Minnesota State Drives $8.0 Billion of State’s Economy

67,717 jobs created or sustained by economic activity

ST. PAUL, Minn., Nov. 13, 2018 – The 30 colleges and seven universities that comprise Minnesota State contributed over $8.0 billion to the state’s economy in FY2017, according to an economic contribution analysis released today by Minnesota State. The study further concludes that the economic activity of the system supported or sustained 67,717 jobs throughout the state.

“The colleges and universities of Minnesota State play an essential role in growing Minnesota’s economy — through talent development and opening the doors of educational opportunity to all Minnesotans,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State. “But it’s also important to recognize that, simply through their operations and the business activity they generate, and through the increased productivity of their graduates, our state colleges and universities have a significant impact on both their local economies and the state as a whole.”

The study was conducted by Parker Philips, a nationally recognized consulting firm specializing in economic impact analysis. Nichole Parker, a principal partner at Parker Philips, said, “Economic contribution analysis is an objective way to measure the significance of an organization in the state and regional economy. It is a tool that policy makers can use to inform their decisions. The colleges and universities of Minnesota State clearly make a major contribution to their local, state, and regional economies.”

Among the findings in the study:

  • The $8.0 billion total economic contribution of Minnesota State in FY2017 included $4.1 billion direct and $3.9 billion indirect and induced spending, and was the result of operational spending, capital spending (10-year average), payroll and benefits paid to employees, student spending, and visitor spending.
  • The operations of Minnesota State support or sustain a total of 67,717 jobs – one out of every 55 jobs in the state.
  • Through its local spending and the jobs it supports or sustains, Minnesota State generates $458.5 million in state and local taxes.
  • The employees of Minnesota State contribute an estimated $116.2 million annually in charitable giving and volunteerism.
  • Minnesota State supports or sustains $1 out of every $42 in Minnesota’s economy.
  • For every $1 in state appropriation, Minnesota State generates nearly $12 in economic activity.

In addition to the significant impact of campus operations, the report also found that the income being added into the economy as a result of graduates obtaining post-secondary education is significant. In FY2017, the colleges and universities of Minnesota State conferred nearly 40,000 degrees and certificates, and the total number of alumni living and working in the state is more than 450,000.

The full economic contribution analysis and individual reports by college/university are available at MinnState.edu/IMPACT.


Minnesota State includes 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving approximately 375,000 students. It is the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States.

Minnesota State
Economic Contribution by College and University
Fiscal Year 2017


College/University or Reporting Group Total
Economic Impact
Total Jobs Impact Total State/Local Tax Impact
Alexandria Technical and Community College $114,468,601


Anoka-Ramsey, Anoka Technical College $371,749,582


Bemidji State University, Northwest Technical College $321,742,715 2,749 $18,277,920
Central Lakes College $135,818,812 1,107 $7,659,196
Century College $368,507,142 3,269 $21,891,438
Dakota County Technical College and
Inver Hills Community College
$334,563,627 2,881 $19,655,592
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College $49,490,833 448 $2,767,421
Hennepin Technical College $237,669,337 2,080 $13,942,069
Lake Superior College $195,922,081 1,843 $11,480,026
Metropolitan State University $393,974,276 3,600 $23,042,205
Minneapolis College $333,426,905 2,972 $19,754,848
Minnesota State College Southeast $80,346,402 694 $4,691,844
Minnesota State Community and Technical College $215,166,254 1,840 $12,451,792
Minnesota State University, Mankato $781,491,074 6,239 $43,343,804
Minnesota State University Moorhead $285,487,565 2,242 $15,776,423
Minnesota West Community and Technical College $128,576,385 1,140 $7,488,499
Normandale Community College $401,208,666 3,474 $23,794,282
North Hennepin Community College $272,495,975 2,360 $16,238,679
Northeast Higher Education District* $211,259,805 1,809 $11,726,289
Northland Community and Technical College $133,623,844 1,137 $7,854,313
Pine Technical and Community College $48,649,511 404 $2,751,494
Ridgewater College $170,200,331 1,456 $9,763,055
Riverland Community College $121,381,307 1,101 $7,072,695
Rochester Community and Technical College $231,888,706 2,009 $13,456,575
Saint Paul College $281,452,289 2,432 $16,644,122
South Central College $160,992,919 1,410 $9,402,372
Southwest Minnesota State University $173,127,685 1,421 $9,641,842
St. Cloud State University $686,482,370 5,515 $38,492,982
St. Cloud Technical and Community College $188,657,875 1,650 $11,133,634
Winona State University $447,897,126 3,465 $24,222,684
System $142,417,518 822 $6,720,188
Total $8,020,137,518          67,717 $458,457,564


*        The Northeast Higher Education District includes Hibbing Community College, Itasca Community College, Mesabi Range College, Rainy River Community College, and Vermilion Community College.

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