University of Minnesota Reviews

  • 252 Reviews
  • Minneapolis (MN)
  • Annual Tuition: $35,099
84% of 252 students said this degree improved their career prospects
92% of 252 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 11/15/2022
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"This school very much depends on who you interact with, your degree, and your beliefs. This school has a lot of good potential but it also isn't very friendly if you don't follow the paradigm that they push. It also can feel hard to incorporate into the student base because every instructor always feels like they are too busy or there are a lot there solely for research purposes."
Saida Mahamud-Tukri
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2019
  • Degree: Political Science
"I graduated from UMN-Twin Cities in 2017 with a B.A in Global Studies. The connections I made with faculty and peers in my program have been amazing and longlasting. The Global Studies department has been foundational to my academic success. Even though the program has many students, you're still able to have a close mentor and mentee relationship with the advisors and professors. As you progress to junior and senior year the classes get smaller and the conversations surrounding your area of study get more critical. You leave the program with more insight about the world and your role in it. However, my program was unique and not reflective of the general atmosphere of the campus. Many students found a safe space and community in Global Studies."
Hannah Couming Nemetz
  • Reviewed: 9/24/2019
  • Degree: Child Development
"I absolutely loved attending the University of Minnesota. The U of M is it's own little bustling metropolis. It is such a fun environment to learn and grow in. I was more inclined towards studying in a smaller school atmosphere, and amazingly enough I was able to find that at the University of Minnesota. The Youth Studies program is a close knit small program with incredible teaching staff and professors. If you are interested in working with youth, social justice and making the world a better place, this is the program for you!"
Sara S.
  • Reviewed: 7/29/2019
  • Degree: Journalism
"I enjoyed my time at UMN! There were so many ways to get involved, through countless school clubs and organizations. The school is large, but you'd be surprised by how small it feels once you get used to it and find your way around campus. It's a very large school so advising and financial aid assistance isn't great, but if you do your research you'll be just fine. Campus is beautiful (especially in the fall and summer), and you have really everything you need. The university and surrounding areas are filled with coffee shops, bars, restaurants, grocery stores, and fast food places. You'll never go hungry! Instruction within my degree program wasn't great, but I have heard great things from my friends who are in other majors, and no one I know outside of my degree has had trouble finding a job post graduation. I went to into the Journalism school with the intent of studying advertising with a focus on art direction. However, if you are looking to go for professional journalism then this is the place for you!"
  • Reviewed: 6/29/2019
  • Degree: Biology
"The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is a large institution with multiple different, smaller colleges that made it difficult for me to feel like I really fit in. As a graduate from the College of Biological Sciences, I personally had a good experience with the school. The counselors who guided me through my degree progress were helpful. Most of the professors were approachable and genuinely wanted students to understand and succeed. The student help services were always friendly and knowledgeable about any questions I had. For those interested in research or graduate schools, there were hundreds of excellent research opportunities if you were able to establish a strong relationship with the right professor. This was difficult for me to establish because my commute to the school was 90 minutes."
Brianna Weibye
  • Reviewed: 6/28/2019
"I loved going to the University of Minnesota, as it provides multiple opportunities for students to be involved not only in the culture and diversity of the school, but also the community. They provide student assistance and help make each successful."
Alysse Jackson
  • Reviewed: 6/16/2019
"The University of Minnesota provides great opportunities for transfer students. They made the transition easy and go above and beyond to make transfer students a part of the college. They accepted 100% of my credits and provided me with the opportunity to graduate on time. Family Social Science has outstanding professors that make this degree well worth the time and money. I had the opportunity to assist in research in an area of my interest and met people that still influence my life to this day."
Seema Patel
  • Reviewed: 6/12/2019
  • Degree: Marketing
"The University of Minnesota was an exceptional place to go to school. There were more options than anyone could know what to do with and the staff was always incredibly helpful with any issues or questions that arose. The Carlson School of Business in particular was exceptional. The staff and students were incredibly close-knit and dialogue was open and honest."
Elizabeth Swanson
  • Reviewed: 5/17/2019
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"I truly enjoyed my time in my undergraduate program at the U. I learned so much and met so many wonderful people. I will be entering into their 5th year Master's program. I have learned about who I am as a person, which has helped me prep in becoming a teacher. Through the classes and vast field experience I have experienced, not only do I feel confident as a student, but also as a future educator."
2012 Grad
  • Reviewed: 5/1/2019
  • Degree: Performing Arts
"The quality of instruction offered at the University of Minnesota/Guthrie BFA Actor Training was top-notch. We were taught by industry professionals who were very well versed in their craft. We had opportunities to work with professionals in the city too, who were more than glad to support us as up and coming artists. My issue, however, was in the interpersonal relationships between the students and the faculty. From my experience, I often times felt personally attacked by one particular teacher, others made me feel ignored or unimportant, and others treated me more favorably than my classmates. This was the case for many of my classmates too varying degrees with different faculty members. It wasnt until I graduated that I began to realize how often unprofessional behavior was brushed under the rug or just accepted as part of the process. I know some teachers have left and the faculty is made up of much more professional people. But in my experience, the quality of my education was affected by the behavior of some of the faculty."
