University of Minnesota alumni are our most important advocates, hundreds of thousands strong and in every corner of the state. U alumni have started more than 10,000 Minnesota companies that employ 500,000 people and generate $100 billion in annual revenue.
You have an important story to tell. Maybe it’s a about a professor who helped spawn an interest that became a passion…or a career. Maybe it was an opportunity to learn through hands-on research. Or the chance to meet and learn from other students that opened up a world of possibilities.
Myth: It takes forever to graduate from the U. No one graduates in four years.
Fact: On the Twin Cities and Morris campuses, most students graduate within four years. The Twin Cities' four-year graduation rate for the most recent class will be above 57%, and on every campus, over 50% of the students graduate in five years.
Myth: The U's graduation rates are way below those of peer institutions.
Fact: The Twin Cities graduation rates are higher than many other public Big Ten schools, and are competitive among our peer group, which includes the very best public research universities in the country. The graduation rate story is similar for our coordinate campuses; in particular, Morris' 67% six-year rate is competitive with several elite schools.
Myth: Classes at the U are huge and mostly taught in large lecture halls.
Fact: 38 percent of undergraduate classes on the Twin Cities campus have fewer than 20 students, and 13 percent have more than 100 students. Among our peer group, we rank 5th for having the fewest classes (19%) with 50 or more students.
Myth: The state's best students go to private Liberal Arts Colleges.
Fact: We have almost as many honors students on the Twin Cities campus as Macalester and Carleton colleges combined. The average ACT score of these honors students (33 out of 36) is above that of the state's great liberal arts colleges, and ACT scores on all coordinate campuses are trending up. Additionally, UM-Morris is among the country's top public liberal arts colleges.
Myth: Students are anonymous. The U is a commuter school, there's no community.
Fact: The University is a collection of many communities. The Twin Cities campus has over 800 Registered Student Groups representing academic interests, culture and diversity, the arts, fraternity and sorority life, sports clubs, and much more. Over 80% of freshman students live in the residence halls on the Twin Cities campus.
Myth: The U is too big and inefficient.
Fact: The University operates efficiently and constantly seeks creative ways to deliver excellence with fewer resources.
Myth: The U is so hard to get into that it no longer represents Minnesota.
Fact: The majority of our students are from Minnesota. On the Twin Cities campus, 69% of undergraduate students and 55% of graduate students are from Minnesota. Every year, 2,000 undergraduates, most from Minnesota, transfer from the Twin Cities campus. Keeping these students in Minnesota is good for our state, as is attracting high ability students from out of state, many of whom will stay, become active citizens and community and business leaders.