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University of Minnesota Crookston Earns Multiple Accolades

By Andrew Svec on
Thursday, September 28, 2017

(updated June 21, 2018)

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) and a number of its online academic degree programs have earned national rankings from various organizations and online resources. The accolades were all awarded during fall semester 2017 and into 2018.

award badge - freshman financial aid 2017UMC has been 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 came 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 studentloans.net/public-schools-freshman-financial-aid-2017.

Niche badgeUMC is ranked among the “Top Public Universities in Minnesota” (at number 3) for 2018 by Niche, an online educational resource. Niche also listed UMC at number1 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 www.niche.com/colleges/university-of-minnesota---crookston/rankings.

Niche badgeNiche also listed UMC at number 1 among the "Safest College Campuses in Minnesota" for 2018 and ranked UMC 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 www.niche.com/colleges/search/safest-colleges/s/minnesota and the list of best college dorms at www.niche.com/colleges/search/best-college-dorms/s/minnesota.

College Factual Badge for Non-Traditional StudentsUMC has been ranked among the top 10 “Best Colleges for Returning Adults in Minnesota” for 2018 by College Factual, an online educational resource. The "non-traditional" student label refers to any student that falls outside the norm of first-time, full-time students under the age of 25. Included in this label are part-time students, transfer students, as well as adults heading back to school after an absence, or going for the first time. Additionally, the U of M Crookston is ranked #109 out of a total of 1,165 colleges and universities evaluated in the U.S. in providing quality education to non-traditional students. This puts UMC in the top 10% of colleges and universities ideal for returning adults or non-traditional students. College Factual’s rankings include both traditional universities with distance learning programs as well as primarily online institutions. For more information, follow the links below to the respective ranking lists.

“Best Colleges for Returning Adults in Minnesota” (UMC at #10) - www.collegefactual.com/rankings/non-traditional/the-plains-states/minnesota/
“Best Colleges for Returning Adults – Nationwide” (UMC at #109) - www.collegefactual.com/rankings/non-traditional/p11.html

best online colleges in Minnesota badgeThe U of M Crookston is ranked among the “Top Online Colleges & Universities in Minnesota” at number 2 for 2018 by Affordable Colleges Online, an online educational resource. Schools were ranked by a number of metrics including cost of tuition, count and breadth of online programs available, student-faculty ratio, graduation rates, and scholarship and grant aid, among others. See the full list at www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/minnesota/#4-year-best-college-ranking.

Best Colleges in Minnesota BadgeUMC is ranked among the top 5 “Best 4-Year Colleges in Minnesota” by Schools.com, an online educational resource. UMC came 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. The list also considered both on-campus and online study options. View the full list at www.schools.com/colleges/minnesota.

best online colleges badgeThe U of M Crookston is ranked among the 50 “Best Online Colleges and Universities” at number 23 in the nation for 2018 by College Choice, an online educational resource. College Choice’s rankings take into account a number of factors including an institution’s accreditation, national reputation, academic excellence, and affordability. See the full listing at www.collegechoice.net/rankings/best-online-colleges-and-universities.

College Consensus BadgeUMC is ranked among the top 50 (at number 28) “Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest” for 2018 by College Consensus, an online educational resource. The College Consensus listing highlights the smaller public and private bachelor’s and associate’s degree colleges using a methodology that combines published rankings by numerous reputable ranking agencies with verified student reviews. See the full list at www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-regional-colleges-midwest.


Specific Degree Program Accolades

College Factual Most Focused badgeThe online educational resource College Factual has ranked a number of specific majors and degree programs offered by the U of M Crookston among the “most focused,” a measure of overall quality. Learn more at www.collegefactual.com/colleges/university-of-minnesota-crookston/rankings/badges.

