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Minneapolis, MN
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29,125
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$18,709 ($13,459)
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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.

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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.

5 College Senior

Academics: This is a challenging University, but I love that! That is one of the reasons I transferred here. The professors want to help you succeed so don't be afraid to ask for help. The TAs are especially dedicated in their goal to help you understand the material and pass your classes. I don't think I could have made it through some of my courses without my awesome TAs. The curriculum is challenging, but don't let that scare you! As long as you put in the effort, you will be rewarded! There are many places to study on campuses. The workload varies based on your field of study. But if it's science-related, be prepared to do a lot of research and writing. The more comfortable you get with scientific writing, the better off you'll be towards the end. Also, registering for courses is SUPER simple, and don't forget to make appointments to talk to your advisor(s) about classes. They know what they're talking about and are specifically there to help you with things like that.

5 College Senior

Academics: Being a Physiology major is awesome! It's a challenging program that often leads to seeing many of the same students in your classes. This is helpful in forming friendships and study partners. The workload is challenging, I won't lie. The major is heavily based on research so be prepared to do a lot of research papers and writing. There aren't many specific buildings that I find myself in, but I will say that you often end up on East Bank which is fun to explore. There are many opportunities to join other students, including the Undergraduate Physiology Club. Stop by the advising office and I'm sure you could find internship/scholarship/job opportunities. If you can't, I'm sure you can get some good advice!

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: There are so many people that come from all around the world and from all walks of life. I don't think you could describe the looks, interests, etc. of the student body because there are so many people with different interests, looks, experiences; I think this adds to the ecclectic and exciting nature of the University.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Every month, I receive e-mails about public safety. Lots of robberies happen at night.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The university is very unique to me because the academic programs are excellent. Every professor is helpful and are willing to help each student succeed.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: We have a LGBT organization. We have many different religion clubs. There is diversity and acceptance.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: This school has the best gym. Safety is sometimes an issue. At night, there is crime, sch robbing. I love going to different cultural events. I wentto the Korean and Indian Cultural events.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Having to maintain to a strong GPA helped me to get into my program. No abnormal process. Little difficulties.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: There are many jobs in the University. The workload is reasonable. Many diverse facilities.

4 College Junior

Athletics: The athletics at my school are great. Varsity sports are a big deal. Lots of people go to football games in the fall and hockey games and basketball games in the winter. Most students have lots of school spirit.

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3 College Junior

Scholarships: Applying for financial aid is always a very complicated process. When I had questions about the process and went talked to someone in my schools financial aid department they were helpful and able to answers all of my questions.

4 College Senior

Academics: The School of Journalism and Mass Communication has a great program here at U. The classes are really helpful and seem to be update with information and technology. Honestly, I think Communications could create their own college especially because it's in the largest college!

4 College Senior

Academics: I really enjoy the classes offered for my program, of course nobody is a fan of the generals that everyone is required to take-- but there are lots of choices to try and make it more likeable for students.

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: I would say the campus is pretty average. They aren't too strict where it's frustrating, but they are strict enough to ensure campus safety.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms are pretty average. It's kind of unfortunate that there is only 1 dorm on both the Saint Paul campus and West bank, this sometimes can lead to a feeling of isolation or feeling left-out. Campus life on these two campuses tends to lack because of this.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: I wish the University would better accommodate out of state residents. However, I really enjoy the large campus with lots of people and opportunities. The people are overall very friendly and easy to get along with. Not only is campus life enjoyable, but so is off-campus life.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Endless options, various price points and convenient!

4 College Senior

Facilities: We are located right on the Mississippi and we have a great skyline of downtown Minneapolis. Buses and lightrail make it pretty easy to travel around the twin cities. The overall campus consists of 3 campuses which offer something unique. West bank is located minutes a way from downtown Minneapolis, East bank is located to dinkytown and many amazing restaurants and the Saint Paul campus is quiet and relaxing-- offering a nice break from the busy city.

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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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