Shakopee, Minnesota (MN) Colleges and Universities

While there is only one school located in Shakopee, MN, there are 56 additional schools located within a 20-mile radius. Read about the top schools in several categories, including most program variety and lowest costs, to find the school for you.

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School Ranking Overview

Plenty of postsecondary schools are available in the Shakopee, Minnesota, area. However, this article only discusses traditional public or non-profit options, including 2-year community colleges and 4-year universities. In order to help readers make an informed academic decision, the top three traditional Shakopee-area schools are ranked in the following categories:

  • Most Program Variety
  • Lowest Net Price
  • Highest Graduation Rate
  • Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

Most Program Variety

The Shakopee, MN, area is home to several types of schools, including public universities, community colleges and private institutions. Of those mainstream schools, the following three offer the most program options. The popularity of various fields and levels of study at the schools are based on 2011-2012 figures provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

1 - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is located in Minneapolis and is 19 miles from Shakopee. The university has about 283 programs, and U.S. News & World Report ranked it as the 68th best national university in 2013. Students can pursue certificates, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees and doctoral degrees through 19 colleges and schools. Psychology, journalism and biological sciences were the most popular bachelor's degrees at the university. Business administration was the most popular master's degree, while law and medicine were the most pursued doctoral programs.

2 - University of St. Thomas

The University of St. Thomas is a private school that's located about 20 miles from Shakopee in Saint Paul. The seven colleges and schools at this university offer roughly 117 programs in areas such as arts and sciences, education and leadership, business, engineering, law, social work and divinity. The school was ranked as the #113 national university in 2013, according to U.S. News & World Report. Marketing was the most popular bachelor's degree, while business administration and management was the most popular master's degree.

3 - Minneapolis Community and Technical College

Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) is based in Minneapolis and has about 94 certificate and associate degree programs. Students at the school can pursue academic transfer or career training opportunities. Some of MCTC's areas of study include business, cinema, fine arts, manufacturing, health care and liberal arts. Nursing aide/assistant was the most popular certificate program, and liberal arts and science was the most pursued associate degree.

Lowest Net Price

A school's net price is determined by subtracting the average amount of institutional or governmental aid awarded to its students from the total cost of attendance. According to NCES, net prices at some Shakopee-area schools go as high as $31,000, but the three most affordable schools in the area had net prices that ranged from about $14,000 to $16,000 in 2011-2012. NCES also reported tuition and fees from 2012-2013 and financial aid from 2011-2012.

1 - Normandale Community College

Located in Bloomington, Normandale Community College is based 10 miles from Shakopee. The average net price at this 2-year school was $13,937, and tuition and fees were $5,694. Nearly half of all students were awarded grant or scholarship aid, and 38% received federal student loans.

2 - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities had the second lowest net price in the area at $14,516. In-state students paid $13,459 in tuition and fees, while tuition and fees for out-of-state students totaled $18,709. Over 80% of beginning students were awarded some type of financial aid. Fifty-five percent of the university's nearly 35,000 undergraduate students received grant or scholarship aid; the average amount awarded was $6,789 per student.

3 - Minneapolis Community and Technical College

The average net price at Minneapolis Community and Technical College was $15,091. Students at this school paid $5,336 in tuition and fees. Eighty-five percent of first-year students used some type of financial aid. Just over 50% of all students received federal student loans.

Highest Graduation Rate

The overall graduation rates reported by NCES are based on students who enrolled in a specific year and graduated within 150% of the normal time for their program. The three schools that topped this category in the Shakopee area had graduation rates ranging from 73%-87%; percentages reported by the NCES for these 4-year schools are based on students who enrolled in 2005. NCES also reported the retention rates for bachelor's degree students at the schools from 2010-2011.

1 - Macalester College

Macalester College is located in Saint Paul. The overall graduation rate at this private school was 87%, while the retention rate for full-time students who enrolled in 2010 and returned in 2011 was 94%. Eighty-two percent of bachelor's degree students at Macalester graduated in four years. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report listed the college as the #24 best national liberal arts college in the country.

2 - University of St. Thomas

The overall graduation rate at the University of St. Thomas was 74%, putting it in the second slot for this category in the Shakopee area. The retention rate at the school was 88%, and the transfer-out rate was 18%. Sixty-one percent of bachelor's degree students who enrolled in 2005 earned their degree in four years.

3 - Bethel University

Located in Saint Paul, Bethel University had a reported overall graduation rate of 73%. Of the bachelor's degree students who began their studies in 2005, 64% percent earned their degree in four years. The retention rate at the school was 85% for full-time bachelor's degree students.

Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio

A low student-faculty ratio can be an indication of easier access to professors and more personal attention for students. The three schools that have the lowest ratios in the area had between seven and 12 faculty members for every student, as reported by NCES. The student enrollment and faculty numbers provided are also based on NCES reports.

1 - Dunwoody College of Technology

Dunwoody College of Technology is based in Minneapolis and is 17 miles from Shakopee. The student-faculty ratio at this private school was 7:1, and about 1,100 students were enrolled. About 90 full-time faculty members and 51 part-time instructors worked at the school as of Fall 2012.

2 - Macalester College

The student-faculty ratio at Macalester College was 10:1, which was second lowest in the area. Over 2,000 students attended the college, and 70% of classes had less than 20 students in 2011, according to U.S. News & World Report. Approximately 170 full-time and 50 part-time faculty members were employed in Fall 2012.

3 - Bethel University

Bethel University had the third lowest student-faculty ratio at 12:1. U.S. News & World Report ranked the school as the #24 regional university (Midwest) in 2013. Over 45% of classes had less than 20 students and 50% of classes had 20-49 students as of 2011. Roughly 4,400 students were enrolled at the university, and about half of the 400 faculty members were employed full-time in Fall 2012.

Shakopee Schools at a Glance

School Name Location School Type Degree/Program Levels Offered Area Ranking
Bethel University Saint, Paul, MN (20 miles from Shakopee) 4-year, private, not-for-profit Associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; postbaccalaureate and post-master's certificates 3rd Highest Graduation Rate,
3rd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Dunwoody College of Technology Minneapolis, MN (17 miles from Shakopee) 4-year, private, not-for-profit Less than 1-year certificates, 1- to 2-year certificates, 2- to 4-year certificates; associate and bachelor's degrees Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Macalester College Saint, Paul, MN (20 miles from Shakopee) 4-year, private, not-for-profit Bachelor's degrees Highest Graduation Rate,
2nd Lowest Student-Faculty Ratio
Minneapolis Community and Technical College Minneapolis, MN (17 miles from Shakopee) 2-year, public Less than 1-year certificates, 1- to 2-year certificates, 2- to 4-year certificates; associate degrees 3rd Most Program Variety,
3rd Lowest Net Price
Normandale Community College Bloomington, MN (10 miles from Shakopee) 2-year, public Less than 1-year certificates; associate degrees Lowest Net Price
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN (19 miles from Shakopee) 4-year, public Less than 1-year certificates, 1- to 2-year certificates, 2- to 4-year certificates; bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; postbaccalaureate certificates Most Program Variety,
2nd Lowest Net Price
University of St. Thomas Saint, Paul, MN (20 miles from Shakopee) 4-year, private, not-for-profit 2- to 4-year certificates; bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; postbaccalaureate and post-master's certificates 2nd Most Program Variety,
2nd Highest Graduation Rate
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