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University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Reviews

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  • 08/05/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    64 out of 67 people found this review useful. 1 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    You must be a self-starter. Like I said earlier the professors are more than willing to help you out, but YOU must ask for the help. This isn't anything like high-school. Most of the study habits that got you through high school might not help you at college at all. You need to learn to adjust and ask for help when you need it. There is plenty of help available.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let it being a public school fool you. Getting accepted into the Liberal Arts college is probably the easier, but if you are looking to get accepted into one of the specialty colleges like the College of Biological Science or Carlson School of Management know that it is very competitive. Good grades aren't enough. I know two students that had very high, like 33/34 on their ACT that didn't get in. Most of the specialty schools look for well rounded students. Make sure you not only have good grades but also plenty of volunteer hours, leadership experience, extracurricular activities and work experience to help you nab one of the precious spots.

    Bang for the buck

    Large public school, but most students get some type of financial help. But even if you have to go it on your own, the quality education you can receive is well worth the price. But remember you are going to get out of college what you put into it. The dorms are small but clean and the food is great, especially since it's all you can eat. Taco Tuesdays are awesome! But maybe the best part about this school is that you pay a student fee once per semester and then things like laundry, movies, etc. are free. No lugging quarters around for us!

    Am enjoying being here

    I would recommend this school to anyone. This campus feels like home to me. They have a great freshman orientation that allows you to get to know some of your classmates before everyone else arrives. There is always something to do around campus and most importantly most of the activities are FREE! The students are friendly and there are all types of clubs you can join. If you're into sports, there's no better place to be when the 'barn' is rocking. Go GOPHERS!

    Am learning a lot

    If you are willing to spend the time, the professors are more than willing to help you out. Some of the classes are hard and require after class work, but in the end it's all worth it. They don't restrict you on what you can / can't take. It's up to you. They have great tools that allow you to plan out your entire four or five year schedule and it shows you just want you need to take to receive your degree.

  • 07/25/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    23 out of 27 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 2 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The U of M is a school for every type of student. Seriously, it might sound cliche, but whether you are all about studying and keeping the grades up in hopes to go far, or are just testing the waters and taking some classes, coming back from years off of school, or just winging it... there are a million more students just like you and life on and around campus has stuff for everyone :)

    Tips for prospective students

    I was so scared as an incoming freshman, because nobody from my high school or town lived in the cities, so I thought I would never meet anyone. Believe me, when you get to school it is so easy to meet and get along with everyone on campus, and you can't let yourself worry for one second. Everyone is in the exact same boat as you are, and it will all go way more smoothly than you might be scared of. So just don't worry and have fun with it, because it is a serious step in life, but the U of M makes it so much fun and so easy to meet people, and you won't be alone at all, because you'll make such good friends even the first day you're on campus!

    Bang for the buck

    I would say, as all colleges, it is definitely pricey, but of all the schools I have visited and been to during the academic year, the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities offers so much more for your dollar. There are so many different kinds of people on campus, and groups and clubs for everything imagineable, so you are going to find everything you want and way way more for your dollar! The campus is so huge, everything about the classes and teachers is GREAT, and you'll make a million new friends and have so many opportunities going to school in the cities, that is is worth every penny.

    Am enjoying being here

    Right between St. Paul and Minneapolis, there is always stuff to do, people to meet, and you will always, always have something new to do every weekend. The sports scene is amazing if you love sports, and the night life is pretty epic, too! I can't tell you enough how much I love the cities, and how campus feels comfortable and safe, but has so many big-city things to see and do!

    Am learning a lot

    It is a huge change from high school, in my opinion, when it comes to how much you learn. College is more, you learn as much as you want, depending on how much time and effort you put into the class, but the professors all seem to want students to take the most out of your classes. In a huge school it is so easy to find a million opportunities, being able to take courses not offered at smaller schools, which gives you the best learning experience.

  • 07/18/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    16 out of 16 people found this review useful. 3 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Entrepreneurs, polar bears, innovative scientific minds, those who love to find the answers to their questions, and people who enjoy an intellectual relationship with their professors and peers.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, make sure you go to the financial aid website and submit any scholarship applications you're eligible for, and buy a winter coat! Expect to work hard, but see results extending past your GPA into the academia of your chosen field.

    Bang for the buck

    As research is so vital, it presents more opportunities than most other colleges in terms of summer jobs, publication, and that special something for your grad school application. In- and out-of-state tuition are relatively close, but low enough that it is affordable and maintains a high quality of teaching and services to its students.

    Will enjoy being here

    Minnesotans are by far some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. Expect random discussions about the weather, an exciting camping trip, religion, or what was consumed for dinner every time you get on the bus or go for a walk. It does get very chilly in the winter, but with proper layering you'll come to love the beauty of a northern winter and the crisp, clean air it provides.

    Will learn a lot

    The entire University considers hands-on research a vital part of the education process, which gives you a unique experience not found at many other institutions of higher education.

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 out of 12 people found this review useful. 4 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for anyone. Well, not everyone, you have to somewhat enjoy the cold. Honestly though, there are so many different people and so many different groups it's hard not to find your niche. As long as your dedicated to the school academically and socially, you will fit in. Basically, if you don't mind the cold and are dedicated to the activities or classes you are involved in, this is a perfect school for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although it took some time to adjust to the college life, now it is so rewarding if you are willing to put yourself out there and take chances. There are always opportunities to better yourself or your possible future career. When taking those chances and making them happen, you first off get your name out there and second better yourself for the future. Even if you don't know what you want to do or are deciding between a few things, get involved in whatever you can and that will help you decide what you want and don't want and you'll meet a lot of new friends along the way. I think that's why I am enjoying the college life so much because I am getting out there and taking chances. The bigger the risk, the better the reward. Be careful though and choose your risks wisely.

    Bang for the buck

    College is not cheap these days, but it is almost necessary to go to college if you want a job that will support a nice lifestyle. Although the U isn't the most expensive, nor the cheapest they give a quality education if you are able to get into the classes that you need/want. A problem with this school is if you don't sign up for classes quick enough you won't get into the ones that are needed. Which is kind of a waste because you're paying about 30,000 a year and you might not even get into the classes you need for your specific major. Even though that's the case, the U does a nice job of giving out scholarships for those who deserve them or need them.

    Am enjoying being here

    It took a while to get used to my new surroundings and new home and even now, about a month and a half in, I'm not completely comfortable. As the weeks roll by though, I am getting more acclimated to the lifestyle, the campus, and the people and I am beginning to love it. As I walk across the bridge, I notice to myself that I'm thinking about how much I love being here and being part of something bigger than I am. I also think about how beautiful the campus is and how much fun people are really having here.

    Am learning a lot

    In the classes that I have gotten into, I am enjoying them immensely. The professors are very knowledgeable and willing to help if you are having difficulty. Within this short amount of time, about a month and half, I can feel myself growing in an educational sense. This growth doesn't just happen by going to class however, it's also a lot of work outside the classroom and studying and trying to understand the material. This is where dedication is a key factor in college.

  • 06/28/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    10 out of 19 people found this review useful. 5 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are interested in a very large, diverse environment would really enjoy the University of Minnesota.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply by the deadlines, and always stay posted with whats new.

  • 01/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 out of 11 people found this review useful. 6 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those that have a strong work ethic, a strong list of priorities, an excitement to learn, those that would rather not party a lot (it's easy to find other things to do in this area or on campus), those that do like to party (there are certain areas of campus that are fun party areas), those that don't mind the cold (I love it, but you can learn to dress for the weather), those that love the changing seasons of the Midwest, and people that are unsure of what they want to do (there are opportunities to get involved with/study/find your passion for anything here).

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to this University with a will to work hard and desire to seek out and exploit the opportunities offered to you. Although there's a lot going on, a strong work ethic to do well academically is the best tool you can bring to school. There are so many opportunities for you to succeed academically here, like professor's office hours, study groups, online resources for classes, free writing services for all University students. By taking advantage of opportunities like these, you will have no trouble doing well. Also, don't think that you have to be involved with every opportunity offered to you--I certainly am not. Give yourself time to adjust to your new schedule, friends, and surroundings. It's a big change for everyone, and time is the best way to help yourself adjust. Don't feel the need to rush into every opportunity offered to you in your first semester. Take time to explore and see what interests you.

    Bang for the buck

    As a business student, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has a major aspect that I believe makes it one of the best Bang for the Bucks of schools in the Midwest. Apart from a challenging and large curriculum across the University, what this school has that others do not is the experience opportunities offered by the Twin Cities. The list of major companies that have their headquarters located in the Twin Cities area is extensive: Best Buy, Target, 3M (they make the Post it Notes), Land O' Lakes, General Mills, Piper Jaffray, Ecolab, Wells Fargo, Travelers Insurance, and Malt O Meal to name a few. With corporate headquarters so close to campus, students have the opportunity to gain experience with some of the best businesses in their respective areas. For business students like myself, it is a phenomenal opportunity to network with real world business professionals, explore potential careers and career paths, and have a great chance of employment with some of the biggest companies in the United States.

    Am enjoying being here

    Being from southeastern Wisconsin, I initially thought that I would be homesick and struggle with the distance from home. However, being part of a campus this size, there is a lot to do: going to football games--in the new TCF Bank Stadium!--, professional and college basketball games, shopping in beautiful downtown St. Paul or on Nicollett Mall in downtown Minneapolis, going to excellent theater productions in Minneapolis, trying the food at any of the enormous amount of Twin Cities restaurants, or ice skating in downtown St. Paul just to name some of the possible activities. Anyone can find something to do here on campus or in the Twin Cities area; I certainly have. As is common to hear from college students, you meet a lot of people. I have to agree, but what I think makes this University different is the fact that there is so much to do with all the people you meet, giving you the opportunities to deepen your friendships with people that you have just met. Also, I really like that the campus is set off from downtown Minneapolis. There aren't really any city buildings mixed in with the campus buildings (at least not as much as I've seen at other campuses), and I like that separation a lot.

    Am learning a lot

    Through one semester here at the University, it is not difficult to see that the capacity for learning is enormous. No matter what you choose to study or which classes you would like to take, the University has a plethora of options. For example, I'm a business major, but had to take a general Psychology class last semester. I found out that the University of Minnesota is world-renowned for its Psychology program and had the opportunity to learn from a different experts in their respective field each week of class. Even if you're not sure what you want to study, the atmosphere for learning is fantastic, with teachers willing to meet with you outside of class and being extremely friendly. No matter what your situation--if you know what you want to study or not--you will be able to find something that grabs your interest here at the University of Minnesota.

  • 06/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 7 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    city lovers!. people who enjoy interacting with others, anyone wanting to be in a great learning and living environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Don't be afraid of approaching a new kid in your dorm or your class. 2. Name your interest, and you will find a club. If not, start your own! 3. You don't have to spend a lot of money to have a lot of fun.

    Bang for the buck

    The U costs just as much, if not less, than any other good state university. But in addition, U of M offers a lot of on campus jobs, where you can earn pretty well. I hold a job and it's a fun environment and a very flexible work schedule. Also, being an out-of-state student, I love it that the cost difference between in and out of state isn't earth shattering!

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus has TONS of attractions! There is something for everyone here. I am Indian, and I found a great community at the U. There are always free events being held for students to enjoy. And then there is dinkytown! There is always something happening. :)

    Am learning a lot

    Taking different classes at the U has spurred my interest in many fields I never thought I would actually enjoy. Taking introductory, exploratory classes taught me a lot about what my strengths are and what majors I could apply those to!

  • 01/08/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 8 people found this review useful. 8 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    *insert description of person reading review* But really, UMN is a great school. UMN offers opportunities for everyone since it is a big place. For example, my friend from Arizona claims that he fought in his first snowball fight last month.

    Tips for prospective students

    For those thinking about applying: UMN is a competitive public school in a big city that is very generous with scholarships. Just think about what all of that means. Its grad schools are nationally ranked (3rd in pharmacy, 7th for primary care, for example); the undergrad has to live up to that. For those accepted: Sign up for the earliest orientation you can make. That's where you'll be registering for you fall semester classes, and there might not be seats in the classes at the times you want. It's not necessary to know exactly what you're going to major in (people don't need to declare until sophomore year), but it's useful to have a general idea. You'll meet your adviser during orientation and he or she will, well, advise you, as well. Otherwise, follow deadlines, and have fun! Oh, if you forget to bring stuff with you to your dorm, it's ok. During Welcome Week, UMN will bus people to Target for a midnight run.

    Bang for the buck

    UMN is VERY generous with scholarships. There's no real application. Most merit-based scholarships just use the information that you fill out when you apply to the university; you may also be asked to write a 100-500 page blurb for some more specific awards. Another great thing is that UMN accepts AP credit, so that will allow people to go into more interesting classes earlier. College is expensive, but UMN isn't too bad with its rates. The professors, like mentioned, know their material; the majority do research, so it's possible to find a job in a lab the first semester. If you get tired of dorm food, there are a lot of places to eat out at or order from. There are also convenience stores located within the dorms. Just swipe the UCard here. You only need to swipe the UCard for laundry, renting movies from the dorm front desk, getting packages, borrowing vacuums, etc, as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    Twin Cities is... awesome. The university is split between Minneapolis and St. Paul with about a 10-15 minute transit way (using the free campus bus) between the two campuses. The Minneapolis half is about a 5-10 minute walk away from downtown, and there are great restaurants on both campuses and in downtown. Dorm food is all right. Middlebrook (honors dorm) and Sanford (more the sports dorm) are supposed to be the best. There are obviously a lot of clubs here. You can check out most of the clubs when walking across the Washington Bridge that goes across the Mississippi River; most clubs have painted an advertisement on panels spanning the inside of the bridge walkway. Oh, and the people here are awesome, too. Don't worry about not making friends.

    Am learning a lot

    The class content depends a bit on what the class is. Especially for first-year classes (1000 level), there are the joke classes that only require a bit of realizing what the professor wants. Good news (maybe...?), however, is that this changes a lot with higher level courses (starting even with the 2000 level ones). All of my professors so far do know their material; when signing up for classes during orientation, try to get into more advanced classes and to pick professors that have won the Morse Award or some other designation. All of that said, what someone learns depends mostly on that person's effort put into the class.

  • 08/27/2009

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 9 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you love the city,divesity,learing new things,the cold weather, and dont mind attending a big university then the University of Minnesota is for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    The Univeristy of MInnesota is one of the largest universites in the country and its important that you know this before you attend this university. It would not be a good fit for someone who is more comfortable in a smaller classroom setting and who is not use to living in such a big city. One other tip is that the winters can be VERY cold and long here in Minnesota so be prepared for that.

    Bang for the buck

    You defintely get the bang for the buck and with the many scholarship opportunities and work study that the university it makes it possible for students to atten this great university and take advantage of their programs.

    Did enjoy being here

    The atmosphere at the University of Minnesota is GREAT!!! It is a very nice city and the university itself is very diverse. I loved meeting new people from different cultures and just being able to explore a new city was great as well.

    Did learn a lot

    The University of Minnesota offers an exceptional staff of great and well educated teachers who try to teach the students as much as they can in new and different ways. As a university known for its research the students learn a lot about different areas of study and are able to really use everything they learn and apply it in many ways.

  • 06/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 8 people found this review useful. 10 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Need not be afraid of snow to apply.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be intimidated by the large numbers of students. Professors all knew me by name - the only difference is that you have to go and introduce yourself the first time. In my history class (lecture of about 250) I was the only student who attended office hours, so for over 2 hours a week I had one-on-one tutoring discussions with my profs. While this sounds intimidating, I really have to admit it was not - professors are just like every one else in the world.

    Bang for the buck

    The Student Writing Centers on campus, library, and loads of technology help are all included in tuition. I did not use cable, but the res halls offer that included as well (by the way, laundry is included as well, so I could have done it every day). The food it a touch on the expensive side, but choosing to make my own food from grocery shopping was comparable. The ice cream on St. Paul campus is definitely worth the money though... $1 for the best snack on the planet, and the cream comes straight from the dairy cows on campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is cliche, but true, Minnesota is a very nice place to live. Even when there is three feet of snow on the ground, people run to and from classes with smiles and hot chocolate! The campaign for free hugs and many compliments are definitely worth a walking detour as well.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are well read and motivated to continue learning about everything they teach. Whenever I had questions (even if they did not directly relate to the topics we were covering in class) my professors were very open to discussing everything.

  • 09/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 6 people found this review useful. 11 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    1. Want tons of options and opportunities. 2. Public college with private college like features 3. Like the colors Maroon and Gold.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. This is a big campus and there are tons of things to do. If you have trouble prioritizing or understanding who you are as a person, this may seem daunting and challenging. The campus is huge too so be prepared to do a lot of hiking. 2. If you are afraid to meet new people then this isn't the place for you, either. This campus is large and the population is large but there are so many opportunities to find your niche. There's clubs, events, dorm houses, etc. that you will be able to find that small group closeness on this university. However, you have to initiate. 3. Don't think that just because this is a public university that it is much easier to get into than private universities or that the rigorousness of this college is not up to par with private universities. If you want to attend a great university, that university should also want great students.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to many of the other schools offered to Hawaii students, I feel that this one is definitely a bang for the buck. The tuition is for 13 credits but you are allowed (and recommended) to take more than 13 credits so really, it depends on just how self-motivated you are. Tuition and room and board includes gym membership, laundry, student activities (and as I stated before: there are tons of student activities). There are discount student bus passes and rental bike (Minneapolis is very biker friendly. Common way to get around campus is to bike) rates though these are not free. There are, however, free shuttle buses that circulate the different areas of campus and a light rail is currently under construction. Since I am out-of-state, it was very hard for me to get scholarships to come to this school (and HI based scholarships are mostly for students going to HI schools) but my parents and I feel that this university does beat out the usual schools Hawaii people know. The price tag sounds hefty initially, but the opportunities here are worth it. You can get paid for undergraduate research, there are many student jobs on and off campus, higher education doesn't sound so daunting, libraries on campus have multiple special collections (Collection of comic books, Wizard of Oz, etc.). I think this college is worth it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I cannot state this enough: There are tons of things to do here. You will end up a homebody, shutting up in your dorm on the weekends only if you do not want to get outside and do things. There are TONS of student organizations (Kntting club, Zombie awareness group, greek life, cultural clubs, etc.). There are tons of different people from different backgrounds you can meet, different cultures you can learn about, and I love this weather (well, we'll see because I've never seen snow before).

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and I love how the College is designed that you explore other opportunities than just your major. I am allowed to take courses I find interesting and I am not forced to stick to only Sciences and Math courses just because I am a Pre-Pharmacy oriented student. The courses are designed to be more self-study and the professors do ask you to read and be prepared before coming to class so be warned: you have to be self-motivated. I am loving how there is just no pressure to learn what I want to learn (yes, there are requirements but if you want to learn about Art History, like the Pre-pharm girl, then no one's stopping you!)

  • 12/31/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 7 people found this review useful. 12 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is great for all types of people. They definitely have something to offer for every person, no matter what they are looking for. From Liberal Arts, to Biological Sciences and everything in between, it's possible to find something for anyone who comes to the U of M.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is best to apply early to the University, usually before their priority deadline in mid December. Your application will be viewed early and as a result given a better chance to be accepted into your college of choice and potential for University scholarships. After choosing to attend to the U of M, it is definitely worth it to live in the dorms for the first year. In the dorms, you have the opportunity to meet alot of people while getting adjusted to campus life. Also, don't worry if you are nervous. Everyone else is in the same boat you are. Just be yourself and be open to new things. It is definitely beneficial to go to class. It may be tempting to just skip some classes, but you will likely find that you will miss more material that you imagined. Also, don't be afraid to meet your professors. They actually like to get to know their students and it can come in handy later when you need a reference or letter of recommendation. Finally, get involved! You will have fun doing something you like while also meeting people. These people may become great friends later on or lead you to someone who can help you down the road in life.

    Bang for the buck

    The University of Minnesota- Twin Cities is definitely a fantastic bang for your buck. I am an out-of-state student and it is actually cheaper to go to the U of M than to stay in state and go to a school a few hundred miles away. It is also much cheaper than going to any private school in my home state. Finally, the U of M is very generous with their scholarships and financial aid. They really try to make sure that students are able to afford the U of M.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love being in the Twin Cities. Since the U of M is actually located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, it has been easier to adjust to college life because I am used to living in an urban city. The West Bank/East Bank (two areas of campus) are just 5 minutes from the Minneapolis Metrodome and about 10 minutes from downtown Minneapolis. In addition, by living basically just off of downtown, it is very easy to get around because many bus routes travel through campus. These buses also connect to the Light Rail (elevated trains) which can get passengers to places such as Mall of America, Target Field, or the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. In addition to transportation, there are plenty of places to eat on campus. Washington St. is definitely a place where there are numerous places to eat such as Chipotle, Noodles & Company, and various pizza places. Dinkytown is also another area of campus where there are many places to eat such as Potbelly Sandwich Works and Qudoba. Finally, Coffman Memorial Union offers students not only a place to eat and study during the day but turns into a place to have fun on the weekends. It is centrally located on the East Bank and offers things such as free movies, food, concerts, and much more.

    Am learning a lot

    Although I am only a freshman, I have learned so much in my first semester. The U of M offers an exceptional staff of professors and TAs that teach the students to not only learn but think in new and interesting ways. They are always willing to help their students and offer suggestions on how to improve their performance. There are many classes available for students to take whether they are in your major or not. Try taking a variety of classes. You'll not only meet people but maybe discover interests that you never knew you had. Be attentive in class and ask questions. Knowledge can be gained when you challenge yourself and the professors definitely try to challenge you!

  • 01/05/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 6 people found this review useful. 13 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who: 1) like being in an inner-city location 2) want a large campus with lots of food choices within walking range 3) don't mind being in lectures with 200+ people (don't worry, there are also related discussion groups with a much smaller number of people) 4) don't mind being around people of different heritages and religions 5) want a place where you can meet a new friend everyday 6) want a college that's always fun to be at (I've met several St. Thomas students who come to the U of M because they've said nothing is going on at their college)

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Find at least one person to be friends with in big lecture classes. You'll be less likely to skip if you know you have a friend waiting there in class. 2) Take time to read the textbook examples and explanations if you still don't understand something the professor taught. 3) Go to any review sessions your teacher or other students are having. You WILL benefit. 4) Ask questions until you FULLY understand. 5) Don't depend on the final to bring up your grade. If you do poorly on one midterm, that's usually already a third of your grade down the drain. So never wing a midterm!!!! 6) Find a favorite place to study. Not a favorite place to take a nap. 7) Learn the Gopher Way, the series of underground tunnels that let you get to class while staying warm during the winter. 8) The Humphrey Center, on West Bank, and the Music Library in Ferguson Hall, are two secret study places that no one seems to know about. Also, the Nolte Center, on East Bank, is a cozy home setting that's great for quiet study time.

    Bang for the buck

    ~There are tons of FREEBIES here, especially the first few weeks of school! Examples are tee-shirts, coupons for free burritos and Subway sandwiches, $5 gift cards to D'amico and Sons, and Vitamin Water bottles. There were even some guys walking around giving away free Jimmy Johns sandwiches one cold winter day! ~There are many opportunities to participate in PAID STUDIES. These are great for people that don't have time to put in several hours for a job but would still like to make money. The studies I've taken so far have paid $10 each and took me 20-30 minutes. That's like making $20-$30 an hour!! ~Aside from paid studies, there are many places around campus where you can work. ON-CAMPUS JOBS offer FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES that work around your classes. ~There are many FREE SERVICES available for practically anything you need. Need help writing your first resumé? Forgot your password to your computer and can't log in? Want to go swimming or work out at the rec center? Need to get an eye exam? These are all things that are included in the tuition. ~There's also a lot of FREE ENTERTAINMENT OPTIONS. Every Friday and Saturday night, there's something called Gophers After Dark. There's free movies, concerts, games, and crafts. The movies they show are ones recently shown in theaters, too, not outdated, boring movies.

    Am enjoying being here

    Tons of freebies and easy ways to make money. The possibility to make a new friend everyday. Endless things to eat, see, and do. No other college in the Twin Cities can beat the excitement and energy of the U!!! Hamline University is too quiet and small. St. Thomas has strict gender rules for housing. Augsburg College's atmosphere feels too much like high school. The U of M is THE PLACE to be.

    Am learning a lot

    A year's worth of calculus and a year's worth of introductory accounting material are packed into semester-long courses. The professors and TA's (Teacher's Assistants) definitely know their stuff, so don't hesitate to ask them questions. All the study material you need to do well in the class is available to you, you just have to put in the time and effort and WORK HARD to get the grades you want. It's not easy like high school. Grades are based mainly on the midterms and the final, that's it. I may have only received a C in Calculus, but I definitely feel that I've learned a substantial amount of information from the class.

  • 11/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 14 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    People that like a challenge, outgoing personalities, dedicated students, and those with a love of laughter even in the face of stress.

    Tips for prospective students

    READ THE CHAPTERS! You'll regret it otherwise...also, talk with your teachers and don't skip class. The more they know you care, the more you may hear will be on the exam. Finally, on your first day of class, sit next to someone you think looks cool and wouldn't mind being friends with. You'll thank yourself later.

    Bang for the buck

    I think you are absolutely being challenged, the people are amazing, and the faculty is the best around. I just don't feel that people that work really hard get rewarded as much as they should compared to those that never show up and because they have professional experience ace a test. I think classes need to have a scale showing how much effort a person puts into there work as well as how well they know the actual material.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people at the U of M are amazing. I have tons friends, enjoyed amazing experiences, and learned that intelligent people tend to inspire you to do more than you thought possible. You will love college here; just not necessarily the homework part.

    Am learning a lot

    One of the major strengths of this college is the excellent teachers and the incredibly hard-working peers in all of the classes. Unfortunately, I feel that a great portion of learning is on your own from a book and tested in class, making classes seem less important to go to. This is something I cringe at when I am paying so much to go to class and learn.

  • 12/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 5 people found this review useful. 15 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Don't be afraid to ask questions. If you don't know chances are someone doesn't either. People have told you that since second grade, but nows the important part. Clarify. Understand. Don't be lost confused or stressed when you don't need to be. There are plenty of people around to help, just ask!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be scared. Everyone is nice and welcoming or not worth your time. So, be yourself and do the things you want to do. There is so many options that you can try many new things. And enjoy it! Don't get stressed out, although its easy to do. Everyone is adjusting and in the same position as you, so don't worry!

    Bang for the buck

    Again, you'll get out what you put in. College is expensive, but you're getting a great degree here. As long as you stay on track and graduate on time the cost is reasonable. Most people also find help who want it and apply.

    Am enjoying being here

    Its hard to get used to college, especially at a big college. But the U is great, there is always new people to meet and things to do and join.

    Am learning a lot

    Its true what everyone says at orientation and tours you'll learn what you put in- teachers want to teach you and you have the materials to do it. But it truly comes down to wanting to learn and putting in the time and effort. If you need someone checking up on you, then this might not be the place. Here they'll treat you like an adult and give you what you've really earned.

  • 01/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 6 people found this review useful. 16 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are excited to learn, searching for what they want to do, and who are excited about meeting tons of other people with the same goals and ambitions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join groups and talk with people. This will help you in your classes. Often people live next to you and are in the same class as you and you don't even know it. Also, try to find a spot to study. While there is rarely a vacant spot on the UofM campus, if you can find one, go there to concentrate, because the constant rush of people can get to you.

    Bang for the buck

    While the U of M offers so much, it charges a lot too. The education is perhaps worth the money. The room and board is not quite worth what I am paying.

    Am enjoying being here

    The University of Minnesota is large. There are tons of people. The classes are always full, the streets are never empty, and there is always someone around. While it is difficult to sift through the people, you can never be lonely. There are tons of people with a similar story as yours.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors and TAs know a lot, they are very educated. From my experience, they are very excited and willing to share their knowledge. Which translates to me, as a student, having tons of options to learn.

  • 07/16/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 7 people found this review useful. 17 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who want a big school in a big city, a diverse student body, and a large selection of majors and minors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to watch deadlines and turn in any applications/forms on time, like your application for admission and your housing application. Also, always be on the lookout for scholarships and grants to help pay for school.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of going to school here is a little high, but it's still lower than many other universities, and having reciprocity helps lower the cost a little.

    Am enjoying being here

    I've met a lot of great people and made great friends, and I love the atmosphere of the school. There's always something going on, and I love being in a big city.

    Am learning a lot

    Even in just one year of school, I've learned a great deal, especially about my major.

  • 08/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 5 people found this review useful. 18 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The cities has strong science programs, that I know. Really, anyone is accepted here, and the more motivated you are the higher up you'll be able to get in student organizations, or you can create your own! The U is what you make of it, so it's great for people who are looking for somewhere to start over or experience a new city (or two!).

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early, and send in letters of recommendation if you're worried about getting accepted. Go to Gophers After Dark, and tour the campus! The campus seems large, but it becomes a home away from home for you within the first week of being there. Also, plan to live in the residence halls your first year, since it is the best way to meet other students and be involved on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    It's a Big Ten school, so it's expensive. At the same time though you are offered so many opportunities because of the fact that it is such a large school and located near a major metropolis.

    Am enjoying being here

    The cities are great and there is always something to do on campus, or off. Gophers After Dark occurs every weekend at Coffman Memorial Union and offers free activities, food, and entertainment right on campus!

    Am learning a lot

    The professors and teaching assistants all want you to do as well as you can, and are always available to help. Also, there are endless places and opportunities to receive free tutoring services.

  • 09/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 4 people found this review useful. 19 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I've seen such a wide variety of people here that I don't know if I can specify. It all depends on the intended college and major, but as long as the student is willing to put in the effort they'll be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard and don't slack off in the first semester here. Your habits for college are developed within the first semester. I was worried when coming here that I would be the country kid all by myself because I didn't know anyone here previously, but know I'm rooming with 3 of my best friends.

    Bang for the buck

    Like any college you can't get away with just showing up to lecture. There needs to be time spent outside of class, but the U definitely provides the resources to make it as minimal as possible. It seems like there's always office hours and tutor hours. The dorms are clean and comfortable. The U tries to push the small community feeling which helps create a better atmosphere. There's also free events always going on around campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    Coming from a small town it was a little different, but now I love the Cities. Theres always something going on new people to meet. Welcome Week really helped me figure out the majority of the campus layout. Now I know my way around and am having a great time.

    Am learning a lot

    At first there was an adjustment period from high school to college but now it's awesome. The professors and TAs for the most part are amazing and more than willing to help. Also, theres so many classes to choose from if you have a major or not.

  • 06/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 20 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to attain a very good education that will make them more marketable when they graduate; while still having fun. Like I said it is a fun campus with lots to do, and it is also a well respected institution, so if you find the balance between work and play, then you are sure to be successful here at the U of M.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for prospective students is this, don't allow the life of the city or the campus distract you from your studies. I did on occasion and it made me have to do more catching up than I would have liked to do, but it was a learning process being my first year. So if you don't get the material, get help and try to avoid putting things off until the last minute. On the flip side, this is a great campus that has lots of fun things to do, so get out there and have some fun. Be sure to get involved and try to enjoy your college years. There will be plenty of time to be 100% serious when you are working, and married with children.

    Bang for the buck

    It is quite pricey to attend this college. Though they say there is reciprocity between Minnesota and Wisconsin, the U of M tends to save many of its scholarships for its hometown students, which can pose a financial problem for many students. As it has for me.

