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The size of a school’s student body is an important factor for aspiring nurses to consider. Minnesota’s 100,000+ practicing nurses hail from a variety of institutions and programs, including short-term certificate programs, two-year associate’s degrees, four-year bachelor's degrees, and specialized master's and doctorate degrees.

Public universities typically have large student bodies numbering in the thousands. As a result, they often have vibrant school environments with many peer organizations, more affordable tuition, a diverse set of programs, and a greater number of renowned professors. In comparison, private schools are a better option for those who prefer small class sizes and more personal interactions with professors. Smaller schools may not offer the variety of courses that larger universities do, but a major advantage is the individual attention that these institutions provide.

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To draw the starkest contrast, the University of Minnesota has 65,000 students and offers nursing programs at the baccalaureate, graduate certificate, master's, and doctorate levels, with specializations like nursing administration and nursing science. Herzing University, on the other hand, is a small career-oriented private university that focuses all of its nursing resources on its sole bachelor's degree program. Students at these two institutions will enjoy very different experiences, even if pursuing the same degree type.

If you’re interested in finding your best-fit nursing program in Minnesota, check out our list of nursing schools below, ordered from largest to smallest.

Twin Cities metro area

Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 170 students during the 2012 period
Hennepin Technical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 153 students during the 2012 period
University of Minnesota
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 124 students during the 2012 period
Master's in Registered Nursing: 63 students during the 2012 period
St Catherine University - Minneapolis
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 122 students during the 2012 period
North Hennepin Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 118 students during the 2012 period
Inver Hills Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 112 students during the 2012 period
St Catherine University - Saint Paul
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 111 students during the 2012 period
Century College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87 students during the 2012 period
Normandale Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 86 students during the 2012 period
Bethel University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 82 students during the 2012 period
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 74 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 43 students during the 2012 period
Anoka Technical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 65 students during the 2012 period
Dakota County Technical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 60 students during the 2012 period
Saint Paul College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 54 students during the 2012 period
Globe University / Minnesota School of Business
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 50 students during the 2012 period
Herzing University - Minneapolis
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 24 students during the 2012 period
Metropolitan State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 23 students during the 2012 period
National American University - Bloomington
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 20 students during the 2012 period
Crown College
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 14 students during the 2012 period

Other Minnesota cities

Rasmussen College - Minnesota
Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing: 290 students during the 2012 period
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 94 students during the 2012 period
Winona State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 191 students during the 2012 period
Minnesota State Community and Technical College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 152 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 116 students during the 2012 period
The College of Saint Scholastica
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 141 students during the 2012 period
Lake Superior College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 119 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 33 students during the 2012 period
Rochester Community and Technical College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 113 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 32 students during the 2012 period
Minnesota State College - Southeast Technical
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 99 students during the 2012 period
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 92 students during the 2012 period
Ridgewater College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 98 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 79 students during the 2012 period
St Cloud Technical and Community College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 96 students during the 2012 period
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 40 students during the 2012 period
Central Lakes College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 94 students during the 2012 period
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 77 students during the 2012 period
Saint Cloud State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 91 students during the 2012 period
Minnesota West Community and Technical College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 87 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 78 students during the 2012 period
Northland Community and Technical College - East Grand Forks
Associate's in Licensed Practical Nursing: 87 students during the 2012 period
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 76 students during the 2012 period
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 80 students during the 2012 period
Riverland Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 70 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 30 students during the 2012 period
Northwest Technical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 66 students during the 2012 period
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 51 students during the 2012 period
South Central College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 66 students during the 2012 period
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 27 students during the 2012 period
Pine Technical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 60 students during the 2012 period
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 18 students during the 2012 period
Hibbing Community College
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 55 students during the 2012 period
Gustavus Adolphus College
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 48 students during the 2012 period
Northland Community and Technical College - Thief River Falls
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 47 students during the 2012 period
Alexandria Technical & Community College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 45 students during the 2012 period
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 26 students during the 2012 period
College of Saint Benedict / Saint John's University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 44 students during the 2012 period
Itasca Community College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 44 students during the 2012 period
Concordia College at Moorhead
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 39 students during the 2012 period
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 37 students during the 2012 period
Associate's in Registered Nursing: 17 students during the 2012 period
Mesabi Range Community and Technical College
Certificate in Licensed Practical Nursing: 36 students during the 2012 period
Bemidji State University
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 34 students during the 2012 period
Presentation College - Fairmont
Bachelor's in Registered Nursing: 26 students during the 2012 period
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