The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN 55455
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus is a public university in MN, founded in 1851 and offers Bachelor’s degrees for undergraduates and Master’s and Doctoral degrees for graduate students. The undergraduate enrollment is 36,061, and the graduate enrollment is 15,956. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus is a moderately selective school, receiving 38,237 applications and accepting 69.6% of applicants. The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus’s athletics teams compete at the intramural and varsity level. Additionally, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus employs 2,626 full-time instructional staff (78% of whom hold doctorate degrees) and has a 17:1 student to faculty ratio.
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- Standardized Tests
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Applicants applying to the University of Minnesota will apply through the Golden Gopher Application or the Common Application. It is optional for applicants to write one personal statement based on a set of prompts within the application and optional to answer an additional supplementary essay question(s).
Deadlines For Submitting Applications
Early Decision I Application Deadline
Early Decision II Application Deadline
Regular Application Deadline
- Academic GPA- Very Important
- Class Rank- Very Important
- Rigor of Secondary School Record- Very Important
- Standardized Test Scores- Very Important
- Extracurricular Activities - Considered
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The University of Minnesota, also known as U of M, has been in existence for over 170 years. During this time, it has attained the status of a public land-grant research university and is classified as an R1 Doctoral University for its very high research activities. The school is considered a “public Ivy” institution because it produces one of the best educational experiences similar to an Ivy League. The school has grown to have five campuses in all: the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester, as well as the University of Minnesota, Vacesca.
The Twin Cities campus is the largest campus amongst the five campuses in the University of Minnesota system and spans 2,730 acres. This campus contains over 300 research outreach and educational centers and institutes used for studies, ranging from life sciences to public policy and technology. This campus is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is divided into the Minneapolis campus and the St. Paul campus. The Minneapolis campus contains the Mississippi River, which is what serves as the dividing wall between the east and west banks. The St. Paul campus is home to colleges offering disciplines ranging from social sciences to vocational education on the far side of the river.
UMTC has a variety of academic disciplines for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. It contains many distinctive and unique buildings in various designs, like the Malcolm Moos Health Sciences Center. In a 2021 review of best universities nationally and globally, the university ranks 66th and 477th.
- 23% of students live on campus:
Guaranteed housing for freshmen
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus housing system is designed to benefit on-campus students more than students who live off-campus. Most undergraduate students live on-campus within the residential halls and apartment-style buildings provided, while some graduate students live off-campus.
Life as a Student
Because of its size, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities offers students the best living-learning experience. The student population on this campus is about 50,000, consisting of students from different races and ethnicities. It is home to various student organizations, including its athletic team (the Golden Gophers).
Health and Safety
- 24-hour trained security on campus
- Student security patrol
- Late night ride/safe escort service available
- Health Center
- Legal Advice
- Psychological Counseling
- Women's Center
Swimming and Diving
Track and Field
Swimming and Diving
Track and Field
FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
Each semester, every credit after 13 is free of charge, keeping costs down for families and helping students achieve graduation in four years and, in 2020, the University of Minnesota awarded over $50M in academic scholarships to students.
* All costs below are estimates and may differ based on your circumstances.
- Tuition (Non-Resident Dorm/Apartment) - $32,122
- Books & Supplies (Non-Resident Dorm/Apartment) - $1,000
- Fees (Non-Resident Dorm/Apartment) - $1,836
- Room & Board (Non-Resident Dorm/Apartment) - $10,934
- Transportation (Non-Resident Dorm/Apartment) - $1,728
- Personal/Misc. (Non-Resident Dorm/Apartment) - $2,000
- Loan Fee (Non-Resident Dorm/Apartment) - $154
- Total Estimated Cost of Attendance (Non-Resident Dorm/Apartment) - $49,774
CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP / AFFILIATES
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities was founded thanks to the State Legislature of Minnesota’s wish to establish a school in Minneapolis that would educate the state’s citizens. In 1851, they did just that; the Minnesota State Legislature established a college preparatory school in Minneapolis to satisfy their goals. At the time, however, the school did not have a building or land space for its activities and only accepted male students. Seven years later, the city of Minnesota officially became a state, making the college preparatory school even more popular amongst the citizens. The school started to experience growth and received donations from various sources up until the start of the Civil War. The school closed its doors throughout the Civil War, until its reopening in 1867. The events from the Civil War brought about serious challenges for the school, including reduced enrollment and a lack of finances for the school’s projects. During this time, Minneapolis businessman John Sargent Pillsbury donated funds to help the school and aided the school as a regent, state senator, and governor. His actions to assist the school during this time resulted in him being recognized as the father of the institution. The school was also one of the many that received funding from the Morrill Land-grant Colleges Act.
In 1869, the school board started a massive reorganization move, resulting in it becoming an institution of higher education, and therefore was officially renamed the University of Minnesota. It became a member of the Association of American Universities following its active and increased involvement in research. Following the school’s renaming, an expansion move began which was aimed at acquiring more facilities. Unfortunately, though, at the turn of the 20th century, the school was forced to close down again because of the World Wars. Once the wars subsided, the school reopened and again started to experience massive growth in facilities and enrollment. The University of Minnesota expanded its campus in Minneapolis and Falcon Heights, although they are both classified as one campus (Twin Cities) divided by the Mississippi River. The campus itself is home to 19 colleges offering about 200 undergraduate disciplines.
Today, the school is a coeducational institution with academic affiliations and the ninth-largest main campus student body in the United States. The school has different architectural-styled buildings on its campus, some of which are contained in the National Register of Historic Places. The Twin Cities campus is the biggest campus of the five campuses in the University of Minnesota and is the flagship institution of the university system.