    Am enjoying being here

    I'm a person who loves being in big city's so I feel that the location of this school is perfect. It is a simple light rail ride away from one of the largest malls in the world, and it is located in the heart of Minneapolis. It is right by dinkytown, and downtown, and just about everything that you will want or need is on or right near campus. There are lots of people and a huge diversity of people so you are sure to find people that you like and a crowd that you fit into. No need to conform to what you think is popular here.

    Am learning a lot

    Being one of the top Universities in the nation in many aspects: business, psychology, etc. you are guaranteed to learn a lot here. The teachers are great and the TAs that I had were all helpful. It is a great school for academic progress and learning.

  • 06/21/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 21 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is great for students who have no idea what they want to study - there are so many majors and programs that it's easy to try a few to figure out what you love. It's also great for students who know exactly what they want to study; not taking the time to figure it out means more time to try to graduate early, study abroad, or just take more fun classes. The location is great for students who enjoy city nightlife, but for those who don't the campus is removed just enough from busy downtown. There's something there for everyone :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't fall behind; if you miss a couple of classes and don't get the missed material figured out right away, you'll be lost for weeks. Don't take a difficult class you don't need. Make sure to work in some fun classes into your schedule; try a gym class or music class or any other easy one or two credit class each semester in addition to your core classes. Also, study what you love! If a class is ridiculously difficult and time-consuming, it won't matter if it's subject material that you really enjoy studying.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is very reasonable considering the quality education students receive. However, it isn't easy to get merit-based scholarships from the university itself; unless you have fantastic test scores, even great grades won't do a whole lot. What is nice is that each semester, once you hit 13 credits, any extra classes are no extra cost to tuition, so if you're like me and plan on taking 17, 18 credits a semester, it won't destroy your bank account (only your sanity, maybe!).

    Am enjoying being here

    Aside from the classes, the student groups here are absolutely AMAZING. There are over 700 recognized student groups on this campus; almost every friend I made during my first year here was from discovering we had something in common in an outside group rather than inside the classroom. There is a group for nearly anything, from breakdancing to horseback riding to pre-medicine to zombie enthusiasm. And if you want to join a club but can't find it anywhere, you can create it.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are top of the line - the vast majority of them are also doing research in the subjects they teach. They reward drive and ambition; if you have a question, they love to be asked because they appreciate when students take the initiative in their studies.

  • 07/22/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 22 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any type of student looking for a great education for a very great price! Also great for sports!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a visit! I wasn't even looking at this school until I went there and took a visit. After the visit I seriously fell in love with this school!

    Bang for the buck

    It's a cheap Big 10 school compared to all the others.

    Will enjoy being here

    Great place to go to school. Close to the downtown area but the college is off on it's own.

    Will learn a lot

    This school has A LOT to offer. I'm not in college yet but this is my number one school right now. From visiting and looking at their pharmacy program ranking, they're ranked number 3, this school will have a lot to offer to me and any other student!

  • 09/25/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 23 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    I truly believe everyone can find a home at the University of Minnesota. It's an especially great school if you have interest in research, have a desire for diversity, want to be at a D1 school, and want to have OPTIONS!

    Tips for prospective students

    The school is only as 'big' as you make it. The size of the student body is a big intimidator for many potential students, but once you declare your major and get into your core classes, you develop your own niche and find your little community. Getting involved in sports, clubs, and organizations also make the school feel much more manageable.

    Bang for the buck

    In state tuition* is about $11,500... and out of state is about $15,500. There is reciprocity for students in WI, ND, SD, and Manitoba. While there isn't a TON of free money hanging around, there are scholarships and grants available. It's definitely within your best interest to seek these out and apply! *For undergraduate education

    Am enjoying being here

    Before attending the U, I was truthfully pretty against it. I thought it would be way too big, and too close to home. Wrong! I have kids I know in just about every single class, and know all of my professors (and more importantly, they know ME!) on a first name basis. The U offers so many resources and opportunities, the city of Minneapolis is amazing, and the education is top notch. The one downside: MN is COLD in the wintertime. Dress appropriately and it's not so bad.

    Am learning a lot

    In addition to everything you learn in classes, the U definitely provides the life learning that is a huge (and important) component of your college education. There are internships, opportunities to get involved with research, travel abroad programs, and more.

  • 11/12/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 24 of 247

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    Will learn a lot

    I am a high school senior and I went to tour U of M. I fell in love with the campus within 5min. They have so much to offer academically and socially. The look of the campus itself is amazing as well. I cant speak much on the school because I only did a tour but anybody who is still on the search for what fits them should consider looking into U of M. Its a medium-large size campus with a small at home feeling. There are four different main campus' and each campus offer certain majors. Each section houses others with the same interest so you will always feel as though it is the perfect fit.

  • 10/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 4 people found this review useful. 25 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    They really have something for everyone here, you can take online classes if you want a more independent experience or you can take normal lectures/ discussion classes if you want a more traditional experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    The TA's and professors have office hours and they are extremely underutilized, you should use this very useful resource.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is expensive even though you get a great education.

    Am enjoying being here

    You need to get involved so you enjoy being here

    Am learning a lot

    Make sure you ask questions and speak up in class.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 1 person found it offensive. 26 of 247

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    Great for these types of students

    I've run into a very wide range of students at the U of M, from hardcore party-goers to mathematical geniuses, worldly humanitarians to innately-talented musicians, artistic and outgoing actors to aloof procrastinators, so it seems that almost anyone could fit themselves in at the U. I would've never thought of it as a first choice myself, but the experience is as challenging and rewarding as you want to make it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Coming from a small school with a graduating class of only thirty, I never thought I'd be open to the prospect of attending such a large university as the University of Minnesota. As I delved deeper, however, I found that the environment and resources available to a U of M student were near perfect for my diverse and extensive goals. Establish a network of friends early on (living in the dorms, or at least hanging around them on a mostly-regular basis, is a MUST), but try not to limit yourself to a single tight-knit group. If you do attend the U of M, be prepared to do a lot of legwork on your own, and don't assume that you'll be given all of the information that you need; with so many students and faculty, I've found myself against a couple of walls trying to get into classes outside of my major, and I haven't felt terribly close to any of the admissions or advising staff.

    Bang for the buck

    With in-state tuition under $10,000 and room and board to match, the U of M is a superb value for the vast resources, assuming, of course, that one has the capability and perseverance to exploit them to their fullest.

    Am enjoying being here

    It's been stressful at times, but my experience at the university has been plenty worth it. I'm living in the dorm this year, and I've grown very close to my dorm-mates, especially since I've had similar schedules to many of them. There have been many lesser grievances on my part, particularly regarding the professors and the university dining services, but I share most of these with my friends and have consequently grown closer to them. Roommates are hit or miss, though. Also, with the volume of people at the U of M at any time, there's always something going on with some group on campus, and the student organizations traverse a plethora of interests.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm in the Honors program at the U of M, and I have to say that I am surprised with what fields I have learning the most in: My honors physics course has been very informative, although a greater majority of my physics knowledge has been derived from my friends' teachings rather than my professor's, and the same can be said for my honors calculus class and my introductory programming class. My music classes and media production class, however, came extremely easily to me. I suppose this can be said of most colleges and universities, but almost all of my learning has been a result of my own efforts in conjunction with those of my friends with the professors and TAs largely providing general guidance. A bit of a letdown, but I wasn't expecting such a large university to hand me an education on a silver platter.

  • 01/18/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 3 people found this review useful. 27 of 247

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    Great for these types of students

    For the determined student this school is excellent. Not only does it allow you the chance to prove yourself at a respected institution and give you the tools to do so, but it does so for an affordable amount.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join/start a study group with people in your major who will be taking about 90% of the same classes as you, groups with both guys and gals work the best, because this will make the homework and test prep more fun and allow you to accomplish more. Clean/organize your dorm room when or before you move in, because you most likely won't get around to it during the semester. Spend a couple days exploring the campus before the semester starts so that you aren't lost on your first day of classes. Talk to your professors often, because this will lead to interesting, helpful (homework wise), and insightful discussions.

    Bang for the buck

    The student deals around campus seem endless as I have still not found all of them. The software deals from large companies like Microsoft can be as low as 5% of their normal price. Even though the college is large most students with a decent GPA and ACT score can get reasonable to large amounts of financial aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    The college atmosphere is excellent, but can be a little confusing at first. There are lots of students in the classes which is very helpful in starting study groups, because there are always a couple hanging around in the engineering building who are willing to combine efforts with you. The drama of high school is gone, because the student body is large enough gossip and who's who doesn't occur on campus and when it does no one is immature enough to listen too it.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are definitely hard, but also exciting. The professors encourage thought and challenging insights that broaden your perspective and enable you to think freely. The professors are friendly and willing to meet with students to discuss assignments and course content. The assignments are applicable to the topic, challenging, and interesting.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 28 of 247

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of places that students can gather for enjoyment. The Northrop Mall area has wide open areas that allow students to play frisbee or to just relax in the grass. Students can also gather in Dinkytown or in Stadium Village for delicious food and entertainment.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall that I lived near was very convenient and offered a wide variety of food. The servers were also courteous and were genuinely concerned with how you were doing.

    Dorm Life

    I found living in the dorms to be a pretty good experience. I lived in a quieter hall so that was nice for me to be able to focus on my academic work. However, it was sometimes hectic trying to get my laundry done since there were only so many washers and dryers for a large amount of students.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes here are pretty difficult, and the professors aren't afraid to challenge their students. However, there are a variety of ways for students to obtain help for any issues they may be experiencing. For example, the professors provide flexible office hours, and I have definitely found these helpful. The TA's also provide office hours. In addition, there are tutors in the libraries that help students without making it necessary for them to make appointments.

    Tips for prospective students

    Plan to work hard every day in order to make sure that you are understanding what is being taught. Don't be afraid to ask your professor or TA's questions if you aren't understanding the class material.

    In three sentences

    The U of M has exceptional opportunities for those undergraduates who want to pursue research. The campus has a very diverse population with students coming from all over the world. The classes are difficult, but numerous sources of help are provided.

  • 01/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 29 of 247

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe in that I haven't heard of really any crimes being committed ON campus. However, just off of campus in Dinkytown and on Como; there are quite a few crimes that take place. Make sure that you are always aware of your surroundings, don't walk in those areas at night by yourself if you can avoid it and use commonsense when applicable. Most crimes can be avoided with the simple use of awareness and commonsense.

    Clubs and Activities

    As I stated, there are a multitude of clubs and activities, so there is something for everyone. Take a look at the clubs and activities page on onestop and find one that interests you.

    Great for these types of students

    Any and all types of students. There are hundreds of clubs that are eager for new members and they stretch to even the most introverted students.

    Bang for the buck

    It is quite pricey, especially if you are coming from out of state or did not receive any scholarships. While it is a great college that provides a lot of opportunities to succeed, it is still expensive and that is something that should be considered before coming.

    What to do for fun

    Since the U of M is so conveniently located, there is a surplus of things to do. The Mall of America is a 40 minute train ride away, there are essentially four downtowns that are just a simple bus ride away, Target Center and Target Field are both located in downtown Minneapolis, there are other malls located in Woodbury if you would like to avoid the MOA traffic, and there are a multitude of things to do on campus as well. In other words, being bored on this campus is an option that is usually chosen through laziness and not lack of options.

    Food and Dining

    As I stated, the food in Comstock is less than desirable. Additionally, the food in superblock isn't very great either. If you are willing to make the treck over to Middlebrook, Sanford, or Bailey Halls; then the food there will be much better. It is all about where you live on campus. Though I have not been to many campuses to try their food, I imagine that it is a similar feeling on most college campuses. One other thing is that there are a lot of quality restaurants just a short walk from campus; so you will always be able to escape campus food if/when you need to.

    Dorm Life

    Like any place of living, your experience is shaped by who you meet while living there and by your neighbors (the people that live in your hall or above you). In my experience at the U of M, I found that most of the people are very nice. Most of my close friends at college were met in my dorm (Comstock). I must warn you that the food is not great there, so if you are looking for good food I would consider living in Bailey (which is in St. Paul :/), Middlebrook, or Sanford. Though, Comstock is the most centrally located dorm so it provides better access to all of your classes.

    Academic Rigor

    It really all depends on your major. Some majors have classes that are easier than high school courses, while others have an average grade of 40% for all students (these are mostly CSE classes). So depending on what you are looking to major in, the academic rigor can be highly intense or very minimal. I would say, though that this disparity can be found at any University and for the tough majors that in which the U is highly ranked, the classes are pretty tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a current student, I have some hindsight on things I would have done differently if I were able to start my college career all over again. The benefit to this insight is that I am able to pass it along to others so that they don't make the same mistakes that I have made. One tip that I have for prospective students is to get involved in clubs and other activities on campus. This helps build community involvement and gives you a new appreciation for the U. Also I would recommend that you listen to your professors in regards to doing the practice problems. I shrugged their advice off in several classes only to find out, while cramming a few days before the final, that the practice problems were my best way of learning the material. As much as it sucks, it does help. Lastly, remember to make room for fun or conversely make room for studies; depending on where you are. It is important to stay balance so that you can have a well-balanced college experience.

    In three sentences

    The U of M is a great university with a lot to offer any prospective student. It as one of the top non-ivy league universities in the world. Given that the Twin-Cities is full of fortune 500 companies who are eager to hire U of M alumni, a lot of doors are opened post-graduation.

  • 08/11/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 3 people found this review useful. 30 of 247

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    Great for these types of students

    the U of MN has a place for just about every type of student but with being a agricultural/ animal science major this school fit me perfectly not a lot of the other colleges had very much hands on classes or things could do within my interest. It basically has a whole section devoted to agriculture where there are fields for ecology and cows and pigs for animal and science and a vet school that i could work in as a undergrad pre-vet student

    Tips for prospective students

    #1 Choose a school to go to because you want to go there not because your friends, or your parents want you to go there. #2 don't be afraid to be involved and have fun college isn't just about learning it's also about the experience

    Bang for the buck

    It's one of the more expensive state universities in MN but it is a great research school with lots of possibilities. You have a wide variety of classes and majors that other schools might not have.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is a wide variety of things to do on campus and off you just have to find friends that fit you and your own niche within the school

  • 11/15/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 247

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    Great for these types of students

    Pretty much any student will fit in here simply because it is so big and there are so many other students to meet and make friends with. Students who want a large college with many options close by, it is easy to find something to do. Students who like to experience all four seasons.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be afraid to reach out to older students, and especially not to other freshmen. You have to remember that everyone who is there is in an unfamiliar environment so reach out and you will make friends easy. Make sure though, that you don't overcommit. You'll be offered many opportunities to join student groups but you don't need to join them right away. They aren't going anywhere. Give yourself time to adjust and

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is not too bad and the teaching and resources are worth the price but if you are going to live on campus in the dorms, you'll be paying a lot for a little room. There is only one dorm building with private bathrooms, and even these you would share with your roomate.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is a big change from high school (I graduated with 42 people now my class is 5500), but in a good way. You have so many chances to meet new people and do new things. The University actually sets up many different activities, like free movies, that haven't come out on DVD yet, every Wednesday through Friday in the theater. For the most part, everyone is very nice and willing to make new friends, especially during the first week because everyone is in the same boat.

    Am learning a lot

    There is a lot of work, but if you stay on top of it you will be fine. If you don't understand something there are free tutors available for any subject almost all day, and the professors will help you as well. The professors are not aloof or distant either. They want to help you and enjoy meeting with you, you just have to be willing to make the connection.

  • 01/05/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Artsy-Fartsy Tech Lovers Science Geeks Sports Fanatics (Big Ten or Die) Cultural Explorers

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to go here I will give you 3 tips. 1: Be open to different types of people and professors. 2: Explore ALL of your interests!! (Groups, Sports, Academics EVERYTHING!) 3: Take time to make new friends, or at least associates, college is all about networking!!

    Bang for the buck

    For people that are out of state, I think the U can be a bit expensive and I know that its hard to get financial aid for a lot of my friends here. However, they tell me that they wouldn't wanted to be anywhere else.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are tons of things to do on campus. I am involved in a lot of different groups. I also in am an athlete and the staff for athletes is great. They make being here a lot easier.

    Am learning a lot

    Classes here are good. Most teachers are very detailed and if they aren't you can talk to them and they can help you out by explaining things in their office hours.

  • 01/12/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Independent, motivated students who yearn to learn will do extremely well here. Outgoing types of students ready to take on the world will thrive here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring clothes for all occasions! You never know what the weather will be like! Occasionally it will rain, snow, be brutally windy, and be perfectly clear, beautiful, and warm all within three hours. Students here really have to be self-motivated and have a sincere want to learn in order to succeed here. With such a large amount of students, it could be difficult for those who are extrinsically motivated to succeed.

    Bang for the buck

    I have not met one professor who has not been completely involved in my learning. Furthermore, all of the dining halls and residence halls have been more than I could have asked for in my Freshman Year.

    Am enjoying being here

    The distance is perfect from downtown Minneapolis and downtown St Paul, and the campus is a beautiful mix of urban buildings and city greenery. Running or walking along the river is so beautiful during 9 months out of the year, and the overall atmosphere in Minnesota is so friendly and happy.

    Am learning a lot

    One day I was riding a bus across the Washington Avenue bridge and I found myself thinking, Wow. There is literally no other school that I could see myself at. Not one day has passed that my studies have not granted me new, interesting ways to think and view the world. The U's huge amount of students may seem overwhelming, however, it is from the other students and the fantastic professors that I have been taught so much.

  • 02/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 247

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    Great for these types of students

    This university is so diverse that you will have no trouble finding a group of friends that you belong to. You will definitely find yourself and where you stand in this world. Because it is in Minneapolis, there are a lot of people around everywhere and the ones that are outgoing and not afraid to put themselves out there will gain so much more from the whole experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you consider all of your options, and be sure to figure out what is most important to you before making a decision. You may like the big city, diversity of people, the program that you are interested in, or other things about the University. There are many opportunities and things to learn here. Figure out what is most important to you and make your decision accordingly. Also, take a campus tour and see what you think!

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition as well as the meal plan can get expensive, but as long as you utilize the resources that are available to you, you should be able to get your money's worth.

    Am enjoying being here

    I was so excited that I got the chance to live on campus for my first year. I really like being here and I like the people that I am meeting. Sometimes people can be exclusive or form clicks that you aren't a part of, but if you put yourself out there and reach out to others, they will be friendly to you back.

    Am learning a lot

    Like most colleges, it takes a lot of textbook reading and studying to exceed in your classes. When you actually read and listen at the lectures, you can learn a lot! Remember, what you get out of your education will be equal to what you put into it.

  • 05/07/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It's a highly ranked state school but bang for the buck depends on what you study and how you spend your time.

    Did enjoy being here

    With a huge number of students enrolled, you are sure to make friends. The winters are rough but the rest of the year is beautiful and Minneapolis is a great city to live in.

    Did learn a lot

    There are some really great opportunities at the U so get involved with on campus activities and find the classes that fit you best.

  • 05/18/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 247

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    Bang for the buck

    For being such a huge school, Minnesota is very well organized and is very quick to answer any questions.

  • 05/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Sports Fans, Science/Math based Majors, and Liberal Arts Majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a very solid idea of what you want to major in when you go to this school and any other. It is easier for you to get into a specific college within the University right out of high school than when you are on campus. Don't hesitate to meet many people and to go to office hours.

    Bang for the buck

    Lowest tuition in the Big Ten. Every credit over the mandatory 12 credits is free. This allows you more opportunities to take those interesting classes outside of your major.

    Am enjoying being here

    Minnesota has some of the nicest residents you will ever meet. Friendships are very easy to start here. Many activities for all kinds of interests available here. Anywhere from theater shows to student night for the Minnesota Wild, fun can be found anywhere.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes offered at the U are tough but also remind you of the hard work you put in during your years in high school. This school really pushes you to take a variety of classes to broaden your horizons.

  • 10/22/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 247

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    Bang for the buck

    The school definately seems worth the money. The opportunities and the general enviroment is very welcoming and I am definately looking forward to possibly attending this school

    Will enjoy being here

    There is much to do on campus and it has beautiful buildings

    Will learn a lot

    There are alot of opportunitys that students will have attending this school from the proffesors to research opportunities this school offers alot

  • 12/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 247

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    Great for these types of students

    The University of Minnesota is great for dedicated, independent workers. Most professors are not willing to sit beside you and walk you through everything, so a good portion of learning the given information falls on your shoulders.

    Tips for prospective students

    I'd advise any new students who plan to work on campus to start searching before you arrive on campus, using the University's job search website. Without it, finding a job can be tedious- many that I know had to apply for 10 or so jobs in order to get one. Having started to look the summer before, I was accepted to the third that I applied to. Have patience- you'll get one. Another tip would be to make friends early, especially if you go there knowing nobody. It makes the experience much more enjoyable and its great to be able to relax and have fun with others when you have downtime.

    Bang for the buck

    With the scholarships that I received from the University of Minnesota, attending this out of state school actually is costing me less than if I would have stayed in state. I'm also already getting hands on experience in my chosen field already- something that I don't believe I would have gotten at another school. It is a very good education for the amount that it costs.

    Am enjoying being here

    The University of Minnesota has a beautiful campus on St. Paul, which is where I end up spending the majority of my time. It's never overly crowded, though the Minneapolis campus tends to have a large quantity of people during the school days. The campus connectors are a very convenient service that the school offers to transport students from campus to campus, and having many of the city buses running through the Minneapolis campus is quite convenient when you want to head somewhere to have fun, such as the Mall of America. Overall, the people are very friendly as well.

    Am learning a lot

    While attending this University, you can expect to learn quite a lot of information in a short amount of time. I have attended the University of Minnesota for only one semester so far but have learned a large amount of information- not only information on the subjects at hand, but about the possibilities for my future as well.

  • 01/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hard-working, motivated, multifaceted students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to fill out as many scholarships as possible to help pay for this school. Student debt may not seem real but once college is over it is very real. Additionally, be prepared to discipline yourself. There is a temptation to simply party your way through the first couple years of college and ignore school. However, this is incredibly ignorant as you are here for a reason and paying to be here on top of that. Do not waste your money blowing off classes, as opportunities here abound.

    Bang for the buck

    As long as one keeps on top of their studies and utilizes the opportunities presented them, this is a great school. It can be a bit expensive to live here, however, as housing costs are many times exorbitant.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is great. There is a sense of tradition here not present at many other colleges. Additionally, the University is located at the heart of Minneapolis, so there is plenty to experience outside the college. There is much diversity, so anyone with a mind to do so can find their niche here.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are very challenging and require a great deal of hard work to succeed in. The majority of professors here are great teachers and are excellent both in the classroom presenting material and outside giving advice on a variety of topics such as research.

  • 01/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 247

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    What to do for fun

    Go to goldies night on fridays for free movies and snacks. Also, grab your friends and head over to dinkytown to explore and eat.

    Tips for prospective students

    After applying, submit the housing application right away to request a dorm room quickly. Territorial, Frontier, and Comstock are great choices.

    In three sentences

    A great academic school that employers love to hire from. There are activities everywhere every night to have fun. Also, the teachers are great.

  • 01/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 42 of 247

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    What to do for fun

    Things to do for fun on campus are endless. You can go bowling in between classes, play pool after class, video games and there's so much more to do in Dinkytown. No matter who you are or what you're into, you'll never be bored!

    Food and Dining

    There is so much to choose from! Subway, Papa John's, Java City, Gopher Express, and the cafeteria just to name a few. There are also a ton of other options on campus that aren't in campus buildings. I've never had an issue satisfying a food craving while at school!

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, informative, and stimulating. Although the homework is challenging, I find it very useful in helping me gain experience in my intended career path. After all, I'm paying to learn!

    Tips for prospective students

    The size of the campus can be overwhelming at first, but becoming familiar with the campus shuttles and layout of St. Paul, East Bank, and West Bank is super easy after just one semester if you make the effort!

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota rocks! I wouldn't recommend any other school. It is mini-city, within a city, that offers everything you could dream of for classes, fun, and living!

  • 01/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 247

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    Campus Safety

    Being so close to Minneapolis safety on campus is mostly about common sense. For instance, walking to and from class, locking your door/house, staying in a group and well lit areas, you should be just fine. There have been issues where students have been walking alone at night or left their house unlocked. There are university buses for free transportation, a shuttle that picks up students for free, a free escort service in which a student can call and an escort will walk with them wherever they need to go, there is a lot of security within dorms, and the university police are just a phone call away.

    Greek Life

    Not involved in Greek life, but friends who are enjoy it. The Greek community has a lot of events partnering with houses for parties, philanthropy, etc.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can think of a club, we probably already have it. There are over 700 clubs at Minnesota. One of my favorites is Young Life College and Quittitch Team.

    Great for these types of students

    There is a lot of diversity at Minnesota. A lot of Asian International students study at the University. I can personally say that the business school, Carlson School of Management, is very well known throughout the community. There are a lot of job opportunities with companies such as Target, Best Buy, Cargill, Coca Cola, Polaris, Ernst and Young, Deloitte, General Mills, and 3M, just to name a few.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    During Homecoming the frat houses decorated the front of their houses with huge murals depicting the homecoming theme for that year. They are really fun to look at during the Homecoming parade. Dinkytown is where a lot of people go to eat and live. Mesa Pizza is located in Dinkytown, be sure to check that out.

    Bang for the buck

    Speaking as a business student, professors are really talented and well versed in their field. I feel so comfortable to go to my professor and talk about an assignment or just to catch up (if you can find time in your busy schedule). Also, the campus is right next to Minneapolis so there are so many things to do in the city from clubs and concerts to shopping and restaurants. The real down side is the weather. It gets really cold and there is usually a lot of snow, but the campus is always plowed and kept up nicely.

    What to do for fun

    The student union, Coffman, has a lot of things to do; bowling. movie theater, clubs have activities there, and the bookstore. There are sporting events to go to, parties in off campus housing, and over 700 clubs to join.

    Food and Dining

    On campus there are a fail number of restaurants. Meals can get rather expensive though. There isn't a big grocery store on campus like Target, you need to take a bus to get there. There are smaller groceries like CVS Pharmacy and House of Hanson, but those prices are higher than normal. Mesa Pizza is by far the best pizza on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The people in the dorm are great but the dining hall food gets old. The best dorms to eat at are Sanford Hall, Middlebrook, and Bailey (if you can manage to get all the way to the St. Paul campus).

    Academic Rigor

    The rigor depends on your major. However, all my friends will say that the work is tough but it is not impossible. There are a lot of resources to assist students from math tests to English papers. Instead of memorizing the curriculum, it is learned.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you know people who currently are enrolled at the U, ask if you can shadow them for a day or spend the night. It's so much better walking around yourself and interacting with the community than reading about it on the internet.

    In three sentences

    The university has so much to offer from business, to art, to science. There are so many ways to get involved in clubs that fuel your passion to learn. It's so easy to get involved, all you have to do is sign up.

  • 08/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 247

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on campus. It is in a great location and there are public safety people always near by.

    Bang for the buck

    college is expensive no matter where you go but to be attending such a beautiful university for this amount of money, you can't go wrong.

    What to do for fun

    Attend football games, go to the Mall of America, join club sports and travel to other Universities to compete.

    Food and Dining

    The food is average but there is a pretty big selection so you can find something you want at any meal.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms helps you meet a loot of new people. It helps to be so close to all of your classes. While the rooms are not large, I find that I have plenty of space for the things I need.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very challenging but rewarding. The expectations are more demanding than High School so it is imperative to concentrate on your studies and not get too distracted. Whenever possible, I find it helps to get into study groups.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in school functions such as football games. After being accepted, spend a weekend walking around the campus to familiarize yourself with the campus layout. Take time to do things off campus to help clear your mind.

    In three sentences

    The experience has been amazing. There are so many ways to get involved and meet new people. The resources available are awesome and have helped me tremendously

  • 09/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 247

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    Campus Safety

    Good-- text and email alerts sent out regularly

    Greek Life

    Many Frats and Sororities to choose from

    Clubs and Activities

    Music Entertainment-- music mecca

    Great for these types of students

    Social, Serious, Fun, Ethnic Diversity

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Library...which is not actually a library with books--it's a bar

    What to do for fun

    Arts and Entertainment; Music Concerts; great Night Life

    Food and Dining

    Many different types of ethnic diverse restaurants, as well as all of your normal cuisine as well

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorm, but I hear it's great

    Academic Rigor

    Very serious educational policies

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to class willing and ready to learn. The University of Minnesota take education very seriously and sets high expectations for their students.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is central to the Twin Cities and offers wonderful benefits for city living. The Twin Cities is s leader in the arts as well as business, and the University of Minnesota has direct connections with essential internships on all aspects of learning. The University of Minnesota welcomes new students as if they are the future leaders of the world.

  • 12/22/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 46 of 247

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    Clubs and Activities

    The University of MN offers opportunities to all types of students and expands its horizons to all diversity.

    Bang for the buck

    The quality of learning definitely matches the price of tuition at UMN.

    Food and Dining

    Food is all you can eat and deserves five stars.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms appear to be adequate living spaces. They are very nice but too small to deserve a five star rating.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes appear challenging.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is what every student is looking for in a college. It gives a home atmosphere, and doesn't make you miss your real home more than you should. Both campuses offer a variety of activities and give you many opportunities to succeed while at college.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 47 of 247

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    Campus Safety

    There's crime, but rarely anything serious, and most of it's around 'Frat Row'. The U has its own police force, who do a good job of keeping the campus safe and are very reasonable around students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for everything. My favorites actually are the academic clubs. I'm part of several, not just my major's, since they're a great way to meet people with similar interests (and all the clubs spend a lot of time just hanging out and talking about college anyway).

    Great for these types of students

    Pretty much anyone could go here. You need to be able to take initiative to do really well here. You'd better not want to be limited to a small group of friends and teachers. The U is much better for science and related fields than for anything else. It is in Minnesota, and it is cold for half the school year.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well, there are a lot. There's a tree by the bridge between where people throw their shoes once they graduate. There's a periodic table with actual elements. On the St Paul campus, there are gardens (including an organic food student-run garden), greenhouses, and barns.

    Bang for the buck

    Well, the cost is significantly less than any remotely comparable public universities and private colleges. And the U has a lot more to offer.

    What to do for fun

    Whatever you want to do!! The U is right in the middle of a big city, and there's always a lot happening on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Dorms and campus restaurants are expensive but not too bad, and there are good options just outside campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, but they're decent, although space is a little short.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a lot of requirements for majors, especially science degrees, and they are tough. There are also general requirements, but since there are so many courses you can find easy options for most of them. Every course is different, but you will need to do a lot of work, at some point.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know what you're getting into, and what you want. As a big university it won't fit for everyone, and it might not be the best place to go for a liberal arts education. The U has an expectation of academic rigor, and though there is some flexibility in admission requirements (and required courses) you need to be prepared, more so than at private schools.

    In three sentences

    The U of M is a big research university in a big city, so there are many more resources than at most colleges. However, you should be able to find a small community to fit into within the university. You should be able to find your niche, and find very whatever courses you might want given how many there are.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 48 of 247

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    Campus Safety

    There are not only free campus buses and shuttles, but a hotline number to call to have and escort come to walk with you 24 hours!! I have never felt safer on such a large campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    With all the endless options there is something for everyone! There is even a database with all of the activities to be involved with. Its one of my favorite things about the University!

