Students Say

The University of Minnesota is a massive, well-run, public research university located in the Twin Cities. The science departments here are “across the board…superb,” and the prestigious Carlson School of Management is “one of the best business schools in the Midwest, with a reasonable tuition” to boot. Students say that the university boasts “just about every major you can think of,” and students appreciate the “never-ending resources available to them” within the university and the city. Research is of paramount importance at the university, which means that “there are incredible opportunities [for undergraduates] to work in ANY field of research.”

Overview

Applicants
44,761
Acceptance Rate
45%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
560 - 690
SAT Math
620 - 750
SAT Writing
570 - 680
ACT Composite
26 - 30

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

The University of Minnesota is a massive, well-run, public research university located in the Twin Cities. The science departments here are “across the board…superb,” and the prestigious Carlson School of Management is “one of the best business schools in the Midwest, with a reasonable tuition” to boot. Students say that the university boasts “just about every major you can think of,” and students appreciate the “never-ending resources available to them” within the university and the city. Research is of paramount importance at the university, which means that “there are incredible opportunities [for undergraduates] to work in ANY field of research.” Given the size of the university, students have to contend with some “introductory level classes with 300-plus students, but as you get into the higher level classes, there are fewer students and the professors make lots of effort to connect personally.” Many professors are “professionals working in the field; therefore, they have practical working knowledge of the subject material,” which improves students’ academic experience. Additionally, “the school does a good job of connecting with the outside community to set up internships and service learning opportunities” for students. The fact that the university is so “close to the city [makes] it easy to make connections with professionals” and provides ample “opportunities to intern in your field of study.” Students of the University of Minnesota’s Honors Program give it rave reviews and add that it is a “very valuable part of the university, and it sets Minnesota apart.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
:1
Total Faculty
2,913
with Terminal Degree
1,981

1,631
Men
1,282
Women
406
Minority
117
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
76%
Graduate in 6 years
78%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
  • Agricultural Business and Management, General
  • Agricultural Business and Management, Other
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Mechanization, Other
  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences, Other
  • Agriculture, General
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Animal/Livestock Husbandry and Production
  • Crop Production
  • Dairy Science
  • Food Science
  • Horticultural Science
  • Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management
  • Plant Sciences, General
  • Soil Science and Agronomy, General

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
  • Architecture and Related Services, Other
  • Environmental Design/Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Area Studies, Other
  • East Asian Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • South Asian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Animal Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biometry/Biometrics
  • Biostatistics
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Botany/Plant Biology, Other
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
  • Ecology
  • Entomology
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
  • Neuroscience
  • Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Finance, General
  • Hospitality and Recreation Marketing Operations
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Insurance
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Labor and Industrial Relations
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Retailing and Retail Operations
  • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • Journalism
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications

  • Education

  • Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education, General
  • Education, Other
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Sales and Marketing Operations/Marketing and Distribution Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Technical Teacher Education
  • Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
  • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Geological/Geophysical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Metallurgical Engineering
  • Mining and Mineral Engineering
  • Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Writing, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Child Care and Support Services Management
  • Family and Consumer Economics and Related Services, Other
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, Other
  • Family Systems
  • Housing and Human Environments, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Arabic Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Linguistics
  • Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • South Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
  • Dental Services and Allied Professions, Other
  • Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • Music Therapy/Therapist
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Library Science

  • Library Science/Librarianship

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Nutrition Sciences

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies
  • Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
  • Forestry, General
  • Forestry, Other
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy, Other
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management
  • Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Personal and Culinary Services

  • Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Islamic Studies
  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Geophysics and Seismology
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Developmental and Child Psychology
  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
  • Social Work

  • Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC, ROTC)

  • Army JROTC/ROTC

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Economics
  • Criminology
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Theology/Theological Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Visual Communications, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fashion/Apparel Design
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Interior Design
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Diploma
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Garrison Keillor
author and entertainer

Leonid Hurwicz
Nobel Prize winner - 2007

Hubert Humphrey
former U.S. Vice President

Walter Mondale
former U.S. Vice President

Bob Dylan
singer

Georgia O'Keefe
artist

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
77
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Bottom Line

Tuition and fees at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities runs about $13,626 per year for Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Manitoba, Wisconsin residents. Nonresidents get a pretty good deal also: they can expect to pay in the range of $20,876 a year. Room and board is an additional $8,554, bringing the total cost of attendance to $22,180 for residents and $29,430 for nonresidents. University of Minnesota also fosters both learning and frugality with its unique thirteenth-credit tuition incentive in which every credit after thirteen is free of charge, keeping costs down for families and helping students achieve graduation in four years. Students typically take fifteen to sixteen credits each semester or 120 credits over four years.

