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University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

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  1. A top-tier research campus & member of the Association of American Universities.

About This Campus

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is one of the largest campuses in the U.S., with nearly 50,000 students on campus. Roughly 4700 classes are offered annually in over 160 undergraduate academic programs. The U of M is generally ranked amongst the top 10 public research institutions in the U.S., & contributing to the U of M's academic prestige are 20 Nobel Laureates and 86 Guggenheim Fellows. As a land-grant institution, the U of M has a strong tradition of education and civic engagement. It is a member of the Big Ten conference of the NCAA. The park-like main campus of the U of M is nestled in the heart of the "Twin Cities" of Minneapolis & St. Paul and dissected by the Mississippi River. The "Cities", with a population over 2 million, are recognized as centers for the arts with nationally acclaimed theaters, museums, & a vibrant music scene. Winters are snowy & cold, but the majority of the year is mild.

Location Information

We are an urban campus so you'll have easy access to shopping and entertainment, but our location also allows you to connect to nature by hiking in the Mississippi River Gorge and walking, running, and biking on the trails adjacent to campus. Our public transportation system is quite good connecting students with all parts of the metro including both downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the airport, the Mall of America, and many places in between.

Helpful Information

Course flexibility is key at this campus, especially if you are hoping to take courses in the College of Science and Engineering, Carlson School of Management, or the College of Design. Please read the Academics tab below for more information.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Minneapolis
Population | 3,600,000
Enrollment | 49,000
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 09/03-12/19
Spring | 01/21-05/13

Campus Diversity

White | 67%
Black | 5%
Hispanic/Latino | 4%
Asian | 9%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 3%
Other | 11%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
Closed Programs
Architecture studios and workshops, and courses in apparel, graphic design, and interior design are closed. Professional journalism courses are closed. Some upper-division courses in the Carlson School of Management (CSOM) are closed. Nursing courses are closed. Chemical Engineering and Materials Science are closed. Elementary Education, Business and Marketing Education, Human Resource Development, Kinesiology, and Sport Management are closed.

Architecture courses are limited (see "Closed Programs"). Students wishing to take any course offered by the Carlson School of Management (CSOM) must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have course flexibility. CSOM students may not have access to all services (job/internship fair, job/internship database, etc) offered through the college. Upper division (3000 level and above) courses for Microbiology and Neuroscience are limited. Students should have access to lower division courses within the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) as long as they have the appropriate prerequisites completed...they must work with each department to register. Upper-Division courses in CSE CANNOT be guaranteed. Psychology, Spanish, Photography, and upper-division Economics are in high demand and space may not be available. Music, Theater, and Dance courses may require audition.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Psychology
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Sciences

Special Programs

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Aerospace Sciences: Aerospace Studies

Agriculture: Agricultural Business, Agricultural Communications, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Sciences, Agricultural Technology Management, Agronomy, Animal Sciences, Crop Science/Management, Equine Science, Horticulture, Plant Genetics, Plant Science, Soil Science, Water Management

Anthropology: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Archaeology

Architecture: Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Design

Area Studies: African American Studies, African Studies, American Studies, Art Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicano/Mexican American Studies, Cinema and Cultural Studies, Comparative American Studies, East Asian Literature/Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, Hispanic Studies, International Studies, Jewish Studies, Native American Studies, Russian Studies, Scandinavian Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Digital Arts, Drawing, Fine Art, Media Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art, Theater Art, Visual Arts

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Physiology, Wildlife Biology

Business: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Business, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Manufacturing, Marketing, Operations Research, Public Relations, Retailing, Supply and Logistics Management

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: American Sign Language, Communication, Electronic Media and Culture, Film, Journalism, Scientific and Technical Communication, Writing/Editing

Consumer and Family Studies: Child Consumer and Family Studies, Family Science/Services, Family Studies

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Criminology

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Earth Science, Geology, Physical Sciences, Science

Economics: Applied Economics, Economics

Education: Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Engineering: Aerospace Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biosystems Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Geological Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

English: Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, Film Studies, Linguistics, Literature, Poetry, Technical Writing, Writing

Environmental Studies: Conservation Biology, Ecology, Energy/Environmental Policy, Environmental Biology, Environmental Design, Environmental Management, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Fish and Game Management, Fisheries Science, Natural Resources, Natural Resources/Science/Management, Sustainability Studies, Wildlife Biology/Science

Food Science: Food Science, Nutrition

Forestry: Forestry

General Studies: Arts and Science, Classical Studies, Gender Studies, Humanities, Individualized Degree Program, Individualized Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership Studies, Liberal Studies, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Spanish Literature

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Housing Studies, Urban Planning, Urban Studies

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Emergency Medical Care, Mortuary Science, Public Health

History: History

Industrial Studies: Construction Management

Information Studies: Computer Science, Information Technology

International Studies: International Studies

Languages: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hmong, Italian, Japanese, Lakota, Latin, Norwegian, Ojibwe, Portuguese, Romance Languages, Russian, Spanish, Swedish

Marine Sciences: Marine Biology

Mathematics: Actuarial Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics

Military Sciences: Army ROTC, Naval ROTC

Music: Choral Music

Performing Arts: Acting, Dance, Music, Music Education, Music History, Music Therapy, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Astrophysics, Materials Sciences, Physics

Political Science: American Political Science, Government, International Studies, Political Science, Public Administration/Affairs

Psychology: Child Psychology, Psychology

Recreation: Leisure Studies, Non-Profit Programs Management, Outdoor Education, Parks Administration and Management, Recreation

Sociology/Social Work: Gender Studies, Housing, Law and Society, Social Science, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, Womens Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Speech Therapy

Technology: Manufacturing Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • FOR ALL STUDENTS: Course access can be difficult and students must be flexible with desired courses. Students must meet all prerequisites. International student acceptances on Plan B allowed only for students from Plan B only campuses. International students MAY NOT work on campus during their exchange.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of N/A paper, 213.00 computer or 79.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A/B
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 09/04/19.
  • Estimated cost: $7600.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 19
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 19
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 09/04/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
NSE Program Fee $50 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Health Insurance $1170 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Parking Fee $276 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Transportation Fee $25 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Academic Records Fee $75 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory
Boynton Extended Coverage Fee $139 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Housing and Residence Life Service Fee $50 Semester Plan A & B Mandatory

Important Notes: Purchase of health insurance ($1170/term) is required for all students who do not have a valid, US-based health insurance plan. Canadian students must purchase our health insurance plan. Any international student that does not have a US-based insurance plan must purchase our health insurance plan. In addition, Home Pay (Plan B) students with OR without their own insurance must pay the Boynton Extended Coverage Fee ($139/term).

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,050 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 003969

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 09/04/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 12% living on campus
  • Double: $4955 (includes meals)
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living is limited
  • Maximum unrestricted housing reserved: 15
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $868
  • Proximity to campus: within 1 mile
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
During the 2019/2020 school year, on-campus housing options for NSE students will be limited to: Centennial Hall (traditional dorm with required mealplan), Radius Apartments, and Yudof Hall (kitchen in unit so no mealplan required). Visit https://housing.umn.edu for more information.

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $1995 per semester for 14 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
Mealplan required only for students living in Centennial Hall.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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