    Great for these types of students

    People that are looking for an amazing college experience and looking for adventure. With tons to do in the city and such an energetic environment there is always something to learn and to do!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a spot you can stand facing this building and when you say something your voice echoes but only you can hear it!!

    What to do for fun

    Head over to Goldy's game room or check out a sports team! (Many have super cheap tickets or even free admissions for students!)

    Food and Dining

    Always a wide variety of food in the dining hall, and if that doesn't suit your taste, there are endless restaurants just a short walk or bus ride around Minneapolis or St. Paul.

    Dorm Life

    I love dorm life! Its a great way to meet people, and make lifelong friends. Plus, it is always nice to have a support group of people around you that are going through the same things.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic work load is definitely a challenge, but always manageable and I am fortunate to have learned so much. The professors are also very helpful and really there to assist you in any way you need it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Step out of your comfort zone and experience one of the many clubs, sports teams and activities the U of MN has to offer. Its a great way to meet people and have fun.

    In three sentences

    I could not picture a better place to enjoy my college experience. With amazing professors, TA's and peers this university is well educated and has created more opportunities for me than I ever could have imagined. There are also many clubs, activities and fun student groups to be involved in that I love!

  • 01/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 49 of 247

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    Campus Safety

    I always felt safe walking around campus, no matter what the time was.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was not a part of a club, but I really wish I would have been. There are so many!

    Great for these types of students

    I am someone who did not participate much in sporting events and I was not a part of the greek life, but I made the most out of what Minneapolis as a city had to offer me, both as a student and a resident. I went to plays, clubs, restaurants, and made sure to figure out everything available to me. I would definitely do it all the same.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Education sciences building has a wonderful deck overlooking downtown. Walter library has a TON of study spaces upstairs in the periodicals and other rooms. Nolte hall is also a wonderful place to study, as well as the rec. St. Paul rec is always less packed than the Minneapolis rec, and it smells better.

    Bang for the buck

    I think I definitely got the most out of what I paid for. I wish I would have applied for more scholarships and financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    Minneapolis is FULL of things to do for fun. Start out around the campus and downtown, go to concerts, then venture out more. Northeast has so much to offer for the arts and food, and St. Anthony has wonderful shops and places to eat or grab coffee as well. Also make sure to take advantage of being a student and having a Ucard, a lot of places will give you discounts.

    Food and Dining

    The food is good, beware of the freshman 15! It exists!

    Dorm Life

    Although I did not live in the dorms, I had many friends that did and I lived right down the road in an apartment. I worked in the dorms also. I liked the layout, but it seemed like a maze to me sometimes. All in all, this is where I met my friends that I will have for the rest of my life.

    Academic Rigor

    I felt that coming from the high school I attended I was extremely well prepared for college. I attended Iowa State for my first semester of college and transferred to the U because it was too easy in Iowa. The U will fully prepare you for any major you choose, as well as life. There is so much diversity here it's absolutely wonderful. Take advantage of it and meet people who are different than you. Academics are rough, but I learned so much here in my classes. I couldn't have asked for a better education.

    Tips for prospective students

    Figure out the tunnels, it's cold here. Take a bunch of different classes freshman year, because it's the only time you really can. There are quiet study places, hidden coffee shops, and great places in the libraries to study and do homework; find them and use them!

    In three sentences

    Best experience of my life. Full of different cultures and people. I learned more about life and my major than I ever could have imagined.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 50 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is in the city so of course there is going to be some crime, but the university offers services that can easily be taken advantage of to stay safe. There is an escort service and a chauffeur.

    Greek Life

    Very popular at UMN though I am not involved. They seem to really have a strong community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs. And if that isn't good enough, you can start your own. But seriously, they are very welcoming and a lot of fun.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are ready to work hard but still love a good time, it's a great place for you. There is both academic opportunity and really fun activities that really help balance out the college life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tree where everyone throws their old tennis shoes. It's a great reminder that all of the students and alumni are connected by their alma mater.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is affordable compared to most universities and it provides above and beyond what other schools do. You get an absolutely gorgeous campus with amazing resources and committed professors for a great price.

    What to do for fun

    The sports games are a lot of fun and you also can't go wrong hitting up the downtown Minneapolis area. There are a lot of great venues in Dinky Town and a lot of great bands come through throughout the school year. Take advantage!

    Food and Dining

    They are improving the dining from what I can tell. There are more options than before, but the dining halls are known to recycle the food cooked all through the weekend. The pizza is really good and they provide a great salad bar.

    Dorm Life

    It really depends on the dorm. I live in Comstock, which is fairly quiet and has a great dining hall in the basement of the building. The CA's are usually really great to make sure everyone is doing alright.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are definitely very challenging. Fortunately, most professors are available to help during office hours. There are also many helpful sources on campus if you need help with a paper or even just someone to help you study.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply as early as you can for housing. A lot of the dorms fill up really fast and you might get put somewhere you didn't plan on.

    In three sentences

    The campus is absolutely beautiful. There is a lot of really fun activities to do. There are amazing teachers that really shape your path and help your find career opportunities.

  • 04/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 51 of 247

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    There are so many fraternities and sororities on campus that if you're interested in Greek Life you should definitely check it out!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to do on campus that I honestly believe it's hard to not be apart of multiple clubs at once.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student who is looking to learn and enjoys being in a city rather than a more rural setting.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We don't have any 'unusual' traditions in my opinion, but Hockey is the best up here.

    Bang for the buck

    Although it is expensive to attend as an out-of-state student, it is one of the cheapest, if not the cheapest, Big Ten universities.

    What to do for fun

    Honestly, everything and anything. With being so close to downtown and only a ride on the light rail to the Mall of America, there is so much to do is in area that you will definitely not ever get bored.

    Food and Dining

    There is a wide variety since there is plenty of dorm halls that have a dining hall so you're not stuck eating at the same one all of the time. I believe a lot of students get tired of eating dorm food, but it wasn't too bad knowing that there was food already made for you.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms was a great way to get to know people. It allowed for friendships to be made as well as a place to wind down from classes. I moved out of my dorm room right before the end of my first semester here at the U of M & I can honestly say that I regret it majorly. Living in the dorms is something everyone should have to experience and I am mad that I didn't continue to live there.

    Academic Rigor

    I personally think that I am very challenged as a student while being at the U of M. I also work a couple of jobs so I'm not the average student who just goes to class and studies, I work 4 jobs as well so that might be why I feel more challenged. But I definitely feel like this is a great school for someone who is looking for educational opportunities while being challenged to learn new material and expand their knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Really look into research if you plan on attending this university. It is a very big research based university and it allows for students to work with faculty in something that they are interested in. I don't necessarily do research, but I am working in a big research based lab through the medical school at the University of Minnesota and I'm just about to finish up my sophomore year as an undergraduate so there are plenty of opportunities.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a great place to advance your knowledge and to challenge yourself as a student. The location of the university is perfect since there is so much going on around you while attending here, that leaves so many opportunities for site-seeing, jobs, volunteer positions, pretty much anything you can think of. It has given me opportunities that most students don't have and opportunities that I wouldn't have been able to experience if I attended any other university.

  • 06/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    I've only had experience in CSE but I'm sure these apply to the others as well. -Slef-motivation is a must. The classes can be huge so you need to seek out individual attention, it's not an automatic thing. -Driven. The courses are designed to be challenging. -Outgoing. The opportunities are out there, just have to go looking for them.

    Tips for prospective students

    -KEEP your SYLLABUS!! This will become your lifeline for project and paper deadlines, professors rarely remind you with enough time to really prepare for them if you aren't already aware they're coming up. -Go to professors office hours. If you're in a big lecture they won't know you unless you introduce yourself. It helps if you sit in the front so they recognize you when you go in for help. If you don't want to go alone, take a friend from the class with you. -Check out the areas you don't have class. Go on a photo tour with a friend on the St. Paul or West Bank campuses, most people don't know them very well. -Try out different dorm's food. You'll probably find a favorite. If you need to get access to it, just go to the front desk and there's a quick question sheet to fill out. -Classes can be stressful, don't freak out and make sure you take time for friends or hobbies. -If you and your roommate aren't best friends no worries, I've found it can encourage people to get out of their dorm room and meet the people they're living by.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive. You combine city and college and you get out expensive living and eating places. But I find the stories they tell you to be true, you really won't find another place quite like this and the opportunities that are right there in the Twin Cities can't be compared to any place I'm aware of. Living in the dorms is a huge part of the expenses, the required meal plans are not cheap. Aside from that cringe factor when you see your tuition bill it'll be worth it in the end, if you make smart choices and all that good stuff.

    Am enjoying being here

    At present construction is making the campus a little messier than usual, but don't let that put you off! I've found quiet places to study some because I was forced to take a different route to class because of an unexpected sidewalk closure. The campus is really gorgeous during the summer and fall and there's nothing like getting to play in the snow with random people after a snowstorm. The dorms are what you make of them, either social networking hotspots or solitary confinement. Take your pick. There's plenty of quiet spots around campus to study and I suggest a taking mini photo tour with some friends between classes to get familiar with the campuses layouts.

    Am learning a lot

    I find this is especially true for the classes that I have taken at the U. My core classes have all been in the College of Science and Engineering with liberal education courses from other departments. I can't stress enough how much I've learned from the classes and professors I've encountered over the past year. The general courses I've taken in CSE are physics, calculus, and chemistry. At the freshmen level these are very broad classes designed for a general overview of the subject and you really only get a inkling of what a future with the subject could offer. Taking a step back after finals are over I'm amazed at just what they've managed to cram into my head over the past four months or so.

  • 06/08/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Independent, social, out going.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in the superblock! You'll meet the most people. I didn't live in the superblock and ended up trekking over there daily to meet up with friends and work on group projects. The suites in frontier are great and if you're looking for something more quiet try pioneer or a single in centennial.

    Bang for the buck

    Once a semester you pay student service fees that cover the cost of the gym, health services, and multiple entertainment outlets. Every weekend both student centers (St. Paul and Minneapolis) offer a variety of free activities often focused around the free movie of the week. A free, easy way to spend the weekend with your friends.

    Am enjoying being here

    Because the campus is so large there is always something to do. There are hundreds of student groups and if you can't find one you can create your own with 5 friends and $25. The campus is a little confusing to navigate at first but after orientation and welcome week most people have a pretty good grasp of it.

    Am learning a lot

    You would expect the professors to be hands off at such a large university, but if you put in the time they are more than willing to help out. If you have a question shoot them an email or attend office hours. They'll recognize your effort and help you out!

  • 06/11/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you do not get overwhelmed in big crowds this is the school for you. It takes a little getting used to the big classes, but for the most part I had classes no bigger than 100 in my freshman year. This is almost unheard of at such a big university, and is something to keep in mind. However, it does depend on which college you are inside of the university, but either way the professors are all wonderful. Students who enjoy diversity and change would enjoy this school and thrive in the city environment.

    Tips for prospective students

    College is college wherever you go, but you definitely should give the University of Minnesota a shot. They have great programs for students, and many on campus clubs to join to keep you busy. I would rate my educational experience extremely high, as well as the overall atmosphere around campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes, the University is expensive (aren't they all?) but I do believe I am getting the most out of my education here. I am fully engaged and interested in all of my classes--which the professors make a point of. This university has so much to offer outside of courses as well, such as the recreation center, free movies and activities at the student union building, and all of the Homecoming and Spring Jam activities. There is always something to do around campus, and most of the time it is free for students, food included!

    Am enjoying being here

    If you can stand living in cold temperatures for about four months during the winter you should be fine! I tend to stay inside (when I'm not walking to class) when the wind chill gets below zero. The weather during the rest of the year is gorgeous and very livable. Not only have I met many friendly people and made many friends, but I have enjoyed doing so--and getting to know people from other states around the country also! That is the great thing about attending a University with over 20,000 undergraduate students, you experience a sense of culture and diversity, while in a thriving city. I also love being in the city because the campus is far enough away that there are not too many distractions, but the music scene is excellent, and I have become very familiar with great local bands. Also, the fact that campus is spread out over two cities, and across the Mississippi River is great because you have so much more land to explore and learn about.

    Am learning a lot

    Not only am I learning a lot about new subjects in school, but my professors are dedicated to helping me understand older subjects more fully. This is an excellent characteristic that I have noticed of all my professors during my first year at the University, and I am glad I chose this school over others I had in mind. I have learned many new things, and gone very in-depth in the learning of all my subjects. Also, through my courses, I have been able to relate the subjects to the real world as well as other courses which ultimately helps further my learning.

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Everyone! The University of Minnesota has tons of international students, commuter students, traditional students, etc. People of every ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual preference, etc. attend the U. It's a place where you can just be yourself.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy! Meet people by talking before class, going to a club meeting alone (that's what I did with Habitat for Humanity), or keeping your dorm room door open. Everyone else is in the same boat as you. Make sure you can balance your new friends and your schoolwork, too.

    Bang for the buck

    I became a Community Advisor in the dorms to help pay for housing and food, which ended up being very helpful. Now I have connections and can broaden my horizons. College is expensive, but the U is totally worth it! I am glad it is where I decided to attend college and I wouldn't have it any other way.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are so many organizations to get involved in and so many people to meet! I love being here because there is always someone to explore with, study with, or have lunch with. I feel like the University is my home.

    Am learning a lot

    An amazing part of the U of M: Teachers! In my field, a lot of my teachers actually have their own business or work outside of the U so all the students get to hear about real life experiences and see what they can aspire to be!

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Motivated. Interested in learning about new things, people, places, and ideas. Fun. Looking for a Big Ten, true university experience.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by its size. You'll be amazed how quickly you meet people and how often you see people you know throughout the day. There are plenty of ways to get involved and make connections. The U is as big or small as you make it.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is increasing yes, but new learning facilities and high quality staff and programs are also being improved because of it.

    Am enjoying being here

    The U has a fantastic atmosphere. You can go to West Bank and experience the artsy eclectic side of Minneapolis, or head over to the Big Ten air of the East Bank. Jumping on the Connector to Saint Paul will also get you acquainted with the easy, laid back attitude of the agricultural school.

    Am learning a lot

    We have top professors. We have great research facilities. We're near the city. How can you not be learning something?!

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students looking for a school with a lot of resources and opportunities. The school looks for well-rounded students with good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely utilize welcome week before classes start to build connections with the people you will live in the dorms with. Try to branch out and meet other people as well. I'm glad I did! Also, try to get involved in an activity or club, program, or research. It is a great way to meet people and have fun.

    Bang for the buck

    It's the cheapest big 10! Although I am an out of state student, I received in-state tuition for my grades. I know a lot of Minnesota residents who got generous scholarships for their grades and achievements. I also think the school is pretty generous with work-study. I got a work study job as an elementary school tutor that I absolutely love!

    Am enjoying being here

    There is a LOT to do here. I love going to school in an urban environment, I'm never bored! Thanks to the location, I've been able to go to concerts, shop downtown, not to mention the Mall of America! The school always has lot of events going on every week as well. Living in the dorms as a first-year makes it easy to make friends.

    Am learning a lot

    I have enjoyed all of my classes so far! I was able to take classes in my major right away, which was important to me. Even though it is a big school, I took several seminar and language classes with between 11-25 people in addition to bigger lectures. The honors seminars are great, and so is the honors program.

  • 06/26/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    ALL OF THE POSSIBLE CATEGORIES! The U really has everything you're looking for, whether you want a small town, rural feel, or city-center urban life. The two campuses are worlds apart...in the best ways possible. Being an Interior Design major, I'll spend a lot of time running between St. Paul and Mpls campuses, which is why the bus system is so great. You'd think the 3-mile difference would be a hassle, but it's really easy to get around. The U has every possible activity imaginable, and more clubs than you could even hope to browse through. Plus, you're in the middle of the Cities, so you can find a million things to do any night of the week! Classes can be either really huge, like intro seminars, or teeny tiny (ahem! Honors major classes...), and you can change your schedule to fit you!

    Tips for prospective students

    VISIT BOTH CAMPUSES!!!! I had actually ranked the U last on my prospective list because I'd grown up on St. Paul campus and thought it was too familiar. I didn't change my mind until I went on a college tour to shut up my mom and sister (both Gophers) and fell in LOVE with West Bank!

    Bang for the buck

    With scholarships and financial aid, I barely have to pay for my education. The in-state scholarships and need-based scholarships are really great, but their academic awards FLOORED me! I love that they reward students for their hard work, and not just once! All of the scholarships I have are renewable, some even into any graduate schooling I should choose to do.

    Will enjoy being here

    I'm really looking forward to getting involved. GO GOPHERS!

    Will learn a lot

    Classes are so varied, especially the Freshmen Seminars. I'm actually majoring in Interior Design, but taking an Irish History class in preparation for my study abroad. The broomball class was next in line, were it not for waking up at 8 a.m. :) If you're interested, they have it.

  • 06/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    The U of M is really great for any type of student. It is so large and diverse that anyone can find a niche to fit into. There are hundreds of student groups that you can be a part of. The faculty and students take their education seriously, so this isn't really a place to slack off. As a student here, you really have to be willing to put in the time and effort to make the grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come take a tour of the campus! Even if you live far away, it is worth the trip. After you take your tour, you will see just how much the U of M has to offer each and every student. There are several renovation projects happening here, which means there are going to be some awesome new areas and buildings added to campus.

    Bang for the buck

    The U of M definitely has some prestige to its name, so naturally the tuition reflects that. While it's not the most expensive school around, you will most likely need some sort of financial aid (loans or scholarships). The school does offer some scholarships, however since there are so many other students applying for these as well, the competition is pretty fierce. Also, the tuition has gone up each year, so that is something to consider when trying to figure out your budget for all four years of your undergraduate.

    Am enjoying being here

    The Twin cities has a lot to offer just about every type of person. The U of M campus alone has several places where you can hang out. Dinkytown, which is right by campus, has a couple of really fun bars for those that are 21. There is a theater in Dinkytown for those interested in shows and concerts. Downtown is just a couple minutes away, which offers tons of entertainment such as the new Twins baseball stadium, the many clubs and bars, or Stone Arch Park (a great outdoor place with some beautiful nature trails).

    Am learning a lot

    I am loving my classes and major. Even though the university is so large, I still get that small college experience due to the major I choose. There are quite a few liberal education requirements to fulfill, but if you play your cards right, some of these can actually be fulfilled with classes in your major. The professors really care about their students and are more than willing to help you in any way they can. If you put forth the effort to get to know a few professors, it can really benefit you. There are also a lot of resources to help you throughout your time at the U. They have online resources to plan out your 4 years and also have advisers if you would prefer a more personal experience.

  • 06/28/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    If your self-disciplined then this will be good for you because you have to put in the work to get the grades you want.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for all the scholarships you can and make sure you're a well rounded student. Getting all A's and not being involved in anything is nice, but not impressive. If you can juggle clubs, jobs, volunteering AND get all A's, that looks fantastic.

    Bang for the buck

    Yes it's expensive. I'm from out of state and it's really difficult but it's a quality education which is more than I can say about some of the other colleges I applied and was accepted too. A degree from this college looks really good on job applications. Definitely worth it.

    Will enjoy being here

    There's so much to do on and off campus it would be pretty hard not to have fun! It's sort of a weird adjustment if you're coming from a small town but it's a great city and a great location.

    Will learn a lot

    It's a large school and there are some really large classes, but for every huge lecture class you have, you have a required discussion time with 20 people to really make sure that all the information is being understood! If you try hard, you'll do well.

  • 07/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    If you go into the University of Minnesota, just pick a major within a college you're thinking about. If you go in as Undecided you will be thrown into a program called ATS (Access to Success), which is run by the CLA college. It is an attempt to help students identify where their interests lie. They have an office, very helpful counselors and are resourceful. However I thought it was a WASTE of time and energy because as an ATS student, you were required to select a class from a list they provided (classes from different majors) as well as attend ATS' very own lecture and discussion. As a freshmen I had to attend a year of ATS' program. The first semester was a complete joke to me because the course revolved around understanding who you are and where your strengths lie. We also had to make a Digital Story about our first year. The second semester was much more interesting because it dealt with cultural differences and service work (we had to volunteer). I know that books for college are expensive, but in this case it was halfway through the first semester, then the coursebook finally arrived at the bookstore. I purchased a $96 coursebook filled with photocopied readings, that I barely used for the remainder of the course. The second semester called for a few more books (Late Homecomer, Apples and Enchiladas, Voices from the Streets, Dancing with Skeletons). However we barely finished the books and only digest a few parts for discussion. I strongly encourage prospective students to just pick a major and switch out later and not fall into this as I did.

    Bang for the buck

    I don't have a problem with my tuition, but due to budget cuts I won't be receiving the U Promise scholarship, which was awarded to students in financial need and covered the remainder of costs (only if students accepted the subed & unsubed loans). It helped a lot, but I will not be receiving it for my sophomore year, and probably the remainder of the year. I've also learned that anything from the University is very expensive. The Bookstore has many great things... when they're on sale, otherwise the items are a bit too much to afford.

    Am enjoying being here

    Great looking campus. Its not as big as it looks once you know the layout. Many diverse people and places! There are all sorts of shops along Washington (some a bit overpriced) and its easy to get around. But it gets cramped quick with the student population. Construction can be the greatest obstruction (narrow roads or closed roads) for transportation.

    Am learning a lot

    I've learned for various professors and was extremely grateful for their perspective and humor. Many were understanding of the student standing and offered as much assistance as possible if we needed anything. I learn best in flexible environments, and most of my professors provided that.

  • 07/23/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you love meeting new people and especially love joining clubs University of Minnesota has all of those. University of Minnesota- Twin Cities offers more than 500 clubs to join. Yet, at the same time you meet the greatest people that could never be forgotten.

    Bang for the buck

    University of Minnesota has so many awesome jobs that is offer and you can never go broke. You will just have to put in lots of hours to earn everything back and it's never a bad thing. Along with that, you get to gain leadership skills and a great new experience.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love being at the University of Minnesota. I love how it’s very diverse and how big the campus is. Due to how big the campus is, I have met so much wonderful people that shares the same interest as I do. Along with that, I really enjoy interacting with people because I’m open-minded and I’m always willing to help the best I can.

    Am learning a lot

    Being at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities I have learned so much and it was worth all of the studying. For instance, every week its required that you put in about 40 hours of studying and if you do follow through with that, the school year goes by so quick and it's worth all of those time. At the same time, you learn about the most interest things.

  • 07/24/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    This is a great school for those who are dedicated to their school work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't put off studying. A lot of students say I will do it tomorrow but tomorrow turns into next week and suddenly your project is due tomorrow and you haven't started the work cited.

    Bang for the buck

    While the University is more expensive than your humdrum local colleges and universities, there is plenty of opportunity to apply for scholarships and financial aid.

    Am enjoying being here

    While the University is at the top in education, they exceed expectations when it comes to activities and the grounds. When fall rolls into the University there is a spark of maroon and gold as the trees have been genetically engineered to change colors. And when the snow begins to fall, we take advantage of the soon to be update Rec Center and swimming pool. But the events to look forward to the most are the sporting events. The arenas are spectacular to withhold and the marching band kicks but whether the team is or not, so you know you are going to have some good entertainment.

    Am learning a lot

    While some of the information they cram down your throat is hard to absorb, if you really take the time and take advantage of the professor and teaching assistants office hours you can get ahead of the class. The University Libraries also offer tutors for specific subjects, available in the SMARTcommons locations. Otherwise, if you and your fellow students feel you can tackle the information together, there are plenty of locations to sit down and get started on a study plan.

  • 07/26/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    The University of Minnesota is great for students who are passionate about their careers and love being a part of a big community. The U's location is for students who love to be in the city and who love to be active. The endless amount of activities is for students who want to be involved and learn and have fun in the process.

    Tips for prospective students

    A major tip I would have for prospective students would be to put yourself out there and not be afraid to try something new. The University of Minnesota is so big and has so many classes, volunteer programs, and extracurricular activities that getting involved will be the best things you ever do. Not only is it fun but it allows you to build a solid reputation for any career you may choose. A big milestone in your life starts here! Don't miss it!

    Bang for the buck

    Although it is a fairly expensive college to attend, being at the University of Minnesota is an experience you'll never forget. With all the opportunities it has to offer and all the connections you make, going to the U is something you will not regret.

    Am enjoying being here

    Not only does the U offer a tremendous academic program, but it also really allow students to have fun and grow socially. Located right in the Twins Cities, there are endless activities for students throughout all their years of college. Football games in the new stadium, walking downtown and eating dinner with your friends, or taking a quick bus ride to see a concert, the U is truly a college student's dream.

    Am learning a lot

    The University of Minnesota has allowed to to challenge myself in all aspects of academics. Whether its in the lab, in a lecture, or in a discussion group, the University of Minnesota has enhanced my knowledge in every class I have taken. The opportunities at the U are endless. Because of its size and competition you are constantly striving to become better. The world of knowledge is endless there. With amazing professors and a wide range of classes and future careers that it offers, the University of Minnesota is the place to excel.

  • 08/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    It's a great research school, so there are research opportunities everywhere. Also, Carlson is a good business school and there are many corporations around to try to get internships.

    Tips for prospective students

    It may be a public school, but don't slack off on the app just because you may think it's low-rate. Big Ten schools are getting tighter on their acceptance.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely. My in-state tuition is great. :)

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus atmosphere is GREAT! So many activities and things to do, and exploring the city is also much fun. Not too big and not too small, definitely right for the student who likes the city atmosphere. If you get bored in the city, go out to the suburbs, there's lots to there as well.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are great and are excellent help when you need it. Don't be afraid to ask questions, they want to help you succeed. Make appointments during office hours because sometimes your professor could be busy with other students.

  • 08/04/2011

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    You've got to love the city.

    Will enjoy being here

    Minneapolis is a wonderful city, I've lived here my whole life and it is truly wonderful. not matter what you're into minneapolis has it. A great theater and performing arts scene as well as wonderful city hang out's. The campus is very much a reflection of the city it's set in, expansive and filled with a little bit of everything.

    Will learn a lot

    It's definitely a school you'll learn at, not a good school for those who just want to have fun, thought there is fun it be had

  • 01/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for everyone.

    What to do for fun

    Dinkytown is only a walk away! Many places to dine, drink, and hang out!

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore the campus before you apply! Learn everything you can and ask questions. You'd be suprised to learn how many other students are eager to make friends.

    In three sentences

    I love it here. The campus is beautiful and there is never a shortage of student groups. The proffessors are pretty good and student culture is very diverse.

  • 01/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    independent

    Food and Dining

    annies parlor!

    Tips for prospective students

    plan everything, and have a back up plan

    In three sentences

    fun,busy, large

  • 02/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    well involved on campus especially night life.

    Great for these types of students

    hardworking but like to have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    the purple onion, singing the school song at all football games, struggling sports teams, and lots of diversity.

    What to do for fun

    anything is possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    just a warning: the light rail won't be done until 2015 which blocks off all of washington ave.

    In three sentences

    a large school with a diverse student body. secluded from the city but close enough to get to the city if there is interest. modern technology and building updates currently in progress.

  • 02/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    friends from smaller universities come here and tell me.. wow! you guys have real fraternities. so i guess are fraternities are the way they're supposed to be. i don't know.

    Bang for the buck

    the tuition rates compare to those of other state schools, but we offer an endless wealth of faculty knowledge that smaller schools simply can not employ. in that regard, tuition is a great value. room prices are fair, not great, not bad. board prices, however, are completely unfair here, and really need to be lowered if i'm going to give more than a three star rating for bang for the buck.

    What to do for fun

    anything! you live in minneapolis/st paul. gophers football, basketball, hockey, wrestling, gymnastics, soccer, and many other sports are great options. for professional teams we have the 2011 wnba champions, the minnesota lynx, as well as our newest minnesota timberwolves attraction, ricky rubio. the minnesota vikings and minnesota twins also play in the heart of minneapolis. in addition to sports, there is an amazing music and theatre scene in the twin cities. with two world class orchestras in the minnesota orchestra (discounted tickets for students) and st paul chamber orchestra (free tickets for students), as well as many great modern music venues such as first avenue, the target center, station 4, and countless others, there is always music to be heard in minneapolis, the guthrie theatre company creates the best theatrical productions in the region, and the orpheum, pantages, and state theatres bring in fine touring productions. there is never a lack of new things to do here.

    Food and Dining

    this is a major weakness at the university of minnesota. the food standards are not high, and some dishes often are not fully cooked. the board rate is very high here, at about $10 per meal. weekends see very little choice whatsoever, and again, $10 for an uncooked meal? that is a little abusive. students living in dorms are required to purchase a meal plan, which again, is a little abusive for the atrocious prices of poorly prepared food.

    Dorm Life

    dorms are a little old, but very ideally situated, and pricing for housing is fair.

    Academic Rigor

    classes move at a fairly fast pace, and without weekly assessments students may fall very behind. that said, a 19 credit semester felt like a somewhat light course load. i'm currently taking 24 credits and it is a little overwhelming, but definitely worth the extra work.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you take a campus tour, make sure you talk with the faculty in your desired field so you can meet with them. orientation and recruiting events at a large university are so general that they will not help your decision to attend one bit.

    In three sentences

    it's location in the twin cities allows the university of minnesota to employ some of the best faculty in the country, especially in the arts. one can easily tell that athletics do receive somewhat more focus from the regents here, because classroom facilities can be a little outdated, while the athletic buildings keep receiving renovations. also, there is a surprising number of very small classes here.

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    even though the u is located in a large city and right next to some shady parts of town, i always felt extremely safe on campus. there are always so many people around, even at night. there is also a great bus service and a police protection. i've never heard of anything bad happening.

    Greek Life

    both sororities and frats are really big. frats are on the minneapolis campus, so they're especially popular, but many girls join the sororities, too.

    Clubs and Activities

    literally just about anything you want.

    Great for these types of students

    fast paced, active students who like experiencing new things. great for independent, driven students.

    Bang for the buck

    i love it here, but the cost is definitely the most negative aspect. dorms are especially expensive, but even with good grades it's almost impossible to get a full ride. however, for any big 10 school it would be expensive and there are a number of scholarships to apply for.

    What to do for fun

    i personally enjoyed experiencing all the athletics. you have to pay for football, basketball, and hockey, but some of the other sports are also fun to go to. also, you can get professional athletic tickets for really cheap. we enjoyed taking the metro to mall of america or downtown, but there's also always a lot of stuff going on on campus.

    Food and Dining

    middlebrook had a wide range of options, especially for people who were vegan/vegitarian. some of the dishes are kind of unique, so it would be nice to just have some regular food. but they always had a sandwich line and salad bar. depending on when you go, though, it could be a bit of a wait.

    Dorm Life

    i lived in middlebrook, which is the honors dorm, but i really loved it. great, interesting people with many differing life experiences and viewpoints. there were always a lot of activities planned, and the rooms were really nice. if you only want 4 people per bathroom, this dorm was the best.

    Academic Rigor

    science courses are very top quality, but the professors are very helpful, and there are a lot of resources to help students be successful. really depends on your college, though.

    Tips for prospective students

    if you're considering a major in business, biology, or engineering, make sure to apply to those colleges as freshmen. it's much easier to get in then than to transfer over later when the acceptance rate is much lower.

    In three sentences

    if you like a big college located in a lively city, the u is the place for you! wide variety of majors and classes with so many sports and activities to get involved in. great public college with a solid academic reputation.

  • 02/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i felt very safe on campus and there are campus escorts available to walk you anywhere on campus if you feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    i don't have knowledge on this area.

