University of Minnesota Rankings


High retention rates, low student debt, and high graduate salaries earned the U of M Forbes magazine's most recent "rising star college" title.

The University is consistently named a "Best Value" by Kiplinger's Personal Finance and Princeton Review.

The U of M was also ranked as the #15 public college in the United States by Business First in 2017.

The University of Minnesota was named as a College that Pays You Back by Princeton Review in 2018.


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

The University of Minnesota is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, a distinguished organization comprised of only 62 research universities in the United States and Canada that "advance society through education, research, and discovery."

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 18th among public research universities in the world.

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

  • The College of Education and Human Design is the highest rated public education program in the world
  • Social sciences: 3rd among U.S. public universities
  • Medicine and pharmacy: 9th among U.S. public universities
  • Engineering, technology, and computer science: 11th among U.S. public universities
  • Life and agricultural sciences: 11th among U.S. public universities
  • Natural sciences and mathematics: 13th among U.S. public universities

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.

Rarig Center is fourth on the list of "Most Amazing College Campus Theaters" in the United States by

The U of M’s College of Science and Engineering undergraduate program has been ranked #4 in the nation by

Our Animal Science program in the University of Minnesota College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS) is ranked #1 Best Value by College Factual.

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities has been ranked as the #16 public school in the nation by the Business Journal in 2018.


The University of Minnesota ranked eighth among public research universities and 14th among all U.S. universities in total research and development expenditures in 2015 according to the National Science Foundation Survey of Research and Development.

In 2017, the University of Minnesota was ranked sixth among public research universities in the United States 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 eighth for faculty awards received, ninth for research expenditures, and tenth for annual giving among public universities.

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities ranked 13th among U.S. public research universities and 38th in the world in Newsweek's most recent "Top 100 Global Universities" report.

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