University of Minnesota--Twin Cities

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100 Church Street SE

Minneapolis, MN 55455-0213

Phone: (612) 625-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
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#69 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. National Universities

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University of Minnesota--Twin Cities is a public institution that was founded in 1851. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 34,469, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,204 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Minnesota--Twin Cities's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 69. Its in-state tuition and fees are $13,555 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $19,805 (2013-14).

The University of Minnesota stretches across a major city – or two, to be exact. Minneapolis and St. Paul, known as the Twin Cities, are frequently recognized for sports, cleanliness and volunteerism. The school has a campus in each city, though the Minneapolis site is considered the main campus of the University of Minnesota. Freshmen do not have to live on campus, but the more than 80 percent who choose to can opt to live in traditional residence halls or one of more than two dozen Living Learning communities, such as the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives House and La Casa De Español. Also on campus are more than 600 student organizations, including more than 30 fraternities and sororities. The Minnesota Golden Gophers compete in the NCAA Division I Big Ten Conference, and all athletic events are held in the Minneapolis campus's Stadium Village neighborhood. Goldy Gopher, the school mascot, energizes thousands of student fans as they chant "Ski-U-Mah," a rally cry that means "Victory UM." Under the Four-Year Graduation Plan, the university ensures that all necessary classes will be available for students to complete their degrees on time. If courses are not available in an undergraduate's four years of schooling, the university will pay for the extra credits.

The university’s Carlson School of Management, College of Education and Human Development and law school are each ranked highly. The public research university begins to engage students at the undergraduate level. Some university applicants will even be guaranteed the opportunity to research when they receive their acceptance letters, and undergraduate researchers are paid for their work. For an off-campus experience, Gophers can study at one of about 200 other schools in U.S. and Canada through the National Student Exchange program, or can venture abroad with the help of the university’s large global study program. Notable alumni of the University of Minnesota include former U.S. Vice Presidents Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale, pianist Yanni and journalist Rick Sanchez.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to the benefit of the state, the nation and the world. The University's mission, carried out on multiple campuses and throughout the state, is threefold. Generate and preserve knowledge, understanding, and creativity by conducting high-quality research, scholarship, and artistic activity that benefit students, scholars, and communities across the state, the nation, and the world. Share that knowledge, understanding, and creativity by providing a broad range of educational programs in a strong and diverse community of learners and teachers, and prepare graduate, professional, and undergraduate students, as well as non-degree seeking students interested in continuing education and lifelong learning, for active roles in a multiracial and multicultural world. Extend, apply, and exchange knowledge between the University and society by applying scholarly expertise to community problems, by helping organizations and individuals respond to their changing environments, and by making the knowledge and resources created and preserved at the University accessible to the citizens of the state, the nation, and the world. In all its activities, the University strives to sustain an open exchange of ideas in an environment that embodies the values of academic freedom, responsibility, integrity, and cooperation; that provides an atmosphere of mutual respect, free from racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice and intolerance; that assists individuals, institutions, and communities in responding to a continuously changing world; that is conscious of and responsive to the needs of the many communities it is committed to serving; that creates and supports the partnerships with the University, with other educational systems and institutions, and with communities to achieve common goals; and that inspires, sets high expectations for, and empowers the individuals within its community.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1851
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $2,424,734,327


When applying to University of Minnesota--Twin Cities, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due December 15. The application fee at University of Minnesota--Twin Cities is $45. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 49.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 49.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by December 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Minnesota--Twin Cities is 18:1, and the school has 39.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Minnesota--Twin Cities include: Social Sciences; Engineering; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 90 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 18:1
4-year graduation rate 50%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 14%
Engineering 11%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 9%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 8%
Psychology 7%

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Student Life

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities has a total undergraduate enrollment of 34,469, with a gender distribution of 48.6 percent male students and 51.4 percent female students. At this school, 21.2 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 78.8 percent of students live off campus. University of Minnesota--Twin Cities is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 51,853
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Minnesota--Twin Cities offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Minnesota--Twin Cities also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at University of Minnesota--Twin Cities.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Minnesota--Twin Cities, 52.2 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $8,154.

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In-state tuition and fees $13,555 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $19,805 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,732 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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