    Clubs and Activities

    academic clubs of all varieties depending on your interest and the option to start your own.

    Great for these types of students

    wide variety, so many options for anyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    campus wide capture the flag is a lot of fun.

    Bang for the buck

    good deal, state college, reasonably priced.

    What to do for fun

    many student groups of all kinds from campus wide capture the flag to academic groups. there are free movies and free dances, games and activities of all sorts.

    Food and Dining

    campus dining is great and there is almost any type of restaurant available on, or slightly off, campus.

    Dorm Life

    i lived in two dorms and enjoyed both experiences.

    Academic Rigor

    the professors challenge you to be the best you can be.

    Tips for prospective students

    take advantage of the services available. there are many things to do, many student groups, many resources, many restaurants... whatever you're looking for, the university of minnesota twin cities has it! reach out and get it!

    In three sentences

    the campus is beautiful and has a diverse student population. the classes challenge my intellect and get me to think outside of the box. i feel that the university challenges me to pursue my dreams and expand my horizons.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    yes it is close to down town minneapolis but there are always crime alerts and students just need to be smart about their safety, there is a great escort service if you dont have a friend to walk with

    Clubs and Activities

    2 great student groups for women interested in business or retail. there is fashion and business (fab) and then women in business, both incredibly active groups.

    Dorm Life

    try to find out the dorms reputation and figure out how much it matters to be near a bus stop. also, do homework about the rooms, some are much smaller and older but they still cost the same so apply as soon as the housing application is online.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't be worried about the buses, and try to create a relationship with a professor or a student group each semester.

    In three sentences

    i love it here and after a few weeks the campuses feel small. the college of design is amazing and actually very competitive for freshmen so apply early. i love the design staff and take advantage of advisers as well as career and internship services.

  • 03/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    as long as you walk in groups late at night, or use 624-walk, you'll be safe. the residents halls are very safe. there are just some areas of campus that you need to be smart about.

    Greek Life

    greek life is a big part of homecoming but doesn't overwhelm campus activities at all.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is literally a club for anything and everything someone could be interested in. and if there isn't, you can start your own!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    no matter who we are playing in a sporting event the cheer goes, who hates iowa?! we hate iowa! as an out of state student from iowa, this takes some getting used to.

    Bang for the buck

    there are many colleges that do not cost as much as the u but don't have the same opportunities that it does. living in the dorms is where you don't necessarily get a lot of bang for your buck because meal plans are so expensive and you have to have one.

    What to do for fun

    the twin cities has so many things to do for fun and campus is very close to downtown so everything is only a short bus ride away. there are also things to do on campus every weekend and most week nights.

    Tips for prospective students

    know what you want to do before coming to college if at all possible. the sooner you have a plan the better, but there are plenty of resources to help you out if you are still unsure.

    In three sentences

    the uofm is one of the biggest universities in the nation. it is also located in one of the biggest cities. because of this there are so many opportunities available to students and it the individual colleges and small class sizes keep it from feeling too big.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    because the university of minnesota is nestled right in the middle of minneapolis, there is quite a bit of robbery and a few cases of assault. i have not been a victim of this and i don't know anyone close to me that has been, but i do know that it happens. however, the university does do a good job of keeping their students informed of any crime and students have the option to sign up for email or text alerts, both of which i have and these help me to feel safer at the university.

    Greek Life

    i have not had too much experience in this area but my friends that are currently in the sororities or fraternities love them and have nothing negative to say about it. there's a vast amount of sororities and fraternities and almost everyone is guaranteed a big. i plan on rushing next year and hope to meet people that i can click with.

    Clubs and Activities

    i currently participate in a club geared towards my major which is awesome and i love it. there are clubs at this university for everyone. if there isn't a club and you would like to start one, the university is more than willing to work with you to get one started.

    Great for these types of students

    the university of minnesota, twin cities is great for people who like to go out and do things as well as people who are comfortable with such a highly populated school. it wouldn't be good for a person who likes a small time feel and quiet evenings.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there aren't too many unusual traditions here, other than painting the lions on greek row for each and every school event or holiday. for valentines day the lions are painted pink, for homecoming, maroon and gold, and for halloween black and orange, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    all universities now are overpriced in my opinion. it's unfortunate that i have to spend about $10 per meal in the dining halls, which means i spend about $20 per day just on food. although the classes are good, i feel that some of the professors and teachers assistant's aren't qualified for what they teach, but, what can you do?

    What to do for fun

    i love this campus because of how big it is and all the different activities that there are on campus. i participated in sorority rushing, which i will be doing again next year with the intent of actually joining a sorority this time around, which is something i look forward to quite a bit. i also joined a club, one of many, called the pre-veterinary club where i am able to converse with other people in my major and participate in events such as zoo tours as well as dissections, which is a very hands on experience.

    Food and Dining

    i definitely missed mom and dads cooking while eating in the dorms. i was lucky and my dorm included a dining hall, but there were halls that did not and people would have to walk in the rain and snow in order to get to the dining area. the food isn't that bad although i tended to stay away from the meat and there wasn't too much variety.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life isn't as bad as it's hyped up to be. however, i lived in a single room and did not have to deal with a roommate. there are perks to living alone, such as having people over whenever you wish without your roommate being bothered, and my grades were higher because i applied myself in my own space, but it also had down sides that included loneliness because many of the other people on my dorm floor could be considered anti-social and i was not able to meet too many people within my dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    the professors at this school expect a lot from incoming freshman. the point of the rigorous work load is to make sure that the new student is competent and can continue an education at the school. the homework load was a bit intense at first, but it definitely motivates students to reevaluate what study habits are needed to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    a tip that i have for prospective student would be to make sure that this is the university that you want to attend. it was especially hard on many of my close friends that did not know what major they would like to pursue, ultimately leading to one of them dropping out within the first week. i would just like to push prospective students to do their research and make sure that the university they attend fits all their criteria whether it be distance from home or availability of a major.

    In three sentences

    the university of minnesota is the perfect school for me to attend. it has an amazing range of programs and i'm lucky enough to have my major here, pre-veterinary studies. the school does an amazing job of setting up my classes for me, making me feel comfortable within the university as well as keeping me confident in my decision in this school.

  • 03/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    If you are doing what you are supposed to be doing the campus is safe. If you are say, walking in the street because the sidewalk is out due to construction and a car hits you but the sign said to walk on the other side of the street, while then you made the campus not safe. The campus is safe if you choose to be alert and responsible. There are numerous Campus Police patrolling and ready to help. The U also has call boxes for connecting with Campus Police and escort service.

    Greek Life

    I do not have any experience with Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many choices to become involved in a club or activity, there is something for everyone. After becoming involved regularly you do feel connected, get to know the group, and feel like a family.

    Great for these types of students

    People who want variety, choices, opportunities, like to meet others, wide range of class time, affordable, can choose or not to become involved.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    As a Freshman I am not sure of any unusual traditions but it was fun to see all the frat and sorority houses decorated for homecoming. There is always the trading of certain items between waring football teams. One unusual tradition is when a person graduates they take a pair of shoes, tie them together, walk the bridge between East Bank and West Bank and then throw them over to get hung up in the trees. There are so many shoes hanging, you can see them better in the winter when the leaves are down.

    Bang for the buck

    The U is very affordable for a great education. The U is well respected and many employers look to the U for hiring.

    What to do for fun

    Some of the sport teams offer free admission with your student ID. The U has many gyms which students will gather at to play pick-up games of volleyball or basketball. There are numerous Club or Intramural teams and a large variety of student groups to become involved in. An example is Cru has 300-400 student attenders with four off-campus events each year. Or, on a warm evening students just like to walk the campus and hang outside of McDonalds.

    Food and Dining

    The University of Minnesota Campus has every resturant you could want to eat at. With such a variety there are many affordable choices. The U has mom and pop as well as national chain resturants, all are in walking distance on the campus.

    Dorm Life

    It must be a challenge for a large college to match roommates. I tried living in the dorm for three weeks but my roommate and I were not a match. I applied for a dorm on the East Bank and ended up with a St. Paul assigmnent. It was just as long taking the campus connector to get to my classes as from my house, so I moved home. My advice, if you know of someone you would like to room with before you apply for housing then apply together. The Dorm does a great job of providing activities and providing the opportunity to meet other students.

    Academic Rigor

    I hope you like to read. At the U of M a student has to be disciplined to purchase the books and start reading! There is so much more reading than in High School, time management is key. You will think you have so much time to get the work done because you are not in 6 hour classes, but at the U for every hour of class time you need to plan at least 4-6 hours of self-study time.

    Tips for prospective students

    As with any decision make sure you visit, talk to friends who are students at the U, get a feel for if you like the large setting or if you are a small college student. Some of the lecture hall classes will have 300-400 students but then will break down to smaller class sizes for study. You need to know yourself, are you a person who needs someone keeping you accountable, or are you self-motivated.

    In three sentences

    The U of M is a large campus with a lot to offer. The U has smaller colleges within the college so a student becomes a part of a specific major and program, but with the opportunity to transfer within.

  • 04/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can always spot campus security roaming the campus in the evenings and if you want, one of these security personal can escort you to anywhere on campus.

    Greek Life

    Greek life at the University of Minnesota is nothing like greek life in the southern states, it is a much tamer version. Greek life is more popular at the University of Minnesota, compared to other midwest states. There is no brothel rule either.

    Clubs and Activities

    On the bridge from east to west bank, murals featuring different clubs line the interior. The number of clubs and types are extensive and anyone can find something that appeals to their interests.

    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking and committed students that care about there future should find the University of Minnesota fitting for them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spring Jam! - An outdoor musical festival.

    Bang for the buck

    Minnesota has a reciprocity deal, meaning that if you live in certain neighboring states you'll receive instate tuition. This is a great option for student that want to get away from home for a reasonable price.

    What to do for fun

    Dinkytown is only a few block from campus is always buzzing with excitement of the weekends. Highlights include The Varsity Theater, a few bars, and tons of great restaurants. Also, the campus is a quick bus ride away from downtown St. Paul or Minneapolis, allowing students to experience the excitement of a metropolitan area.

    Food and Dining

    By Thanksgiving you'll be begging for a home made meal. Meals are extremely overpriced given the quality of the University's dining services. However, there are a number of popular restaurants on campus that you can use your meal plan at. (Including: Starbucks, Einstein Bros Bagels, Subway, Jamba Juice, Baja Sol....)

    Dorm Life

    Superblock, primarily where the freshmen live, is a great way to get to know other students. It's your typical dorm, nothing spectacular. New dorms are currently being built.

    Academic Rigor

    The Killer B's - You can pour hours of time into a class and still end up with a B. Even with a campus and classes so large, you do have the opportunity to get to know your professors on a personal level. Professors are required to have office hours where they welcome students to come in and talk. The further you get into your major, class sizes get much smaller and become much more intimate.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come visit! The large student body does not give the feel of a huge, lonely campus as the statistics would have you to believe. Minnesota can be cold in the winter, but fall and spring are beautiful, don't let the weather deter you.

    In three sentences

    You can't go wrong choosing the the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Everyone finds their niche! It has met all of my expectations.

  • 04/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Thanks to every credit above 13 being free you can make the U as affordable as you want.

    What to do for fun

    There's always something going on no matter what kind of things you like to do on the weekend.

    Food and Dining

    The food is ok, better then high school food but not amazing. You'll get sick of it after a few weeks. We have a good selection of cereal though.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are good, probably comparable to most other schools. As a freshmen try to live in the superblock.

    Academic Rigor

    Like most other big 10 schools classes can be very competitive depending on what you take and with who. I've had both extremely easy and impossible classes. Most classes, especially science, are generously curved though. Make use of rate my professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know that it is a very large and competitive school. If you're looking for constant individual attention this probably is not the place for you.

    In three sentences

    The U is a great place to be, it has great academics and a beautiful campus.

  • 05/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have a service you can call upon for a walking escort late at night, a Gopher Chauffeur that will bring you within a mile of campus at any hour, and a great sense of community watch in surrounding neighborhoods.

    Clubs and Activities

    What more can I say, they have everything.

    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for students who have very numerous and diverse interests, like to meet new people often, and enjoy the hustle and bustle of city life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tree on the Washington Avenue Bridge where athletes tie their shoes together and throw them into the top branches. It has been going on for many years and seems to have collected an interesting lot of footwear.

    Bang for the buck

    While the price of tuition and housing is steep, the experience is well worth the money. Also, there are many financial resources available to students in the form of scholarships, grants, or loans.

    What to do for fun

    The U of MN has clubs for everything from people watching to tree climbing. If you are looking for fun, just explore your interests. Be it music, sports, theater, video games, language, or whatever, you can find it here.

    Food and Dining

    While the food in the dining halls may not be of the best nutritional quality, many different options are provided. Everything from pizza and burgers to soup and salad bars. Not to mention the diverse foods available due to the number of international students.

    Dorm Life

    I met more people in my first year living in the dorms that I could have imagined. These folks have remained good friends of mine throughout my college life. I couldn't have asked for more from dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are demanding, curriculum has a lot of depth, and there is a sense of competition that makes you strive for the best.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a generous work load, but know that the reward will be more than worth it for the effort you put in. Get involved with one of the hundred or so student groups or sports groups and really put yourself out there. You will meet more people here than you ever did during high school.

    In three sentences

    The U of MN is a school where anything and everything is available to students, as long as they take the time to seek out their passions. With campuses in Saint Paul and Minneapolis, all the educational, historical, and aesthetic provisions one could look for are available in the Twin Cities area. The classes here are enticing, informative, rigorous, and entirely invigorating.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Obnoxious!

    Great for these types of students

    All!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Chais Thai on Westbank.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club. Hang out in dinkytown. Enjoy U of M nightlife. Hang out in Coffman Union.

    Tips for prospective students

    Have fun. Discover yourself. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Get to know your professors and fellow students.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities offers a top-notch education. It's research driven education provides students with a cutting-edge educational experience. The U of M offers diversity for all needs and wants.

  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe. There are the occasional crime alerts sent via email, but many of these occur off campus and the University just wants to make sure we are informed and safe. As long as students follow the normal precautions, like being with other people at night, safety is not really an issue.

    Greek Life

    I am not part of a fraternity, but Greek row is conveniently located on the eastern end of campus near Dinkytown, an area with a plethora of restaurants in it. Also, the sports stadiums/arenas are nearby, including Williams Arena (basketball), Mariucci Arena (hockey), and TCF Bank Stadium (football). In addition, the campus bus system travels along the same street that the fraternities and sororities are on.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of clubs at the U, so there's always plenty to do! I'll be on an ultimate Frisbee team and will also be participating in Engineers Without Borders in the fall, so there's definitely something for everybody. There's also a big organization fair at the beginning of the year that is a great place to sign up for activities.

    Great for these types of students

    Any student who wants to expand his or her horizons would benefit from attending the U. With so many people enrolled, students will be exposed to all ways of life, and I benefited from being a part of this in a way I don't think I could have received at a smaller college. Also, Minnesota has an excellent engineering program, especially chemical engineering (look it up!). With so many research opportunities available, this is the perfect place for an engineering student to grow and thrive.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the East Bank of the Minneapolis campus we have the Weisman Art Museum. This building stands out from any other building on campus because of its postmodern architecture. It was just reopened in the fall of 2011 after it underwent a major expansion project. The museum now has many more works of art on display than it ever had before.

    Bang for the buck

    It's pretty expensive for out-of-state students, but the University of Minnesota offers plenty of scholarships that offer in-state reciprocity. There are plenty of free events to attend on campus, so it's not to hard to find some entertainment for little to no cost. When compared to private universities, Minnesota seems like a bargain, and there are so many research opportunities around that other, smaller schools just don't always have.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of Division I athletic events to attend. I had season tickets for Gopher hockey last semester, and I will definitely be purchasing them again! Also, there are many club and intramural sports to play, including soccer, ultimate Frisbee, tennis, racquetball, and squash. I played on an ultimate Frisbee team during the spring, and I looked forward to it every week. In the heart of Minneapolis, there are plenty of movies, plays, orchestras, and other events to see as well. Of course, the events themselves aren't what makes them memorable, it's always who you spend the time with that makes the biggest difference! My favorite thing to do for fun was to spend time with my friends in the dorm and watch a movie or to go out somewhere (like the Mall of America, for example) with them.

    Food and Dining

    The food was way too expensive ($8-10 per meal, depending on the plan). There was usually a good selection except for on the weekends, when several of the stations would shut down. The dining hours are reasonable. Also, students can use order a sack lunch to be prepared for them by ordering a day ahead and using one of their meals, which is very convenient if their course schedules don't leave them time for a sit-down lunch.

    Dorm Life

    At first I was nervous about living in a dorm, but after meeting so many new friends I would recommend it to every new student. It is a bit too expensive, especially the food (average of $8-10 per meal). The dorm was cleaned every morning by the staff, and every floor had a theme which was pretty neat. Ours was Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse first semester, and the second semester it was Miyazaki Films. The friends I met while at a dorm turned into some of my closest buddies, and two of the three people I am living with next semester are people I met there.

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the University Honors Program, so some of my classes are a bit more difficult that the normal versions. I am also taking classes to become a chemical engineer. Science classes can be especially tough, but I find that taking good notes on my own time is the best way to overcome that challenge. I don't always receive fantastic grades on tests, but the professors put up resources on their websites intended to help students improve, and I have benefited from them greatly. Overall, the classes are challenging, but if a student puts in the amount of work necessary for him or her to understand the material, he or she should find success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get active! It's hard to feel like just another number when there are so many things to do and people to meet. With all the clubs and groups painting advertisements on the walls of the Washington Avenue Bridge at the beginning of each year, any student should be able to find something that piques his or her interest, whether it be Engineers Without Borders, the Philippine Student Association, or even the Tall People Appreciation Club. Freshman year is an exciting time for most people, and the key to success is finding the balance between academics and having a social life. That balance helps reduce stress, and too many people get stressed out and their performance inevitably suffers. Overall, have a good time, remember to work hard, and good luck!

    In three sentences

    The Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses are beautiful during all seasons with the possible exception of winter. The Minneapolis campus is large, but the walk to class is not too far, and there is a good campus bus system that takes students around/between these campuses for free. There are so many things to do, it's easy to get involved in ways that meet and expand my personal interests.

  • 05/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i've definitely walked around alone past midnight before and felt safe. as long as you use your common sense and aren't texting/not paying attention while walking, you should be fine! although the use of a buddy system is your best bet!

    Greek Life

    the greek life population on campus is pretty small (around 5-6%) but it is honestly not that big of a deal outside of the first week of every school year, when there is a lot of rush/recruitment activities occurring or during homecoming, when the chapters are mainly involved with planning everything.

    Clubs and Activities

    over 500 student organizations, which means that there is something for EVERY type of student to be involved with on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    most people do not know about The Whole in the subbasement level of Coffman, the student union on campus. it is a great and quiet place for studying and/or group meetings!

    What to do for fun

    Dinkytown has a never-ending amount of options and the nightlife of the Twin Cities has many options as well.

    Food and Dining

    the food lacks variety but it is a lot better than some of the food at other college campuses.

    Dorm Life

    as long as you do not land in Bailey Hall on the st. paul campus your freshman year, you are golden.

    Academic Rigor

    the science and math courses are incredibly challenging, but worthwhile. however, the quality of education you are receiving is excellent!

    Tips for prospective students

    come into college with a positive attitude and do not let peer pressure overtake you.

    In three sentences

    Amazing school with a sometimes large and overwhelming student population, but you definitely feel a part of the student community when you join clubs. The winters are not as bad as many people expect them to be, and the campus itself is beautiful. The professors and students are friendly.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Great university

  • 05/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus, but always be careful nonetheless.

    Clubs and Activities

    The U has so many clubs and activities to join in on. There is even a Doctor Who Fan Club.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who don't mind big cities or big crowds. Its a huge school and, unless you try, you won't stand out or get special attention.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a Shoe Tree. And Overheard where people post random things they hear others say on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Its rather cheap when compared to other schools of its caliber, but you also have to make the most of costs like Housing/Food. There are constantly free things and free foods which sometimes you have to search for to give you more bang for your buck.

    What to do for fun

    Anything! Take a bus to Uptown. Get dinner in Dinkytown. Attend campus events (there are so many!). Go to the gyms. Join a club/team. Go to Mall of America. Honestly there is so much to do on campus and in the cities.

    Food and Dining

    The food just isn't very good most of the time. But on the bright side, you won't gain the Freshmen 15.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in the dorms. I think its a great and important experience for college students, but at the same time it can be horrible just like at any dorm in any school. I think the dorms here can be pretty great though.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on the major I suppose, but the intro classes can be severe weed-out classes. Make sure to take advantage of office hours, TA's, and tutoring (before finals week).

    Tips for prospective students

    Get a bus pass and learn the bus system because there are great places to go around the cities. On the same note, make sure to have fun while still studying. Don't forget to study. Explore the different dining halls. Make sure to try and study abroad because there are a lot of options.

    In three sentences

    The U is a great school, but its not for everybody. It is huge, but allows for a lot of great opportunities--if you look for them. There are unlimited options to get involved, but its also rather easy to get lost in the crowd.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe, but if you're worried, escorts are always available at one easy call. I honestly never called an escort even late at night because I felt pretty safe. There are things that go on (such as theft and assault) but if you're cautious, you're fine.

    Great for these types of students

    People who love sports and want to get involved with Greek life should come here.

    Bang for the buck

    Honestly, if you don't mind all the inconveniences, this is a very good school. If you can handle learning from T.A.'s and walking around, you should give it a try.

    What to do for fun

    Free on campus concerts

    Food and Dining

    The food was okay. I barely ever ate at the dining halls because I lived in apartment style dorms.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in apartment style dorms with three other girls. The space was tight and there was hardly any personal space. Living on campus is very convenient when going to school, but my building was far from any bus line so getting off campus was a pain. Also, there is not enough room at the dorms, so the rooms tend to get filled up even more than they're supposed to be.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of my courses were spot on college level and exactly what I expected. Some others were horribly taught by T.A.'s who didn't know what they were doing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit. I live very close the University of Minnesota, but I never actually took a formal tour. I really wish I would've visited it on a busy school day to see how crazy it is to find parking and to walk around. I really wish I would've hung out with a friend on his or her typical day at school to see how far he or she had to walk/travel. It is a good school, but be aware of the inconveniences. I also had a part-time job off campus and it was a pain to take the bus to it. If you plan on not working and getting the whole college experience, this big campus could be your school. But if you want to have a life and activities out of school and off campus, it may not be right for you.

  • 05/25/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Everything. Sports, movies, hanging with friends in the parks, shopping in the cities, and if your looking not busy for a weekend valley fair is a little ways away in shakkopee which is a great amusement park with lots of stuff to do.

    Food and Dining

    Can eat on campus with their meal plan or eat out.

    Dorm Life

    Nice dorms with lots of friendly people.

    Academic Rigor

    Like any college its tougher than high school. do your work and use your time wisely and you will make it through.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep up a good gpa, do extra curriculars, community service and you shouldnt have a problem with them looking at your resume and getting into the u of m

    In three sentences

    Cool school with lots of minnesota friendly people. Great athletics programs. A little expensive, but thats what getting scholarships is for.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Very large Greek life.

    Great for these types of students

    I would say this school is definitely for the hardworking, focused and professional student. If you don't like being around a lot of people though, this school wouldn't be for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Challenging courses and the resources are available.

    Dorm Life

    I wouldn't know

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out the programs that you are thinking about going into and stick with the one that feels right. Counselors are only helpful as far as getting you the classes that you would need but otherwise you are on your own as far as what you want to do. If I were a new student and starting at the UMN I would definitely prefer knowing what I want to major in before attending this particular University.

    In three sentences

    This school is challenging. This school is very large and busy. This school is not for everyone.

  • 06/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is fantastic. I had many night classes last semester and I always saw police officers (well, they're not Minneapolis police, they work for the school, but you know) mostly near and around the bridge and in places where there is more traffic so that students can feel safe walking home. There is less security during the day, but you still see people watching out for students.

    What to do for fun

    Gophers after dark is the safest on campus destination if you're looking to have fun. They play free movies, have games and different events every week. We had the Myth Busters come one evening and talk to us about their show. In every hall and in the student centers, you'll also see advertisements for whatever is going on on and off campus, sponsored by outside or University groups. There's never a dull moment if you're willing to look around.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, which surprised me. For dorm food, there is still a large variety of things you can choose to eat. You're not stuck with greasy food and no choice but to gain that Freshman 15. I, for example, lost weight eating dorm food. In a healthy way. There are salads and sandwich bars and lots of options from around the world. There'll be Chinese food one day and Mexican the next, but you always have the option of not eating those choices if they don't appeal to you. Pizza and burgers are always an option so if you do choose to go for those daily, it's all there for you.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great. The rooms are relatively small in Middlebrook Hall, (with the other halls having slightly bigger rooms) especially if you have a single, but you don't spend too much time in your room anyway. There are lounges for studying in every dorm- one on each floor in Middlebrook (since there are 12 floors) and a large one for the smaller dorms, i.e. Centennial, and the others on the Super Block. The Super Block is more accessible to classes on East bank, so if you're more towards mathematics, economics, english, science, etc. I'd recommend living there since most of your time will be spent on the east bank. Not to say that living in Middlebrook and being a science major is awful, but for some crossing the Mississippi every day is too much of a hassle.

    Academic Rigor

    Especially in the Honors program, you can expect teachers to have high expectations of their students. They do their best to teach and want to ensure their students to the best they can. Don't be afraid to ask for help, though. Teachers have tons of office hours and if you're shy about that, the TA's are more than happy to help being students still themselves.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to check out all the school has to offer, and trust me, it's a LOT. I've been there for a year and I still haven't been in most of the buildings. Make sure you know that being in the Twin Cities means having to be in St. Paul once in a while. There are free Campus Connectors that take you from Minneapolis to St. Paul and it takes maybe 15-20 minutes to travel the entire route- from West bank to St. Paul but not many people know that coming in. As for clubs and extracurriculars: there are so many things out there, from Zombie Survival club to Bible Study to Contemporary Dance, you just have to look around and you'll find a place to fit in within seconds.

    In three sentences

    The campus is huge and very beautiful; crossing the Mississippi is a challenge but a great way to wake up before class. Everyone is extremely friendly and ready to help whenever you need it. One thing to keep in mind is the temperature changes: no lake effect, so be ready for warmth one day and cold the next.

  • 06/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are tons of free events going on all the time, you just have to keep your eyes peeled for emails and flyers.

    Food and Dining

    The restaurants are good, the dorms are average.

    Dorm Life

    Live in the dorms for at least a year if you can, it's a great experience!

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on what classes you take, but on average they're moderately challenging just because of the college level.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join at least one extracurricular club or group that interests you, you'll meet people with the same interests outside of your dorm or apartment building.

    In three sentences

    You can always make a big school smaller, and there's something for everyone here. The Cities are a great place to explore and meet new people. I'm very happy with my decision to come here!

  • 06/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    Greek life is huge on campus. You will meet lots of new people that you will have forever.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you can't find a club you want to join, you can start your own!

    What to do for fun

    Dinkytown and Stadium Village have a lot of great restaurants and things to do. Downtown is only a bus ride away filled with lots of different things to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    Great dining options around campus (Dinkytown and Stadium Village). Lots of different types of food.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms have a great view. Spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    The science and math courses are extremely hard. Professors and teaching assistants are very approachable and helpful.

    Tips for prospective students

    Sit in the first six rows during class. Introduce yourself to the professors. Get involved!

    In three sentences

    Great location and campus. Many ways to get involved. Friendly professors.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Studies

    Food and Dining

    Better to make own food

    Dorm Life

    Not so much

    Academic Rigor

    Easy

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on the purpose.

    In three sentences

    It is good. it is nice. It is wonderful.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I would rate the university a seven.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do, between concerts, sporting events, gophers after dark, Greek life, and the benefits of being in the middle of a major city, you will never be bored. Unless you are studying at the library.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent, and the dining hall hours are good, unless you live on the St. Paul campus. However, you will usually find something to eat no matter where you are, and you get flex dine with your meal plan to eat at University restaurants, which is nice.

    Dorm Life

    You will meet some of the best friends you will every have in the dorms. The rooms are spacious enough to live in, and are fairly easy to keep organized (if you wish to do so). Everything is clean and the commons spaces are plentiful along with the study spaces. You get plenty of great amenities, and you are definitely kept safe while in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course it depends on the major and the school you are enrolled in, the sciences are definitely a five star rigor, but there are many majors and classes that are easier to complete.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely recommend living on campus your first year. It will really help you make friends and become acquainted with the University.

    In three sentences

    The University is a Great school that has a multitude of different majors. They are also a Big Ten school, with multiple sporting opportunities. Lastly, the U of M has a diverse population of students that have created over 500 student groups, clubs, and organizations.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a phone number 624-walk and it is an on campus security system that you call and ask for a person to walk/escort you wherever you need to go. Plus, we have campus police and there is always someone watching the buildings where students reside.

    Greek Life

    While I did not join a sorority, I have quite a few friends who did or knew someone that did and I have heard only good things. I also heard the frats get a personal chef and the sororities a personal maid, it actually may be vice versa but that is still an insane thing!

    Clubs and Activities

    You can find a club for almost anything. If you can't find the club, you can make it and meet other people that are interested, we even have a campus people watchers club.

    Great for these types of students

    Any person could find a group of friends they could fit in with at the U. I have met very outgoing and loud people and I have met very quiet, very intense people that all have one thing in common, they are happy in Minnesota.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Spring Jam is something I have not heard of from my friends in other universities. But the biggest thing that is different than in other schools, I've found, is the activities offered to students that give out prizes such as a $100 gift certificate to Buffalo Wild Wings.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is wonderful and definitely worth my tuition money and I am paying for it out of my own earnings, so that is saying a lot. They have enough events that you don't need a bunch of extra spending cash to keep yourself from being bored!

    What to do for fun

    You can go down to dinky town and the frats and participate in that fun or you can go to Coffman during the weekend and participate in the many activities they come up with for students. Those activities often involve prizes! There are almost always sporting events, whether you're watching or participating, and it is the cities so you're set to just go out and explore if you want to!

    Food and Dining

    The best time is in the middle of the year but if you switch up which dining hall you go to, you will definitely not get bored! Plus there are always other places you can eat like Jamba Juice and Subway.

    Dorm Life

    If you are in an apartment dorm they give you enough space to live a little more freely. If you are in just a dorm room your experience goes with how open and amiable you are with your roommates. You also need to be good at compromising.

    Academic Rigor

    If you want a challenge Minnesota offers courses to fit your intellectual needs. If you are looking for a great overall education, Minnesota can do that for you. Even if you are looking to slack off, you can take courses that seem as if you're just having fun but in all reality, you are learning a lot and excelling, there is something for everyone and you can take courses to help you figure out what you're going to be good at.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you get to the school do not be afraid to go out there and talk to people, generally everyone is willing to talk. When you decide on a major take advantage of the Grad Planner, it makes everything seem much less stressful!

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota has a beautiful campus that welcomes and entices you even if you go there convinced you are going to hate it. When you choose Minnesota you are choosing a school that really cares about not only your academic needs, but your entertainment needs. They have plenty of activities to get you more involved and to help you make friends.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The shoe tree is very fun. After graduating, kids throw their shoes off the Washington Bridge into these trees and it is a great way to leave your mark.

    What to do for fun

    Dinkytown! And Minneapolis is a fun city in general. There are many free or cheap things to do. The Mall of America is a short light rail ride away!