Bang For Your Buck

University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive program of need-based and merit-based aid. Each year, the incoming freshmen class receives over $25 million in academic scholarships to be used over the course of their college careers. Awards last four years, and range from $1,000–$12,000 each year. U of M offers a national scholarship program for nonresident freshmen that covers the difference between in-state and nonresident tuition. There are nine conventional residence halls, plus three new apartment-style facilities.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,335

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$9,388

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,624

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,796

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
60%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$10,335

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Other
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
ROTC scholarship, Academic Merit scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

The university is filled with a diverse body of students that runs the gamut from “typical Midwesterners” to “pockets of people from all over the world, most notably from China and India,” as well as a good deal of hipsters and a large LGBT community. Students “respect the differences in each other,” and students are, overall, “very welcoming and friendly.” “It’s not difficult to find friends or people to talk to in any class. The students are one of the university’s high points.” Though the campus “tends to lean liberal,” students say that “political activeness/awareness is lacking.” “Students have strong affiliation with their individual colleges and student groups that they are involved in.” Students find their different niches “by joining different clubs and activities outside of the classroom.” The general consensus is that the typical University of Minnesota student “has no trouble fitting in here. We have such a large, diverse community that it is almost impossible not to find people you get along with and share the same values with.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
34,351
Out of State

International
11%
Foreign Countries Represented
134

Demographics

9.94%
Asian
4.46%
African-American
3.58%
Hispanic
77.44%
Caucasian
10.65%
International

51% female
49% male
84% are full time
16% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Life on the University of Minnesota’s “beautiful” and “environmentally friendly” campus is filled with “unlimited opportunities” for fun and recreation. Students say they “love how easy it is to get involved” on campus, whether it is in the popular Greek life on campus or the multitudes of clubs and sports readily available to them. On the weekends, “drinking is very wide-spread but is by no means the only source of fun.” Many students say that their “favorite part of living at the U of M is that there is plenty to do on and near campus, but you are also in the heart of a vibrant, exciting city.” Due to its location in an “incredible city” with a flourishing music and arts scene, students often “venture into the heart of Minneapolis to clubs, music shows, sporting events, and more.” Outdoor activities are also “popular year-round—we have famous biking and walking trails, parks, and wide open spaces for students to take advantage of…to ski, skate, run, unicycle, and leapfrog around to their hearts’ content.” The campus in general is “pretty active, which has led to our recreation center being expanded. It’s nice to live in an encouraging, athletic environment like that because it makes it easier to make healthy choices.” Though the University of Minnesota is a huge school, students say they feel a sense of pride in their community: “I love the atmosphere, I love the city, and I love the size. It isn’t a school incredibly focused on a high octane ‘school spirit,’ but I do feel incredibly united with the rest of the student body.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
23%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
81
First-Year Students living on campus
87%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
82

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Eric Schnell

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Assessment report required

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
No

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
600
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
12
Number of Religious Organizations
10

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Golden Gophers)
13 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Golden Gophers)
14 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Gymnastics
Ice Hockey
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

If you’re interested in applying sustainable strategies at the interface of science, technology, business, and public policy, the University of Minnesota may be the place for you. A number of student groups with a sustainability focus already exist on campus; these provide opportunities for learning and to be involved in the campus community. A number of University organizations carry out research into sustainability practices and make students a part of their team. One of the participating organizations, the Water Resources Center, educates both students and the community by funding research, partnering with local farmers, and providing opportunities for students to work directly with professionals in the water resources field. The University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment offers a sustainability minor, one of the first sustainability minors in the country. The institute sponsors Frontiers in the Environment, a professional lecture series, offers opportunities for research, and sponsors the Acara Challenge courses which awards funding to student-led social ventures that aim to improve global water, food, transportation, and other quality of life issues. Lectures and seminars hosted by the Institute in the Environment are often free and open to students and the public and speakers have included major figures in academia, business leaders, and environmental activists. Other programs include: River Life, The University of Minnesota’s Recycling Program, the “It All Adds Up” campaign to reduce emissions, and Helmets and Headlights, which provides bicycle equipment to the campus community for an affordable price. The university is also a member of the Founding Circle for the “Billion Dollar Green Challenge, ” which encourages participating colleges and universities to collectively invest a total of $1 billion in self-managed revolving funds that finance energy efficiency improvements.

Green Rating
98
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
19%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20000

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Address
Admissions Office
240 Williamson Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone
800-862-6466


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Weisman Art Museum
McNamara Alumni Center
TCF Bank Stadium
Goldstein Gallery
Northrup Memorial Auditorium
Coffman Memorial Union, Mariucci Arena, University Theater, Rarig Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Science Museum
Mall of America
Walker Art Center
ValleyFair Amusement Park
Target Center
Excel Energy Center

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and selected Saturdays September-May
Mon 8am-6pm Tues-Fri 8am-4:30pm
800-862-6466

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: Varies

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport is approximately 12 miles from campus. Two hotels on campus provide daytime limousine service from the airport. For details, call Radisson University Hotel (800-333-3333 or 612-379-8888) or Holiday Inn Metrodome (800-HOLIDAY or 612-333-4646). Amtrak trains and Greyhound buses serve the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Taxis are available for the drive from the terminals to campus. Public transportation to campus is available: Metro Transit provides bus service to and from the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport. For more information, call 612-344-7000.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-94 (east or west), take the Huron Blvd. exit (235B). From I-35 (east or west), take the University Ave. SE exit (18).
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Key Stats

44,761
Applicants
34,351
Size
45%
Acceptance Rate
1310
SAT Scores

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