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Rank: 84

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is the oldest of the university's five campuses as well as its flagship. With about 32,000 undergraduates and 16,000 graduate and professional students, it's a big school with facilities to match. The university prides itself on its reputation for research. One of its claims to fame is developing the Honeycrisp apple (plus several other apple varieties). Other major developments came from Professor James J. "Crash" Ryan, who held a patent for the first retractable seatbelt, and also invented the flight data recorder known as the "black box." The university says students have the opportunity to do research alongside professors, regardless of their major. Students also have more than 900 campus organizations to choose from, along with intramural and club sports, and an active Greek system. The university also claims to have invented the practice of cheerleading, all the way back in 1898. Its graduation rate of 80% is slightly higher than colleges with similar student bodies, according to MONEY's analysis. With its location near the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, there are two cities' worth of concert halls, museums, restaurants, and bars to explore. Finally, U of M's Gophers compete against some of the best sports teams in the country. The mascot, Goldy, is famous, too. If you're on campus and need some good luck, go rub his buck teeth.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$28,700
% of students who get any grants
61%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$17,900
Average price for low-income students
$7,680
admissions
Acceptance rate
50%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1380/29
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
31,535
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
85%
% of need met
72%
% of students who get merit* grants
8%
Average merit grant
$5,006
student success
Graduation rate
80%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$20,000
Average salary within 3 years
$55,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
31%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Rolling

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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