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have good grades because just because it is a state school doesn't mean they don't have expectations. Many people I know did not get in and it was even their back up school.

    In three sentences

    The U is a great college with a wonderful campus. They have great people working there from who I have met so far. I believe that I will have an amazing time there in the next four years!

  • 06/28/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    The food is at least decent compared to other schools. Also, the campus sports one of Minnesota's only Chick-fil-A's, which is a bonus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms for the most part, are average. There's nothing too special about them that would warrant mention.

    Academic Rigor

    The University has some very solid academic programs. For example, there have been 6 Nobel prize winning economists and 6 Nobel prize winning physicists associated with the University.

  • 06/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I have not dined at any school related restaurant but as for restaurants on campus, they are excellent.

    Dorm Life

    I will not be living in a dorm but from what I have heard dorm life at the U of M is a great place to meet people and start out your college career.

    Academic Rigor

    The U of M is a top school and being accepted to the U is more than exciting. Having a degree from there will look excellent on my resume and I am sure I will be challenged academically but the challenges will pay off in the end

  • 07/05/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own police department and security monitors who will walk you home at night if you feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    It constitutes 5% of the student population.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 700 student groups to chose from!

    Great for these types of students

    Those who want to be challenged academically. Those who want to thrive in a diverse community. Those who are excited for a fast-pace lifestyle.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Shoe Tree: Throw a pair of shoes on the West Bank when you graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    Pricey for out-of-state students, but well worth it. Afterall, we did invent the black box, seat belt, and developed the first lung from stem cells.

    What to do for fun

    You are nestled in between Minneapolis and St. Paul. You want to do it, you will find it.

    Food and Dining

    The University Dining Service provides healthy options for everyone. Be sure to visit Sanford Hall--they have the best food.

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls are a great way to meet people.

    Academic Rigor

    Study.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is academically challenging, but it is very rewarding when you walk across the stage. Get involved early! You will meet some of your best friends.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota offers numerous opportunities for academic growth with over 130 majors to chose from. With over 700 student groups, you will find some way to get involved on campus: whether it is joining Greek life, volunteering as an ambassador to acclimate first-year students, or being part of the spirit section at sporting events, there is something for everyone! Attending the U was one of the best decisions of my life.

  • 07/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Call the walking escort, and they'll come and walk you home from anywhere up to a mile off campus. There's also emergency stations where you can press a button and they call 911 and rush to help you.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's an activity fair held at the beginning of the school year, and again in the middle of the year. Go check it out for some great clubs. Joining fees are usually really manageable. I joined the Ballroom Dance team because I did that in high school, and I spent about $100 for the whole year, compared to typical prices of a dance team outside of the school, which can be $120/week.

    Great for these types of students

    Proactive, go-getter types. You can't be too shy here, or you'll just get lost in the crowd. Make yourself heard!

    Bang for the buck

    Great price for a great school.

    What to do for fun

    The school has tons of options for fun. There are clubs that host events nearly every weekend. Gophers After Dark hosts events every weekend throughout the school year, often combined with free food and free concerts. Last year, Mythbusters came to the school, along with the comedians from Chelsea Lately, and The Buried Life. In previous years, they've had Lady Gaga and the Blue Man Group. And if you're not wanting to go to anything being hosted by the university, there's always parties on greek row, or you can wander into Dinkytown with some friends and go exploring. And that's just what you can do within walking distance. Take a short bus ride to Minneapolis, and you can find a whole lot more to do, even for under 21's with no fake ID.

    Food and Dining

    Dining hall food is terrible. You'll enjoy it for the first few weeks, but then you'll start hating it. Everything there tastes like its been dipped in grease, and the salad bar is far from appealing. The hours are also awkward: You can only get dinner up until 7 pm, which is when they stop cooking. On Friday and Saturday nights, they actually lock the door after 7 pm, and you can't get in. They don't start serving breakfast on Saturday and Sunday until 11, so if you have a job or something, make sure you have extra food on hand in your room.

    Dorm Life

    The people you meet there will be great. I lived in Centennial, which is a hall with almost entirely single occupancy rooms. I met some of my best friends there. However, you're always going to find that some people will be noisier than others. Your dorm room isn't the best place to study.

    Academic Rigor

    My opinion is based upon the rigor of classes taken by the average College of Biological Sciences student. It takes a considerable amount of effort and determination to work towards that A.

    Tips for prospective students

    You'll hear this everywhere, but it is especially important to get involved early. Not only will you have a way to make new friends, but you will also have great experiences. Make sure you get to know your professors. For the first year or so, you'll be in big lecture halls. Make an effort to go to the professor's office hours, or ask them questions after class. It is very important to make yourself stand out from the crowd of 200 students that the professor teaches.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a big campus; Expect to do a lot of walking around. You can meet a lot of different types of people here and the most of the professors are good. All of your classes will challenge you, whether you think they will or not.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The TextU alerts are helpful, as are Crime Update emails that get sent out when anything happens on or near campus to be concerned about. there are campus security guards all over and there is a call service where someone will come and walk you to your destination. Everything is well lit at night and there are usually people out and about even pretty late into the evenings. That being said lock your bikes up at night and make sure to keep a track of your belongings.

    Greek Life

    Very popular and lots of people join. Greeks are very active and do a lot of events with each other and open to students at large. I have never seen Frat Row quiet any weekend night. Ever.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of groups to join, and you can make your own with University Funding with only 5 people. Homecoming is awesome, as is Spring Jam, and usually groups are doing events every week in-between.

    Great for these types of students

    If you like to have options Minnesota is great. Even if you're more of a shy person, as long as once or twice you make the effort to go to a club meeting or event, even alone, you will find your place on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Once i was looking for a building on the St.Paul campus and got a little lost. I stumbled into a BEAUTIFUL garden between all these buildings that wasn't on my map or in the student guide. Every now and then you find a random fountain or sculpture in some hidey-hole on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I'm an out of state student and Minnesota is BY FAR the cheapest school I could have chosen outside of my own. I feel like i'm getting a lot of really good classes for an amazingly affordable tuition, even counting housing. My friends are shocked at how little it's costing me when I tell them my tuition. Plus the school does offer financial aid on top of that.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of clubs and groups that do every activity under the sun. Swing dance has weekly free dance nights, theatre is around, weekly free movies at the Union, and of course campus wide Capture the Flag every friday night in the Mall. If you need something to do look down, the sidewalks are full of chalked ads for events. And there's always the night life in Minneapolis if you want to go dancing or shopping.

    Food and Dining

    The food can be a hit or miss, especially weekends in Super Block when everyone is funneled into Centennial. Some days everything is great, others there's nothing that seems edible, and on those days you can always go out to eat. Dinkytown is close by and has a ton of great places to eat, Dominos not only delivers to the dorms but you can also pay using FlexDine with them, and during the day for lunch the Union has some nice food choices as well. You won't starve, you may just not eat any meat every once and a while.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm does a bunch of activities during the year (pizza parties, A Mean Girls Party, bagging lunches for kids going into surgery, ect) and tries really hard to keep each hall a close knit community. Doors are almost always open so you can stop in and chat with people. SOme buildings are by far nicer than others, but overall everyone ends up fiercely proud of where they live. Each dorm has a community kitchen, many offer study lounges, and laundry is FREE in every housing building.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes can be really rough, especially some general credit courses. You'll have to study, that's for sure, but office hours and tutor rooms help tons. I'm a science major and amongst the pre-med students there is a healthy amount of competition for the best grades, but they're all very helpful to one another at the same time. Some classes are easier than others, but with such a large variety of course choices most likely you can get a class that will interest you enough to make the extra effort well worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go and visit, and DON'T get intimidated by the size. Take a tour specialized in your area of interest if you have one and ask your tour guides questions (they love it). Academics count a lot here, but there is also a huge focus on community involvement that is apparent in every club, organization, and sport so don't let some maybe not-so-great grades stop you from applying.

    In three sentences

    There is not a single day on campus where there isn't any energy in the people around you. It's a big school, but it has a lot of pride in its community and because of that there are tons of opportunities each week to go out and meet people or do something new. Between class, campus activities, and the amazing cities they're located in you'll want to give up sleeping so you don't miss a single moment!

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Go to parties or watch movies.

    Food and Dining

    The food is boring.

    Dorm Life

    You meet lots of nice people there.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know short cuts to classes.

    In three sentences

    The U of M is a nice campus that is very clean. The Professors are very nice and helpful. It is easy to get around.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sporting events are always a blast, as long as you aren't outside in 100 degree heat. Minneapolis has a few nightclubs and bars, if you want to dance or drink (the two usually go side by side). Frat row can be fun on the weekends, but it also gets horribly crowded and obnoxious at times. There are bike trails, the riverfront, and anything else you might want from a city.

    Food and Dining

    If you live in the dorms, you will quickly realize that the dining halls have huge variations in quality. It's absurd. When you get tired of the dining halls, Dinkytown has a bunch of different restaurants to look into. Highlights are Mesa Pizza, 5 Guys Burgers, Annie's Parlor, and the Loring Pasta Bar. The McDonalds off of University is also fun for a laugh on a Friday or Saturday night. All the partiers tend to hang out there.

    Dorm Life

    Fantastic. I loved everything about the dorms. For most, it's the first real taste of independence, and it's awesome. Try to get in the SuperBlock, the quad of dorms near the southeast corner of campus. The majority of freshmen will be here. Regarding specific halls, I would rate them as follows: Centennial, Territorial, Frontier, Pioneer, Middlebrook, Yudof, Comstock, Bailey

    Academic Rigor

    Being in the College of Liberal Arts, I did not have a particularly rigorous academic experience. However, I know many people in other schools (CSE, CBS) that had some difficulty keeping up with the workload. Honestly, you can't just make some blanket statement like This college is hard, because everything has to be considered on a class-to-class basis. The best I can say is that classes at the U don't seem to be any harder than most other universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to the sporting events, even the less recognized ones. The teams aren't always exceptional, but it's a fun time when you go with friends. Take advantage of Minneapolis and Dinkytown being so nearby. Avoid having classes on East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul on the same day.

    In three sentences

    The U of M has everything that I ever wanted from a university and college campus. The school itself provides numerous academic, recreational, and service opportunities, while the surrounding Dinkytown area has provided me with countless memories and entertainment. There are always things to do, and people to do them with.

  • 07/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never felt unsafe on campus, and you can always have a security person escort you by calling 624-WALK. I have never felt unsafe on campus, and you can always have a security person escort you by calling 624-WALK.

    Greek Life

    Although there are some professional sororities and fraternities, most of the standard ones are full of stereotypical bros and sorostitutes.

    Clubs and Activities

    Literally hundreds to choose from, including such things as Campus People Watchers or Tree Ascension Club. And it's easy to start a new club on campus!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone and everyone! That's what's so great about a big school, you're guaranteed to find someone with similar interests. Having said that, the U of M and the Twin Cities in general are known for having a very large LGBTQA community, so it is a particularly great campus for those students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Shoe Tree. Nobody really knows why it's there, but the rumors of why it's there vary from freshman boys losing their virginities to marching band students when they finish spat camp.

    Bang for the buck

    It's definitely worth it, particularly for Minnesota natives, who get to pay in-state tuition. Since it's a public university, tuition is 1/2 to 1/3 of the cost of a private school, and the education is well worth the money. The U of M is nationally ranked in many of its programs.

    What to do for fun

    There's heaps of things to do in the Twin Cities! There's always events going on around campus, and the cities in general. Whatever you're into for having fun, they have it nearby. Parks, sports, clubs, parties, concerts, festivals, etc.

    Food and Dining

    The dorm food isn't great, although it's not bad in some places. However, there's tons of local restaurants both on and off campus with a variety of great food.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great way to meet people your freshman year, but most upperclassmen have moved out of them into apartments or houses nearby. Try to be in a dorm with people in your college/major or live in a Living Learning Community, such as Honors Housing.

    Academic Rigor

    The U of M is a great school, and is nationally ranked in many of its programs. The rigor really depends on the college and classes you're in. The first two years classes are easier, but there's a lot more students in them, making it harder to get help. Later on, the classes get harder, but the class sizes also get smaller, making it easier to get help from your professor and other students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by how big the school is! Between your dorm, classes, and student groups you'll make a core group of friends and you'll realize just how small it really is. And most of your classes (especially your major ones) will be in the same few buildings. Also, join student groups! This is a great way to meet new people with whom you share a common interest.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a university where you can truly have it all: lots of interesting classes taught by nationally renowned faculty; many majors to explore and choose from; and parties, concerts, and events on campus or in the Twin Cities area.

  • 07/27/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    With the huge square footage of the U and the inner-city location, trekking from class to class can be a bit daunting, especially at night. However, the U offers a 24 hour police escort system that helps you walk from classes to your dorm safely, which is especially useful at night.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Because of the humongous size of the U, there are several secret nooks and crannies one can study quietly and unnoticed on campus. I suggest using the individual college libraries, where there is less people and more privacy.

    Bang for the buck

    With only paying public schooling tuition and gaining world-renowned curriculum in return, the price you pay is definitely worth every cent.

    What to do for fun

    The U of M has hundreds of different clubs one can join, from the Gingers Club, to (my personal favorite) the Quidditch Club, you will never be bored! The U also offers the opportunity to create your own club!

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent, and the amount is plentiful. With many all-you-can-eat buffet style dining facilities, you'll always get your fill of food. Also, one of the dorm's dining facilities offers endless bacon for breakfast. Endless bacon?! How could it get any better!

    Dorm Life

    The large choice one has when choosing a dorm can be overwhelming, but for the most part the dorms are kept up, and offer many opportunities to meet new people and form a great social life!

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities didn't get it's reputation of having world class curriculum by doing nothing! The classes may be tough, but the knowledge you gain is priceless and contributes towards your future greatly.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't let the size of the school overwhelm you. The U of M has endless opportunities to get to know the school and make you feel comfortable in your surroundings.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is not only big on miles, but it's also big on opportunity! One may think the size is a disadvantage, but the benefits you gain out of it is endless. As for the world class curriculum, what else could you ask for?

  • 07/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are student officers that patrol campus all night, there are safe walk/ride organizations, the University of Minnesota Police Department has offices scattered around campus, there are always police driving around campus. I rarely feel unsafe.

    Greek Life

    Greek life makes up a large percentage of the student population. There are always special events for Greek students and it's a great way to meet so many new people. The fraternaties and sororities seem to get along better here than I've seen at other schools as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you want to do and/or learn about, there is a club/organization or some event about it.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone; every type of student you could think of attends the University of Minnesota.

    Bang for the buck

    The price of the University of Minnesota is lower than one would expect with its accreditation, so I believe it has great value for the education you are receiving.

    What to do for fun

    The University of Minnesota always has something going on whether it is a sporting event, some event fair or an organization's meeting/activity. You won't find yourself bored too often on this campus. All of the sports facilities are next to each other too, which makes it all-too convenient.

    Food and Dining

    They have a vast variety of food joints all over campus and in campus buildings so whenever you're hungry, there is something for you.

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms at this university.

    Academic Rigor

    I transferred to this university from a smaller school in another state, and there was definitely a work-load difference.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're planning to live in off-campus housing, try to find out which of the three campuses your classes will be on so you can plan according. Learn about/how to use the underground tunnels; they are necessary in the winter. There are so many clubs/organizations to join; it is a good way to meet new people and always looks good on a resume. Learn about the campus connector, it'll save your life.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a large campus with a small campus feel. The class sizes are not overwhelmingly huge, and the teachers have been amazing, and usually know you on a first-name basis. It is a highly accredited college, which is an accomplishment since it is one of the largest public universities in the United States.

  • 08/02/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    just hangout with friends !

    Tips for prospective students

    always read the reviews, but look for yourself !!

    In three sentences

    It seems very nice. I think I would enjoy it there. Hope to visit soon.

  • 08/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have student safety guards that walk around campus during the night, as well as safety escorts. There is always the risk of crime, but if you use common sense, then this school is very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There at a ton of clubs to choose from, and if you cant find one you like, why not start your own?

    Great for these types of students

    This college is great for students who thrive in a lecture environment.

    What to do for fun

    The Twin Cities campus is right in the middle of the cities, so you'll never run out of things to do! Explore the Mississippi River and Minnehaha Falls or take the train to the Mall of America. There are also plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance of campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food was so-so - just regular cafeteria food.

    Dorm Life

    I wasn't too fond of dorm life myself. I liked to live off campus - it was a bit cheaper and I didn't have to share a bathroom with so many people! There are plenty of dorms and housing options available here.

    Academic Rigor

    Class difficulty definitely depends on the instructor. Some classes are much easier than expected, especially if you keep on top of your work. Other instructors can grade incredibly difficult.

    Tips for prospective students

    The campus and class sizes are big, so definitely check out the campus during a busy season to see if you might like it. I would also recommend becoming involved in school group programs and attending workshops through the department of your major. I've found that it keeps you much more interested in school and you will learn more than only going to class.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a beautiful school, but rather large, especially for students coming from a small high school. It works well for students learn best in a lecture environment. For students who are more learn-by-doing types, this may not be the right school for you.

  • 08/09/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I attended the GopherBusiness summer camp at the Carlson School of Management, and it was an amazing experience. Probably the best thing the U of M has going for it is the area/cities around it. It's a beautiful area, and there is so much to do!

  • 08/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have always felt safe on campus. It's open enough to where you never have to go down dark sidewalks or anything. Security is around a lot and the campus is lit up good at night. Do be somewhat cautious off campus; I've read a few things about muggings, but most were kind of far from the actual campus.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for everyone. Seriously, there are people from all different religion, ethnicity, and ages that you can find somewhere to fit in. It's a large school, so you just have look for groups and activities that you're interested in and you'll find it!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is extremely expensive, especially for me paying out of state. Someone can not be considered in state until they have lived in Minnesota for a year without going to school which I think is absolutely ridiculous. I try not to think about it because I know I'm getting such a quality education, but I do believe something needs to change even for in state tuition costs.

    Food and Dining

    There are a number of options for food on and off campus. Pretty much anything you want you can find. I'm vegan and I have no trouble finding food I can eat and enjoy! First thing to do is know where the coffee shops are!

    Dorm Life

    I did not stay in a dorm, but I've heard they're nice, but just expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    I have never been so challenged in school and I love it. The teachers know how to get you thinking and questioning. At first it can be a bit difficult, but after the first semester, how to think critically and knowing what the teachers are looking for as a student will become clear! I've learned more in the three semesters that I've been there than I ever did in the many semesters of community college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be as involved as possible with the department in which you are studying. There's so many opportunities to learn more beyond the classroom; get to know professors, sign up for work study, and volunteer!

    In three sentences

    The psychology department is resourceful and advanced in it's research studies. The professors are passionate and dedicated to what they teach and are always willing to meet with students to help. The campus is huge and beautiful with several places to study and/or relax.

  • 08/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are so many things to do for fun, and a wide variety at that. Sometimes it's nice to hang back and chill in the dorms; there are always things to do through campus on weekends; and someone is always having a party. Oh, and don't forget, downtown and uptown Minneapolis are just a few minutes away with a whole other list of possibilities. As long as you bring your friends and are feeling adventuresome, you can find tons of stuff to do.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall options are not always the greatest. It is nice that they try to spice it up sometimes and certain dorms have late-night options, but over your first year it will get dry. Luckily, with a meal plan you can get FlexDine to use at local food joints and there are plenty of places outside of the University to grab food. Also, there are kitchens available in the dorms if you are interested in cooking. But, be aware, you likely won't have much time and eating will not be your highest priority. Dorm food is not always pleasant, but you'll get used to it and jazz it up your own way.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is amazing. It gives you tons of opportune to meet new people and with everyone in such close proximity this is a fun way to make friends! Sometimes you will be spending a lot of time in the dorms, so it's nice to have that strong foundation of people around you. Other times, you will simply use your dorm for a place to come back to which makes it a relaxing getaway from school work. No matter what is going on in the rest of your life, it's nice that dorm life is so cohesive which makes it feel like home for your first year at college.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes vary in difficulty as they do anywhere. Luckily, because some classes are larger, there are plenty of opportunities to get the aid you need as a student. There are tons of student-led study groups; plenty of tutoring options available in the libraries, dorms, or by appointment (free!); and office hours are great to connect with professors, teaching assistants, and even other students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research. There are lots of options on campus as far as housing, colleges, academic opportunities, and student groups. Get an idea of what you are interested beforehand, and continue to explore during your time on campus. You can choose your University of Minnesota experience to fit you as a student and enjoy every aspect of life on campus.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a great school. The campus is large, the student body is diverse, and there are many opportunities available. The University is immense, but the place and the people make you feel included and at home.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Crimes went up last fall, but relatively safe especially when considering it's in the middle of a crazy city... beware if you leave campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    I have never seen a university with so many different clubs and activities. We even have people watching clubs and all sorts of randomness...

    Great for these types of students

    Big city people who are very outgoing and active and ok with very little sleep for prolonged periods of time

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Find the shoe tree! It is where everyone tosses a pair of shoes after they graduate! Also, don't walk between the iron man's legs or you won't graduate in 4 years.

    Bang for the buck

    I must admit it is a good deal.

    What to do for fun

    Sports, outdoor activities, working out, arts, shopping, theatre, museums, and more!

    Food and Dining

    Average dining on campus, great dining off campus, all of it is very expensive.

    Dorm Life

    I honestly can't say too much, but there doesn't seem a lot available to the students except convenience and even that is super expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm not going to lie, everything is competative in this school - especially if you are like 50% of the population that I've encountered that want to go to medical school. Chemistry, Biology, Calculus, and Physics are notoriously hard - study, study, study!!!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your mind open. Some schools are an immediate no, some schools are an immediate yes, some schools are a maybe. For those schools that are a maybe, take the time to really get to know them - you might end up really liking it!

    In three sentences

    It's a big school - you need to be ok with reaching out to others often, finding your own way through issues, and being confused. There are a lot of opportunities - the opportunities are abundant, but you must consider if it is worth it to you based on location, student ratio, and all those other factors. It's expensive - scholarships, financial aid, etc are really competative. While the school is sort of cheap, for those of us who are really strapped for cash, this might be an issue.

  • 08/17/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    There are many options for food and dining including dining halls placed all over campus as well as a Flex Dine that can be used at many food vendors around and off campus, even at the TCF stadium

    Dorm Life

    Although I have not experienced Dorm Life yet, it is somewhat of a different system. If you have a class, even one, on the St. Paul campus you may be placed on that campus and be somewhat stuck there. One plus to a large campus is that there are many other options if you do not feel that one is suitable to you.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is all what you make of it. The ciricculum is difficult, but as every college degree should not come too easy. You find what you're passionate about and the academics will come easier as you learn to also love what you do and the path that takes you to a degree.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is a very large school; there is really a place for everyone there. They have an extremely wide range of majors, clubs, and activities for any type of interest or passion. When applying, make sure you complete things by, if not before, the requested deadline. You may miss out on first picks, or priority if you wait to long to get things in on time. The school is very well organized and there is always someone or somewhere to go if you have questions about any area or information about the school.

    In three sentences

    The U of M is a great place to be with so much to offer. It is in the heart of the Twin Cities with an at-home feel. The campus is very unique and modern.

  • 08/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Find the humans v. zombies games! They're awesome! Also, ultimate frisbee once a week.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of fun things to do at the Coffman Union on the weekends for free. There are also fun places downtown or in uptown. There are events everywhere if you take the time to look.

    Food and Dining

    There's lots of good food on campus. Explore Dinkytown or Stadium Village and you'll see. Cafeteria food is ok, but over priced.

    Academic Rigor

    You can find the full gamut of difficulty levels here at the U of MN, just ask the counselors or other students about the classes and you'll be able to find the right ones for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look for your textbooks online, not at the campus bookstore if you can help it. Go to office hours to get to know your professors. Read the book, even if your professor tells you the same things that are in the book; I guarantee your grades will be better. Get study buddies.

    In three sentences

    The professors are great and really care about their students. The campus is beautiful when not under a lot of construction. The only downside is that everything at the bookstore costs more than it really should.

  • 08/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    depends where you live and time of day, overall safe.

    Bang for the buck

    lots of community college credits transfer here as well.

    What to do for fun

    It is located in the heart of the city and there is plenty to do nearby, and even on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Planning working during school and living situation when attending this school.

    In three sentences

    It is a big school with a diverse range of students. There are many activities large and small that one can be involved in. Job opportunities are nearby.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Check out Downtown Minneapolis, there is always something to do and see, be it a shopping trip to Nicollet Mall or going to a concert at one of the many venues within the downtown area. The University also offers many events for students during the year, including free movies on weekends at Coffman and bowling specials.

    Food and Dining

    Many options are available for food and dining. Coffman Union offers a variety of food options in its cafeteria. A variety of resturants are available for dining in Dinkytown, which is located convienently close to campus.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on campus so won't be able to say much on dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities offers challenging but rewarding classes for degree seekers. Although class sizes are often large, professors are always willing to meet and get to know their students for those that are willing to go out of their way to meet with them and visit during office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get as involved as much as possible, many clubs and organizations are available for students looking to meet new people and become involved with all that the university has to offer.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus offers a wealth of resources and possibilities for students looking to gain all that they can from their college career. Offers a variety of majors and study abroad opportunities for students looking to expand their interests and searching for a major that's right for them. Location is convenient for those that commute as many busing opportunities are available for students that don't live on campus.

  • 08/28/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    In three sentences

    Academic advisors seems to not like to follow up very well and there is no support. Everything you do, you do it on your own since you're nothing but a number there. U of M is NOT ideal for those who are nontraditional students with families and a job.

  • 08/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Many activities, clubs, groups, extracurricular activities to be involved in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour campus before making any final decisions. Talk to a staff member within your intended major to get more information. Be involved.

    In three sentences

    Campus is quite large in terms of people, but the campus itself is easy to navigate. Teachers, faculty/staff, and students are all very helpful. Professors really encourage people to be involved not only on campus, but also in the community.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is safe but at night it's always best to walk around with friends instead of alone, just to be sure.

    Greek Life

    I'm not too familiar with these but there are many chapters on campus both for fraternities and sororities. I would check out their website.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said, there are hundreds of clubs so finding one that fits your interests shouldn't be a problem.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are outgoing and who like to explore opportunities will probably benefit the most from going here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I'm not sure if we have an unusual tradition or location but our mascot is the Gopher which I think is a little unusual.

    What to do for fun

    Joining clubs is probably the main way you could have fun. Try a few and see which one or two clubs fit your interests best.

    Food and Dining

    The University Dining Services food are good and accommodate people's eating preferences such as vegetarianism and vegans. There are also countless other restaurants within and around campus that have good food for relatively cheap.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are pretty well organized. There are frequent social events arranged by resident advisers so meeting other students and making friends is easier.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are challenging but rewarding also since you get a lot out of them. Make sure you attend your lectures - try not to skip too many. It will reflect itself in your final grade if you do.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to be challenged academically but the university has a lot of opportunities for involvement and fun that you should take advantage of such as clubs and outdoor events.

    In three sentences

    It's a very big campus which can make it hard to find your social niche. There are countless clubs you can join which is a plus. The professors are some of the best in their field so you get a lot out of your classes.

  • 09/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is the occasional robbery here and there. These often times happen during early mornings and late nights so it would be nice to travel with a friend. The campus police usually reacts to distress calls fairly quick but the robberies, although very low, have become a nuisance.

    Clubs and Activities

    The university offers so many clubs that it makes your head spin. All you need to do is go there and since there's so many different clubs, it's hard to find something you're not interested in. The university always has something going on and, just like clubs, all you need to do is go there since a vast majority of these activities are free and fun to the bone.

    Bang for the buck

    Make sure you use the Campus connector to get around since it's FREE. Look out for student discounts offered throughout various times of the year. Capitalize on your TCF bank account and your student ID combo, it could possibly save you a nice sum of money.

    What to do for fun

    There is quite a bit of options you have and since you're downtown (Minneapolis campus), you can enjoy many of the things that the urban life presents. Activities are always present but the only hard part is trying to find them, so don't feel afraid to look into events that perk your interest. There's always at least one guest speaker a week or some performance going on so keep up with the campus activities, it might not always be the funniest experience you've had but it's definitely a good way to meet new people and burn some free time.

    Food and Dining

    Typical dining experience as compared to other universities. A limited selection unless you plan on traveling but it gets the job done so there's really no need to complain. Dining spaces can range and you can basically eat anywhere that you can find a seat (good luck during exam times).

    Dorm Life

    The residential life is the best I've seen any Minnesota university can offer and with a wide variety students from around the world, you can bet that no greeting experience will ever be the same. The living spaces are nice and well built, which allows students personal quarters and a modern feel. There is a wide array of options when it comes to location, architecture, pricing so inconvenience should not be a problem.

    Academic Rigor

    Once one starts off it's often times hard to turn off the switch and I'll guarantee that the university will keep you busy so don't be afraid to delve into your work sometimes. Although their is often times a heavier work load in higher level courses, remember that all your hard work will pay off even after your days in college. The school offers a variety of options when one feels confused, one should take advantage of this because these options are something to be valued.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even before you begin your journey into the college life meet and greet as many people as you can because these people will become your link to what's going on with things of relevance and could be eventual contacts to a future career. You will most surely want to explore as much of the campuses as you can because this place will be like a second home to you whether you like it or not, so it's better to do it now than wait. Most importantly, establish a routine so you can enjoy your experience at the U of M and ,more importantly, SUCCEED!

    In three sentences

    First and foremost, this university is known for it's excellent academics and it does not disappoint. With a strong selection of majors and minors alike, one could feel overwhelmed but the school's friendly aura creates a welcoming atmosphere. As a final food for thought, this university allows students to not only blend their minds with their respective majors but also allows their actions to be heard as well.

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a campus police force, as well as the Gopher Chauffeur and 624-WALK (which will either come pick you up or have someone walk you home).

    Greek Life

    University Ave has so many fraternities/sororities that it's called Frat Row.

    Clubs and Activities

    Already explained above.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone! You can really succeed here, no matter who you are.

    Bang for the buck

    Yeah, room and board is more expensive than at other universities, but, say, comparing this one to UMD, there is so much more going for you in The Cities.

    What to do for fun

    Anything and everything. Every week, you get sent an email telling you about what is going to be shown in the campus theaters, along with various other activities, either at Coffman or the St. Paul Student Center (or both!) Also, there are a huge amount of Student groups on campus. (rumor had it that there was a club once for Guys named Steve. Funnily enough, you didn't need to be named Steve or even be a guy to join.) Opening your own club is super simple too. All you need is 5 people total (including yourself) and $25.

    Food and Dining

    (Once again) This depends on where you're eating. In general, every place is better than Centen (slang for Centennial Hall). However, Centen has a pretty good breakfast (with a pretty good fruit selection). Pioneer Hall has a Build-Your-Own Sub/Sandwich line, but it's not open on the weekends. Sanford has good food, and Comstock is more organic- and vegetarian/vegan friendly.

    Dorm Life

    This varies based on where you live (and what floor you live on!) The Superblock (containing the dorms Frontier Hall, Territorial hall, Pioneer Hall, and Centennial Hall), are generally the liveliest. On the other end of the spectrum, dorms like Middlebrook, Bailey, Sanford, Comstock, and the apartment hall Yudof are a bit more subdued, if not downright silent. If you're looking for an in-between noise level, try for Comstock or Sanford (on East Bank). Bailey is the dorm on the St. Paul campus, and Middlebrook is on West Bank. All other dorms are on East Bank.

