This report describes the results of the #RealCollege survey administered in the fall of 2018
and 2019 at 28 of the 37 public two-year and four-year colleges and universities in Minnesota, a
subset of the 227 institutions surveyed across the United States.
In 2018 and 2019, approximately 9,812 students from 25 two-year and three four-year colleges
in Minnesota responded to the #RealCollege survey. The results indicate:
• 37% of respondents were food insecure in the prior 30 days
• 48% of respondents were housing insecure in the previous year
• 18% of respondents were homeless in the previous year
Our findings highlight the need for continued evolution of programmatic
work to advance cultural shifts on college campuses, increased engagement with community
organizations and the private sector, more robust emergency aid programs, and a basic needs–
centered approach to government policy at all levels.