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Great research opportunities, and "phenomenal" engineering programs" among other fantastic department, attract students to the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. "A top-ranked university in a beautiful city that has a lot of great job opportunities"—how could you resist? And, given its "large" size, it's a virtual guarantee that "anyone can find what they want to do." Even better, they university really makes an effort to "help students discover themselves." An impressed psych major explains, "Our school pushes us to expand our horizons, to go outside of our comfort zones, and to try things that we never would have considered trying before." And Minnesota deftly maintains "a small school feeing" amidst "an urban setting," something many undergrads here value. By and large, Minnesota professors tend to be "approachable and are more than willing to take time out of their day to ensure you understand the material." They are also "very knowledgeable" and "strive to make [the subject matter] exciting." In short, "the University of Minnesota is a place with endless opportunity for those willing to discover their passions."

Student Body

Given the university's large undergraduate population, it's rather difficult to put "[students] into one category." Indeed, Minnesota truly manages to net "a wide variety of people." A dental hygiene student confirms this stating, "We have so much diversity here, that it is hard to pinpoint a general student type." And a mechanical engineering major quickly follows up, "Due to its size, everyone can find their niche and be free to express who they are." That being said, undergrads report that most of their peers are "generally quite friendly and outgoing." And everyone is "pretty willing to go out of their way for others, we are Minnesota nice after all." Further, many "students are driven to succeed and to make the most of the vast opportunities offered by the UMN." And a political science matter-of-factly asserts that a large number of students are "white, middle to upper middle-class Midwesterner[s], most likely hailing from Minnesota, Wisconsin, or the Dakotas." Of course, at the very least, nearly all Minnesota undergrads can "fit in by bonding over how much [they] hate winter."

Campus Life

Attending the University of Minnesota means that your life is likely be "full of variety." Indeed, from "biking [and] outdoor games [to] reading in the park, going to the farmers market, attending events at Coffman or TCF Bank Stadium, or taking the green line down town to explore" undergrads here "can get involved in almost anything." UMN also "hosts a lot of lectures and discussions with prominent figures" like Sandra Day O'Connor and the Dalai Lama. Further, as a member of the Big 10 conference, it's no surprise that "sporting events are widely popular, even if we aren't doing very well." As if that wasn't enough, "the Coffman building always has something going on—movies, book signings—and there are a ton of student groups to join, no experience necessary." There is also a "thriving" Greek population on campus, and a social scene that also involves a handful of "house parties," which typically feature "alcohol and lots of dancing." And, of course, the Twin Cities themselves have "a lot going on!" As a political science student succinctly puts it, "If you're bored on a weekend then you're not looking hard enough."


Acceptance Rate

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 700
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
620 - 740
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
570 - 690

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
640 - 770

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 31

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component recommended

Other Admission Factors


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Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

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Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agricultural Business and Management, Other
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Food Science
  • Horticultural Science
  • Plant Sciences, General
  • Soil Science and Agronomy, General

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architectural Sciences and Technology, Other
  • Architecture
  • City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning
  • Environmental Design/Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American Indian/Native American Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
  • Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Animal Physiology
  • Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomathematics and Bioinformatics, Other
  • Biophysics
  • Biostatistics
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Botany/Plant Biology, Other
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Histology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecology
  • Entomology
  • Epidemiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
  • Microbiology and Immunology
  • Microbiology, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Toxicology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology, General
  • Physiology, Pathology, and Related Sciences, Other
  • Plant Pathology/Phytopathology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Accounting and Related Services, Other
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Finance, General
  • Hospitality and Recreation Marketing Operations
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • Insurance
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
  • Marketing, Other
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management
  • Operations Management and Supervision
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Research and Development Management
  • Retailing and Retail Operations
  • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
  • Taxation

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • Health Communication
  • Journalism
  • Journalism, Other
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Political Communication

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
  • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Construction Trades

  • Building/Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection, Other

  • Education

  • Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
  • Adult Literacy Tutor/Instructor
  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Bilingual and Multilingual Education
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education, Other
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism
  • Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
  • Educational Evaluation and Research
  • Educational Leadership and Administration, General
  • Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision
  • Educational/Instructional Media Design
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
  • Multicultural Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Special Education and Teaching, Other
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor
  • Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
  • Biomedical/Medical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, Other
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Geological/Geophysical Engineering
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering
  • Water Resources Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Nanotechnology

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

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

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Adult Development and Aging
  • Apparel and Textiles, General
  • Family and Consumer Economics and Related Services, Other
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Related Services, Other
  • Housing and Human Environments, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • American Indian/Native American Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Italian Language and Literature
  • Language Interpretation and Translation
  • Linguistics
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Advanced General Dentistry (Cert., MS/MPH, PhD/DPH)
  • Advanced/Graduate Dentistry and Oral Sciences, Other
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Hearing Sciences
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Bioethics/Medical Ethics
  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science and Allied Professions, Other
  • Communication Disorders, General
  • Dental Clinical Sciences, General (MS, PhD)
  • Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
  • Dental Services and Allied Professions, Other
  • Dentistry (DDS, DMD)
  • Environmental Health
  • Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Health/Medical Physics
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • International Public Health/International Health
  • Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing
  • Medical Scientist (MS, PhD)
  • Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry (MS, PhD)
  • Medicine (MD)
  • Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
  • Mental Health Counseling/Counselor
  • Music Therapy/Therapist
  • Nursing Administration
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Orthoptics/Orthoptist
  • Pharmacy (PharmD [USA], PharmD or BS/BPharm [Canada])
  • Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy and Regulatory Affairs (MS, PhD)
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Public Health Education and Promotion
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Public Health, Other
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
  • Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  • Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General (Cert., MS, PhD)

  • History

  • History
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Technology

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Law (LL.B.,J.D.)
  • Legal Professions and Studies, Other
  • Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LL.M., M.C.L.)

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Financial Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Cognitive Science
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Nutrition Sciences

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

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

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Personal and Culinary Services

  • Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

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

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astrophysics
  • Atomic/Molecular Physics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Developmental and Child Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Psychology, General
  • Research and Experimental Psychology

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

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

  • Residency Programs

  • Dental Residency Program, Other
  • Endodontics Specialty

  • Science Technologies/Technicians

  • Science Technologies/Technicians, Other

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Economics
  • Cartography
  • 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

  • Bible/Biblical Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Design and Applied Arts, Other
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Music, General


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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

Georgia O'Keefe

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

U of M Career Services is somewhat unique in that each college has its own career center catering to the specific needs of its students. While these centers are linked through a main Career Services office, the majority of the services available at U of M, such as advising, career fairs, and job search tools, are offered through the individual colleges. As such, "academic advising and career services differ from college to college," but most students seem to be pleased with the quality of what is offered. One student reports that "my advisor and the career center are excellent guides," and another states that, "I'm always getting emails [from] the career center, all on-campus jobs offer training for finding jobs after graduation, and the information on post grad options are extremely easy to find." There are also resources available specifically for women, LGBT students, international students, and other demographic groups. According to the school, U of M alumni have founded over 19,000 companies. Out of graduates visiting, 55 percent report feeling as though they derive a high level of meaning from their careers.


Application Deadlines

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
Tuition (Out-of-State)
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



52% female
48% male
86% are full time
14% are part time


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Eric Schnell

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
Assessment report required

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Golden Gophers)
13 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Golden Gophers)
14 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

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


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.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Campus Visits Contact

Admissions Office
240 Williamson Hall
Minneapolis, MN 55455


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

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions
Not Available


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available


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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