The U of M Crookston was listed among the top five percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. in the following College Factual categories for 2018:
Accounting (UMC offers majors in Accounting and in Finance)
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations (UMC offers majors in Agricultural Business and in Agricultural Systems Management)
Natural Resources & Conservation (UMC offers a major in Natural Resources) 
Plant Sciences (UMC offers majors in Agronomy and in Horticulture)

The U of M Crookston was listed among the top ten percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. in the following category for 2018:
Animal Science (UMC offers majors in Animal Science and in Equine Science, both majors feature a pre-veterinary emphasis)

The U of M Crookston was listed among the top fifteen percent of colleges and universities in the U.S. in the following categories for 2018:
Agricultural Production (UMC offers majors in Agricultural Systems Management in Agronomy)
Business Management & Marketing (UMC offers majors in Management and in Marketing)

Top Business Degrees badgeUMC’s online degree program in International Business is ranked among the top 21 (at number 1) “Online Bachelor’s in International Business Programs" in the nation for 2018 by the online education resource the Top Business Schools and Degrees. See the full list at www.top-business-degrees.net/best/best-online-programs-bachelors-in-international-business.

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UMC’s online degree program in Entrepreneurship is ranked among the top 25 (at number 11) “Best Online Bachelor’s in Entrepreneurship Degrees" in the nation for 2017 by the online education resource College Choice. See the full list at www.collegechoice.net/rankings/online-bachelors-in-entrepreneurship-degrees.

College Choice Best SRM BadgeUMC’s online degree program in Sport & Recreation Management is ranked among the top 15 (at number 8) “Best Online Sports Management Degrees" in the nation for 2017 by the online education resource College Choice. See the full list at www.collegechoice.net/rankings/best-online-sports-management-degrees.

College Choice award badgeUMC’s online degree program in International Business is ranked among the top 15 (at number 10) “Best Online International Business Degrees" in the nation for 2017 by the online education resource College Choice. See the full list at www.collegechoice.net/rankings/best-online-international-business-degrees.

best online accounting degree badgeUMC’s online degree program in Accounting in ranked among the top 30 (at number 29) “Best Online Accounting Degrees” in the nation for 2018 by Affordable Colleges Online, an online educational resource. See the full list at www.affordablecollegesonline.org/degrees/accounting-programs/#4-year-best-college-ranking.

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UMC’s online degree program in Marketing is ranked among the top 20 (at number 7) “Best Online Bachelor’s in Marketing Degree Programs" in the nation for 2018 by the online education resource the Best Schools. See the full list at www.thebestschools.org/rankings/best-online-bachelors-marketing-degree-programs.

The Best Schools badgeUMC’s online degree program in Information Technology Management is ranked among the top 20 (at number 11) “Best Online Bachelor of Information Technology Degree Programs" in the nation for 2018 by the online education resource the Best Schools. See the full list at www.thebestschools.org/rankings/best-online-bachelor-it-information-technology-degree-programs.

badge ITM SR Education GroupUMC is ranked among the “Top Online Colleges Offering Information Technology Degrees” for 2018 by SR Education Group’s Guide to Online Schools, an online resource focusing on best values in online education. UMC came in at number 15 on this national listing. See the full list at www.guidetoonlineschools.com/degrees/information-technology.

SR Ed Group BadgeUMC is ranked among the “Best Online Colleges Offering Bachelor's in Communications Degrees" for 2018 by SR Education Group’s Guide to Online Schools, an online resource focusing on best values in online education. UMC came in at number 24 on this national listing. See the full list at www.guidetoonlineschools.com/degrees/communications#best-value.

Best College Reviews BadgeUMC’s online degree program in Sport & Recreation Management is ranked among the “Top 15 Best Sports Management Degree Programs Online (Bachelor’s)" in the nation for 2017-2018 by the online education resource Best College Reviews. UMC’s degree program came in at number 8. See the full list at www.bestcollegereviews.org/top/sports-management-degree-programs-online-bachelors

Top Acct Degrees BadgeUMC’s online degree program in Finance is ranked among the top 35 (at number 8) “Most Affordable Online Bachelor’s in Finance" in the nation for 2018 by the online education resource Top Accounting Degrees. See the full list at www.topaccountingdegrees.org/best-affordable-online-bachelors-in-finance.

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UMC’s online degree program in Management has been named among “Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Management Programs” in the nation for 2018 by Best Colleges, an online educational resource. UMC came in at number 33 in the list of 50 colleges and universities across the U.S. View the full list at www.bestcolleges.com/features/top-online-business-management-degree-programs/#row-33.

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