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Welcome! We are so glad you are considering the University of Minnesota.

I invite you and your family to take a look at the pages below and learn about all that the U of M has to offer students. I hope you will contact our admission staff to talk about your future plans. Better yet, stop by for a personalized campus visit!


Rachelle Hernandez
Director of Admissions

On this page

How we define diversity
Admissions counselors for multicultural students and communities
Student groups
Undergraduate students by race and ethnicity (student population percentages)
Scholarship support
Office for Equity and Diversity
          Disability Resource Center
          Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Programs Office
          Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence
          Women's Center
Living Learning Communities
Recent articles and features
Special event: Experience Minnesota

Information about diversity and multicultural opportunities at the U of M:

How we define diversity

Enrolling an academically qualified, diverse student body is essential to the University of Minnesota's mission. The academic and social environment of our campus is greatly enhanced by diversity, and students are better prepared to thrive in a global society.

We define "diversity" in the broadest sense of the word. Our university community is strengthened by our students representing different races, religions, economic backgrounds, geographic origins, genders, sexualities, and beliefs.

Admissions contacts for multicultural students and communities

If you would like to contact an admissions counselor who works specifically with multicultural students, our counselors would love to hear from you. These counselors have strong ties to the community and lots of information about our great opportunities and vibrant campus culture.

African-American: Sarah Beraki, Coordinator for African-American Recruitment

American Indian: Raul Aguilar, Coordinator for American Indian Recruitment

Asian/Pacific: Eric Ly, Coordinator for Asian/Pacific Islander Recruitment

Chicano/Latino: Jacqueline Corral, Coordinator for Latino Recruitment

Student groups

Of the 800-plus student organizations registered with the Student Activities Office, more than 150 have a multicultural focus. For example, groups with a multicultural focus include:

For more information about student groups and campus events, visit Student Unions and Activities.

Fall 2013 undergraduate students at a glance

At the University of Minnesota, you'll experience a close-knit multicultural campus community where you can build lifelong friendships, connect with faculty and staff that are dedicated to your success, and most importantly, have fun! Our campus is full of students and staff with different backgrounds, interests, and experiences.

African-American 1,384
American Indian 390
Asian/Pacific 3,489
Chicano/Latino 858
White 21,666
International 2,642
Unknown 353
Federal government ethnicity and racial definitions
U.S. states represented 50
Countries represented 143
Out-of-state students 36%
In-state students 64%
Female 50.9%
Male 49.1%

Scholarship & Financial Aid support


Merit-based scholarships awarded by the University of Minnesota are competitive. We encourage students to pursue community and organizational scholarship opportunities in addition to our University-sponsored scholarships. We have compiled a list with a sampling of additional scholarship opportunities.

Financial Aid For Undocumented Students

The Minnesota Dream Act, which is also known as The Prosperity Act, was passed into Minnesota law in May 2013 and then adopted as an official University of Minnesota policy in July 2013 by Board of Regents resolution. Learn more about how undocumented Minnesota high school graduates meeting certain criteria can benefit from the Dream Act to receive in-state tuition rates and be considered for financial aid from the state of Minnesota and the University of Minnesota.

Office for Equity and Diversity

The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) is responsible for the University of Minnesota's system-wide equity and diversity initiatives and programs, and for infusing the core values of equity and diversity into all aspects of teaching, learning, research, service, and outreach at the University.

Units in the Office for Equity and Diversity include:

Disability Resource Center
Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally Programs Office
Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence
Office for Diversity in Graduate Education
Women's Center

To find out more about OED and its services and programs, call 612-624-0594 or visit OED online.

Disability Resource Center

The Disability Resource Center is part of the Office for Equity and Diversity. The staff in the Disability Resource Center works with you to have access to a wide range of learning opportunities as well as social and cultural experiences at the University. The Disability Resource Center offers a variety of accommodations for students, staff and guests. These services are confidential and are designed to remove barriers and provide equal access at the University of Minnesota.

