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U.S.News Ranks U of M Crookston one of the Best in the category Midwest Top Public Regional Colleges for 2019

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Monday, September 10, 2018

The University of Minnesota Crookston has been ranked one of the best in the latest rankings from U.S.News released in early September. In the category Midwest Top Public Regional Colleges for 2019, the U of M Crookston ranked in the number two spot. The campus has ranked in the top 4 consecutively for 22 years.

The Top Public Baccalaureate Colleges category is comprised of institutions focused on undergraduate education and offering a range of degree programs but granting fewer than 50 percent of their degrees in the liberal arts. 

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The exclusive rankings will be published in the new "Best Colleges 2019" guidebook available on newsstands October 16 – as well as on on September 10.

Additional Accolades

The U of M Crookston has been named one of Money’s Best Colleges for 2018-19. The campus is ranked at number 190 among the list of the 727 best colleges in America. View Money’s full list of best colleges at Money analyzed more than 25 data points including graduation rates, tuition costs, family borrowing, and alumni earnings to rank its list of the country’s top values in higher education. The methodology is available at

The University of Minnesota Crookston has been ranked among the top 100 Baccalaureate Colleges in the U.S. by Washington Monthly in its 2018 College Guide. Washington Monthly touts its college rankings as an alternative to those done by other organizations in that the focus is on outcomes, and it uses three evaluative data pillars in its methodology: social mobility, research, and public service. The publication includes higher education institutions in four distinctive categories: National Universities, Liberal Arts Colleges, Master’s Universities, and Baccalaureate Colleges. Each category includes both public and private institutions. The U of M Crookston came in at #85 (its highest ranking to date) in its category, Baccalaureate Colleges, and it is the only Minnesota college in the top 100 on that list. View Washington Monthly’s full “2018 Rankings -- Baccalaureate Colleges” list at 

The Crookston campus was recently announced as having not only one of the lowest average student debt figures in the entire state of Minnesota for the graduating Class of 2017, but also one of the lowest average student debt figures for all public institutions in the U.S. Specifically, University of Minnesota Crookston ranked #5 among public and private institutions of higher education in Minnesota in terms of having one of the lowest average student debt figures (refer to The U of M Crookston also ranked #184 among the “Public Top 200 Lowest Debt” public colleges and universities in the nation. These rankings were released as part of LendEDU’s third annual Student Loan Debt by School by State Report. Learn more at

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 35 bachelor's degree programs, 25 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 16 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit


Elizabeth Tollefson

University Relations