    Academic Rigor

    This depends on what college you get into (I am in CSE, the College of Science and Engineering, and the classes are more difficult in here than in the College of Liberal Arts.) For CSE, the classes are difficult, but you always have office hours, your TAs, and your friends to help you. Regardless of your college, the classes range from fun to boring, like all are a huge amount of resources for those who are struggling with their academics. For example, in some of the libraries on campus, there are the Smart Learning Commons where you can meet up with a tutor for help on any given subject. If you are worried about grades, there is always someone there to help you!

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring good shoes,because you will walk everywhere. Also, learn how to read an APAS report, because they are your tool to graduating. Make sure you get involved on campus, some how. Good ways to do that are hanging our with those in your residence hall, joining a student group (Like the Minnesota School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, for all you Harry Potter fans out there). Even consider joining a sport. One of my friends loved the year she spent on the rowing team.

    In three sentences

    Excellent Campus with a large amount of diversity. There is always something going on! (And you will master the art of speed-walking and public transportation :) ).

  • 09/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    We are in downtown Minneapolis, so there are always new places to go!

    Food and Dining

    Cafeteria food is never the best, but there are other options as well.

    Dorm Life

    I have a great roommate and a very tall and spacious room. We even have a sink!

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the University Honors Program, so my classes are very challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should make sure that you are comfortable being at a large school with lots of people you don't know.

    In three sentences

    This is a great public research university. There are new activities occurring daily, so there is a large variety. Also, it is big enough to have a ton of opportunities!

  • 09/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on at the U. There are always activities like frisbee or flag football going on during the week along with bowling alleys and arcades to entertain yourself at. They also have foosball, ping-pong and pool tables all over the dorms if you want to stay in and have fun. Apart from that there are plenty of school sponsored events and parties just outside the campus border if you ever get bored.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great at all the Dining halls and there is something new there every night. They constantly have good pizza, burgers, salads, cereal, and a number of other foods every day and switch it up by adding new things every day. It is also nice to be able to eat wherever you want depending on what dorm you are closest to.

    Dorm Life

    My roommate and neighbors are awesome and I love all the people that surround me. The only bad thing is that in Bailey hall, where I live, everyone tends to keep their doors closed and keep to themselves but I know this is not true at the other dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are not all super rigorous but they are difficult and demand your attention, just like classes would no matter where you go, but the courses at the University of Minnesota are challenging but not impossible and many of the concepts and new and intriguing to students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep an open mind and don't be to dead set on studying a certain major. Be sure to get out and meet people in your new community and make as many new friends as possible. But most important of all don't forget to make studying and going to classes a priority in college.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a big school with a large campus that you must learn to navigate but once that is done the campus becomes much smaller. There is a vast number of majors and extracurricular activities that you can participate in which is great for people that want to get involved. The housing is good but if you get placed in Bailey or at a residence hall that is far away from your classes the transportation and actually getting to your class can be frustrating and time consuming.

  • 09/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The U of M has a great sports program! Football, basketball, hockey, you name it! The U has over 600 activities clubs for you to join, and if you can't find one you like you are always welcome to start a new club! On campus we have two bowling alleys and an arcade! The U isn't short of fun things to do!

    Food and Dining

    The University of Minnesota is surrounded by great food, usually just a quick walk off campus! The food in the dorm isn't so bad either!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome! I loved my experience living in a dorm! I met my best friend in my dorm, the food was edible and constantly being surrounded by people who are focused and driven really rubbed off on me.

    Academic Rigor

    The U of M is tough! Classes are definitely a challenge, but a challenge that can be easily met! The teachers are very helpful, and most classes have a TA that is willing to meet with you outside of class, whenever you can meet to make sure you understand if you need help.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tips for prospective students would be go to a college that you enjoy being in! Don't go some place just because you want to please someone else, and make sure you do your homework!

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a great school! The atmosphere is fantastic, you could be walking across the campus and immediately be surrounded by the 300+ Marching band playing the school song! There is never a dull moment, and the teachers are beyond helpful in helping you understand the material.

  • 09/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a free chauffeur service offered where an assigned person will meet you at your specified location and accompany you to your car or wherever you need to go- a great buddy system.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs and activities-both recreational and academic- to choose from!

    Great for these types of students

    The St Paul campus is great for outdoorsy students or those interested in agriculture or animals.

    Bang for the buck

    The campuses are beautiful, the teachers are very involved and concerned with the students learning-they make classes fun and interesting, and there are many additional academic and recreational outlets to get involved in.

    What to do for fun

    Lots to do- Attend athletic games, join an academic club or organization, participate in fitness groups held at the gyms, join an intermural sports team.

    Food and Dining

    There is a good variety of option, especially on the Minneapolis campus.

    Dorm Life

    I do not have experience staying in the dorms, but I have heard nothing negative.

    Academic Rigor

    This is my first semester but so far my courses are intruiging and ineractive.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour, the campus is amazing! Ask questions- Everyone is very helpful!

    In three sentences

    Beautiful, engaging, challenging

  • 09/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    There's a little sticker shock after transferring from a community college, but I feel like I'm getting a good college experience, and my instruction is top notch.

    What to do for fun

    Shows at the Whole, bowling at the St. Paul Student Center.

    Food and Dining

    All kinds of food on or near campus, lots of sandwich spots and coffee shops.

    Academic Rigor

    This school keeps me busy, but so far (in my first semester), it's been very structured. It's not necessarily easy to stay caught up, but it's certainly possible.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have extra time between classes, a quick nap can be had at the Coffman Union - the chairs are super comfy!

    In three sentences

    The U of M is a great college to attend. The three Twin Cities campuses are linked via a free campus connector shuttle that runs very regular during school hours, making moving between or within campuses easy. The teachers will reach out to make themselves accessible to students.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are safety escorts and posts all around campus but being so close to a large city it is hard to keep all the riff raft out.

    Greek Life

    I don't know much about it but there are many and they always have events going on.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 200 clubs and activities to join and they all are unique and fun.

    Great for these types of students

    All types! There are so many students that it is impossible not to find a place you fit in.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Campus wide zombies vs. humans there is an echo spot on campus that if you speak in the right place your voice echos all around you.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall I would say you are paying too much for room and board and tuition, but if you take advantage of the many opportunities the U of M has to offer then it's worth it.

    What to do for fun

    The question is what is there not to do for fun. There is constantly stuff to do and being next to a large city and metropolitan area gives you countless things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is disgusting because they are making such large quantities for so many people and most of the dining centers are really old.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the buildings are really old so they don't all have proper facilities for every day living but it is very easy to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    It really depends on what your selected major is but overall most classes are tough.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships. Buy walking shoes and a winter coat. Take different types of classes before you decide on a major.

    In three sentences

    At this school you really have to fight for what you want. There are so many students that if you want something, so do 100 other students. The campus is beautiful and the faculty is great.

  • 10/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of free or cheap activities on campus and around campus. Dinkytown and Uptown are close.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore Moodle and online tools. If you commute, learn to routes quickly.

    In three sentences

    Very fun school. Lots of opportunities. Great teachers.

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    I hear it's good.

    Academic Rigor

    I don't know yet but it looks good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Contact the school before you apply. Interest tends to be returned.

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Though it's in a city, the college does a great job of making sure it's students are safe.

    Greek Life

    There is a huge Greek life here. Though this aspect of college is not important to me, I know it's important to a lot of students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is literally a club and activity for every type of person.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, academically gifted and serious students who know how to have fun. Intellectuals, and people who love the city scene.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ski-u-mah!

    Bang for the buck

    You will get a respected degree here at the U.

    What to do for fun

    There is always so much going on here. It's never hard to find something to do, no matter what type of person you are.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay, but gets very repetitive.

    Dorm Life

    In such a big school, it can sometimes be hard to feel a sense of community, something that is very important for me.

    Academic Rigor

    Callenging classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you love the school when you go on the visit, then it's for you.

    In three sentences

    It's a huge school with a very impressive history and student body. The urban location isn't for everyone, but most students adore it. The academics are amazing.

  • 10/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Crimes happen everywhere, but the campus police are great, and you've got a bunch of ways to stay safe. There's a number (612-624-WALK) that you can call to get a free walking escort back home, and at night on weekends the Gopher Chauffeur, pretty much just a free ride home, operates.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's almost every type of club you can imagine, from Engineers without Borders and Biology without Borders to skydiving to people-watching. There are religious and cultural groups as well as artsy ones. You'll find something you like for sure!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's this place near the Bell Museum of Natural History that's a dead echo zone.. So you basically stand in the middle and talk, and you're the only person who hears your voice echo!

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of free campus-wide events and activities, and signs are always posted everywhere; there was ice-skating last week and there's a whole bunch of Halloween stuff coming up. New-ish movies are shown in Coffman's theater every weekend, and there's bowling there as well as in Saint Paul. The campus is right by dinkytown, so you could always go out for food there. The lightrail's close by too, so going uptown, downtown, or to the MOA is pretty easy!

    Food and Dining

    I rated this as average because it varies from hall to hall; Sanford has the best food (and this is agreed on by EVERYONE), middlebrook has second best, and the rest are pretty mediocre. I live in middlebrook but since I'm on the east bank a lot, I end up having lunch at Sanford.

    Dorm Life

    All the dorms have their own styles. Middlebrook is extremely diverse, and you can have fun here but be mature at the same time. The superblock is where all the freshman who want to party all the time go, so if that's you then that's where you should be - if not, then stay away from Territorial for sure! The other dorms are pretty nice too.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors and Teaching Assistants have office hours and they always want to help, so even though the courses are rigorous, you can still master them with their help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready to fall in love with this place! No matter which college you go to, you'll find people with similar interests; all you have to do is be outgoing and allow yourself to experience new things. Something that helped me a lot was going on the U's website before coming here - I learned so much about all there is here!

    In three sentences

    At the U, you've got unlimited opportunities and resources. The campus feels large in the sense that there's so much to do, but then it's pretty small once you join student groups. The administration employees as well as the TAs and professors are extremely helpful and there really are no bounds to how much you can accomplish here.

  • 10/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The shoe tree off the Washington Ave. bridge is really cool and is where students after they have graduated throw their shoes into the tree.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to clubs, do different student groups, chill in Dinkytown, or just go downtown.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bring a bike Buy a bus pass Get involved! Be yourself Don't force yourself to change to a different person

    In three sentences

    There are all types of people here so it is very easy to find friends like you. Bring a bike and buy a bus pass, it will make your life so much easier! Take advantage of all the different student groups and events you can be a part of here at the U.

  • 10/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Anything and Everything!

    Food and Dining

    Certain dining halls are better than others.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is such a great time! They do a great job of making you feel at home.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are hard, but well worth the effort you put in.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Get involved in all it has to offer! -Talk to your professors-they're all very helpful if you go in to office hours -Remember to have fun but study hard

    In three sentences

    A great big school with numerous possibilities. It is its own community located in a wonderful location of the midwest. There is something for everyone.

  • 10/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is a program offered by University security where an escort will walk you home or to a bus stop at night if you're worried about it. Unfortunately, there are still a decent number of alerts to be received through e-mail when new assaults happen on campus or nearby, but I think that's a somewhat inevitable consequence of going to school in a city and not a small town or rural area.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are oh-so-many. I can't even begin to describe them, but seriously check it out if you're interested in politics, your major, cartoons, your national country, a sport, etc. There is something for everyone.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's this awesome spot right outside of Northrop Hall that was designed (I hope intentionally) to make the perfect natural echo when you stand in a sort of door way to these raised benches. It feels like giving a speech in a miniature ancient Roman theater. Very neat.

    Bang for the buck

    For a state school, it's pretty expensive. This is coming from someone who pays in-state tuition. Like I said earlier though, there are a lot of resources people don't take enough advantage of and that is certainly part of the reason behind the relatively high tuition.

    What to do for fun

    There's a lot around campus. Keep your eyes peeled as student activity groups are one of the best ways to get involved and feel connected. There are some good venues in Dinky Town and the West Bank for those who are 21 and up, and sometimes 18 and up as well. The arts scene around campus isn't half bad and busing into town, or biking, is always a nice back-up option if you want to get away from campus life for a bit.

    Food and Dining

    There are actually a lot of options both sponsored by the University and outside of its official University Dining Services Program. It's relatively affordable and the vegan and vegetarian options can actually be quite good.

    Dorm Life

    I don't feel like I can fairly rate this as I've never stayed in the dorms, beyond a night we had to during a weekend-long orientation. My friends have shared good experiences with me about meeting long-term friends in the dorms, but I never felt any urge to check them out when the U is in a city that I grew up in.

    Academic Rigor

    This entirely depends on what courses you take and what program you are in. I've had only a few classes that were easy to the common college student, but overall most of my classes in the journalism school have been engaging and challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out all your options here! There are so many colleges within the broader college that you don't want to make a hasty decision when there could be a much better fit for your academic desires.

    In three sentences

    The University is both at an advantage and disadvantage due to its size. The amount of resources, once you find out how to use them, is incredible. However, it's easy to feel like just a tuition dollar sign especially if your studies aren't focused on research, mathematics or science.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Its great for students who want to get a higher education and being able to follow ones own future.

    Bang for the buck

    I think it was worth it, because the school I attended before was out of my price range and got myself into a financial debt. So the U is a lot more less and more helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are meant to challenge you and make you work for that grade where as other classes that are more of your passion tend to flow easily and come easy to some.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always stay on top of things because some things, if not kept on top of, will get messy and make your life difficult and stressful. Also to attend some workshops, they give you ideas and tips on how to better your time here at the U. Time or plan all your events because that'll help keep on top of everything and writing down helos reinforce it.

    In three sentences

    The school and it's staff are always willing to help if one goes and looks for it. Not only are the teachers and students friendly and helpful but are also willing to take time to socialize with you. Plus you're never stuck on the campus all the time, when there is a ton of places to go either on your own or participating in clubs or programs.

  • 11/26/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Several good meal plans as well as restaurants on campus.

    Dorm Life

    So many new people to meet in your dorm and dorms around you! All dorms are in a good location because the U is in such a great location. It's a great place to live.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely expect you to pull your own weight but have several of helpful resources to help you and encourage you to do your best.

  • 12/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Gopher games, movies at the Coffman Union and tons of activities around the campus on weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Awesome restaurants that are student friendly budget wise. Tip: don't get into the habit of buying food on campus because its too expensive, pack a lunch if you can!

    Dorm Life

    I lived off campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved in a buddy/mentor program so that you can learn about accessible resources that will help you succeed in your undergrad career.

    In three sentences

    This university has phenomenal opportunities to be involved in research and meet influential people. The courses are challenging but stimulating. The student body activities are widely engaging.

  • 12/13/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Being the size that it is, this university is great for people who want to experience many different kinds of cultures and people. It would not be good for those who like to get to know the teacher or who like to go in for extra help, especially because there are classes with 700 plus people in them.

    What to do for fun

    If you want to have fun on the weekends, you head to dinkytown, the center of all the activity. There are restaurants, shops, and multitudes of people. You will never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    There are many places to find food on campus as well as convenience stores to grab something on the go. The food is of good quality and the hours aren't too shabby either.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a dorm is an experience all in itself, and the university definitely makes the transition easier. It is a great place to meet new friends and socialize. The university provides very nice living communities.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe this is a very tough school; it is definitely an achievement to be accepted here. The university provides some of the top programs in the country and to succeed you must work hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Although a very large campus, it can be difficult to meet people, so my advice would be to get involved. Another tip would be to figure out the bus and tunnel systems early, before the temperature drops below zero. My final advice would be to pick classes all over campus, not just in one area. I believe it is important to discover it all.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota- Twin Cities is a great school in terms of academics, the campus, and the wide variety of opportunities. It is also a very large school, where sometimes you feel like just a number, not a name. Although, being located in the middle of two huge metropolitan areas, this should probably be expected.

  • 12/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are many fun clubs, also, there are malls and different shopping nearby, just need to search for what you want to do.

    Food and Dining

    You can purchase a meal plan, if in a dorm you need one, some of the dining halls are difficult to get to, because you need to go down floors. Buying food on campus is also very expensive, but it is easy to go off campus to buy stuff by transit.

    Dorm Life

    It's very expensive, and loud. I was in a single, and a few times when I got up, there was a grocery cart in front of my door, and all night, you can hear doors slamming. If your in the dorm, the meal plans are necessary, but don't always fit.

    Academic Rigor

    You can take up to 20 credits, 13 being full time. The difficulty definitely depends on the teacher and the level of the course. Instead of going to the general advisors that you are assigned, I suggest talking to major advisors, teachers, or even other students, the general advisor I was assigned, wasn't the greatest.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you want to be in a large college, even though there is some division between colleges within the U, many people take the same classes, I have a Chemistry lecture of 100+, but many classes are actually around 20-25 people.

    In three sentences

    Location is nice, there are a lot of restaurants around, and buses easily provide transportation around the city and surrounding suburbs. The teachers I've had are good, and there are a lot of different clubs that open to joining.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Street crimes are regular, especially during the warmer seasons. Plenty of security provided by the university police department, but late nights can be dangerous. City environment makes walking at night alone sometimes risky, so an escort service is available 24/7. Additionally, a university cab service and campus bus runs regularly.

    What to do for fun

    Recreation center for students which features: Olympic swimming pool., 3 stories of weight rooms, basketball courts, a full gymnastics factory, racket ball, and access to an indoor and outdoor track. Plenty of parks by the Mississippi river, artists perform on campus as well, Weismann Art Museum, bowling, bars, clubs in uptown Minneapolis. Saint Paul campus is quieter though.

    Food and Dining

    Residence halls including the source of major university student traffic, Coffman Memorial Union, are equipped with cafeterias and plenty of vending machines. Step outside, and there are approximately 5 places to go out to eat within a 7 minute walk. Plenty of great restaurants that are local favorites such as Annie's Pub, Stubs & Herbs, and Mesa Pizza by the Slice.

    Dorm Life

    Super block houses the majority of the students, and offers many types of room sizes, with or without roommates, suites that include up to 3 other roommates, apartments (Mark G. Yudof Hall), Village Stadium Apartments (and other University owned apartments), with commuter and off-campus living available to freshmen.

    Academic Rigor

    Being a public university, many of the classes have optional attendance. If one keeps up with attending lecture, many of the general courses and non-specific major classes are accessible for a majority of high school and international students.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're undecided, this is a great school to come look for a major if you plan to find one within the first year of attending. There are better options in terms of costs for those who are unsure what they want to major in, but look no further if one needs inspiration. UMN admits plenty freshmen into the College of Liberal Arts, where a staff is dedicated to providing freshmen with career and internship opportunities that may help guide searching for a major.

    In three sentences

    The fast-paced environment of the University's large campus, located in the minor city, along with a formidable array of majors (many taught by award-winning faculty), makes this university a prime choice for those who desire possibilities in return for a little responsibility. Because of the campus' size and the various buildings ranging from the TCF Bank Stadium, to the Masonic Cancer Research Center, make the university unique and worth exploring--especially if one needs inspiration for a major.

  • 12/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everyone, and a lot of the group provide networking activities.

    What to do for fun

    There are activities and movies every weekend in the student unions. Besides that, there are very few university-supported activities. People usually spend time with friends or go party on the weekends. There is also plenty of activities to do in the Twin Cities area.

    Food and Dining

    The food is nothing special. There are always plenty of options, and the salad bars are always really nice. There is also always cereal in case nothing looks appetizing. It is nice to have meals prepared, and usually the area is fairly cleaned.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are incredibly loud and noisy, but they are a really great way to meet people during the first year. They really helped me build a community of friends. They are expensive, but I would recommend them for the first year of school.

    Academic Rigor

    The upper level classes are all fairly difficult. Different programs are harder or easier, and there are many programs that are well rated.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved right away. Find a student group that you're interested, join a religious group, meet people in your classes, spend time with people in your residence. Getting involved helps make the University of Minnesota seem much smaller and more manageable.

    In three sentences

    It is a large university, but there are many ways to get involved. The classes are challenging, but, for the most parts, the teachers are excellent. There are so many different people that it's impossible not to find people who share your interests.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You can get a campus escort anytime of the day/night. Also most areas are well lit and there are usually people out and about.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great place for students who are active and are looking for a variety of fun things to do on and off campus.

    Bang for the buck

    This is a great school with many activities and good professors.

    What to do for fun

    Minneapolis has many outdoor activity options and a great bike trail system. Also, there are great theaters here and a busy night life.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options for food in dining halls and in the different restaurants on and near campus.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't stay in dorms as I took prerequisite classes for my masters here.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, but in a good way. If you invest the time, you will get a great education here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join campus clubs and activities. Take the time to get to know your professors.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a large school with professors who are willing to take the time to help you be successful. There are many student activities to help you get involved. The public transportation system makes it easy to get around without a car.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus itself is safe, but nearby dinky town is sketchy on weekend nights.

    Great for these types of students

    The U offers so many programs, anyone can find their niche here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's my first year at the school so I'm still familiarizing myself with the campus, but there is an indoor ice skating and hot chocolate event that is a big hit with students, although I don't think it's a tradition.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student the tuition is reasonable. The bookstore offers a rental program and a buy back program, I use the rental program most often which helps to save money. The housing and dining cost however is a bit steep.

    What to do for fun

    Go to sporting events. My favorite is hockey and I also love watching football. Even if you don't understand the sport, cheering for your team is a great way to blow off steam and relax from long study hours.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not like your mother's cooking, but it's a step up from the food served in high school cafeterias. They do a very good job of preparing healthy options, but usually the food is bland and lacks variety.

    Dorm Life

    The CA's (other colleges call them RA's) are friendly and knowledgeable. Living in a dorm is an excellent way to meet new people who become your study buddies and life long friends.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging and at a fast pace. To keep up I recommend using the many resources that are set up around campus to help you understand the material. There is always someone willing to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard in high school, even if you know the material, learning how to study is beyond beneficial.

    In three sentences

    The people that I have met are friendly. The staff is helpful. The professors are knowledgeable.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UMN makes a big deal of campus security, and sends out alerts when something does happen. They also implement the campus walk program, where security guards will walk with students to various locations for free.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Welcome Week for freshman occurs before the first day of class, and enables students to meet people from their dorms, outside of their colleges, and makes sure students know about various resources.

    Bang for the buck

    It would be nice if UMN offered less minority/disability scholarships and more academic merit.

    What to do for fun

    UMN provides activities on Friday and Saturday nights, but downtown Minneapolis offers clubs and restaurants. There's movie nights as well.

    Food and Dining

    While the dorm food is kind of sketchy and repetitive, there are many cheap, delicious restaurants around the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very loud, and most students move out after their freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are academically challenging. It is to the student's benefit to do additional practice problems, and to go in to office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    The application process is very simple. However, make sure to apply before the priority deadline, usually in early December. Look up additional scholarships on the website.

    In three sentences

    The Twin Cities UMN campus is beautiful. The student population is very diverse. Despite how large the school is, it's very welcoming.

  • 01/02/2013

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    In three sentences

    I visited the campus the summer of my sophomore year of high school and since have never had a doubt that UofM was the school for me. It offers everything I could possibly ask for: diversity, expansive extracurricular activities, a highly rated study abroad program, and a friendly atmosphere. I'm ecstatic for the fall semester and can't wait to join my fellow Gophers.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is okay. The need to have more security officers around campus. Enforce rules on people who do not comply.

    Greek Life

    I am not apart of the Greek life. I am not apart of it because I do not want to be in it. I am not saying it's bad, but it's not for me.

    Clubs and Activities

    None so far since I am just getting to know the campus. When I enroll in a club or activity I will find more things to do on campus. There are hundreds of clubs and activities so I probably won't have any trouble finding one that I won't like.

    Great for these types of students

    Who love to learn new things. Who wants to succeed in school. And who wants to be the best they can be throughout their college experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I do not know any so far. The reason is I don't ask. And I probably will find out sooner or later.

    Bang for the buck

    None.

    What to do for fun

    Go to a few parties. Hang out with close friends. Watch movies on campus.

    Food and Dining

    I eat at home. I eat home to save money. But I get snacks on campus in order to be energized.

    Dorm Life

    I do not stay in a dorm. No dorm because I stay at home. I stay at home to save money.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough, but that just brings me to work hard. Even though the classes are rigorous you can always find help. Classmates help get me through it by hanging out with them on the days off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your counselor. Make your deadlines. If you need help ask your counselor.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is a ten out of ten. It is a ten out of ten because they give extra care to their incoming or transfer students. They also take time to work with those incoming or transfer students.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have always felt safe here.

    Greek Life

    A must here at the University. I have gotten such a great experience from being Greek and I am glad I did it. I have made such good friends, people who have been there for me through my toughest times and led me down a good path. It is a great way to get involved as well.

    Clubs and Activities

    They are always welcoming. I have joined many and found a home in each that I have attended.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who like to never sit still. Students who like to be busy.

    Bang for the buck

    It may be a lot of money for some students. However, to me there is no better choice than the University of Minnesota. I love my school so much and am glad I convinced my parents to let me attend this school.

    What to do for fun

    The student center always has fun events like crafts, and free movies. I have never been bored when all my homework is done. Dinkytown is always busy and there are cheap concerts and delicious places to eat late hours or early mornings or anytime really.

    Food and Dining

    Not bad. I am vegetarian and there are always options for me to eat. The people serving the food are a joy to be around.

    Dorm Life

    I only lived in a dorm for a month. When I lived there it was enjoyable. People were friendly and I always had someone to hangout with when I was not busy doing homework.

    Academic Rigor

    In the college I am in within the University, I am definitely encouraged to progress with the academics. They are a bit hard, but with motivation and devotion to a cause, it is one hundred percent doable.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a big campus. Take time to figure out where classes are well before needing to go to them. Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone every once in awhile, you never know, you might make a great friend.

    In three sentences

    By far the best learning experience I have ever had, I would rate this school very highly. I could never have dreamed of having gone anywhere else but the University of Minnesota. The level of learning I am acquiring here will allow for me to go far in my life and I cannot thank them enough for the opportunity to learn here.

  • 01/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Really LGBT friendly, diverse campus

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beautiful river walk

    What to do for fun

    Free movies in the union are awesome. Always something going on if you live in the dorms.

    Food and Dining

    NOT GLUTEN FREE FRIENDLY AT ALL.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you do not like to party, do not live in a freshman only dorm or anywhere near them because it is awful. Always. Make sure you know how to use the buses because they are a lifesaver when its cold and icy. Dorm life is okay but really relax and loud all the time so if you like to study or sleep normal hours its a hassle.

    In three sentences

    The food in the dorm is awful if you have any kind of dietary restriction but the breakfast is awesome. After 4 and on weekends literally nothing is open on campus which is not convenient. They make all freshman students do something called Welcome Week before they start school which is pretty much the biggest waste of time ever.

  • 01/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    The University is great for all kinds of students. There is literally something for everyone. However, it's especially great for open-minded people who enjoy diversity in religion, race, and opinions.

    Bang for the buck

    The University offers many incredible opportunities: hundreds of student organizations, stellar professors, a multitude of services for students, and research and study abroad opportunities. However, it is quite expensive, especially for an out of state student. The University doesn't offer as many scholarships for out of state students, which is difficult, but their out of state tuition rate is lower than many of the other other schools I looked out.

    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do for fun. If you likes sports, except for football, men's basketball, men's hockey, and wrestling, admission to sporting events is free for U of M students. There are also multiple professional athletic teams and some have student nights where tickets are cheaper. Mall of America is a $2 light rail ride away. From West Bank, downtown is a ten minute bus ride away. Plus, on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays the student union shows free movies.

    Food and Dining

    My dorm has pretty good food, so it's not a big deal for me. I've heard that some of the other residence halls don't have that great of food. For me, I don't like to cook, so it's not too bad eating my dining hall's food. There are also plenty of places to eat around campus that accept FlexDine, so if you don't want to eat dining hall food, you can always choose to eat elsewhere

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are dorms. They're not ideal, but they're not horrible. The dorm room I live in is pretty decently sized, so I'm not complaining. It's just something you have to get used to.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the honors program so I have to take harder classes as well as keep a 3.5 GPA, so I have to do quite a bit of studying and classwork. That being said, the University is a world renowned institution, so there really aren't many easy classes, so classes are difficult, but manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Get involved early. There are hundreds of student clubs and organizations so there isn't an excuse for trying new things and meeting new people. I recommend this especially for students who are from out of state. 2) Do all of your homework. I know this seems like a no brainer, but trust me, it's important. Even if you took honors/AP/IB classes in high school, colleges classes are more difficult and demanding and require doing ALL of your homework, even if it's not for a grade, and a lot of studying. 3) Get to know your professors. Email them or visit them during their office hours if you have questions. Actually, you can stop by during their office hours if you want to talk about anything related to their class, their area of expertise, or their other classes. Getting to know your professors definitely helps you in your class.

    In three sentences

    It is a wonderful university that provides a hands-on experience for students despite its large enrollment. Professors are experts in their areas and are always willing to help out students who have questions. The university provides many opportunities for research, internships, and study abroad programs.

  • 01/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It is pretty safe on campus, but if you get off campus, there have been quite a few safety reports from the perimeter, but as long as you don't go alone I feel like it's pretty safe for everyone.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is pretty big on campus. I am not a part of it, but it is hard not to go somewhere and find someone who is involved in Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are activities for everyone! So many clubs on campus - over 3,000 I think, and if you have the time for them, they are easy ways to meet people and make new friends.

    Great for these types of students

    Open-minded students who enjoy learning new things and meeting new people from many different places with views different from your own.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There's not much unusual things that happen as far as I've noticed yet, but I have only been here for a semester.

    Bang for the buck

    As an out of state student, it is a bit expensive, but I do feel like the education I'm getting is well worth it, and one that would be difficult to get somewhere else where there is also such diversity and in a great city with a lot to do.

    What to do for fun

    Dinkytown is a great place to find things to do. The student union always has things to do during the weekend and for free, which is great for a poor college student.

    Food and Dining

    For on-campus dining halls and cafeterias, there are many options and can always find something to suit your cravings. It does get a little boring and repetitive after a while, but for cafeteria food it's pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is good, and I feel like it is pretty much just what I expected when thinking about moving into a dorm on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    The coursework can be difficult, but I really felt like I learned a lot and the professors help to make it interesting, as they are talking about things they are passionate about.

    Tips for prospective students

    You don't need to decide what your major will be before attending. They have so many majors and options for electives that you can take different classes to find what suits you best.

    In three sentences

    It is a great university with great professors that really know their stuff. It has a great location with many opportunities for internships within the community. There is a lot of diversity on campus which helps to broaden horizons during the university experience.

  • 01/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Housing is expensive.

    What to do for fun

    Greek life, or hang out around dinkytown.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in superblock to make the most of your freshman year experience!

    In three sentences

    University of Minnesota is a top-rate research university! A great place to find hard working students who are also down to earth. Very driven and goal-oriented student body.

  • 01/12/2013

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    Food and Dining

    When I visited the campus, there were many options for places to eat, both on and nearby the campus.

    Dorm Life

    Everything I have heard on college confidential about dorm life (especially in Middlebrook) has only made me more eager to attend here

    Academic Rigor

    I have only heard great things about the faculty and high levels of education.

  • 01/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are plenty of blue-light security poles and campus is not a typical place for crime. Neighboring Dinkytown is the only place where one might encounter trouble which is why it is best to never walk alone at night on these streets off campus.

