University of Minnesota
#33 Overall Influence#890 Desirability Rank

University of Minnesota

Public research university in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

About This School

How does this school stack up?

By James Barham, PhD

The University of Minnesota (UM) traces its roots to a college preparatory school established in the city of Minneapolis seven years before Minnesota entered the Union in 1858. This school closed its doors during the Civil War, but reopened in 1867.

In 1869, the prep school was reconfigured as an institution of higher learning. Today, that modest college has grown into one of the largest universities in the country, with a student population of around 52,000.

During the 1880s, UM expanded to another campus located in St. Paul, the state capital and the city immediately adjacent to Minneapolis to the east. However, the Minneapolis campus remains by far the larger of the two, sprawling nowadays astride both banks of the Mississippi River as it flows through the heart of the city.

Due to its physical bi-location, albeit under a single administration, the school is now officially known as “University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.” It has become the flagship of a far-flung University of Minnesota System, which also includes colleges located in Crookston, Rochester, Duluth, and Morris.

Some 26 Minnesota-connected people have won the Nobel Prize, including the:

  • Physicists, Ernest Lawrence, Walter Brattain, & John Bardeen
  • Chemists, Melvin Calvin, William Lipscomb, & Brian Kobilka
  • Physiologists, Edward Kendall & Louis Ignarro
  • Economists, Milton Friedman, George Stigler, Leonid Hurwicz & Robert Shiller
  • Novelist, Saul Bellow and the songwriter, Bob Dylan for literature

Other famous Minnesota alumni and faculty include:

  • Actors, Henry Fonda, E.G. Marshall & Jessica Lange
  • Novelist, Robert Penn Warren
  • Poets, Allen Tate, James Wright & John Berryman
  • Folklorist, Jack Zipes
  • Author and radio host, Garrison Keillor
  • Op-ed columnists, Carl Rowan & Thomas Friedman
  • Television journalists, Eric Sevareid & Harry Reasoner
  • Plant geneticist, John Sanford
  • Primatologist, David Premack
  • Psychologist, B.F. Skinner
  • Philosophers, Herbert Feigl, Hector-Neri Castañeda, Fred Dretske, Keith Lehrer, & Ernest Lepore
  • US senator and anti–Vietnam War activist, Eugene McCarthy
  • US Supreme Court Justice, Warren Burger
  • Civil rights activists, Roy Wilkins & Whitney Young
  • Vice presidents of the US, Hubert Humphrey & Walter Mondale

Admissions

What does this school look for?

Annual Applications

43,460

Acceptance

52%

Graduation Rate

78%

Median SAT Score

1375

Median ACT Score

28

Costs

How much does it cost to attend?

Tuition (in-state)

$13,058

Fees (in-state)

$1,635

After Graduation

Averages for 10 years after enrolling

Avg Earnings

$61,200

Employed

92%

Campus Life

What's it like to attend this school?

The People

Full time on-campus stats

Student Body

44K

Under-Grads

35K

Graduates

9K

The Campus

Where will you be attending?

Location

100 Church Street SE, Minneapolis MN 55455-0213

On Campus Crime Rates

Property Crime

8k per 100k

Violent Crime

0k per 100k

City Crime Rates

Property Crime

42k per 100k

Violent Crime

11k per 100k

Influence Rankings by Discipline

How’s this school influential?

#10 World Rank #7 USA Rank
Nursing
#19 World Rank #14 USA Rank
Education
#22 World Rank #19 USA Rank
Social Work
#23 World Rank #15 USA Rank
Medical
#24 World Rank #19 USA Rank
Political Science
#25 World Rank #15 USA Rank
Psychology
#27 World Rank #21 USA Rank
Engineering
#29 World Rank #18 USA Rank
Economics
#30 World Rank #26 USA Rank
Criminal Justice
#31 World Rank #25 USA Rank
Business
#34 World Rank #30 USA Rank
Communications
#37 World Rank #23 USA Rank
Biology
#39 World Rank #19 USA Rank
Chemistry
#50 World Rank #26 USA Rank
History
#51 World Rank #26 USA Rank
Sociology
#52 World Rank #19 USA Rank
Earth Sciences
#55 World Rank #35 USA Rank
Computer Science
#57 World Rank #18 USA Rank
Physics
#58 World Rank #31 USA Rank
Anthropology
#60 World Rank #21 USA Rank
Philosophy
#73 World Rank #27 USA Rank
Mathematics
#97 World Rank #48 USA Rank
Literature
#139 World Rank #73 USA Rank
Law
#157 World Rank #76 USA Rank
Religious Studies

Influential People

Who are University of Minnesota's Most influential alumni?

University of Minnesota's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Nursing, Education, and Social Work. University of Minnesota’s most academically influential people include Henry M. Morris, Ernest Lawrence, and Arthur Compton.

Henry M. Morris
Henry M. Morris

American young earth creationist and Christian apologist

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Ernest Lawrence
Ernest Lawrence

American nuclear physicist

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Arthur Compton
Arthur Compton

American physicist

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Henry Fonda
Henry Fonda

American actor

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Edward B. Lewis
Edward B. Lewis

American biologist

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Poul Anderson
Poul Anderson

American science fiction and fantasy writer

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Walter Houser Brattain
Walter Houser Brattain

American physicist

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Deke Slayton
Deke Slayton

Astronaut

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Thomas Friedman
Thomas Friedman

American journalist and author

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Melvin Calvin
Melvin Calvin

American biochemist

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Kate Millett
Kate Millett

American writer and activist

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Donald John Roberts

Canadian-American economist

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