University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (54)
As a future graduate student, I am equipped to handle my upcoming classroom and clinical work because of my experience at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (UMN-TC). UMN-TC provides all students with unique research opportunities, personable professors, and a balanced course load. As a tier 1 research institution, I was able to receive funding for my student-driven research project, which is called a UROP, while assisting my professor with a bigger project - and anyone can at UMN-TC due to the helpful faculty! There are career counselors, academic counselors, and a tight student-peer community within each major that is extremely useful for becoming successful.
The University of Minnesota- Twin Cities has a lot to offer with its culturally diverse campuses, cutting edge research labs, and endless clubs for extracurricular involvement. The location alone, in the heart of the Twin Cities, affords students countless networking and internship opportunities, from everything medical, to the artsy-est of arts. Being its own entity away from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, campus is relatively safe. Free bus and walking escort services are available to all students in addition to accessible emergency blue buttons located throughout campus. Be that as it may, students should still be wary, and exercise precaution. In my experience as an undergraduate, I did not feel safe walking alone at night, especially on the outskirts of campus. Each year there were a handful of incidents reported on or near campus involving robbery and/or aggravated assault. Given the enormous size of the University and the proximity to two big cities, it comes as no surprise that these types of events occur. At the same time, being in an immensely beautiful urban area with a student body of over 50,000, students can be as involved or anonymous as they please. Between the 600 campus clubs, numerous University sponsored events, and bumpin nightlife downtown, students are never at a loss for something to do. As for the academic element of the University, the curriculum is competitive, though it varies in difficulty depending on the area of study, with certain programs, such as business and fine arts, being particularly selective. I was a member of the Bachelor of Science-Kinesiology program, which was competitive in that many students wanted to partake in it. Although some of my teachers were Teachers Assistants, I always felt I had the resources available to help me achieve a high-quality education. For the most part, the facilities, especially the research labs, were phenomenal, with cutting edge technology that enhanced coursework. The curriculum was intense, but not unmanageable, and did an adequate job preparing me for my graduate studies as a part of Belmont Universitys Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, which I begin in Fall of 2017. Additionally, unique liberal education credits, such as "The History of Rock" and "Sex, Evolution, and Behavior" are offered for students who do not wish to take traditional English or Biology courses. One of the only faults worth addressing is the lack of financial aid available to students at the University. In part, due to the large student population, along with public funding, it is difficult to receive scholarships from the university without being Valedictorian of your graduating class, or equally as exceptional. However, Student Financial Services does provide students with helpful financial aid counseling to make education more affordable. Overall, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, or The U as we referred to it, possess a lot of great qualities. Diverse in every way, it provides students with endless opportunities to grow as both an academic and individual. Although financial aid is lacking, the University makes up for it with its beautiful campus, involved social life, and quality curriculum. I would certainly recommend it to any student looking for a challenging and rewarding, college experience.
The biology college at the University of Minnesota is really good if you are interested in the biological sciences. They have a really unique curriculum. They have great labs and research opportunities. It is definitely a challenging curriculum but you do learn a lot.
I loved attending the University of Minnesota. The location is amazing in that you have full access to the Twin Cities, but the school is actually just outside the "true" city. There are ample opportunities for involvements in a wide variety of clubs and organizations, as well as club/intramural sports, and religious groups. Easy to find your niche even in the large school. I had a lot of large lectures, so if that isn't your thing this may not be the school for you. Those classes also met in much smaller labs/discussion groups, which is helpful. Your class sizes do decrease in size as you get further toward your degree. The Kin major is great and the professors are high quality. Would definitely recommend!!!
The U of M is a has a highly respected psychology program which well prepared me for a research career in the field. In addition, ample networking opportunities exist for both students and alumni. There are countless research and internship opportunities for students, and with extra work, funds to support students in these activities.
It is a beautiful campus filled with faculty doing cutting edge research and endless opportunities for students. By being in a big cities, the university is able to connect students to many additional learning opportunities in the community. The University of Minnesota had everything I was looking for!
I thoroughly enjoyed the Sociology department at the U. The classes allow you to explore a variety of interests (international organizations, the environment, social movements, to name a few) and the faculty were great. The capstone course was an excellent way to apply what you've learned to topics that interest you in the 'real world'.
The University of Minnesota had quality academics and expanded my insight into the field of architecture. They did not well-prepare me for technical skills used in the architectural field but did offer conceptual design development and helped me develop creative problem solving skills that is highly valuable as a designer in Minneapolis. My one offer of advice to the program would be to further integrate technical coursework with studio courses so that students know how to respond more wholly to architectural problems.
The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is a fantastic research-oriented school with essentially unlimited resources to assist in career building, networking, and getting real-world experience outside of the classroom. The campus is conveniently situated right next to downtown Minneapolis, however it still maintains a college campus feel. Speaking as a Kinesiology (science) major, I can say that the science classes were on the more difficult side when compared to other public universities. You will experience big lectures in your general education requirements and early science classes but as you grow into your major the classes have more of a high-school fell, as there are much less students per class. The biggest downside to the academics would be how research-based many of the professors were, as this could negatively affect their teaching style by making them less classroom/discussion based and more textbook based. However,the majority of the professors were very approachable, passionate, and genuinely wanted students to succeed, so that made the more difficult classes more manageable. Choose the University of Minnesota for a great academic experience in a very cool up and coming city, with plenty of high-quality Big Ten sporting events and plenty of advisors and resources to help you figure out your path.
The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities most unique quality, to me, was its urban setting. The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is one of few Big10 schools nested in an urban setting. Its setting allows its students with a plethora of opportunities to get connected with all types of businesses, non-profits, volunteer opportunities, extra curricular activities or hobbies, professionals, mentors, and role models.