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E - 11/1/2018
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
T O - 8/16/2018
Graduation Year: 2006
"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."
Amanda - 6/20/2018
Graduation Year: 2016
"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 - 5/22/2018
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
Amy - 5/2/2018
Graduation Year: 2014
"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."
HBagley - 3/28/2018
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
Stephanie - 7/19/2017
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2011
"It's definitely a very large school, so you have to make an effort to actually get involved in campus life and meet people in classes; as a less outgoing person, a smaller school may have been a better option for me. That being said, it was a great experience and I learned a lot; most of the professors are very knowledgable and friendly/approachable, and encourage students to come to office hours."
Brandon T - 6/29/2017
Graduation Year: 2017
"The University of Minnesota is a great school, with very well respected professors and alumni. While the campus itself is very large, classes are small and the attention each student gets is very satisfying. You get a large campus with a small school feel. Minneapolis is also a very lively city with things to do for everyone."
Layla Safinia - 6/18/2017
Graduation Year: 2017
"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."
Hannah N. - 3/29/2017
Degree: Fitness Trainer
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."