To find out how the Disability Resource Center may enhance your student experience, visit them online, call them (voice or TTY) at 612-626-1333, or email

You might also be interested in this student group:

The Disability Resource Center also works closely with a student-run organization called the Disabled Student Cultural Center, which seeks to improve the campus climate for people with disabilities and to foster a sense of identity, community and pride among students with disabilities.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally (GLBTA) Programs Office

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is honored to be included in the list of the "Top 25 LGBT-Friendly Colleges & Universities" by Campus Pride and the Huffington Post.

The GLBTA Programs Office is dedicated to improving campus climate for all University of Minnesota students by developing and supporting more inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality. This office is dedicated to building a welcoming environment in which people can be their whole selves and which honor all identities and experiences. This office sponsors awards for individuals whose work improves campus climate, provides academic scholarships, and organizes a special graduation event.

For more information, visit the GLBTA Programs Office Web site, call 612-625-0537, or email

You might also be interested in this student group:

The Queer Student Cultural Center (QSCC) is a student-run organization that celebrates the diversity and culture of the queer community. The QSCC is made up of many various social groups, support groups, and planning committees. It also offers various programming events throughout the entire year.

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) is part of the Office for Equity and Diversity. MCAE offers a seamless and inclusive learning experience for multicultural students through collaboration with colleges, educational support, community engagement, and cultural experiences. Opportunities include:

  • Academic programs
  • Mentoring programs
  • Scholarships
  • Cultural programs

To find out how MCAE can enhance your student experience, call 612-624-6386 or visit MCAE online.

You might also be interested in these student groups:

  • Al-Madinah Cultural Center: This student group is devoted to creating a better understanding and appreciation for the diverse culture of Islam and Muslims.
  • American Indian Student Cultural Center: Promote leadership in American Indian students of the U of M and help build our campus's understanding of American Indian people, issues, history and culture.
  • Asian-American Student Union: Promote understanding of the diverse Asian/Pacific cultures to the University community. Several clubs relating to specific Asian cultures participate and contribute to events with the Asian-American Student Union.
  • Black Student Union: Celebrate African American and African cultures through annual events such as Unity Dinner, Political Awareness Month, and Black History Events.
  • La Raza Student Cultural Center: Connect with others to share and learn about the cultures of Central and South America.

Women's Center

A unit of the Office for Equity and Diversity, the Women's Center sponors signature events, resources, awards, and advocacy work are recognized for their excellence and focus on helping women succeed. For more information, visit the Women's Center Online, call 612-625-9837, or email

You might also be interested in this student group:

The Women's Student Activist Collective is a student organization that strives to empower women with events such as the Global Women Film Series, Revolutionary Art Thing and clothing swaps, the "Sex Ed for Everyone" series, and more.

Multicultural Living Learning Communities

Living Learning Communities offer eligible students the option to live together in a dedicated area of a University of Minnesota residence hall. These areas are sometimes referred to as a "house" and are specifically designed to deliver a variety of educational, social, and developmental opportunities to students. Some Living Learning Communities academically focused, while other focus on a common cultural experience. To see the complete list of 26 Living Learning Communities, visit the Housing & Residential Life website. Here is a sampling of Living Learning Communities that are related to diversity at the U of M:

American Indian Cultural House
The University of Minnesota American Indian Cultural House is a Living Learning Community for first-year students with American Indian heritage, or those interested in learning more about American Indian culture. Created in 2003, it is one of only a few programs of its kind in the nation. The goal of the American Indian Cultural House Living Learning Community is to provide a supportive community where the academic experiences of students will be nurtured and enriched while finding their niche on campus. The house provides opportunities for students to explore their own identity as well as provide opportunities to those students who want to reach beyond their own cultural background and learn about the experiences of others. Participants also have the opportunity to work with various American Indian student organizations on campus and assist them in special events such as pow-wows, traditional storytelling evenings, and bringing special speakers to campus.
American Sign Language (ASL) House
ASL House is a Living and Learning Community designed for students interested in American Sign Language and the culture of the deaf and hard of hearing community. Any student may be a resident of the ASL House who has a desire to communicate in American Sign Language, whether Deaf, Deafblind, hard of hearing, or hearing.

