Opportunities at the U of M

Let opportunity feed your curiosity. Stepping onto campus, you’ll embark on an adventure that will truly open your mind. With more than 900 student organizations to choose from, you could join the Mock Trial, Board Gamers Club, Ski and Snowboard Club, or group that describes itself as “an organization for those interested in improving their lyrics, flow, and rhythm skills for freestyle rapping and beatboxing." Curious? You should be.

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Gopher Student Life

Enjoy nature? You’ll fall in love with the outdoors with the Hiking and Hammocking Club. Wish you were at Hogwarts? Here, you can at least play Quidditch and warm up in a maroon and gold scarf. Want to build a cool race car? Our Solar Vehicle project received 5th place at the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. We have 900+ other student groups where you can learn skills, connect with peers, volunteer, build experience, and have fun.

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Feel at Home

University housing is more than just a place to live! Living on campus is your best option to learn and grow. It puts you closer to classes, libraries, dining halls and other campus activities and resources. First-year students benefit from freshman specific programming and support staff in residence halls to help ensure a smooth transition into college life. Explore the benefits, compare your housing options and learn more about why you should make living on campus part of your Golden Gopher experience. 

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Expand Your Global Horizons

The U of M is proud to offer one of the nation’s largest and most comprehensive study abroad programs, with 180+ opportunities in 50+ countries. Advisors will help you find your ideal fit from a wide-range of academic, research, and internship opportunities abroad, so you can gain valuable experience to prepare for life in a global society.

Study Abroad

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Serve Your Community

Looking to get some tutoring experience? Want to help organize a fundraiser? What about a clothing or food drive? Without leaving campus, you can pitch in at the U of M Masonic Children’s Hospital— one of the best children’s hospitals in the United States — or the Ronald McDonald House. Or you can check out the Twin Cities for organizations like the Red Cross, Teach for America, and College Possible.

Volunteer Opportunities

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Explore Gopher Pride

The University of Minnesota is a member of the legendary Big Ten conference, known for the last 120+ years for its stellar athletics and academics. We love to celebrate school spirit and community at events like Homecoming and Spring Jam. You’ll get caught up in the whirlwind of Gopher Pride.

Gopher Pride

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Greek Community

Through fraternities and sororities, you can make friends, connect with mentors, and find your home on campus. When you choose to join a fraternity or sorority, you’ll join a strong community of over 3,300 students who are devoted to leadership, scholarship, community, and service. With 35 fraternities and 20 sororities, the U of M has many unique options for membership.

U of M Greek Life