See what students say:


“Although originally an agricultural college, UM has made the leap and accepted the changing times” by adding technological elements and creating stellar programs in natural resources management as well as animal science, biology, equine, veterinary, and business management. The school utilizes its rural campus to promote “hands on” learning through required internships in many fields. The school’s size allows students to get “the private school deal at a public school” with small classes. However, the small size means there are often scheduling difficulties for upper division classes “especially when pursuing a second major or minor” and that some classes involve use of “web lectures which are not helpful to the learning experience.” Professors are generally highly accessible to students, creating a “family atmosphere” because they “have the ambition and drive to help students be successful at college.” While “most professors want to . . . teach and share their knowledge,” like many schools, some professors “are there for research and don’t really care about teaching.” The administration also has regular contact with students and “knows [many of] us on a first name basis,” contributing to the homey, familiar environment.

Student Body

The typical student is “outdoors[y]” and “lives a rural lifestyle;” one student said, “I fit in better here, with more animal lovers and farmers than back home.” Two-thirds of the campus is from Minnesota and 7% of the student body is international, “mostly from China and Korea.” While one student said there is “lots of diversity, [which] could be overwhelming” to many students there, most others feel that all types of students are “integrated within groups of friends and class groups.” Active groups for African American, Hispanic, Native American, and LGBT students also provide support for minorities, and while Crookston may have less racial diversity than other campuses, collaboration through “online courses with students from around the globe” provides opportunities for virtual exposure to all types of people in an academic setting. “Most people are friendly and welcoming here,” even if you don’t “listen to country music.”

Campus Life

In a rural environment, on-campus activities dominate student life. Alcohol is prohibited on campus, and there is very little outside bar scene, so “students drink in their rooms . . . causing many problems.” However, when students want to hit the “big city,” “people go to Grand Fork, ND . . . just 20 miles away” or they “head to Fargo.” Closer to home, “the local movie theater has two [theaters] and is fairly cheap” and once a month “the school allows us to go to the theater for free.” One student noted, “There are multiple parks [where] we hang out” and “a community pool” that is open to students on certain days. In general, though, people hang out on campus; “there are student-run activities throughout the week,” although participation levels vary, and “some people hunt [or fish] in the fall,” “cook food [to avoid] eating at the cafeteria,” “or play [lots of] video games.” Sports are also an important part of campus life, though “it would be nice if we had a winning football team” and the athletics department “only cares about athletes and not regular students.” As one student said, “Everywhere you look you see cows, it smells like a barn, and it is [a] ‘ya-sure-ya-betcha’ small-town school . . . and that’s why I love it.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Darlene Scheving
Office Assistant

University of Minnesota, Crookston
2900 University Avenue
Crookston, MN 56716



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Sargeant Student Center
University Teaching and Outreach Center
Sports Center
Bergland Laboratory
Centennial Hall Student Apartments
Campus Mall Kiehle Auditorium Immersive Visualization Lab

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Widmans Candy Shop
Lake Agassiz Wildlife Refuge
Glacial Ridge Nature Conservancy
Voyageur's View Camping & Tubing
Minakwa Golf Club & Driving Range
25 minutes from Grand Forks, ND 75 minutes from Fargo, ND 3 hours from Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

nearly every Mon-Fri 10:30 & 1:30

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

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Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Bus transportation is available to Crookston. The city of Grand Forks, ND is located 25 miles to the west and is served by Amtrak Railroad and an International airport. A shuttle bus runs between the campus and the city of Crookston daily during the academic year.

Driving Instructions to Campus
25 miles east of Grand Forks, ND on Highway 2. Campus is located at the intersection of Hwy 2 and Hwy 75 North

Local Accommodations
AmericInn Lodge & Suites 1821 University Avenue 218-281-7800 or 1-800-634-3444 www.americinn.com/hotels/mn/crookston Golf Terrace Motel 1731 University Avenue 218-281-2626 Americas Best Value Inn 2200 University Avenue 218-281-5210


Applicants: 927
Acceptance Rate: 71%
Average HS GPA: 3.15



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