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University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN http://twin-cities.umn.edu/
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is the oldest of the university's five campuses as well as its flagship. With about 36,000 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 seat belt, 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 1,000 campus organizations to choose from, along with intramural and club sports, and an active Greek system. Another invention on U of M’s list? The practice of cheerleading, dating all the way back to 1898. Its graduation rate of 80% is slightly higher than expected of colleges with similar student bodies, according to a Money's analysis of graduation rates. 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 2022-2023
$29,600
% of students who get any grants
56%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$18,700
Average price for low-income students
$7,700

Admissions

Acceptance rate
57%
Median SAT/ACT score
1370/25
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
31,370

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
87%
% of need met
75%
% of students who get merit grants
11%
Average merit grant
$5,090

Student Success

Graduation rate
80%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Median student debt
$19,500
Early career earnings
$61,200
% earning more than a high school grad
81%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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