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Location
Minneapolis, MN
Undergrads
29,125
Tuition (in-state)
$18,709 ($13,459)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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,

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.

4 College Sophomore

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

4 College Student

Academics: The academics at the University of Minnesota-Twin cities are very good. The courses are very rigorous, and most professors have advanced degrees in the field in which they teach, so they are very knowledgeable. The workload is tough, but manageable. The facilities are top-class, and job opportunities are good because of the urban location and many near businesses hire our students.

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4 College Student

Academics: I really enjoy my classes and there are plenty of great teachers and helpful resources for academics here.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 26th
    Best Course Variety
  • 58th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 83rd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 100th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 377th
    Most Flexible Curriculums

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vishakha Mathur
Hometown
New Delhi, India
Major
Communication Studies
Grad Year
2014
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The University of Minnesota is known for its good academic standing. With more than 130 undergrad majors and minors to choose from, students tend to find their niche. The U of M also offers an option for students to design their own major if the two choices are in two different colleges. ICP (Inter-College Program) allows for students to concentrate on one major for two to three years and then onto the next. The College of Liberal Arts is the biggest college at U of M, while the most difficult majors seem to be the engineering ones. The most common major for students entering the U is "undecided, " which is why U offers classes in career exploration. One of the most common academic majors is psychology. Another viable option that many students take advantage of is the study abroad or national exchange programs. There are many options to study in other places, with substantial financial aid available and flexible class schedules, too. Other students like to research or do internships with various opportunities available on campus and in the surrounding area.

The most common problem that students encounter is the class sizes. A lot of the popular introductory courses are in big lecture halls with between 100 and 400 students. Therefore, it is obviously difficult for the instructor to provide individual attention to all, but such classes tend to have a recitation/lab component with a TA. This is a good place to address any concerns and questions. The classes get more personal as one advances in his or her major classes. Grading is at the discretion of the TA, so sometimes it can be unfair based on who grades the assignments. The professors can be reached via email or in person during their office hours. Overall, professors and TAs are highly educational contributors to the community and willing to help students learn.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
18:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,851
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
849
Total FT Faculty
4,126
Faculty with Terminal Degree
81%
Average Faculty Salary
$93,454
Full-Time Retention Rate
91%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Transfer-Out Rate
18%
Graduation Rate
73%
Programs/Majors Offered
262
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 38%
  • 20 to 49 students: 43%
  • 50 or more students: 19%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Carlson School of Management
  • Center for Allied Health Programs
  • College of Biological Sciences
  • College of Design
  • College of Education + Human Development (CE+HD)
  • College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS)
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Science & Engineering
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • School of Dentistry
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Public Health
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 1%
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Journalism: 1%
  • Psychology: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
The College of Continuing Education offers online alternatives to many popular classes, such as microeconomics and Shakespeare. Some online courses such as "Sleep Eat & Exercise" and "Alcohol & College Life" are introductory-level classes offered by the public health program, intended to help freshmen and sophomores cope through college pressure in the healthiest ways possible. The online classes are subject to either be self-paced (about nine months) or have scheduled deadlines (lasting only a semester). The teachers and TAs of online classes provide their contact information and hold office hours for students, if need be. Otherwise, they are always available to answer any concerns over email.
Best Places to Study
  • The "Grassy Knoll," the mall area across from Coffman
  • Coffee shops
  • Coffman Student Union (multiple floors with study areas)
  • Libraries
  • Northrop Mall
  • The riverside frats, grassy area by the river
  • Science Teaching & Student Services (STSS) Building
  • Study lounges in dorms
Tips to Succeed
  • Do well your freshman year, and you won't have to struggle the other three or four years to make up your GPA because of partying too much that first year.
  • Don't be worried if you feel overwhelmed. There are ways to deal with it, and you are not alone.
  • Form study groups in your classes.
  • Go to class, and buy and read the books for the class. Either way, just make sure to know what will be on the tests and quizzes in order to properly prepare. You should really go to class, though, because the teachers like to be sneaky at times and have pop quizzes or questions on tests that are worth a large percent of the test grade.
  • Leave old study habits at home; professors expect more than your high school teachers.
  • Participate in class. If you help lead the class, you will get more out of it.
  • Stay in touch with your adviser about your graduation progress.
  • Take advantage of the many study abroad opportunities.
  • Take required, core classes in the first two years so that your last two or three years at the University are not full of boring, younger-college-student-filled classes.
  • Use the resources available at the library.
  • Use Web resources available to U of M students because it lessens the amount of outside exposure during the winter months.
  • Utilize the career center services. They are really helpful.
  • Utilize your professors' office hours; it will be beneficial to your grade, and it may present you with post-grad opportunities.
Did You Know?
The University of Minnesota is credited with inventions and tech advances such as: Haralson apple in 1922, Wangensteen suction tube in 1931, "Black Box" flight recorder in 1953, first open heart surgery and bone marrow transplant 1966-1968, Honeycrisp apple in 1991, whole organ decellularization (a beating heart was made from the stem cells of one's own body) in 2008.

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Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 20 responses

  • 23% Bob Dylan - singer, songwriter (did not graduate)
  • 21% Walter Mondale - 42nd U.S. vice president
  • 18% Kris Humphries - NBA forward
  • 11% Thomas Friedman - New York Times columnist
  • 9% Erick Decker, Broncos Player!
  • 7% David Carr - journalist
  • 7% The mayor!
  • 4% Tony Dungy- former NFL player and coach

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