The goal of ASL House is to provide opportunities for personal and academic growth in a supportive, sign language rich atmosphere. Students will have the opportunity to explore issues and challenges of self-identity, community identity, culture and advocacy while receiving academic support. During their time in ASL House residents will attend relevant cultural events and activities both on and off campus.

ASL House is a co-ed community located in Comstock Hall and is open to PSEO, undergraduate and graduate students. Residents may be students from any college within the University of Minnesota who demonstrate an interest in being an active member of a Deaf/Hard of hearing-friendly, multicultural living environment.
Casa Sol
Casa Sol is grounded in Chicana/o and Latino/a histories, cultures and lived experiences. Students will have the opportunity to explore issues of ethnicity, identity and community advocacy, while actively participating in and contributing to campus student life. As a group, students attend various cultural events and activities in the Twin Cities, often with the staff and faculty of the Chicano Studies Department, Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, and others. Students will have many opportunities to connect with other students at the La Raza Student Cultural Center.
Lavender House
Lavender House is open to any and all students who are interested in learning and uncovering the histories and cultures of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally communities. In this Living Learning Community - situated within Comstock Hall - students are able to explore and express their whole selves, including their gender identities and sexualities, in a safe and affirming environment. Lavender House students have the opportunity to participate in programs and services offered by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally (GLBTA) Programs Office. With the support of the staff and interns at the GLBTA Programs Office, Lavender House students can connect with GLBTA communities at large through attending cultural events and activities on campus and in the Twin Cities. This Living Learning Community is ideal for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, genderqueer, or questioning students, as well as their friends and allies.
STEM Diversity House - for students of color in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
The STEM Diversity House is for students of color interested in any areas in STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and math. The STEM Diversity House for students of color creates a smaller Living Learning environment in which students interested in sciences or engineering can learn from others who have similar academic and career interests. Participants in the STEM Diversity House will find support that will enhance their success in the classroom and in making friends, finding their niche on campus, and exploring their academic, career, and personal interests. Students will be encouraged to participate in the NorthStar STEM Alliance that will support them through financial support, research opportunities, alliance opportunities, service and outreach activities, and study abroad and internships.
Tsev Hmoob (Hmong House)
Participants in the Tsev Hmoob Living Learning Community are interested in past and contemporary Hmong issues and intercultural learning. Tsev Hmoob is designed to provide opportunities for personal and academic growth in a supportive community where the academic experiences of students will be nurtured and enriched. Participants will have the opportunity to live and study together and participate in curricular activities. Participants also have the opportunity to work with various Asian American student organizations, especially Hmong Minnesota Student Association (HMSA), Hmong Women Support Group, and Hmong Men Circle on campus and assist them in special events such as the Hmong Heritage.
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) House
WISE house is a Living Learning Community for women who are interested in any area of science and engineering, where they will learn from others (peers, faculty, graduate students, professionals) who have similar academic and career interests. WISE provides various social activities such as lab tours, dinners with faculty, and study groups.

Recent Articles And Features

Campus Pride: For the second year in a row, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has received a top rating from the Campus Pride Index, which measures specific components determined to contribute to a more inclusive, welcoming and respectful LGBT and Ally campus. The U of M's Campus Pride Score is 99 percent, earning five of five stars in the Campus Pride Index rating system for the second year in a row.

Crossing Borders: Acclaimed singer Lila Downs grew up in Minnesota and Mexico, giving her a cultural identity that once made her a stranger in both places. Today, that mixed background infuses and animates the University of Minnesota alumna's electrifying music.

A tradition is born: At Huntley House, black male students find companions and support

Experience Minnesota: An annual multicultural open house for future students

Sponsored by the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Office of Admissions, the Office for Equity and Diversity, and the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, we are pleased to host an annual event--Experience Minnesota: An Open House for Multicultural Students. The 2014 Experience Minnesota event will take place on Saturday, September 13th.

During the Experience Minnesota event--held in the fall each year--families will get information about our outstanding academic opportunities, multicultural organizations, financial aid, meet top faculty and current students, and tour campus. In years past, the event has featured Goldy Gopher, a performance by Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., a Native American drum performance by Hoka-Hey, a Step Show by Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., and more.

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