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University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

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4.5/5 based on 220+ reviews on the web
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  • Love this University. It has so much to offer and now with almost the new buildings, restaurants, sports facilities, etc, I don't know how you could not want to come here. It does get cold but with un...  read more »
  • NC gardens, diversity of students, with a beautiful view of the Mississippi River, some buildings with beautiful architecture
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  • The new(ish) Gopher stadium is modern... and awesome. Well built. HUGE TV screen. Heated grass field. Tons of food, drinks, and adult beverages to choose from. Every seat is a good seat. GREAT place t...  read more »
  • Amazing students and buildings. Good professors (except when they decide not to show up and just let a grad student teach 95% of the time, which makes learning VERY difficult if English isn't their first language). Very nice use of green/open space. Parking can be a problem, so better to use mass transit.
  • If I were to do it all over again, and didn't manage to get into a good master's programme in my field, I would have gone to another school. LSE, Oxford, Michigan, whatever. If you go to this school for chemical engineering or other small academic programmes, you should be good, as you will mostly be dealing real faculty members. However, for the vast majority of the academic programmes, you will likely get a graduate student, sometimes even (yikes!) an undergraduate teaching you. Midterm and test score averages in the mid 50's are not uncommon either, nor should they come as a surprise when the quality of education is taken into consideration. For a school with an economics department in the global top 15, the way that they treat their undergraduates is an embarrassment, and academic advisors are not much better, as they basically won't care if you can't get into your classes that you need to graduate on time. Heck, they won't even have professors teach 90% of their economics classes. I'm glad I at least didn't pay out of pocket to attend this "university". I do feel sorry for my fellow students, though.
  • The UMN Twin Cities is one of the best universities in the world. The main campus is located just a couple of miles away from downtown Minneapolis and it is so beautiful. It is also considered a “Public Ivy.” If you are hungry for knowledge and motivated you will get all the resources you need to grow at this wonderful university. Several of its academic programs are ranked highly in the US. The university has light rail service which in fact is modern and sophisticated. As a result, commute to campus is convenient from both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul.
  • The U requires a lot of self-drive. If you came here to be spoon fed this is not the institution for you. I am in a smaller program that branches off the a larger department. Being in a smaller program is beneficial because in your soph, jun, and senior year you start to see the same people and it feels more connected and integrated. You also start to have the same professors as well. Yet, you still get the anonymity of a very large school and campus, which I personally love. I am a non-traditional transfer student and really enjoy the campus and its diversity. I'd recommend the U to anyone, I love it so much. Also the commuting is great! The light rail and bus lines are super convenient, I personally travel from a outlying suburb. The U has convenient buses that connect the campuses, but honestly when it's nice out I enjoy walking across campus. Cons: Some teaching staff is questionable in their methods of instruction. Since it's a huge research campus some professors seem to care more about their research than teaching undergrads. With that being said, if you have good self-drive and challenge or ask questions in class this shouldn't be too detrimental. Many professors teach on a curve anyways.
  • This school is amazing. Great teachers, beautiful campus, gorgeous buildings. And it has a great vibe in general, makes me happy to just be there.
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