnesota English Schools27,314 Employed
  18. Minnesota Accounting Schools26,342 Employed
  19. Minnesota Nursing Schools23,644 Employed
  20. Minnesota Design Schools23,561 Employed
  21. Minnesota Public Health Schools23,295 Employed
  22. Minnesota Math Schools22,048 Employed
  23. Minnesota Criminal Justice Schools21,912 Employed
  24. Minnesota Human Resources Schools21,857 Employed
  25. Minnesota Communications Schools21,805 Employed
  26. Minnesota Theology Schools21,484 Employed
  27. Minnesota Physics Schools20,755 Employed
  28. Minnesota MBA Schools20,213 Employed
  29. Minnesota Human Services Schools19,011 Employed
  30. Minnesota Public Administration Schools18,500 Employed
  31. Minnesota Health Science Schools17,942 Employed
  32. Minnesota Finance Schools16,723 Employed
  33. Minnesota Business Management Schools16,674 Employed
  34. Minnesota Computer Science Schools16,281 Employed
  35. Minnesota Marketing Schools14,978 Employed
  36. Minnesota Elementary Education Schools14,915 Employed
  37. Minnesota BSN Schools14,750 Employed
  38. Minnesota Forensic Nursing Schools14,750 Employed
  39. Minnesota RN to BSN Schools14,750 Employed
  40. Minnesota History Schools14,670 Employed
  41. Minnesota International Business Schools13,862 Employed
  42. Minnesota Social Work Schools13,349 Employed
  43. Minnesota Early Childhood Education Schools13,246 Employed
  44. Minnesota Architecture Schools12,516 Employed
  45. Minnesota Healthcare Administration Schools12,482 Employed
  46. Minnesota Chemistry Schools12,151 Employed
  47. Minnesota Computer Networking Schools11,919 Employed
  48. Minnesota Political Science Schools11,074 Employed
  49. Minnesota Biochemistry Schools10,548 Employed
  50. Minnesota Speech Therapy Schools10,138 Employed
  51. Minnesota Journalism Schools10,074 Employed
  52. Minnesota Sociology Schools9,904 Employed
  53. Minnesota Visual Communications Schools9,757 Employed
  54. Minnesota Computer Engineering Schools9,296 Employed
  55. Minnesota Civil Engineering Schools9,185 Employed
  56. Minnesota School Psychology Schools9,071 Employed
  57. Minnesota Organizational Psychology Schools8,836 Employed
  58. Minnesota Film Schools8,749 Employed
  59. Minnesota Graphic Design Schools8,221 Employed
  60. Minnesota Risk Management Schools7,944 Employed
  61. Minnesota Video Production Schools7,762 Employed
  62. Minnesota Forestry Schools7,563 Employed
  63. Minnesota Property Management Schools6,734 Employed
  64. Minnesota Veterinary Schools6,317 Employed
  65. Minnesota Creative Writing Schools6,191 Employed
  66. Minnesota Small Business Schools6,096 Employed
  67. Minnesota Sports Management Schools6,084 Employed
  68. Minnesota Drafting Schools5,949 Employed
  69. Minnesota Fashion Design Schools5,921 Employed
  70. Minnesota Mechanical Engineering Schools5,736 Employed
  71. Minnesota Construction Management Schools5,673 Employed
  72. Minnesota Dental Hygienist Schools5,573 Employed
  73. Minnesota Nutrition Schools5,518 Employed
  74. Minnesota Ministry Schools4,647 Employed
  75. Minnesota Gerontology Schools4,617 Employed
  76. Minnesota Biomedical Engineering Schools4,497 Employed
  77. Minnesota Mental Health Schools4,412 Employed
  78. Minnesota Clinical Psychology Schools4,385 Employed
  79. Minnesota Radiology Technology Schools4,341 Employed
  80. Minnesota Computer Programming Schools4,272 Employed
  81. Minnesota Carpentry Schools4,249 Employed
  82. Minnesota Physical Therapy Schools4,101 Employed
  83. Minnesota Interior Design Schools4,054 Employed
  84. Minnesota Criminology Schools3,894 Employed
  85. Minnesota Occupational Therapy Schools3,854 Employed
  86. Minnesota Fashion Schools3,809 Employed
  87. Minnesota Hospitality Schools3,620 Employed
  88. Minnesota Respiratory Therapy Schools3,533 Employed
  89. Minnesota Sports Medicine Schools3,493 Employed
  90. Minnesota Web Design Schools3,455 Employed
  91. Minnesota Culinary Schools3,401 Employed
  92. Minnesota Paralegal Schools3,330 Employed
  93. Minnesota Web Development Schools3,287 Employed
  94. Minnesota Homeland Security Schools2,937 Employed
  95. Minnesota Music Therapy Schools2,768 Employed
  96. Minnesota Project Management Schools2,671 Employed
  97. Minnesota Health Information Schools2,506 Employed
  98. Minnesota Advertising Schools2,503 Employed
  99. Minnesota Public Relations Schools2,503 Employed
  100. Minnesota Electrical Engineering Schools2,475 Employed
  101. Minnesota Software Engineering Schools2,253 Employed
  102. Minnesota Fire Science Schools2,160 Employed
  103. Minnesota X Ray Technician Schools2,035 Employed
  104. Minnesota Christian Counseling Schools1,724 Employed
  105. Minnesota Medical Coding Schools1,593 Employed
  106. Minnesota Animation Schools1,515 Employed
  107. Minnesota Forensic Psychology Schools1,508 Employed
  108. Minnesota Physical Therapy Assistant Schools1,378 Employed
  109. Minnesota Healthcare Management Schools1,249 Employed
  110. Minnesota Surgical Technology Schools1,156 Employed
  111. Minnesota Ultrasound Technology Schools1,019 Employed
  112. Minnesota Sonography Schools1,019 Employed
  113. Minnesota Music Production Schools980 Employed
  114. Minnesota Hotel Management Schools970 Employed
  115. Minnesota Fashion Marketing Schools943 Employed
  116. Minnesota Fashion Merchandising Schools843 Employed
  117. Minnesota Health Information Management Schools829 Employed
  118. Minnesota Restaurant Management Schools828 Employed
  119. Minnesota Video Game Design Schools763 Employed
  120. Minnesota Computer Animation Schools685 Employed
  121. Minnesota Supply Chain Management Schools463 Employed
  122. Minnesota Forensic Science Schools430 Employed
  123. Minnesota Physician Assistant Schools308 Employed
  124. Minnesota Emergency Management Schools291 Employed
  125. Minnesota Court Reporter Schools112 Employed
  126. Minnesota Medical Billing Schools81 Employed
  127. Minnesota Game Design Schools78 Employed
  128. Minnesota Game Development Schools78 Employed

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