Student & Graduate Reviews
Saida Mahamud-Tukri - 9/29/2019
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2017
"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 - 9/24/2019
Degree: Child Development
Graduation Year: 2017
"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. - 7/29/2019
Graduation Year: 2019
"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!"
MD - 6/29/2019
Graduation Year: 2020
"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 - 6/28/2019
Graduation Year: 2015
"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 - 6/16/2019
Graduation Year: 2016
"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 - 6/12/2019
Graduation Year: 2014
"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 - 5/17/2019
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"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 - 5/1/2019
Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2012
"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."
L M - 3/31/2019
Graduation Year: 2012
"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."