  • Reviewed: 3/31/2019
  • Degree: Journalism
"I attended the U with a major in print journalism as well as political science. There were pros and cons of both programs. Political science: -Broad range of classes covering different kinds of politics -Ability to take classes in other departments for poli sci credit -A generally renowned political science program -Ability to do research with faculty -Cons were the lack of racial/cultural diversity in the department and being taught (for example) Latinx politics or Islamic politics by white faculty, which served as a sort of cultural dissonance (being a student of color seeking to learn about these communities from their own cultural and religious perspective). Journalism: -The U of M's journalism program did nothing to prepare its students for a career in journalism. There was no mentorship or career development. Most profs were stuck in the old newspaper era and were useless in teaching us skills that would actually be useful (social media, new media, digital etc). If you're looking to do journalism, look at schools on the coasts because otherwise, you're stuck with a Midwestern degree and zero contacts in the industry; which gets you nowhere."
  • Reviewed: 11/1/2018
  • Degree: Biology
"CBS has very challenging coursework, but lacks the resources to get students employment. In my large 4000-level classes, only about 1/3 of students had ever been able to volunteer or work in a lab at any point during their time at UMN. The professors emphasize early on that you should leave the college if you are not intending to pursue a graduate degree or professional school involving research. They do not offer any internship programs that grant college credit, and do not invite employers for events on campus (only grad/medical school/NIH post-bacc program reps). Additionally, UMN has politics between college programs that will make it difficult to transfer credits i.e. my foundations of biology course did not count for general biology in the Food Science and Nutrition college. CBS professors are very knowledgeable, but it is very common to get abrasive personalities. Same with advisors; mine generally did not want to meet with students or even answer questions by email. I had professors turn down reference/recommendation requests, and even an academic advisor act as a bad reference that I was fortunate enough to hear about from one of the labs I interviewed at. Class sizes are very large, 100+ students in lectures; I only had one seminar class with <30 students in four years. CBS has major group projects in every biology class alongside regular coursework to promote teamwork. Many CBS students enroll in MCAT/DAT prep classes as well, so the class averages can be very high. Expect to enter general classes at a disadvantage if you have not taken one of these classes. Overall, a very rigorous school that could lead to great research opportunities, but it is rare. Not a good choice for students looking to get work experience in biology or the medical fields."
  • Reviewed: 8/16/2018
  • Degree: Nutrition
"The University Of Minnesota in the Twin Cities is a fantastic place to have an education. There are a plethora of degree options, but I chose to study Food Science. The balance of classes on the Minneapolis campus and the St. Paul campus give students the best of both worlds - a bustling urban environment in Minneapolis, and a bucolic, peaceful environment in St. Paul. Highly recommended overall."
  • Reviewed: 6/20/2018
  • Degree: Biology
"This was a great school to attend! Because the school is so large, I had many opportunities to engage in a variety of coursework, clubs, sports, research, etc. This school is great if you are interested in the sciences because they have advanced lab equipment and some of the greatest professors. Many of the professors are doing cutting edge research, and they have in-depth knowledge about new findings that are coming up in the science field. However, the downside of a large school is large class sizes. It was difficult to get to know the professors and other students."
Evelyn Leland
  • Reviewed: 5/22/2018
  • Degree: Biology
"The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is a large institution with multiple different, smaller colleges that ensure you will find your fit. As a graduate from the College of Biological Sciences, I personally had a great experience with the school. I had wonderful counselors who guided me through my entire degree progress. The professors were approachable and genuinely wanted students to understand and succeed. The student help services were always friendly and knowledgable about any questions I had. For those interested in research or graduate schools, there were hundreds of excellent research opportunities."
  • Reviewed: 5/2/2018
  • Degree: Architecture
"The University of Minnesota (U of M) has opportunities for every individual. Set in the urban setting of Minneapolis, the U of M is home to over 50,000 students but I promise it does not feel that big. I was part of the School of Architecture in the College of Design within the U of M. My classes averaged 15 students and I was able to work one on one with my professors when need be. Being such a large university, the U of M has many resources available to students, which I highly recommend taking advantage of."
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2018
"As someone going into the "helping" field as a therapist I wanted the best head start I could get. The faculty in the Family Social Science program certainly prepared me above and beyond for what was to come after college. The material is stimulating and easy to integrate into not only your everyday life, but also to memory for future schooling. Having just been accepted into graduate school for Marriage and Family Therapy, I can say with 100% confidence that I would not be here if not for this program. Sure, it is a lot of work outside of class, not to mention a sizable amount of introspective work, but they payoff beats and struggle you may have along the way. When that struggle inevitably happens though, don't be frightened. The University of Minnesota as a whole is extremely attentive to the needs of their students, and the advisors I had throughout my four years went above and beyond to ensure my success."
Wuraola Ojo
  • Reviewed: 12/29/2017
  • Degree: Pharmacy
"University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity school for everyone to proof their ability in pursuing their dreams without discrimination or bias. Teaching is active and engaging. It is practical-based and collaborative with other health professions. The school's atmosphere is friendly. Students work cooperatively. The school believes in mentoring and will link you up with different mentors from the beginning to the end of your study."
Mark G.
  • Reviewed: 12/7/2017
  • Degree: MBA
"The Carlson school of management program is a dream come true when it comes to an MBA program. The professors have been nothing short of amazing, and I would highly recommend the program to anyone who is considering getting their MBA through a part time program. The program is very flexible and allows me to continue working my full time job, while pursuing my degree."
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2017
  • Degree: Social Work
"It's important and necessary, but be practical while mixing in activities you enjoy and disciplines you're curious about. It's a time to develop as a person as well as practical skills."