University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota Admissions and General School Information

At University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, in Minneapolis, possible degree fields include the arts, social sciences, business, law and health professions like medicine, dentistry, nursing and veterinary science. Students can earn a bachelor's degree, a master's degree, a doctorate or a professional degree like an M.D., J.D. or D.V.M.

General Information About University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Maroon and gold are the colors of University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. This school adopted the state animal, the gopher, as its mascot. University of Minnesota also has campuses in Duluth, Rochester, Morris and Crookston.

Bachelor's degree students in many fields of study at UMN can participate in research, mentored by faculty members, with grants from the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program. The Honors Program at the university allows students to take special honors courses, get honors advising and write a thesis.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities welcomes applications from freshmen (first-time college students, such as high school graduates) as well as transfer students. The first application deadline is in winter, for the school year beginning in the following autumn. Students may choose to take either the ACT or the SAT; those who choose the ACT must take the optional included 30-minute writing section.

Colleges of University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

College of Education and Human Development

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities undergrads in this college can major in elementary education foundations, family social science, kinesiology, sports management and many other fields. To become teachers, they can get early admission into UMN's Master of Education program. The M.Ed. is the level at which teaching licensure preparation occurs. Students get licensed first, and then they may teach while completing the master's degree.

College of Liberal Arts

Liberal arts students with an international or multicultural flair can choose majors in several languages, cultural studies, human rights or several specific ethnic studies degree programs. Students with a productive pen can choose journalism, communication, English or writing. Creativity flows in the theatre arts and dance, music, art history and art departments. Liberal Studies also encompasses history, statistics, philosophy and many more fields.

College of Design

Undergrads at the UMN - Twin Cities College of Design can study retail merchandising, housing studies, graphic design, apparel design, architecture and other fields. Some majors require students to prepare work samples and present a portfolio review before they can take upper-division classes in the major. For graduate students, this university offers the professional master's degree in architecture that qualifies graduates for architect licensure. Other graduate degrees are also available, including apparel studies, interior design, housing studies and graphic design.

Carlson School of Management

U. of Minnesota's business school started in 1919 and awarded its first MBA 19 years later. Undergrads at the Carlson School of Management can choose majors in accounting, marketing, finance, entrepreneurial management and many more fields. Grad students can get an MBA, a Master of Business Taxation, a Master of Accountancy, a human resources master's degree and even a doctorate.

Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

The Humphrey Institute is only for graduate students; it offers master's degrees, graduate certificates, and a collaborative Ph.D. in Applied Economics. Degree programs include the M.S. in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy; Master of Public Affairs; Master of Public Policy; and Master of Urban and Regional Planning. Dual degree programs, in collaboration with other U. of Minnesota schools and departments, are also available. The Institute website offers a page to help prospective students identify the right degree, based on their interests.

Law School

The Law School at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities offers a J.D. (Juris Doctor) program where future attorneys can supplement their studies with practical experience in UMN's legal clinics. The college has a legal writing requirement; all new law students must purchase a laptop outfitted with the programs they'll need for coursework. Dual or joint degree programs are available, including a J.D.-MBA as well as programs in journalism and health sciences. The LL.M. degree (Master of Laws) is a graduate program teaching foreign lawyers about the U.S. legal system.

Institute of Technology

This is the home of UMN's physics, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and astronomy departments. Graduate and undergraduate degrees are available. The Institute of Technology was formed in 1935 when separate departments merged. Throughout the university's history, four professors and four alumni from Institute departments have become Nobel laureates.

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

This college's work is at the heart of UMN's mission as a land grant university. Possible undergraduate majors include animal science, agricultural education, food science, agricultural and food business management, fisheries and wildlife, nutrition, horticulture and food science. Grad students can join 13 main departments; with one of three joint degree programs, they can earn a law or education degree.

College of Biological Sciences

The College of Biological Sciences collaborates in many departments with other colleges at UMN. For example, the biochemistry, genetics, neuroscience and microbiology departments, among others, are also affiliated with the Medical School, while the plant biology department is also part of the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Undergraduates can major in biochemistry, ecology, genetics, plant biology, biology, neuroscience and microbiology.

Medical School

The University of Minnesota medical school awards the M.D. degree for future doctors and the M.D./Ph.D. for medical professors and researchers. A collaborative program between the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses of UMN awards an M.D. with a specialty in family medicine, to serve rural Minnesotans and Minnesota's Native American groups.

School of Dentistry

UMN offers a D.D.S. graduate program for future dentists, as well as bachelor's and master's degree programs for dental hygienists. A new dental therapy program trains students to help underserved populations with clinical dental care. Master's degrees and research doctorates train dentists to do scientific research, and a special program prepares dentists from other countries to gain U.S. licensure.

School of Nursing

High school graduates wanting to become nurses can enter the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. Would-be nurses with a non-nursing bachelor's degree can earn a Master of Nursing. Current nurses wishing to expand their clinical practice ability can earn the new Doctor of Nursing Practice degree or a post-master's certificate. The Ph.D. in Nursing is for aspiring researchers.

College of Pharmacy

University of Minnesota students can earn the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm.D or D.Pharm) to become pharmacists. Baccalaureate degree holders can earn a Ph.D. in pharmacy-related scientific research. The College of Pharmacy also offers residencies and fellowships to train newly minted Pharm.D. graduates, as well as continuing education for established pharmacists.

Center for Allied Health Programs

At this center, a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Sciences prepares students to process body tissue samples in research labs and hospitals for doctors and scientists. This field is sometimes called medical technology. The Center also offers a Master of Occupational Therapy.

College of Veterinary Medicine

Of course, students here may become veterinarians. They may also earn a research doctorate or a master's degree in public health. Accelerated admission to vet school is available for freshmen in the Animal Science major who want to become veterinarians for food animals like cows, sheep, pigs and chickens.

School of Public Health

This U of M school has four main topical divisions: epidemiology and community health, environmental health sciences, health policy and management, and biostatistics. The Master of Public Health degree - available in several majors - and the Master of Healthcare Administration degree are meant for people who want to practice public health hands-on. The Master of Science and doctorate programs support those who want to do research or become professors.

Graduate School

The Graduate School is the administrative home for master's students and doctoral students in many other colleges of UMN. Applicants should contact both the Graduate School and their desired program's own offices to determine application protocols.

College of Continuing Education

Working adults can take individual courses or certificate programs here. They can even earn bachelor's degrees with an individualized curriculum, applied bachelor's degrees in construction or technical fields, or a Master of Liberal Studies. Classes occur during evenings and weekends.

Contact Information

  • Address: University of Minnesota Admissions Office, 240 Williamson Hall, 231 Pillsbury Dr. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455-0213
  • Phone Number: (612) 625-5000