    Greek Life

    For being such a large school, Greek Life is not as huge as one may think. It is not as harsh or competitive as Greek Life at other colleges. But it is still a great and fun system to be a part of and one of the greatest, if not the greatest, way to insure lifelong friendships.

    Clubs and Activities

    Being that the school is so big, there are ample clubs and activities for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    The school is full of students who are from the suburbs of the Twin Cities as well as other Minnesotans, Wisconsinites, students from Chicago, North and South Dakota, and Iowa and plenty of international students. Someone from outside of any of these places can expect the question So how did you end up in Minnesota?? to be asked by every single person.

    Bang for the buck

    One of the best and well known research universities in the United States and the world.

    Food and Dining

    Depending on what dorm you visit for a meal, quality of food can differ. It's said that Bailey or Sanford have the best food but quality is nothing more than average dorm food. But the all-you-can-eat set up is better than other colleges where your meal is calculated in dollars, rather than just a U-card swipe.

    Dorm Life

    Be sure to register for housing as early as possible to receive the best living arrangements. Late housing registration can almost guarantee getting stuck in the St Paul campus dorm, Bailey, or in extended housing.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on college, major, and credit-load, rigor can differ. Students in the competitive Carlson School of Business claim to have a more rigorous coursework than the students of the College of Liberal Arts, but it is all about one's perspective.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for housing early, get involved on campus early with clubs or going Greek, and study hard.

    In three sentences

    The U is a very large and diverse campus as well as a renown research university. It is extremely easy to make friends in the first weeks on campus for any student. A degree from this college is sure to be beneficial in life.

  • 01/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Sometimes the campus isn't very well lit up at night, but there are campus security people who are just a call away, so it works out really nicely.

    Clubs and Activities

    Apparently there are over 900 clubs on campus, so literally they have something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Good for all types of students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Apparently the U has a tradition of sharing a Pig with University of Wisconsin? But that might just be when they win or a lose a football game, so I'm not sure if thats correct.

    Bang for the buck

    I think the out-of-state tuition and in-state tuition are really good deals, especially with the kinds of classes and support you get at the U. Compared to many other Universities, Minnesota is definitely a good choice.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is really close to downtown Minneapolis, so a Vikings game, movie, or night out are just a bus ride away. Also, St. Paul is connected by the University bus system, which is free.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not really stellar in most of the dorms, but in ones like Sanford/Wilkins, which serves a lot of athletes, the food is really good. At Coffman Union, and over on West Bank, there are a lot of good fast food restaurants and coffee shops.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great. Many freshmen opt for the superblock, which are four large dorms all in a square, but those can get pretty crazy on the weekends and don't offer as much quiet as others might. Many of the smaller ones like Sanford and Middlebrook are just as good and offer many different opportunities.

    Academic Rigor

    The U is very challenging, and I feel that every class offers new ideas and opportunities for each student.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are signing up for classes late, try not to pick classes late at night for long amounts of time...these classes are usually for adults coming back to college or commuting students. Overall they are usually hard to concentrate in.

    In three sentences

    The U is a really good place for excellent classes and networking. I feel as if I am challenged every day to be better at what I do. It definitely help improve my chances at finding work after I graduate.

  • 01/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Regardless of the fact that the campus is basically located in the city, I have never felt endangered, and I'm a 20 year old woman standing at only 5'4. There are free shuttles that take you from one side of campus to another and campus security is constantly patrolling the grounds. You have to swipe into the dorms, and as long as you lock your room door, your things are safe. Also, if you're walking at night, you can can call a number and a guard will walk you home from any location. Minnesota also provides the Gopher Chauffeur which, if you call their number, sends a van to come pick you up from anywhere on campus and drive you home. All these services are free of charge.

    Greek Life

    There's a definite Greek presence, but what I like about it is that if you don't want to acknowledge it, it's easily ignored. It doesn't take over the campus like it does at some schools. Also, there's a fraternity or sorority for everyone. One of my friends is in a co-ed marching band frat, another friend is in an agriculture based frat, and I know plenty of others who are in them simply for the camaraderie.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are SO many options. Take a walk through the Washington Avenue Bridge tunnel and you'll see dozens and dozens of painted advertisements for different clubs. There's something for everyone. You can find anything from club level women's lacrosse to a club based around discussing erotic literature.

    Great for these types of students

    Every type! There's a place for everyone. International, artistic, athletic, brainy, etcetera. I have met endless personalities who say Minnesota is a great fit, and I agree.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dinkytown is a classic location right next to campus. It has endless bars and restaurants and is so fun and lively on the weekends. Unusual traditions and locations, however, are not extremely prominent. Since Minnesota is such a big school, it loses a bit of character. In my opinion, though, this doesn't hinder the college experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a research university, as well as a university with a great academic history, you get a great bang for your buck. Of course, now and then you may come across a course that you feel was a waste, but the overall experience is truly worth the (reasonable) amount of money it will set you back. I will say, however, the dining plans are overpriced.

    What to do for fun

    You're a bus ride away from the city! Options are limitless. The light-rail system also runs straight to the Mall of America. Also there are endless beautiful places to go on walks, my favorite being the historic Stone Arch Bridge. School-wise, sports are pretty big here. Gopher sporting events are always a good time. Finally, if you're looking for a party school, or not, you can find endless parties or peace and quiet at Minnesota.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is okay at best. Sometimes it's so bad that it's inedible, but they always have a great salad bar, and usually pizza and sandwiches are an option. They always have good vegetarian options as well. Not to mention, if you get sick of the food, you're in an urban center so there are dozens of restaurants a short walk away.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Middlebrook Hall, situated on the West Bank of the Mississippi. It's very clean, there are semi-private bathrooms, there are common areas which create a great sense of community, and it's a brief walk to the city. I love it. Other dorms I've been to (Centennial, Territorial, Pioneer, Sanford, etcetera) are all very nice as well. Choose carefully, though, as some of the dorms do not have air conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    There's a great spectrum of very challenging and very relaxed (but still hard work!) classes at every level. If you're looking for rigor at a great price, the honors program is awesome (I'm in it). None of your classes will be a true walk in the park (honors or not), but few will get so bad that they're hardly manageable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard! Take AP exams to get general education credits out of the way, it makes the college experience more enjoyable. Take advantage of the HUGE spectrum of student groups and clubs and intramural and club sports teams. There is definitely something for everyone.

    In three sentences

    It's a great school for every type of student. Regardless of its size, it's easy for every student to find their place and thrive. Campus is clean and beautiful, and it's so cool being a bus ride away from the city.

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Whenever something happens on or near campus and is reported to the police, everyone hears about it via email from the University Police Department. This happens fairly often but more often than not, these crimes can be avoided. Most reports are just off campus. They usually consist of assault and robbery. Don't walk alone or even with just one other girl (if you are a girl) at night through areas that are not well lit. The U offers free 24 hour services for a security officer to walk you from one place to another or even drive you. Just be smart and use these services when necessary.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every year M.A.Z.E. (Minnesota Association for Zombie Enthusiasts), a student group, hosts a giant multi-day Nerf war across campus. Some people really go all out and it's hilarious to take part in or even just observe.

    Bang for the buck

    If you actively seek involvement and take advantage of the many research, extracurricular, and academic opportunities, you will not be disappointed with your experience at the U.

    What to do for fun

    While some people will only drink in their dorm rooms and go to frat parties on the weekends for fun, there is really an unlimited number of things to do around campus. With over 800 student groups, a beautiful campus, and lots of good varsity sports (many of which are free to attend), all you have to do is look around. One afternoon, two friends and I went to a fraternity house for free food which they were offering, then watched the unicycle club do some stunts in the mall area, and walked in to watch part of a wrestling match for free!

    Food and Dining

    If you want to avoid your Freshman 15, eat at the U of M dining halls. Dorm food gets old pretty quickly. The meat is low quality, there are sometimes fruit flies flying around the dining halls, and it's a bit of a gamble finding something good. Bailey, Middlebrook, and Sanford are a little better than the others. If you have cash to spend and get sick of dorm food, Panda Express in Coffman Union, Toppers pizza on Washington, or many other nearby restaurants offer good alternatives.

    Dorm Life

    Each dorm at the U brings something else to the table. The staff is generally very friendly and does a good job of cleaning and assisting. Territorial a.k.a. the party hall is by far the craziest/noisiest. Frontier is nice, moderately quiet most days. 4th floor is the CSE house-- an LLC (Living and Learning Community) for students of the College of Science and Engineering. I would recommend living in an LLC. Pioneer and Centennial, the other two dorms in the superblock which are not limited to freshmen, both have dining halls in them. Pioneer doesn't have air conditioning so some 90 degree days in the fall can be rough. Sandford is closest to Dinkytown, which gives it a lively culture. Middlebrook is on West Bank where most of the honors students and international students live. Bailey is in St. Paul, away from everything, but it has some of the best food, more outdoor lawn space, a rec center of its own, and many design majors.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor varies a lot depending on which college you're in and how hard you want to push yourself. I am in the College of Science and Engineering and it takes a fair amount of time to keep up with work and studying. On the other hand, if you're in the College of Education and Human Development or College of Liberal Arts, your work load will likely be less.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do well on your ACT (28+ for CSE, 26+ for CLA, 24+ for CEHD or CFANS). Submit supplementary material (write a one-page essay and send it to admissions) Write down all volunteering experiences and extra curricular activities. Make sure you get some AP classes under your belt. If you think you might be on the bubble, don't slack first semester of senior year in high school and sign up for challenging classes (you can always switch out of these second semester if you need to).

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus is beautiful. It has great academic and research opportunities as well as 800+ student groups to consider getting involved in. It's located in the great city of Minneapolis with lots of culture, good food, and plenty of things to do.

  • 01/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Don't put yourself in danger. If you are out late walk with someone in well lit areas.

    Clubs and Activities

    The university has something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Extroverts.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are plenty of cool little niches around campus for whatever your cause.

    Bang for the buck

    It's about as cheap as any other universities I have heard of. The professors are quality professors. Also getting a job on campus is fairly easy using the university's job posting website.

    What to do for fun

    Every week a movie is shown in a theater on campus for free with one dollar popcorn. A campus organization, called gophers after dark usually have several events available on weekends. Every hall also has a game room in the basement with equipment a student can check out for free. It's not hard to find something on campus to really make those free times really fun.

    Food and Dining

    Be willing to try new things. The main dining hall food is very repetitive, however, if you are willing to venture out on a limb, or mix and match you can add lots of variety, and end up really enjoying the dining hall.

    Dorm Life

    Each hall has a different trademark. Each hall

    Academic Rigor

    Students in the college of science and engineering find classes difficult and rigorous. General Education/Liberal Education classes are quite easy to find, and it is not difficult to find evaluations of professors and classes, so it is fairly easy to find an interesting class with a light homework and study load. For the most part the other colleges at the university are as difficult as the student makes them. It's easy to pass, but difficult to get A's in every class.

    Tips for prospective students

    Look up your professors before you take their class. Do your Homework. Get involved in with organizations.

    In three sentences

    The U of M is a very diverse culture. Nearly every view/passion/hobby has a group or class that nearly anyone can get involved with. Professors are generally very good at what they do; Teaching assistants are usually good, but nearly every student has a TA they believe are not clear/helpful.

  • 02/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a little something for everyone to do around campus, you can: -join a club or an intramural sport - See a movie in Coffman or go bowling and play games in Goldies Game room -There are fun clubs to go dancing or see concerts at around the Twin Cities -Minneapolis also has a surprising amount of theaters that you can go and see a variety of different styles of performances (theater, dance, ethnic music, etc.) and best of all if you are a U of M student sometimes you can get discounted tickets. -You can also attend Greek and club events

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall hours are usually pretty reasonable-mainly in Centennial which has late night, so if you are a night owl like me, it's open until midnight. The food in the super-block in my opinion isn't that great, although I do enjoy the fruit, sandwich, and veggie bars. I am writing this specifically about the dining halls, just know that there are MANY great restaurants on campus and all around campus.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is really fun, especially if you are an extrovert. Your freshman year I highly recommend being in one of the all freshman dorms (Territorial, Frontier, Pioneer); at this point everyone is new and looking to make friends which makes the adjustment from home to college life a little easier because everyone is in the same boat.

    Academic Rigor

    The U of M is definitely rigorous- more so when you reach the 3000 level classes, in my opinion. If you stay organized and actually complete the assigned reading and work throughout your courses it will definitely help you achieve better grades when finals roll around. This may sound simple, but with a full course load it's a little more difficult than you may imagine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try and come into the U of M with an idea of what you would like to major in. Most majors have certain class requirements that you need to have completed or be in the progress of completing in order to be eligible to apply for them. This way you won't have to take more classes than are necessary.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a wonderful college. It is: - One of the most diverse colleges in the state - Known for its research (one of the top public research institutions in the country) - Full of incredible opportunities and helpful people - Networking- the U of M is a feeder school for many of the fortune 500 companies in the state

  • 02/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty safe, there is always danger in a big city but just be sure to stay with friends and its no problem. There are plenty of police around to keep you safe and out of harms way.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is awesome. I am in PKP and I love it. It is a great community with plenty of social events and chances to give back to the community.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are hundreds of student clubs and student sponsored activities throughout the year that you can be a part of, with a wide range of organizations ranging from archery club to anime club. There is no doubt that if you go to the U you will find something that fits you.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that are undecided and want to explore a number of major options, people that like the city and can deal with a huge school and love to have fun and network while at school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The cube is a great place to go and study, I go there almost every day after I finish classes to study and grab a cup of Starbucks Coffee.

    Bang for the buck

    It is pretty expensive to go here but I think it is totally worth it because you get a great education, meet tons of new people and I have had a great college experience so far this year.

    What to do for fun

    There are parties every weekend all around campus, there is a huge number of social student organizations to join, bowling whenever you want at Comstock, and there are endless possibilities if you are able to get into the cities, like going to museums, gardens, movies, malls and the list goes on and on.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. Sanford and Middlebrook by far have the best food, the rest of the campus has dining areas where you can spend your flexdine and those places are great.

    Dorm Life

    If you live in bailey your kind of SOL but the people there get to know each other very well. The minneapolis dorms seem fun and are around main campus which makes it enjoyable.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very challenging but push you to be better. The rigor of the classes you take all depend on what your major is and what classes you are actually taking.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for cold weather and a lot of walking from class to class. It is very different from high school so be prepared for a lot more work and less free time.

    In three sentences

    It is a huge school with a city like atmosphere. There are a huge number of majors, extracurricular activities and student groups that you are able to participate in. Some of the classes are huge lectures with over 300 people so if you are intimidated by that I would not recommend attending the University of Minnesota.

  • 02/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    They work really hard to make sure the campus is a very safe and secure place to be.

    Great for these types of students

    People who like the city would like it here.

    What to do for fun

    There's lots of cheap dates. There's a telescope on the physics building that is free to use after 8 o'clock and they show free movies in one of the buildings before the movies come out on video.

    Food and Dining

    Every residence hall has dining options.

    Dorm Life

    You have to order your lofts from a company, you can't bring your own. You can rent microwaves and fridges. And the front desk has cooking utensils, cleaning supplies, cables, and movies you can use for free.

    Academic Rigor

    The average ACT score at U of M is 28, and their Biological Sciences are pretty intense. They have some really cool classrooms that are active learning classrooms, with round tables, microphones, and laptop ports, all to promote active learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    The music program is kind of small, so if music is your main focus this might not be the place.

    In three sentences

    The program for the College of Biological Sciences sounds awesome! The campus is spread out a little, but it seems really easy to get around. The people are nice too.

  • 02/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are emergency buttons and phones around campus. Everywhere is very well lit. There is a number to call if students ever feel they need someone to walk back home with when it gets late. There is another number as well that will pick students up from anywhere, no questions asked.

    What to do for fun

    For the students not interested in partying every weekend there are always different options. Gophers After Dark is the school run program where students can participate in different activities on the weekend, like BINGO. There are bowling alleys on the Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses. And living in Minneapolis allows for ample opportunities to see live local music and most of the shows are 18+.

    Food and Dining

    My dorm also has the best dorm food on campus and it is. The student union has plenty of options as well namely Panda Express and Chik-fil-a. Living in a large city there are so many restaurants around food is never a problem.

    Dorm Life

    I live in the freshmen dorm furthest from the other dorms, but closest to Dinkytown, the college town. My dorm is made for three people, but we had a fourth roommate for the first semester and we still lived pretty comfortably.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes you take and the amount of credits the academic nature of The U can be intense. It is never a problem though. Tutors are always in the libraries waiting for students to come talk to them.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for big class sizes. The majority of my classes have been in large lecture halls with upwards of 100 students. Do not let this deter you completely. There are multiple seminars, especially for freshmen, which are capped at 25 students. Also, many of the larger classes have discussions or labs to go with the large lectures. These are generally led by TAs who are much less intimidating to talk to than the professors themselves.

    In three sentences

    The location of this school is absolutely superb. Living within five minutes of downtown Minneapolis has opened me to social, educational, and professional opportunities that I would not have encountered attending a school in a more rural area. Also, being one of the top universities in the countries gives me ample opportunity for internships or research options.

  • 02/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We are in a city, so there are some issues in the beginning of the year, just pay attention. There are also services on the weekends where you can be driven around or someone from The U will come and walk with you.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is small but it is a good way to be involved if you're into that kind of thing. The U however is so big that it isn't that significant.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is this tree where everyone throws a pair of shoes after they lose their virginity.

    What to do for fun

    I hang out with friends. I go into Minneapolis and go shopping at the Mall of America.

    Food and Dining

    All dorm food sucks. Some places can be not bad but that's just a part of freshman year.

    Dorm Life

    It can get loud and crazy but it is really nice to live so close to all your new friends.

    Academic Rigor

    If you put effort into a class you will do well. Do not blow off classes at the beginning of the year.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a really big school, be prepared to either blend into a crowd or willing to stand out.

    In three sentences

    All of the professors I've had so far have all seemed to really care about their subject and their students doing well.

  • 02/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    Greek life on campus is a great way to get involved, meet people, and grow as a person! This is not your stereotypical Greek community which makes it an absolutely amazing organization to be apart of!

    Clubs and Activities

    You cannot even begin to count the different clubs and organizations on campus! You can always start your own too!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Annie's Parlour is a must along with Mesa Pizza and Al's Breakfast diner!

    What to do for fun

    Dinkytown, public transit to the Mall of America, Uptown, Downtown, Grand Ave, Selby

    Dorm Life

    Freshman usually stay in the superblock and I highly recommend it! A great place to meet a ton of new people!

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the homeworks are not difficult however you must keep up to date on readings!

    Tips for prospective students

    Join organizations and talk to your professors.

    In three sentences

    The U of MN is a great place to come and find a place to fit in. Personally, I'm in Carlson and all the professors are outstanding! The U of MN is off the scale for how many opportunities arise from being here.

  • 03/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is incredibly safe, as it is policed by officers designated to the University of Minnesota police force. However, journey beyond the campus into Dinkytown at night, and you could face some trouble. Stay in groups, and you should be perfectly fine at the campus. I have only heard of one major burglary incident at my hall, and it was only the result of people leaving doors unlocked. Nothing should go wrong if you remain vigilant about security.

    Greek Life

    Although I am not involved in Greek life at the U, I have heard good things. Many Greek houses are very close to campus and have very tight-knit communities.

    Clubs and Activities

    The amount of organizations on this campus is astonishing. There is a club for everything, and if there isn't one that you want to join, just get four friends and $50, and make your own club! It's that easy, and anyone can find a club for them.

    Great for these types of students

    Extroverts who put themselves out there, though introverts can also find the niche that they fit into. Definitely good for those who do not know what they want to do - the variety of classes is astounding, and finding your calling should be a much easier feat at such a large university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Do not step through the tin man's legs near the engineering buildings, or you won't graduate in four years. I don't know if this is true, or whether or not it will take longer or shorter, but I decided not to find out for myself.

    Bang for the buck

    The school offers top-notch education with a city hub filled with opportunities and entertainment that will make your stay in Minnesota far more enjoyable than if you went to, say, Duluth for college.

    What to do for fun

    There is a ton of stuff to do for fun on the campus. The Gopher Spot in Coffman Union provides billiards and bowling for reasonable prices, and many residence halls provide billiard or air hockey tables for recreation. Student organizations are also everywhere, and many of them provide a fun alternative to an otherwise boring Friday night. A favorite around campus is the free (relatively recent) movie showing in the Coffman Theater.

    Food and Dining

    The food is acceptable, however I must admit that it is quite a bit overpriced for the typical diner such as me who does not eat any more than one plate of food. Also, the healthy options are somewhat lacking. Overall, though, the food plan is worth getting if not just for the convenience. The ambiance in the dining areas are comfortable enough to provide a pleasurable dining experience.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms (specifically Comstock) are very clean, including the bathrooms, dining areas and lounging areas. There are a few very quiet places to do work in, and the living arrangements are quite excellent. I would say you get what you pay for. However, my only qualm is the heating during winter can be...excessive. This can be remedied though by contacting the front desk.

    Academic Rigor

    This college offers very strong main course classes (I am in the field of biological sciences), but also presents other courses that are not necessarily difficult, but really expand one's horizons. A perfect school for a student that wishes to become a well-rounded citizen in the course of their time at a university.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved early! It can be easy to put off finding your place in the community, but the sooner you do the more enjoyable you will find your time here at the University of Minnesota. Also, make sure to keep up on your studying. Keeping a high GPA from the start is sure easier than building it up from one ruined semester.

    In three sentences

    This is a very big school, though it has many small communities that one can be a part of. It is the center of much city activity, and therefore a student has a lot of access to establishments for both work and play. It can be easy to get lost in the buzz, but once you find that niche to fit into, the college experience is both academically and personally rewarding.

  • 03/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Security has a free walk service. If you ever feel unsafe, you can call and a security member will walk with you to your destination.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you could ever think of, the U has a club for it

    Food and Dining

    Some of the best dorm food you will ever find. They provide a lot of options, including gluten-free and vegan.

    Academic Rigor

    The College of Science and Engineering has a very rigorous program. You will come out well prepared for the professional world and ready to face a variety of problems.

    In three sentences

    The U is a great school for employers to see on your resume. It's huge school which means a lot of opportunities and resources if you have the initiative to go find them. But it also means that it's easy to get lost in the crowd if you don't step up and take responsibility for your own education.

  • 03/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I never feel unsafe at the U, and no one lets you feel unsafe. There are so many services to get you home at night and your friends are always willing to walk you home.

    Greek Life

    The Greek Life at the U is a force to be reckoned with. Frat Row is where most of the fraternities are, the sororities are in a cluster a little further down the street. As well we some on the St. Paul campus. Although Greek life often gets a bad rep, the houses at the U are extremely reputable and often mold students into the leaders of tomorrow.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are ton of clubs on the campus although sometimes I wish there were more that weren't major-dependent.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone honestly. Some people are afraid it is too rigorous or large but in reality it isn't. The community at the school is awesome, and always there to support anyone who comes. Super smart kids will love the challenge of the upper classes, average students are perfectly comfortable as well.

    Bang for the buck

    You don't pay an outrageous amount to go to the U, although sometimes things seem more expensive than they are worth. But for all the U offers I really can't complain.

    What to do for fun

    Sports, clubs, Greek life, games, parties, or just chillin with your dorm friends playing board games.

    Food and Dining

    Some of the halls have better food than others, I don't mind what they offer although some of my friends have gotten tired of it. The buffet style meal is my favorite.

    Dorm Life

    I have met some of my closest friends in college so far in my dorm. The people that are willing to leave their doors open and stop by are the keepers. The convenience of everything in the dorm is great and the food at Bailey Hall isn't so bad.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are obviously harder than others, but there are always groups and people to help. And it's not weird to go seek help :)

    Tips for prospective students

    This university is fairly large, but it is not to be scared of. Your communities became apparent quickly and before you know it the world is your oyster. Don't back down from any opportunities because in college they all lead to a beneficial time.

    In three sentences

    This university is a solid and safe environment for any student. It has inspired and motivated me with a vast variety of classes and opportunities. The three campuses give you the feeling of real world but a community that you love and trust.

  • 03/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are phones and blue lights everywhere. I never had to call, but knowing that they were there made me feel much safer.

    Greek Life

    None - I was not a part of anything greek. However, they were always known to throw the best partied on campus (I am a graduate student now, and no longer party like I used to)

    Clubs and Activities

    I was not part of any clubs at this school - however, there are so many that get advertised throughout the campus, and it is easy to get involved in something if you are interested.

    Great for these types of students

    As a total science geek, I appreciate the fact that you can go to a quiet area in a library and there is absolutely no talking - yet you are surrounded by other students that are as hard as work as you are!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I like the usual quiet areas for study, like the libraries. Although, when I started graduate school, I started spending more time in St. Paul than Minneapolis. I found that I really enjoyed that campus, and wish that it had not taken me so long to get to know it.

    Bang for the buck

    There are plenty of free things to do around town - if you are interested in saving as much as possible. However, living in this city is not always the cheapest thing to do. Having roommates does ease the financial burden a bit...

    What to do for fun

    As an underage person - there were plenty of dry clubs to keep me occupied. After I turned 21, there were also plenty of bars to keep me occupied. Living in a larger city, this was never a problem. Additionally, there was always a party of some sort going on...

    Food and Dining

    I lived in Sanford, which was rumored to have the best food, because this is where all the student athletes also lived. Although, the food was great anywhere that I ate on campus - I guess I wasn't all that picky

    Dorm Life

    Very fun! I only stayed in the dorm for a year - but made some great friends that I will have for the rest of my life. RA's were friendly and helpful - they were also strict (when necessary) but not too strict, and we were able to have fun

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on what college you are attending, you can either be a slacker with no work, or you can choose to have a very difficult workload with many challenging studies. If you are going into the sciences. be prepared to study all the time (as it is at any school)

    Tips for prospective students

    A very welcoming environment. There are a lot of activities for incoming students to get involved in. This is a big 12 school, and so sports are huge. This campus spans two cities, so it is quite large - it can take a newcomer some getting used to, but one that is accomplished, you will definitely love it.

    In three sentences

    A very big school. Great for those experiencing college for the first time. Be aware, you must take your own initiative in many areas.

  • 03/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Gopher football game

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty good.

    What to do for fun

    Guthrie theater, roller blading, sledding and tubing, go to cafes and restaurants on campus, the Mall of America, and music concerts.

    Food and Dining

    Food around campus is good, but the dining food is not very appetizing or delicious.

    Dorm Life

    If you live at apartment, not very social environment.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are not too difficult as long as you go to the office hours when you have questions and as long as you study well before midterms and finals.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't get behind on readings in class. When you have questions about material in class, go to professors' office hours. They are generally pretty friendly and want students to succeed. Balance your lifestyle, by exercising, sleeping, and eating well.

    In three sentences

    University of Minnesota is a pretty good college. There are many restaurants around the campus area. The people are very friendly at the University of Minnesota.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    all food at college is gross but you deal

    Dorm Life

    i did not dorm so im not sure

    Academic Rigor

    depending on your classes and if you pay attention

    Tips for prospective students

    - go to class - make new friends - study

    In three sentences

    The university is outstanding in school spirit. Its big but it feels like its own small community. For those who like to meet new people this is the place for you.

  • 03/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Coffman Student Center shows FREE movies every Thursday through Saturday, and they are usually very popular movies, like the new Spiderman, Hunger Games, and the new James Bond movie. There is also a bowling alley in the student center. On campus, there is a program that organizes safe and fun college activites, called Gophers After Dark. The recreation center has many options for group and solo activities. There are a plethora of clubs and student organizations one can get involved in, such as History Club and Dance Club.

    Food and Dining

    There are a plethora of venue options both on campus and just outside of campus (across the street). There is an extensive variety of cuisine offered. There are dining cafeteria areas open for sharing a dining experience. Costs are approximately equivalent to what one would pay at a standard quick-stop restaurant, like Subway.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a dorm at the University of Minnesota Morris campus, not at the Twin Cities campus. I have visited the dorm at the Twin Cities campus, however. Dorm life is an excellent way to become close to your fellow classmates, as you are close in proximity and readily available for study sessions and fun activites. Rooms are not grandly spacious, but living with a roommate can be a fun way to get to know somebody, and to learn about what qualities would make YOU a good roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    If you took Advanced Placement classes in high school, the academic rigor is similar. There is ALWAYS more you can get out of a class, and the more effort you invest into your classes, the more advantagous and intriguing they will be. Students are expected to analyze many reading texts, apply class concepts, articulate and synthesize their knowledge in essays and creative projects, and participate in stimulating topical discussions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors! There are programs that allow you to take them to lunch (for free), and visiting their office hours shows interest and helps you start to learn about other opportunities, maybe in other departments or through the professor's connections. Professors are very involved in their classes and are delighted to get to know their students and help them as they explore their education. Utilize the opportunities for connection that are available--they are an invaluable resource and can help you clarify the trajectory of your career and enhance your college experience.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota has a daunting enrollment of over 50,000 students, but the campus is much more community-oriented than that number implies. We see familiar students and friends regularly, and it is easy to develop relationships with your classmates and professors. There are many research opportunities here at the University, which is an asset because it allows you to be a part of the current studies that are most relevant to you.

  • 03/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is expensive wherever you go, but I do think that you provides great value for the price that you pay. Also, since it is public, the rates are not as high as many other private universities.

    What to do for fun

    U of M is in the heart of Minneapolis, so it is close to many attractions (Mall of America Field, Target Center, Target Field, Walker Art Center, Mill City Museum, etc.) It is also easy to get to many other places with public transit, and when the new light rail is finished it will be very easy to get around.

    Food and Dining

    When eating on campus, there are many options. The cafeteria food is not too bad, and they do offer many different kinds of foods for all diets. There are also many well-known options throughout campus.

    Dorm Life

    I did not ever live in the dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the classes that you register for, the U offers classes with deeply varying rigor. Each credit is supposed to be 3 hours of work during the week, but it is not always so.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy all that the U has to offer, try different sports, clubs, and organizations.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a great school all-around. It offers many academic options for students who wish to study different things. It is a close community regardless of being such a large student body, everyone is made to feel welcome.

  • 04/03/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Safest community conducive to learning!

    Clubs and Activities

    You name it! UMN has it! All the clubs are active and you will find something you love to do. Finding like minded peers are so easy through the clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    UMN is great for all people. But students who likes to have fun at the same time improve their skills and knowledge will benefit greatly from the tools and oppurtunities UMN offers.

    What to do for fun

    Kayak/Canoe or Boat in the Mississippi, Cycling and others...

    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining in and out of the campus caters well to the diverse student community.

    Academic Rigor

    Current curriculum prepares you well for facing uncertain job market right now. You will have a edge over your peers.

    Tips for prospective students

    You will never go wrong with UMN!

    In three sentences

    Vibrant community, Flexible program and immense job oppurtunities.

  • 04/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    go out with friends, go to free events sponsored by student groups.

    Academic Rigor

    the classes are enjoyable and challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    there are so meny resources on camps just keept your eye open.

    In three sentences

    the university of Minnesota has great resources and one of the best ones i have found are the amazing advisors to help guide you and talk to you about anything and everything.

  • 04/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive but most colleges are. I have been very happy with my college experience though!

    What to do for fun

    Dinkytown and Stadium Villages are locations very close to/on campus that have unlimited food/dining possibilities! Gophers After Dark are weekend events held at Coffman (the student union) which provide free food and activities. Downtown minneapolis is also a short bus ride away!

