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Minneapolis, MN
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29,125
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$18,709 ($13,459)
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Average
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Reviews 2838 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Diversity: there are many different people from all over

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Senior

Athletics: Our soccer team did very well and most people were cheering for them

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Campus Dining: The food could be better with more options and a variety of hours

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The apartments right by campus are really expensive; however they are pretty nice.

3 people found this useful Report
2 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is really bad. It is filled with fat so get ready to gain some weight while you're here. There aren't a lot of choices and what they have usually doesn't taste very good. Avoid eating at Pio at all costs.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We have an AMAZING Greek system at Minnesota! I went Greek and it was the best decision I made in college. It opened up so many doors that I didn't even know existed.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I am obsessed with everything about my school. I have made amazing friends, and I know I am getting a quality education. This school was the perfect choice for me and if I had to do it all over again I would still be a Golden Gopher!

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Athletics: We have an amazing hockey team. It's so fun to go to all sorts of sporting events. They just redid the rec center so that facility is really nice for working out at!

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are a lot of international students but when I look around in most of my classes I just see a sea of white people.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: The police seem to react way too seriously about somethings and not serious enough about others.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Math department is awesome. There is an option to get a bachelor of science or a bachelor of arts. Both are great options which can lead to excellent career paths.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: At the U, you know you are getting a great education. There are so many opportunities for research and to learn about what you want to.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are some really great guys on campus! Everyone is really really nice!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The best dorm to live in is for sure 17th Avenue. They have really good rooms and the best dining hall on campus.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Since the U is located in a big city there is a lot to do! The Mall of America is only 20 minutes away and there is a lot of great dining both in Dinkytown and Downtown.

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5 College Sophomore

Diversity: While I will say that the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is pretty dominated by white people of Nordic descent, there are tons and tons of other ethnicities and cultures that are active on the campus. For instance, the Hmong, Indians, Chinese, and Vietnamese are just a few examples of the very active sub cultures that are available for one to participate in while on campus. Additionally, as one might imagine, having such a diverse amount of students also leads to great diversity in socioeconomic status, origin, and religion. Furthermore, it's not like there are cliques between the races - everyone is very accepting of everybody else, regardless of what color you are, who you worship (or don't worship), what you do in your free time, your sexual orientation, and everyone is very friendly to just about everybody else.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: TCF Bank Stadium, which is the football stadium for the Gophers, will actually be housing the Vikings for the next couple of years while the Metrodome is being rebuilt. As one might imagine, Vikings' games are going to see a whole lot of maroon and gold for the next few years. Furthermore, the MN Wilds are also based pretty closely to the campus, making it easy to go out and get your fill of professional sports, whether you poison be football, hockey, basketball, or even soccer.

I do have to say that the nightlife directly around campus is relegated to the house parties, Greek parties, and apartment parties. Although being underage may skew my perception of the bars active directly around campus, there aren't many that cater to a non-college crowd. But, if that's your thing, then you're in luck. Baldy's, Burrito Loco, and Blarney's are the big three of college student bars - and I hear that they're all pretty awesome and that you're probably going to have a great time if you wind up going to one of them!

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: to be honest, I don't think that there are many chain restaurants around the campus of the U. Sure, there's a McDonalds, a Burger King, a Papa John's and all of those types of places, but the fast food option also entail a great variety of local food that you won't find anywhere else. Although these places tend to be closed later on into the night, they're great if you want to grab lunch or dinner with a friend. Furthermore, Dinkytown offers an awesome variety of dining services thatis located extremely close to campus, and there are even more things that are offered if you're willing to take the light rail into the city or drive up to Uptown. The possibilities are endless, and your stomach will never say no thank you to the amount of different foods that one can get here at the U.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I'm currently pursuing a double major in Biology and Global Studies. Although the programs are almost diametrically opposed, the administration has been extremely supportive and the curricula, while challenging, is still manageable. The professors and academic staff who are the ones responsible for much of the teaching are usually pretty good. Every university will have those few professors who are there for research or who have let the tenure go to their head, but of the professors that I've had, I would say that I've actually enjoyed the process of learning from them, even if the material itself was boring.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I think one of the biggest academic draws for me at the U is the availability of grants for undergraduates to participate in paid scientific research. It's pretty easy to get - even if it is still somewhat competitive, the administration will aim to help you out and get you into a lab and get the research started as quickly as you can be. That's awesome, in my opinion.

