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Begin Your School Research

Entering higher education is a serious commitment and the many choices available can be confusing. Start here to simplify your research.

Find Minnesota Schools and Programs

ISEEK is a great place to start. You can search for over 280 Minnesota schools, 8,400 programs, and more than 300 majors. There is also a complete directory for online education.

Locate specific school pages and find:

  • Programs and courses
  • Admission's office information, address, phone number, and e-mail address
  • Costs
  • Financial aid, such as school scholarships and loan programs
  • Student services, such as health care, childcare, disability services, and computer services
  • Links to popular school website pages
  • Student population, such as ethnicity, gender, and enrollment percentages
  • View map to school
  • Housing

College Catalogs

Request college catalogs to learn more about a school. For Minnesota schools, click "Send Me Info" to ask for materials. Catalogs are also available at college career offices, public libraries, and high school guidance offices. Review the catalogs for:

  • Requirements for admission
  • General education requirements for graduation
  • List of required courses in the academic programs that interest you
  • Course descriptions
  • Qualifications of the professors

Consider Schools Nationwide

CareerOneStop's Education and Training Finder helps you search for colleges in other states that offer programs in your major or field of study.

College Affordability Guide brings together national data for you to see which colleges are likely to be the best value for the money. They focus on graduation/transfer rates and loan default rates, with the idea that completing one's studies, and being able to pay back one's loans, together form a reasonable baseline for a worthwhile college experience. You can rank colleges by state or degree subject.

College Navigator is a free consumer information tool designed to compare postsecondary institutions nationwide. Features include an interactive map, the ability to view search criteria at all times, and make modifications without starting over.

College Scorecard is a free, interactive way to search for a college that is a good fit for you, and for you to learn about a college's affordability and value. The tool will give you scorecards for colleges based on factors like programs or majors offered, location, and enrollment size.

Explore Distance Education Options

Distance education is described as any time a student and instructor are not in the same place. This includes correspondence study or using audio, video, or computer technologies to connect.

Are distance learning courses for you? Take ISEEK's Distance Learning Quiz to find out. Discover more about online learning. Minnesota colleges, universities, high schools, and middle schools offer distance learners quality courses and programs.

Other Higher Education Resources

  • Minnesota Career College Association
    Provides information about 14 of the state's private for-profit schools.

  • Minnesota Office of Higher Education
    GetReadyForCollege.org has information for parents, high school, and adult students about preparing for college, financial aid, application and entrance requirements, evaluating colleges, and more.

  • Minnesota Private Colleges Council
    Contains useful information on Minnesota's private colleges, tips on searching for a college and links to 17 four–year private colleges and universities in Minnesota.

  • Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
    With 53 campuses in 46 communities, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities offer many educational choices across the state.

  • U.S. Department of Education
    The Department of Education website has information about financial aid, scholarships, technology in schools, articles about education–related issues, data about the number of people going to college and graduating, and links to other education sites.

  • University of Minnesota
    With five campuses, the University of Minnesota is the second largest institution of higher education in the Midwest.