University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is the flagship campus of the University of Minnesota system. Learn about its ranking, financial aid and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at the University of Minnesota.

Should You Attend the University of Minnesota?

The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (UMN), in Minneapolis is the main campus of the University of Minnesota system. Other campuses are in Crookston, Duluth, Morris and Rochester, MN. The University of Minnesota offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees at its Minneapolis campus. Keep reading to find out if this is the school for you.


  • Ranked #68 on list of national universities
  • Graduation rate is 7 percentage points higher than the national average
  • Room and board is $1,383 lower than the national average
  • Has a reasonably diverse student body


  • The acceptance rate is 13.8 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Has a higher student-faculty ratio than the national average

About the University of Minnesota

The Mississippi River runs through the Twin Cities campus, which is one of the biggest public U.S. research universities with more than 50,000 students. UMN has more than 10 extension offices throughout the state. It operates a variety public service programs, such as clinics for medical, dental and veterinary care.

UMN offers a wide variety of undergraduate programs including, but by no means limited to, social sciences, biological and biomedical sciences, psychology, engineering, business and management. There are also a diverse number of graduate programs in fields like medicine and education. UMN is a land-grant university, which means that it maintains agricultural education and research. The College Board reveals that the student body is somewhat diverse with no ethnic group making up more than 75% of the population.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the 4-year graduation rate at UMN is 49%, which is somewhat higher than the national average of 40% for 4-year institutions. The 6-year graduation rate at the school jumped up to 70%. The national average cost of room and board in 2012-2013 was $9,315, while U.S. News and World Report reported that the cost at UMN for that academic year was $7,932. It also ranked UMN #68 among all national universities. Meanwhile, at 50%, the acceptance rate is lower than the national average of 63.8%. In addition to this, the student to faculty rate is 21:1, somewhat higher than the national average of 16:1.

Getting In & Financial Aid at the University of Minnesota

To enroll in the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, you must submit an application, your SAT and/or ACT scores, high school transcripts, any college transcripts and an application fee of $55. The school has a rolling application deadline. As an incoming freshman, you'll be guaranteed on-campus housing if you're willing to accept any designated space. You can also participate in the job guarantee program, which is open to 500 students interested in campus work. If you choose a 4-year degree program and display careful planning and adequate grades, UMN will authorize a substitute or pay tuition for any classes unavailable within that four years.

Minnesota residents get the lowest tuition rates at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. If you're from Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you may qualify for lowered tuition via the reciprocity agreement. UMN guarantees some form of aid to students whose families earn less than $100,000 annually. UMN also offers academic merit-based scholarships. students with high academic achievement.

Application and Tuition Information
Priority Application Deadline (2013-2014) December 15th*
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline (2013-2014) March 1st*
Application Fee (2012-2013) $55**
Acceptance Rate (2012) 50%**
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $13,459 (in-state); $18,709 (out-of-state)**
Average Financial Aid Package (2010-2011) $13,157****
Percent of Students with Need Met (2011-2012) 32%****
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2011-2012) $28,407****
Student Loan Default Rate (2009-2010) 2.5%**

Student Life at the University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities has a large and thriving student life with a number of students living on campus and over 600 student organizations and clubs for you to choose from. For athletics, UMN is a NCAA Division I school with programs for baseball, football, golf, swimming, wrestling, tennis, volleyball and much more. There are also tutoring services, women's services, a full daycare facility and health services.

The University of Minnesota has a main career services office as well as targeted career development centers for some of its academic colleges. Career development workshops, career self-assessments, job search hints and resume-writing resources will be available to you through many of these offices. For example, the Health Careers Center offers online workshops and courses that offer tips on applying for medical school or other health professional degree programs.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large city**
Student Population (Fall 2011) 34,812 undergraduates, 17,041 graduates**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (Fall 2011) 48% to 52%**
% of Full-Time Students (Fall 2011) 84%**
% of In-state Students (Fall 2011) 65%**
% of International Students (Fall 2011) 5**
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 90% (full-time), 67% (part-time)**
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Students Living on Campus 21%****
Number of Libraries 35 across all campuses*
Extracurricular Activities 680 clubs and organizations****

Article Sources: *University of Minnesota, **NCES College Navigator, ***College Board, ****U.S. News and World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: University of Minnesota, Office of Admissions, 240 Williamson Hall, 231 Pillsbury Drive S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455-0213
  • Phone: (612) 625-2008 or (800) 752-1000