University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota
Why Choose the U of M?

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Be part of something great!

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is world-renowned for its great academics, great opportunities, great location, and great value.

The U of M offers 130+ majors, world-renowned professors, and an exciting Big Ten atmosphere--all at a great Twin Cities location. There are many reasons why top students are choosing the University of Minnesota:

Great Academics

As a member of the esteemed Association of American Universities, we are proud to offer the highest quality academic programs to students in a vibrant campus community. Your world-renowned professors will inspire you and guide you as you achieve your career goals and dreams.

Great Opportunities

The incredible resources available at our world-class research university range from the nation's largest study abroad program to 800 student clubs! You will connect with your U of M classmates, discover new passions, explore the world around you--having the college experience you've always dreamed of!

Great Location

The University of Minnesota is the only public Big 10 university in a major metropolitan area, leading to unparalleled career and internship opportunities. You will experience the unique combination of a classic Big 10 campus with quick access to entertainment, culture, and hands-on career experiences.

Great Value

At the University of Minnesota, you will learn from world-renowned professors at a top research university. Our outstanding programs and faculty provide students with a prestigious degree at a great value.

Big 10 Traditions

As a Big Ten school, the University of Minnesota offers great academics, exciting athletics, rich traditions, and a vibrant campus community.


At the University of Minnesota, you'll experience a close-knit multicultural campus community where you can build lifelong friendships and connect with faculty and staff that are dedicated to your success. Our campus is full of students and staff with different backgrounds, interests, and experiences, helping you prepare for life in a multicultural world.


U of M Students: Why they chose the U of M

Feels Like Home

"The staff and professors really do care about each individual student. Usually at universities students are known as a number. That is definitely not the case at the U of M! ...I knew it was home when I visited for the first time. The atmosphere is more welcoming than anything I have ever experienced."

-Brenda Croell
Speech-hearing sciences major, Class of 2013
New Hampton, Iowa

Prestigious Degree, Approachable Professors

"I knew that I could come here a get a degree that employers will know and respect... I just loved the atmosphere of Minnesota and it feels a lot more welcoming to me. I feel comfortable going up to any student here or going up to any of my professors to talk to them."

-Elise Krause
Applied economics major and animal science minor, Class of 2014
Milmine, Illinois

Still deciding on a major

"I chose the University of Minnesota because, even though I wasn't sure what I wanted to major in, I knew the University had a wide variety of opportunities for me to explore."

-Andrew Dinndorf
Mathematics and statistics double-major, Class of 2012
Arden Hills, Minnesota

Caring Professors

"I've had professors go above and beyond, not just about school but about my career goals as well. It's nice to know that they are here to see you succeed."

-Ben Drwall
Statistics major, Class of 2012
St. Paul, Minnesota

Freshman Year Opportunities

"I was surprised by the research opportunities. I wanted to get involved in research, but I wasn't expecting it to happen during my first year here!"

-Miriam Moore
Mathematics major (actuarial sciences specialization), Class of 2014
Lodi, California

Great Twin Cities Location

"I chose the University of Minnesota because of its great location in the Twin Cities. There are internships, jobs, and networking opportunities in the Twin Cities that I can't get anywhere else. Being in the heart of a thriving metropolitan area is not only fun, but will lead me to a successful future career."

-Sara Straskowski
Marketing and entrepreneurial management double major, Class of 2014
Wabasha, Minnesota

Jobs and Opportunities

"Even though I chose the school partly based on how much access to faculty and staff was available and also on the percent of diversity, which is very important to me, it has surprised me with how much of both are present. They have surpassed my expectations and I love the opportunities that I have on campus. There is a plethora of jobs/internships, study abroad options, sports and recreation activities, student groups, and volunteer opportunities, to name a few."

-Rachel Alioto
Nutrition major, Class of 2013
Walnut Creek, California


"The diversity of people! It's a privilege to be amongst people with such strong and different histories."

-Vishakha Mathur
Communication studies major, Class of 2014
Hopkins, Minnesota

To learn more about opportunities for University students and to get more information about admissions, we also invite you and your family to visit campus in person to dig deeper into all that the University has to offer.

Please note: The Office of Admissions will be closed from Wednesday, December 24, 2014, through Friday, December 26, 2014. The office will reopen on Monday, December 29, 2014.

Need help finding something?

Office of Admissions, a Division of the Office of Undergraduate Education • 240 Williamson Hall • 231 Pillsbury Drive S.E. • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0213 • P: 1-800-752-1000 • F: 612-626-1693