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Victoire Armande - 8/4/2015
Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2010
"This is a large institution, so you won't receive a lot of personal attention or guidance. The B.A. theatre program is uneven - more physical and experimental versus textual and classical. Physical and experimental training is essential, but textual and classical training rounds you out as a performer. Any of the design programs (sound, set, lighting) are the strong suit of the theatre department. If you prefer musical theatre, this is not the best place for you - not many musicals are produced and some of the instructors do not even consider it a true art form. Also, do not chose this university if you are more interested in film - there isn't a whole lot for you here in that regard. Finally, if you do choose this university to complete your B.A. in theatre, then use it as a networking experience. Almost all of the instructors in the department are highly involved in the local theatre community. Because the theatre community in the twin cities is so large and diverse, make sure to audition for productions outside of the university - you will have many more opportunities if you do."
Anonymous - 7/27/2015
Graduation Year: 2012
"Graduate school is a different ball game than undergraduate. In undergraduate you are expected to take classes. In graduate school you are on your own and it is more risky. You take just a handful of classes and the real work is independent. Many advisors have different approaches and I was with an advisor who was hands off. Essential communication with you advisor is essential because sometimes they can be vague and you may work on a problem that has little interest if you do not communicate with your advisor."
Mateo - 7/20/2015
Graduation Year: 2014
"Great campus and a few instructors are hidden gems. Most instructors were lazy or just not great at teaching and the education I received wasn't really a fair exchange for the cost."
Tracy - 7/20/2015
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2011
"I loved my experience at the U of M. It's wonderful to live in a college community in the middle of a big city. It is possible to have small class sizes depending on your major - all of my classes were quite small once I was done with my liberal education requirements. There were so many options for classes and things to do. Gophers at night activities were fun as well on the weekends if you weren't the partying type - though there were plenty of options for partying too. It was just a great time overall academically and socially."
Biochemistry grad 2011 - 6/11/2015
Graduation Year: 2011
"Great college where the opportunities are astounding. Minneapolis is a great city to live in. Was a bit far from home, but I do not regret going here for school."
2008 biology grad - 5/29/2015
Graduation Year: 2008
"I had a good undergraduate experience. A number of great degree programs, wonderful research opportunities. Vibrant campus."
Finance & art history grad - 5/29/2015
Graduation Year: 2006
"Well rounded, solid, marketable, approachable program with well respected track record and room for flexibility"
Graphic design grad 2009 - 5/29/2015
Degree: Graphic Design
Graduation Year: 2009
"Attending the U of M was a great experience. Even though it is a very large school, I always felt like I received enough attention in my classes. The campus is expansive and feels like its own city, full of energy and ideas."
Jin - 5/26/2015
Graduation Year: 2007
"The university campus is very overwhelming when you go on tours or go to orientation, but the campus "shrinks" within a couple of months. There are a lot of interesting, historical buildings mixed in with very new and modern which makes it interesting. The University of Minnesota puts a lot into its science and technology programs and, in my opinion, gives students a wide variety of classes. For example, you can choose to take a fast track for entry level biology and take biology 101 and 102 (normally two semesters) as one class, which is helpful for students with a strong background in the subject already or a student who takes a bit longer to choose a major and wants to hurry things along. Classes are very large in the first couple of years and it is very easy to get lost in the crowd so you need to be able to work very independently or seek out help during office hours. Once you have chosen a major and completed the initial required classes the university demonstrates why a bigger school can be very nice. Rather than being forced into a specific track there are many choices to fulfill different requirements so you can choose classes to fit your specific interests and many are much smaller. If you can handle the first couple of years of large classes where you may never speak a single word to any of your professors, there is a lot of great opportunity."
Kate - 3/9/2015
Graduation Year: 2006
"I really appreciated the depth of study in this program; the teachers were incredibly knowledgable and had a clear love of teaching, in addition to their research. I was able to do a lot of independent research according to my own areas of passion, which I very much valued. The course schedule also made it easy to fit in two minors, which helped me get a job later."