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University of Minnesota Crookston Earns Impressive Accolades

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Monday, November 27, 2017

The University of Minnesota Crookston recently earned national rankings and accolades from a number organizations and online resources.

The U of M Crookston is ranked among the “Top Public Universities in Minnesota” (at number 3) for 2018 by Niche, an online educational resource. Niche also lists the Crookston campus at number 1 among the “Best Online Colleges in Minnesota” and at number 5 among the “Best Online Colleges in America.” Niche rankings are based on “rigorous analysis of data and reviews” including academic, admissions, financial, and student life data from the U.S. Department of Education along with reviews from students and alumni. See the full lists at

Niche also lists the U of M Crookston at number 1 among the "Safest College Campuses in Minnesota" for 2018 and at number 4 on the list of “Best College Dorms in Minnesota.” The campus earned a grade of “A” for its residence halls. The ranking is based on statistics and student reviews, and Niche states, “Top-ranked colleges offer outstanding campus housing that is safe and clean with modern amenities at reasonable prices.” See the full list of safest campuses at and the list of best college dorms at, an online education resource, ranks the U of M Crookston among the top 5 “Best 4-Year Colleges in Minnesota.” The Crookston campus comes in at number 4 on the list, which was determined by a methodology considering cost, program flexibility, and graduation rates, as well as other factors. also considered both on-campus and online study options. View the full list at

The U of M Crookston is ranked nationally among the 100 “Top Public Schools for Freshman Financial Aid” by the Student Loan Report, an online resource covering student loan and debt issues in higher education. The U of M Crookston comes in at #77 on this list recognizing 250 American colleges and universities that do the best job of helping students financially. Schools were ranked based on the freshman financial aid awarded during the 2015-16 academic year. View the full list at

 The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 14 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


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