University of MinnesotaThe University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is located in Minneapolis. Founded in 1851, it is the oldest and largest school in the state. Its urban setting on about 1,200 acres of land allows it to cater to over 34,000 undergraduate and 16,000 postgraduate students. There are 19 colleges that make up the University of Minnesota, along with sister campuses in Crookston, Duluth, and Rochester. The campus also offers three branches of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). The graduate programs through the Carlson School of Management, the College of Education and Human Development, and the University of Minnesota Law School are all highly respected. University of Minnesota also offers students the chance to study abroad at one of 200 schools through the National Student Exchange program.

University of Minnesota rankingThere are over 143 degree programs for undergraduates. The most popular majors are social sciences; engineering; biological and biomedical sciences; business, management, marketing, and related support services; and psychology. Students are guaranteed the availability of classes they need to graduate through the Four-Year Graduation Plan. If required classes are not available during the time a student needs them, the university will pay for the extra credits. The school also works to make sure that students can participate in research activities during their undergraduate years (instead of having to wait until they’re enrolled in a graduate program); some researchers are even paid for their work. The student to faculty ratio remains at about 17 to 1. However, only 36% of classes have fewer than 20 students.

There are plenty of opportunities for social engagement outside of the classroom. With over 600 student organizations and 40 Greek chapters, students can always find ways to get involved. Many students choose to live on campus which contributes to the social environment. Students can live in traditional residence halls or one of 24 Living and Learning communities (which have themes like Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives or the La Casa De Espanol). Students can also get involved in the publication of The Minnesota Daily, which is entirely student-run.

University of Minnesota athleticsThe sports scene is also prominent at University of Minnesota, where teams compete as the Golden Gophers. They participate in NCAA Division I B1G. Their hockey team plays in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in the NCAA. Students who don’t mind large class sizes and enjoy a social atmosphere may find the University of Minnesota to be a good fit.


Acceptance Rate

Average GPA and Class Standing

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SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

University of Minnesota SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

U Minnesota Twin Cities ACT score

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of applicants: 49,129
Enrolled: 5,880
Yield: 27%
Acceptance rate: 44%

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 8,593
Transfer applicants enrolled: 2,300
Acceptance rate: 41%

Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 47.7%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Critical Reading: 560-700
SAT Math: 620-750
SAT Writing: 580-690

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 26-31
ACT English: 25-32
ACT Math: 25-31
ACT Writing: 23-29

Standardized Test Requirements

Minnesota requires the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT required

Minnesota requires the writing portion Writing portion required

Minnesota does not require the sat subject tests SAT Subject Tests not required

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Graduation Rates

Minnesota graduation rates

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Salary After Attending

Campus Safety

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Graduation Rates

4 years: 61%
6 years: 78%

Transferred to another school: 14%
Loan default rate: 2.2%
Total Rhodes Scholars: 24
Salary after attending: $48,900

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 9
Robberies: 6
Aggravated assaults: 1
Burglaries: 26
Car thefts: 8

Financial Aid

Total Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

University of Minnesota financial aid

Average In State Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

In-state tuition, room and board (2018-2019): $24,549
* Residents of North Dakota, South Dakota, Manitoba and Wisconsin may qualify for rates that may be comparable to the in-state tuition rate.

Total Estimated Cost of Attendance (2018-2019)
In-state: $27,243
Out-of-state: $42,275

Net Cost (in-state)
Average: $16,242

By income
$0 to $30,000: $7,694
$30,001 to $48,000: $8,246
$48,001 to $75,000: $12,781
$75,001 to $110,000: $19,554
$110,001 and more: $23,807

Graduates with student debt: 56%

Average student debt at graduation: $26,644

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

University of Minnesota undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
Women: 52%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 36%
20 to 39: 37%
40 to 99: 19%
100+: 8%

Student Population
Total: 51,580
Undergraduate: 34,871

Student Residence
In State: 64%
Out of State: 29%
International: 6%
Unknown: 1%

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This page was last updated in May 2018.