Although I'm not in the business field or in other areas where internships are more common than lab positions, I know that there is quite a large degree of integration with the school and the companies that are in the nearby area. I know plenty of people who have been able to get summer internships that continue onward into the year simply by talking to some professors or even just by reaching out by themselves. It's very easy to get a position that is paid and be able to give yourself a little bit of extra money and experience, both of which are good things.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is a plethora of different apartment complexes, houses for rent, and just places in general that one can find a home at for a semester or two. There is currently a large amount of housing being constructed as well, which means that there are going to be even more choices available for the discerning student. Furthermore, all of the apartments that one might live at as an undergraduate are within 10 minutes or less of the campus itself. The prices can vary, but go between 400-500 for a double, or about $700 for a single in one of these apartments.

Although I've never personally lived in a house, I have many friends that do who say the extra distance from campus is worth it. Although it's still a walkable distance, it is indeed much more than that of the distance to any of the apartment complexes that are in the area. But, then again, you get to have your own house and throw parties, if you're into that, and the rent is also much cheaper, coming in around $300 per person for a double or about $500 for your own room. The only drawback is that you're going to have to find more people to actually live with you than you would if you had an apartment, but I guess that might just mean that you get to live with even more friends!

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus crime is made out to be a huge deal, but it really doesn't play all that big of a role in the day-to-day life of a student. As long as you make sure you're alert and walking around in fairly safe areas, you're not going to get bothered in any sort of way. But, that being said, the campus is in fairly close proximity to a major city. Going down into the wrong neighborhoods is a surefire way to get yourself in trouble. It's rather hard to do, but there are definitely areas where you don't want to be at night.

5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life at the U isn't as big of a deal as it is at many of the other Big 10 campuses, but that by no means that it's not worth joining. As a Greek myself, I think I've benefited immensely, not only from the obvious social connections that one makes, but also as an introduction into a whole new community that the rest of the school will never see. It isn't necessary to be a Greek, and you'll be able to find plenty of apartment or house parties if you're not, but you will miss out on some of the most fun Homecoming and Spring Jam traditions, not to mention all the people!

Plus, in the end, we do throw pretty crazy parties after all.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Although the University is working to decrease crime on campus, it's still a large issue. Be very wary of thefts/mugging. The campus has escort services at night if you don't feel comfortable travelling on your own. I recommend travelling on bike at night to help. Don't walk around at night with your headphones in, or do things that distract you. And especially stick to well-lit areas. I have been here for 2 years and haven't been a victim of crime, but at least once a month I seem to receive an email about crime occurring on/near campus.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: There are many things on and near campus to do. But be forewarned! Dinkytown can be dangerous, especially at night. And NEVER travel alone. Please travel with someone else. The more people you have, the less likely you are to be a target of crime.

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Vishakha Mathur
Hometown
New Delhi, India
Major
Communication Studies
Grad Year
2014
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Robert Frost articulated it perfectly when he said, “College is a refuge from hasty judgment.” The University of Minnesota is the epitome of an institution that stands to support the students make their own dreams come true and provide them with structural skills to enter the real world. The students love being a Gopher and show off their spirit because U of M is truly a community of its own. Sometimes, it can be difficult to find one's niche, but there are many opportunities and experiences to be had that will help students find their strengths and weaknesses. The academic opportunities at U of M are limitless. They will fit one's interest and pace. The resources offered at the U of M are phenomenal, but a student must reach out to them. It is the perfect blend of city and suburbs, with a touch of old country in some parts. Even though it is one of the largest universities, students always feel welcomed as if it's home. 

Students know whether U of M is a good fit for them within their first semester. But most students love being here and take advantage of the diverse variety of people, culture, and the environment of the University. Being in a big city, it is relatively easier for students to come out of college with a good structural foundation in their fields and be able to find a job to apply their newfound knowledge. The U truly appreciates the uniqueness of its students and provides them with tools to enrich their knowledge and get an edge in the competitive market. The students are equipped with great educational opportunities, learn new ways to socialize and build connections, and along the way make good memories with lifelong friends. U of M offers anything and everything a student expects from his or her college life and much more.

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