University of Minnesota Rankings


High retention rates, low student debt, and high graduate salaries earned the U of M the top ”rising star college“ title from Forbes magazine in 2014.

The University is consistently named a “Best Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, USA Today, and Princeton Review.

The U of M was named a “2015 Best College Value in the Midwest” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.


The University ranks first among the public universities in the Big Ten in the number of National Merit Scholars.

Basing its study on factors such as Nobel laureates and publications, the Academic Ranking of World Universities places the University of Minnesota Twin Cities ninth among public research universities in the United States, and 28th in the world.

This same study also ranked five academic fields at the U of M:

  • Social sciences: 3rd among U.S. public universities
  • Medicine and pharmacy: 5th among U.S. public universities
  • Engineering, technology, and computer science: 11th among U.S. public universities
  • Life and agricultural sciences: 12th among U.S. public universities
  • Natural sciences and mathematics: 13th among U.S. public universities

According to “Essential Science Indicators,” the following areas of study are ranked in the top 10 nationally among public universities:

  • Mathematics (3rd)
  • Environment and ecology (3rd)
  • Agricultural sciences (6th)
  • Social sciences (9th)
  • Chemistry (4th)
  • Computer science (7th)
  • Economics and business (8th)
  • Plant and animal science (9th)
  • Psychiatry and psychology (10th)
  • Clinical medicine (9th)
  • Multidisciplinary (8th)

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities Department of Asian Languages and Literatures has been selected to be the 12th Chinese language department in the nation offering a Chinese Flagship Program. Flagship Program grants are awarded by the Department of Defense and Institute of International Education.

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The University of Minnesota ranked tenth among public research universities and 13th among all U.S. universities in the 2008 National Science Foundation Survey of Research and Development Expenditures.

The University of Minnesota ranks sixth in the world for technology and transfer commercialization according to the Milken Institute of Technology. This means that students and faculty are bringing their research to real-world business applications.

According to the “Top American Research Universities” report, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities ranks fifth for annual giving, tenth for faculty awards received, and eighth for research expenditures.

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities ranked ninth among U.S. public research universities and 26th in the world in Newsweek’s most recent “Top 100 Global Universities” report.

The University of Minnesota ranks fourth among U.S. research universities among patents earned, according to Scientist Magazine’s “Patent Powerhouses.”

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