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Minneapolis, MN
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29,125
Tuition (in-state)
$18,709 ($13,459)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: From my experience thus far, off-campus dining is fantastic. Specifically, there are many options in Dinkytown and right off campus in many areas.

5 College Junior

Majors: There are so many majors and options here to choose from. They correlate highly with career goals after college, and I'm super excited to experience my options when I graduate.

5 College Junior

Majors: Getting into my program was smooth as hell. I transferred here, and the first day I was here was the day I was entered into the program and it only took a few hours (which included all my meetings, signing up for classes, etc.).

College Junior

Nightlife: I am completely unsure of the night life on campus. I do not partake as I like to sit at home and do homework.

4 College Junior

Academics: It may just be the classes for which I am enrolled, but the academics are not terribly challenging for me at the moment. The knowledge base of the professors, students, and other people on campus, however, is dumbfounding,

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: If one goes to parties, there is definitely more peer pressure. However, people outside of parties and whatnot don't apply any pressure for use of drugs or alcohol if that person does not usually take part. Besides the use of weed, it's very VERY low-key.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: It feels very safe on campus. At night, the major roads and paths are well-lit and the facilities for health issues are fantastic, though positioned in an old building.

2 College Junior

Weather: It's not that nice. It's windy ALL THE TIME no matter the weather, which is especially brutal in the winter.

College Junior

Greek Life: I know next to nothing of the greek life on campus. The houses they live in aren't too elaborate or pristine but they still seem to enjoy their lives.

3 College Junior

Parking: The parking spots are always closed during the day because so many people commute to campus.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I'm kind of indifferent about it. I was able to receive the financial aid I needed, but it is always still a hassle.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I know nothing of the off-campus housing. I realize that there are many options, but I have heard they are extremely expensive.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The sports here are very popular in addition to the athletic facilities.

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Nightlife over here is crazy. If it's Friday or Saturday night and it's past midnight, you will see drunk people. Everyone parties and there's like a party on every block. Everything is within walking distance so everyone just walks to the parties.

5 College Senior

Academics: My major is awesome! It's a small major so everyone knows everyone. Even though I'm just starting out in my major, all the people I've met so far are all very interesting people that I can learn a lot from. The professors are some of the greatest people you will ever meet. Each one of them has lived such rich lives and while I am sure other professors who don't teach my major has had good lives, these professors has had such interesting lives. Many of them travelled around the world several times and still continue to travel in the summer. It's inspiring just being around these people who live life to it's fullest and encourages all of us to take our own paths. The classes are never boring, it's more discussion-based and we talk a lot but we learn a lot.

3 College Senior

Transportation: Okay, so the campus shuttles are awesome otherwise no one would want to take classes on the Saint Paul campus. The buses however are usually never on time which can get annoying especially in the winter. The bus I take to go home (I live about 20 blocks away from campus) only comes every 20 minutes so if I miss one, I'm kinda screwed although many students live along the route. They really should have it run more frequently as the bus is always packed. However, there are many bus routes that run through campus and the light rail should be running by the summer.

5 College Senior

Diversity: Perhaps I hang out with a crowd where everyone is very chill about everything but everyone here is very accepting of other people's opinions and beliefs. Being such a huge school, we have a variety of religions and clubs affiliated with religions. We also have a very large international student population, most from China, Korea or India. There is a diversity of ethnic heritage although being in Minnesota, a large population are of Scandinavian descent.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Campus life is great. Everything you could possibly want is within a couple blocks of where you live; corner stores, pharmacies, coffee houses, thousands of restaurants and pubs. Everyone around you are fellow students so there is a very lively student atmosphere. It is expensive to live near campus however and the buildings tend to look like crap even though it's overpriced. There is a variety of high-end living and low-end but even the low-end places are overpriced compared to the rest of the city but I assume it's like this for all college neighborhoods. One of the more prominent problems we've been having is with safety. There was a spike of crimes in the area right outside campus where most of the students live. Non-students robbed, beat, kidnapped and raped students. It was scary getting text messages every few days from school saying yet another person has been robbed or hit. However once winter came, crime has gone down but I still would not recommend walking alone after 10 pm.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: If out at night, it is probably best to call campus security escort.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Good variety of majors, professors for the most part are helpful and friendly.

4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I didn't live on campus and didn't notice any drug use.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Campus connector for on campus transportation and they sell bus passes for longer distance that work on city buses and lightrail.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Living off campus means that nightlife is something different. I feel like people seem to enjoy the area around campus, but I like to go farther out.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: I'm glad I have a car to get out of the campus area, but the buses are great for getting to and from campus.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I don't really feel worried about my safety. I have felt like there are always people around to walk with you if you are willing to ask.

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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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