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Forbes ranks Minnesota State Mankato in top quartile

Forbes ranks Minnesota State Mankato in top quartile.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [8/11/2011]

Forbes magazine’s latest “America’s Best Colleges” list ranks Minnesota State University, Mankato among the top quartile of the nation’s four-year public and private colleges and universities.

The annual list “focuses on educational outcomes, not reputations,” according to Forbes.

Minnesota State Mankato – one of four Minnesota public universities on the list – is the highest-ranking Minnesota State Colleges & Universities institution.

The list, compiled by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, ranks 650 undergraduate institutions that offer high-quality education, significant student experiences opportunities for student achievement. There are 2,363 four-year higher education institutions in the United States.

The list looks at “things that matter the most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt,” the Forbes website says. “We try and evaluate the college purchase as a consumer would: Is it worth spending as much as a quarter of a million dollars for this degree?” Forbes adds.

The rankings are led by Williams College, Princeton, the U.S. Military Academy, Amherst, Stanford and Harvard.

Minnesota State Mankato, with an average annual cost of $23,047, is one of the best values on the list.

The list is at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,393 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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