University of Minnesota Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Pillsbury Hall at the University of Minnesota
Pillsbury Hall at the University of Minnesota. Michael Hicks / Flickr

With over 51,000 students, the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis / St. Paul is the fourth largest university in the U.S. The campus occupies both the east and west banks of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, and the agricultural programs are located on the quieter St. Paul campus. U of M has many strong academic programs, especially in economics, the sciences, and engineering. It's liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers compete in the Big Ten Conference and play in the new TCF Bank Stadium. Be sure to compare the Big Ten schools and learn the history of the Golden Gopher name.​

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Admissions Data (2017)

  • University of Minnesota Acceptance Rate: 59%
  • GPA, ACT and SAT graph for Minnesota
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 620 / 720
    • SAT Math: 650 / 760
    • ACT Composite: 26 / 31
    • ACT English: 25 / 32
    • ACT Math: 26 / 31

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 51,579 (34,870 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48% Male / 52% Female
  • 85% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $14,142 (in-state); $23,806 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,377
  • Other Expenses: $2,200
  • Total Cost: $26,719 (in-state); $36,383 (out-of-state)

University of Minnesota Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 82%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 62%
    • Loans: 48%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $8,656
    • Loans: $7,654

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, English, Interdisciplinary Studies, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology, Speech and Rhetorical Studies
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 93%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 14%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 61%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 78%

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

University of Minnesota Mission Statement

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"The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world. The University's mission, carried out on multiple campuses and throughout the state, is threefold:

  1. Research and Discovery. Generate and preserve knowledge, understanding, and creativity by conducting high-quality research, scholarship, and artistic activity that benefit students, scholars, and communities across the state, the nation, and the world.
  2. Teaching and Learning. Share that knowledge, understanding, and creativity by providing a broad range of educational programs in a strong and diverse community of learners and teachers, and prepare graduate, professional, and undergraduate students, as well as non-degree-seeking students interested in continuing education and lifelong learning, for active roles in a multiracial and multicultural world.
  3. Outreach and Public Service. Extend, apply, and exchange knowledge between the University and society by applying scholarly expertise to community problems, by helping organizations and individuals respond to their changing environments, and by making the knowledge and resources created and preserved at the University accessible to the citizens of the state, the nation, and the world."