    Food and Dining

    Dining halls at the U are decent. Not my favorite though. Unfortunately, meal plans are required if you are living in a dorm.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life depends on the people. That being said, it varies tremendously. However, try and get a feel for what people say about the different dorms. Especially in regards to freshman dorms, a lot of them have a certain reputation that precedes them. Territorial Hall is often referred to as the party dorm whereas Frontier Hall holds a lot of CSE students and learning communities making it more studious. Find what fits your lifestyle.

    Academic Rigor

    I am in the college of science and engineering at the U and it's definitely been a little more challenging than I had first anticipated. However, it definitely feels worth it in the long run! Just stay focused but relaxed and take it one step at a time. The professors and TAs can really help you out!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be intimidated by the size of the campus! You really get used to it. Also, don't be afraid to try new things. There are literally hundreds of clubs, find something different and meet people!

    In three sentences

    So happy I chose the U of M. Love how spacious the campus is and emerged in the cities. It's big, full of spirit, diversity, and endless possibilities.

  • 04/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is very safe. There are police everywhere, and there are many optional programs put in place to keep students safe. One being the Gopher Chauffeur that provides sober rides for students on the weekends- all you have to do is call, and they will come pick you up and bring you to wherever you need to go, and it's FREE!

    What to do for fun

    There is lots to do for fun on and off campus! Coffman Memorial has movie showings on the weekends, and Dinkytown always has something going on. You can also take the bus to Rosedale mall for shopping or a movie, or go to downtown Minneapolis and find something there!

    Food and Dining

    So many options, its sometimes hard to choose. There are also many areas with food options all around campus, so that you never have to go far if you are hungry!

    Dorm Life

    I have heard the dorm life is great- I didn't live in a dorm. Lots of freshman enjoy it, but are ready for apartment living their sophomore year.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes require time and effort, but aren't impossible if you really try. Following the lectures and the assigned text book readings are very important. Staying on top of it all isn't easy, but if you do it, you will succeed!

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore campus, and the surrounding area. Get to know the Campus Connecter bus system. Find a club or student group. Make friends in all of your classes. Take a few classes that are just for fun. Join an intramural sports team. Go to Spring Jam!

    In three sentences

    University of Minnesota has positive environment with lots to choose from. Most of the professors are extremely helpful and enjoy what they are teaching, which makes the classes more enjoyable for the students also. The University has resources for everything you could ever imagine.

  • 04/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Over 300 clubs. If you don't find your interest, get two friends and $25 and create your own!!

    Bang for the buck

    It's a little spendy I think, but that's just my opinion.

    What to do for fun

    Minneapolis and St. Paul have so many museums, agood music scene, plenty of great food choices, clubs, bars, and great people.

    Food and Dining

    There are TONS of options around campus and the surrounding cities.

    Dorm Life

    Unsure. I never lived in the dorms. I haven't heard bad things, however.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest attending this school. Do what you love and try new things. Take advantage of all the opportunities you can to get involved and follow what you love!

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is huge. It's full of diversity and plenty of amazing opportunities. In addition, it gives you all the resources needed to individualize your experience there and take what YOU need from it.

  • 04/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I have not been part of Greek life and happy with my decision not to be, it isn't for everybody.

    What to do for fun

    Depends on what you enjoy! Plenty of options for entertainment in the city.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls (at least the one on superblock in Pioneer & Centenial hall) were alright. I have heard there are other dorms with better food also.

    Dorm Life

    Territorial Hall is the best of all if you are a social student! I would rate it a 5. However, if you get stuck in a bad dorm like Comstock or Bailey in St.Paul, I may have to rate it at a 1 or 2.

    Academic Rigor

    Many opportunities to challenge yourself! Can range from major to major though.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do your research as a Freshman. My experience with the advisors was horrible and I left more confused than ever. I took many classes my freshman year that lowered my GPA and were of no value to the major I decided on later.

    In three sentences

    The University has provided a rich and exciting environment to complete my undergraduate degree. I have found very interesting courses and internships for credits. I would recommend this school to anybody!

  • 04/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    student safety is the universities number one priority. university of Minnesota looks after their students.

    Dorm Life

    can be hard at times because you miss family but it is the best experience you well ever have it teaches you to be independent and know your self best.

    Academic Rigor

    University of Minnesota is that the classes are hard and when you need help there is house because ultimately the goal of the university is not to make you fail but itâ??s to help you succeed and that is by pushing you and pushing you to get the best work I keep.

    Tips for prospective students

    The syllabus, TAâ??s and students are your best resources use them whenever necessary.

    In three sentences

    There is a stigma which follows large universities is that the professors don't have time for students and the classes are always overcrowded the class and may sometimes be overcrowded but the stigma but the professors not having time for students is totally and definitely wrong. If you were student and made time I do your day to go visit a professor no matter what field are college sheâ??s he or she is from they will definitely make time for you and try to accommodate in what ever way possible.

  • 05/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is extremely safe and always offers rides late at night.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is alright, but is not comparable to the Greek life in the southern schools.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and activities offered. There is a club for just about every special interest group.

    Great for these types of students

    It is great for students who want to learn and can keep up with a lot of work.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The underground gopher tunnel system is pretty unusual.

    Bang for the buck

    It's expensive but it's the best school in the state.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out in the cube or go to Dinkytown. Dinkytown has a lot of fun stuff to offer.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get good grades and show up to class.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school. The student life and campus life is excellent. It has one of the best research programs in the country.

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe on this campus! Police and security guards are all over the place!

    Greek Life

    Great greek life! Wonderful and welcoming community!

    Bang for the buck

    There is a reasonable bang for your buck if you are paying in state tuition.

    What to do for fun

    Dinkytown is the place to be once you turn 21!

    Food and Dining

    SO many places to eat around campus!

    Dorm Life

    Superblock is where most of the freshmen live. It is four different dorm buildings with a central green area that they share! Makes the transition easier with everyone there experiencing it with you!

    Academic Rigor

    There are many challenging courses that require a lot of studying!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in something...anything!

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a large school with a great personal learning experience. There are many opportunities to get involved in. The greek life here is also amazing!

  • 05/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for just about anything you can think of. The athletic teams are decent, Greek life is huge, and its easy to meet new people by joining a club on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Dinkytown is great! Thats where all the best food is.

    What to do for fun

    People party a lot, but there are free movies on campus, plays, a bowling alley, a theater in Dinky Town, and a lot more.

    Food and Dining

    The food is okay. There are a lot of options, but they aren't the most healthy, and they get old after awhile. The hours are a little weird as well, so getting those down is very helpful.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms stay pretty clean for the most part. The meetings with your Community Advisor are annoying, but they are only a few times a year. Its smart to find other places to study because sometimes people are loud in the hallway and it gets hard to focus on work.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, but they will be anywhere you go. Just make sure to apply yourself from the beginning and you'll be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early for the dorms, Sanford, 17th Avenue and Territorial Halls are probably the coolest. Getting a bike is a really good idea as well because the campus is giant.

    In three sentences

    I love the school overall. It's a lot of fun and the people there are super nice and easy to get along with.

  • 05/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is a TON to do around Minneapolis, and a lot of things to do for cheap or free! We have MOA, two zoos, plenty of concert venues, Dinkytown, and a student center that hosts a lot of stuff for students.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls aren't the best, but we have a couple good ones. I would suggest doing a meal plan with your dorm room, but after that first year it really isn't cost effective unless you eat the equivalent of 5 cows a day.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is a must for freshmen (maybe not technically, but you're missing out if you skip it). The CAs are very understanding and willing to help you, and make sure that everyone is in a good study environment for finals.

    Academic Rigor

    I think the University of Minnesota has high expectations, but they're very willing to help you climb that ladder. They want you to succeed, which makes the work load that much easier.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your GPA up, get the best ACT score you can, and if you don't get into the college you want, at least you can be in the liberal arts school while you boost that GPA.

    In three sentences

    I love this school. There is a plethora of opportunities available in student groups, intramural sports, etc., and just as many resources to help you do well and have fun while you're learning to do whatever it is you love to do. Not only that, but the campus is gorgeous and close to a huge metropolitan area.

  • 05/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Frat Row is always a really exciting place for night time fun. Dinkytown also has a lot of eateries and shops. Finally, downtown Minneapolis is great for Thursday night fun when most clubs have a free cover for college students.

    Food and Dining

    It's dorm food, but definitely not as bad as you might think. Also, there are a lot of food options on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Living in the dorms really helped me to meet a lot of new people.

    In three sentences

    I enjoyed my first year at The U! I met a lot of great new friends and was really challenged by the academics.

  • 05/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are many campus security guards and campus is well light at night. It is in the edge of the city, so there is crime and theft close off campus, but on campus generally feels safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many clubs, there is at least one that looks interesting to any given person. There are interest clubs, religion clubs, heritage clubs and academic clubs available. Many are active in the University community, too.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are more independently motivated in their education. There isn't someone holding your hand here, definitely have to make your own opportunities and put yourself out there to succeed here.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe for the tuition price you get a great education, and great resources such as state of the art recreation center, pool, clean and nice academic buildings and grounds.

    What to do for fun

    Because it is located in the cities there is a lot to explore and do all times of the day. Many ethnic restaurants and experiences to be a part of. Movies, plays, concerts galore. The University also has numerous on campus events any given weekend.

    Food and Dining

    Food isn't the best, due to the large amount they must prepare and serve.

    Dorm Life

    Loud and busy all the time. Lots of parties and rowdy people 4 out of 7 days a week. Rooms are kept up well though.

    Academic Rigor

    Most classes are challenging and push you to think outside of box.

    Tips for prospective students

    Joining clubs and groups makes the school seem smaller. Don't be afraid to just talk to random people in your classes, easier to learn material if you have a couple people you can form a study group with.

    In three sentences

    The large class sizes can make it seem impersonal, but the classes are academically challenging and the teachers do care about the students. Great campus, clean and beautiful.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Academic Rigor

    I had just finished my freshmen year at this school. During my first year, I was totally shocked by the amount of assignments, projects and papers that I had to deal with. Plus, the difficulty of the those assignments ,papers and projects is also another factor.

    In three sentences

    This college has a huge and wonderful campus. There are hundreds of majors for students to choose. This is a good college with friendly professors and advisers.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You get emails when there is an attack on campus (attack like being robbed). You can call campus police and they will walk with you to your car, class, or home if you are scared at night. I think it is a safe campus but like anywhere you go there can be those people who like to steal and do wrong. If you use the buddy system you will be fine. Nothing to be afraid of here.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is very common here. Greek people are a big part of Homecoming and Spring Jam (a festival). It is pretty expensive to be in a frat or sorority but everyone I know who is in it, they love it!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of clubs like newspaper, magic, dance, art, GLBT, political, and about 100 more.

    Great for these types of students

    All students will feel comfortable here. There are all races, genders, religions, etc here. Diversity is what brought me to this school and it is the first word I think of when I think about this school.

    Bang for the buck

    It is pretty expensive but just as much as other Universities. I think you really get a lot of amenities like free movies and deals for sporting events. I get a great education and this school is respected by many businesses and people.

    What to do for fun

    There is so much to do! There are free movies every weekend, sports games, festivals on campus, and more. This campus is close to rivers and lakes for water activities. It is a very bike friendly city and campus. It is hard to sum all the amazing activities in a little paragraph because there truly is stuff to do every day!

    Food and Dining

    Food in the dining service is average for college food. There is a big selection though so that's good! Resturants on campus are the best! There are lots of coffee shops, frozen yogurt places, and classic local spots like Annies and Al's Breakfast. There are also many cheap places like Mesa Pizza and McDonalds if you get a late night craving.

    Dorm Life

    Don't live in Middlebrook as a freshman. It's on the West Bank. It is far away from the superblock (4 main dorms) and it gets lonely. People in this dorm are not as sociable and friendly. However, it is more peaceful for quiet time and the food here is the best!

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are tough so you actually learn something but not too tough where you want to cry everyday in class. Teachers are happy to help with any problems.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid of lecture halls. There can be 100-200 students in a class but you will easily get used to it. Join clubs. It's a great way to get involved and meet new people. There are tons of groups and they all seem super fun.

    In three sentences

    It has immense diversity in students, teachers, activities, and programs. It is so big that there is something for everyone to enjoy and feel apart of. I love it here because all my teachers and classes have been amazing!

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Great price for out of state students and academic level of this university makes it worthwhile.

    What to do for fun

    The city has much to do. Take a cheap bus and you're on your way to much fun.

    Food and Dining

    Food is under average. Dorm food is sometimes undercooked and there is no variety.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is lively both during class hours and outside of it. Fun throughout the weeks.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses aren't too hard. As long as you want to learn and are ready, it should be easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    The time you have depends on the many opportunities that are available and what you make those to be.

    In three sentences

    This school is great academically. The courses aren't too hard, and the workload isn't too much. Opportunities are everywhere.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Participate in intramural sports and attend sporting events.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enjoy your years in the dorms and make lots of friends.

    In three sentences

    It is a large school that has a strong honors community with classes and living. It is in Big Ten athletics that bring a great atmosphere during sporting events. Depending on the classes you take, you may end up stretching across three different campuses.

  • 06/10/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The safety on University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus is perfect. You will never feel unsafe and if at any point you do, just find one of many security booths set up on campus for help.

    Clubs and Activities

    At the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities there are endless amounts of clubs and activities to get involved in. From intramural sports to the people watching club! If campus doesn't have a club you're interested in, grab a couple friends and start one!

    What to do for fun

    The amount of activities available on campus for fun are never ending! The Coffman Union is always buzzing with Gopher spirit activities and with the University of Minnesota located in the Twin Cities you have endless new places to find fun!

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing but it's a good idea to wake up early if you want to beat the rush!

    Dorm Life

    It's a great idea to stay in the Freshman super block your first. It helps you make new friends and get acquainted with the numerous on campus groups.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities can be hard but it's all about how you organize. Making sure to keep organized and set specific times for study and play will definitely keep the college years smooth.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to get a campus tour, or multiple, to be sure it fits you. Ask lots of questions to tour guides, staff and alumni. Check out everything possible about the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities on their website! There is so much information that can help you confirm your desire to be a Gopher!

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities offers a great environment for finding new passions and exploring different cultures! Although it seems like a big campus, the U centralizes each specific college to make student life easier.

  • 06/14/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare for a culture shock

  • 06/15/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Theres a line to call if you dont wanna walk home alone.. but some areas of campus are a little shady.

    Greek Life

    PARTAYY!

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you could imagine.

    Great for these types of students

    Ambitious and self driven.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Nothing too weird.. though our mascot Goldy does enjoy making surprise visits on campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Awesome School!

    What to do for fun

    Well you're in the twin cities.. you can do anything from movie night with your boo to clubbing with some buddies.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get an extra pair of sweatpants for your walk across the Mississippi bridge.. its can get pretty windy out there.

    In three sentences

    A great research school. A lot of opportunities for growth. Super cold in the winter.

  • 06/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Again, if your degree is in a prestigious major then the money's worth spending.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of bars to hit up on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty much every restaurant imaginable is on or close to campus

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small and do not have many activities.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be challenging and professors are hard to get to know.

    Tips for prospective students

    Consider other options before the U unless you are in Carlson or CSE.

    In three sentences

    The U of M is a great place for people who are in prestigious programs like engineering and economics. It has a very lively sports atmosphere, but unfortunately still loses out to many Big 10 schools. Faculty can be unresponsive.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always student monitors around and the university has its own police department. There is a number that students can call to have someone accompany them places especially at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are plenty of clubs and activities for everyone on campus. They are varied. And if you can't find one that fits you, you can always make your own. Some friends of mine and I started the very first archery club at the university.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sleep and sleeping is such a huge thing about college, and if a student takes a walk around the campus, he or she can find other students just sleeping in the most random spots.

    What to do for fun

    There are a few places to go and have fun. You can always choose eating out around Dinkytown or Stadium View. Right on campus there is place called Goldys Gameroom where you can bowl and play video games or card games and board games. Other than those places you can participate in student club events which are usually free and have food. Coffman Student Union has a theater and every weekend they usually show a movie and the best part is that it is free for students.

    Food and Dining

    The university dining service does its best with food, but sometimes if you want to eat healthy you have to make it yourself or create a healthier dish with what you are provided. Access to food is not a problem at all because the campus is pretty big, it has food almost everywhere you go.

    Dorm Life

    If you get to know people in your dorm and your roommate, you would have so much more fun. Even if you don't go out and join a club or organization, you can hang out with your dorm mates and make the best out of your college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes that you take and the effort that you put into them will determine if its rigorous or not. But most of the professor know how to keep the class moving, and you are always learning no matter what. Each professor teaches differently and even if its a review class, you will still learn something new.

    Tips for prospective students

    Even if you come to the University unsure of what you want to do, you will definitely find something that interests you.

    In three sentences

    There are many opportunities to make friends and network. There are also many opportunities to get involved in the community. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is a great place to explore yourself because of its variety of majors and colleges.

  • 06/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are security guards to walk you places and police all over.

    Greek Life

    While only a small portion of students are Greek it is a great community and there is a house for everyone!

    Great for these types of students

    The campus is honestly good for any type of student, they have something for everyone!

    What to do for fun

    Go to the sports games, they are so much fun! Going to coffee shops to study is also a great way to make studying more fun.

    Food and Dining

    The campus has so many restaurants and affordable dining options that you do not need a food plan! I loved the Coffman Cafeteria!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a suite in Frontier Hall and loved it. The only downside was that you had to provide your own toilet paper and clean your own bathroom which could get a bit expensive and my suite mates did not really participate in the purchasing of that. The environment of the dorms was great and the CA's were awesome. The only other downside was that the dorm food was not the greatest but that is how it is at almost every college. The best food is in Middlebrook hall.

    Academic Rigor

    If you put in the work in your classes you should be fine. Some classes are harder than other but in general classes are pretty good.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club, student group, student organization, Greek life, or something you would enjoy. Groups are a great way to meet people and find people to hang out with who are similar to you.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota has many opportunities for everyone. It has great facilities, professors, academics, and overall campus life. Everyone should be able to fit in because the campus is so diverse and well rounded.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Even though the University is in the middle of the Twin Cities there are many ways to stay safe. The campus hires people to walk you home if you need them to. 612- 625-WALK is always avalable to help you get home safely.

    Greek Life

    At the University of Minnesota Greek life is everywhere there is even a street for fraternity and sorority housing. There are many opportunities for networking and getting to know other Greek students.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are tons of organizations on campurs that allows for variety and fun on campus. You can even start your own club with five people and 25 dollars.

    Great for these types of students

    If you have previous college expirience or AP and IB credit. The University of Minnesota has the best transfer. In the long run it saves you time and money.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tree off of the Washinton Ave bridge that has shoes hanging from the branches. This is for graduating Gophers who wanted to show they were finished with school.

    Bang for the buck

    UMN-TC is the cheapest University in the Twin Cities area. Tuition has a flat rate at 13 credits. So no matter how many classes you take you will never pay more for wanting to take a more vigorous schedule.

    What to do for fun

    There are over 200 clubs and organizations on campus along with many work studies available. Opportunities like these along with volunteering makes for something always happening.

    Food and Dining

    It is the same cafeteria food that we all had in high school accept a couple notches better. If you know where to go for food in terms of dorm cafeteria and time of the week there will always be great food available. Ask around and you will always find something.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on the dorm you are placed in depends on what specialties you will recieve. Each dorm is known for something. Research what you want on campus whether it is good food, good facilities, or accessable locations before trying to pick a dorm to live in.

    Academic Rigor

    Lower level classes are at a freshman level. Although as you get into major classes and language classes study time and the commitment of time need to go up as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    No matter what you do, ask for help. If you never ask for help when you need it, it becomes very easy to get out of hand. Make sure you use the resources avaiable.

    In three sentences

    They have great resources available to students. It is a large campus that has the ability to have a small campus feeling. No matter where you turn there are people there willing to help you if you ask.

  • 06/25/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus is usually pretty safe. Don't put yourself in a position where you are not aware of your surroundings. Easiest way to be safe at night is to be with a friend, keep your doors locked when you are out of the room, and use common sense.

    Clubs and Activities

    One of the only schools in Minnesota that you can find over 500 organizations and clubs to choose from. If you still don't see your group, make one! They even fund you along the way.

    Bang for the buck

    Crazy Mondays at Dominos! 3.99 Medium 1-Topping Pizzas all day mondays.

    What to do for fun

    Your options are endless here which is one thing I love about the U of MN. Go walking around campus, down to the tv lounge, playing at the recreation center, and even eating at your favorite restaurant. I do all of them to have to fun.

    Food and Dining

    So far the best food I've had is at Comstock Hall. There are many other places to eat including Dinky Town. There are many open late at night. If you are hungry, you will definitely find something to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are actually amazing here. Full of people in and out constantly so you have no choice but to meet people. As long as you have your ucard and key you'll be just fine.

    Academic Rigor

    Currently I've only taken one class here. I can't really say I could give a full rate on how tough the courses are simply because my course was not that challenge. However, do you work and pay attention in class and you should be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to get into the University of Minnesota feel proud. The U of MN had 43,000 applicants for the incoming class of 2017, and only 5500 applicants were accepted. Definitely take your application seriously and meet every deadline.

    In three sentences

    I'd definitely give the University a 9.5 out of 10. I've actually been living here since the beginning of June and honestly I feel welcomed everyday I'm here. The University of Minnesota is full of fun, energetic, and friendly people that make up the rate 9.5

  • 07/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I recently just joined a sorority on campus and so far it has opened many doors and helped me meet many new people. It is a great way to become immersed in the college life. Greek life here at the U of MN is not about drinking and partying like it is portrayed in the media. They are concerned with building leaders and helping each member reach their full potential as a person.

    What to do for fun

    You are just minutes away from downtown Minneapolis, so that offers many options. However, the school does do a great job of providing safe and legal things to do for recreation. Things like bowling and homecoming and spring jam and sporting events are all available throughout the school year.

    Food and Dining

    The dining halls serve mediocre food and it can get old after awhile. The U offers FlexDining which is prepaid food from well known chains (i.e.-Panda Express, Chick-fil-a, etc.). The only down side to this is the restaurants are only in a specific location which can be inconvenient at times.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms do not have AC which is only needed in the beginning and end of the school year. The U does try their best to pair you with someone who is likely to be compatible with yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    The university sets the bar high for its students. This is especially the case in science related majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a large campus with a lot of students and if you do not put yourself out there and try new things, it is easy to feel lost. Do not hesitate to join groups freshman year. I was afraid that the course load wouldn't allow me to balance it all, this is not the case.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is a great university to attend if you are looking to gain a more worldly view and meet new and diverse people. It offers many different majors and options to help you attain your goals in life and help prepare you for the real world. I would highly recommend this school to people with high aspirations for their future.

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is always reports sent out if there is an attack along with tips. Cops are usually around the campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any club you can possibly think of is available otherwise you could always start you're own club.

    Great for these types of students

    There is quite a lot of diversity at the U.

    Bang for the buck

    If you are an in-state student, tuition is pretty low and so worth it for the type of education and national credibility that you're receiving.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of frats but you usually have to know someone in order to get in.

    Food and Dining

    There is all kinds of food at and around the U. Any food you could possibly want and many choices.

    Dorm Life

    Freshmen are required to live in the dorms their first-year and the dorms are all close to campus. Your experience can really depend on what kind of roommate you have.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes can be difficult but it is definitely doable, it really is how much your willing to take on.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get ready for a big school with thousands of other students. The campus may seem huge but it starts to seem a lot smaller when you get the hang of navigating.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a big school which can make creating close relationships hard. The good thing is that the U also offers so many resources for anything you could possible be interested in becoming involved with. There is a club for almost anything!

  • 07/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Food and Dining

    Food and dining is generally decent at the U. Many people claim to enjoy the food, but also keep some food in their dorm rooms if they don't feel like indulging their meal plan. The campus has a lot of hole-in-the-wall, excellent places to eat- so going out is never a problem!

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are small but nice. It is easy to meet new people in your dorms, so long that you say hello and are amicable. Minnesotans are generally nice, welcoming people- which makes dorm life much more enjoyable.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic rigor varies from faculty to faculty; however, most students feel that academic life at the U is decently rigorous. Whatever classes you choose to participate in, don't expect easy A's. The U of M is a good school; it expects you to be a good student, too.

    Tips for prospective students

    The University of Minnesota is a place for students with good grades and standardized testing scores, which is an essential thing to keep in mind for prospective students. Applicants should be aware that, though the University is often more forgiving for poor academic performance for Minnesota locals, that out-of-state individuals are provided no such grace. Furthermore, oftentimes students from out-of-state are not ready for the unreasonably cold and drawn-out cold weather Minnesotans experience in winter, spring, and fall. It is always good to keep in mind that cold weather is a guarantee at the U of M, and that one should be aptly prepared. Finally, Minneapolis is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country. Biking is a huge part of the Minneapolis culture, and prospective students should put a good amount of thought into getting a bike for college, which is far more versatile and efficient than any car will be in the city.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is an often overlooked gem; its campus is one of the most beautiful in the country, featuring historic buildings like the Guthrie Theatre, the Walker Art Center, and the Mill City Museum- all settled within Minneapolis' beautiful skyscrapers. Better yet, the university itself offers a top-notch education to students, and with a relatively manageable tuition not often character of such an excellent institution. Its education, the city-life, and its endless clubs and extra-curricular groups make the U of M a place of endless opportunity.

  • 07/17/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food, while delicious, can be rather pricing, so think about creating some kind of meal plan. Also, take advantage of the numerous free food opportunities, such as events.

    Dorm Life

    It makes sense to live on-campus, but since I live less than 20 minutes away, I felt that it would be much more cost effective to stay at home.

    Academic Rigor

    There are various course work assistance available to those who may be finding their course work too challenging. Be sure to take advantage of your advisor's recommendations, as they will try to match up your courses with demonstrated abilities.

    Tips for prospective students

    For those thinking about attending the U, I advise you to reach out to other incoming Freshmen. You'll find that a lot of those around you are also considering the U, so get to know those people if you do attend. This creates a small group of people that you already know when familiarizing yourself with the school.

    In three sentences

    The U of M is for students who enjoy meeting new people frequently. It's obviously large, but each college has a community base that'll let you fill a part of the University as a whole. The website is very informative, and I recommend using One Stop for most of your quick go to informational needs.

  • 07/18/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Rec Centre- Try squash....the U has a new squash team, that has been doing well, so cheer the team!

    What to do for fun

    Rec Centre, Mall of America! Or just hang out in the campus!

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't go by the usual rankings, U of Minnesota is much above the listed rank as a great place to learn. Crossing the river over the bridge in the middle of the campus can be a pain, so choose your housing accordingly

    In three sentences

    Absolutely a great place to study, especially for international students. Cold winters but the warm people make up for it. Being a large university, plenty of opportunities to make your mark as a student, researcher or athlete. Beautiful city and great campus.

  • 07/21/2013

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    What to do for fun

    Explore the Twin Cities

    Food and Dining

    The meal plan is doable and their flex dollars opens up many dining venues.

    Dorm Life

    It appeared small and lacked air-conditioning.

    Academic Rigor

    It sounds rigorous; however, with dedication the resourses will allow a person to suceed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus and talk to current students.

    In three sentences

    They have friendly staff. The study abroads are great. They have easy acess to light rail.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    624-WALK

    What to do for fun

    Join as many clubs as possible that interest you.

    Food and Dining

    The only benefit is to get creative and that they are all you can eat.

    Dorm Life

    Didn't really like dorm life. Too crowded, the food was pretty crappy.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging if you want to succeed above the average.

    Tips for prospective students

    Heavily consider your options, if money is tight, and you're from the state, go here. If you're out of state, weigh the options.

    In three sentences

    Great on diversity, exploration and an opportunity to completely discover yourself and what you want here.

  • 07/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Downtown Minneapolis is a metropolitan area, it is much cleaner, nicer, and safer than most, but it is what it is. You don't really need to fear being shot at but theft does happen in the city if you are not careful with your things. I have never felt unsafe at all on campus. I am a woman and I have walked alone at night and gone to a handful of wild frat parties and crazy sporting events without ever getting in to a situation where I had any reason to worry. Still, I took simple self-defense classes before freshmen year and I carry pepper spray. I recommend that to every woman starting college no matter where you go. I don't mean to be one of the people who claim it is the woman's responsibility to protect herself from rape, I believe that the focus should shift to teaching men not to rape and not victim blaming, but with the reality of the world as it currently exists, self defense is important to know. While I am on that subject, men, don't rape. Also, if you come to the U join the Consent is sexy club!

    Greek Life

    Some sororities and fraternities are just how movies and tv portray them and one of the are just a bunch of friends living together doing fun group activities sometimes. You have to look for yourself. They are big time commitment, though. I never pledged and I made tons of great friends right when I started the U and I never struggle to find something to do.

    Clubs and Activities

    Marching band is the bet but there opts seriously a club or everyone. Also, if you like sports bu your not really up to the D1 level, intramurals are great!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who cares about their education. This is a wonderful school!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The marching band has so many awesome traditions to you have to be apart of to know ;)

    Bang for the buck

    So inexpensive for the wonderful education you receive. It is officially a Public Ivy. Scholarships are great, I have no loans and I got all of my financial need taken care of through merit scholarships through the U. It is also very well connected, The U music program is well known as a very high level and exclusive program and through it I have gotten multiple prestigious summer internships that will help me so much after graduation.

    What to do for fun

    Joining the marching band is the #1 thing to do for fun! Also, there is exploring the campus (it's huge) and all of the great free stuff there (clubs, art, the Mississippi, or the movies). There is always a party going on (not all of them are boozefests). Or, downtown Minneapolis is right next to the campus and Downtown Saint Paul is just a quick bus ride (or soon light rail ride) away and there is always great music and restaurants and stores and clubs and so many other awesome random things downtown. Honestly, one ofthe reasons I picked the U is because I love downtown Minneapolis.

    Food and Dining

    The food is super good and it is so convinient that you can eat in your dorm's dining hall or in any of the other ones. Also, every meal plan comes with flex dine so you can eat at the Panda Express, Erberts and Gerberts, Starbucks, Caribou, Einstien Bros Bagels, Chick fil a, or any of the other places that I am forgetting. It is really nice!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so much fun! Middlebrook is by far the best dorm. You get to know your hall so well and everyone is so nice and supportive,

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very difficult, it so worth it. I have learned so much and even when I struggled at first, my professors were happy to help. In all of my time at the U I have never had busy work. Every single assignment and lecture and discussion taught me so much and I feel I have grown an unimaginable amount intellectually in only 3 years. The professors are all at the top of their field and so knowledgeable but also so passionate about their work and compassionate toward their students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! Also, really study hard for our first ACT because retakes are expensive and stressful. I got a 34 on my fist try at the beginning of my Junior year and it took so much pressure off. Don't be that person who everyone knows has taken it 4 times and the highest score you have is a 23 (I have a friends who went through that). Also, try to branch out in your activites and work for leadership positions. I thought that All-State Orchestra, the National Honors Scoiety, and French Club President were y stand-outs, but I was told later that things like Dance Team Captain, Anti-Bully League VP. Marching Band Section Leader and Rank Lieutenant, and secondary lead in a musical were a really big help to my acceptance.

    In three sentences

    Choosing the U was the best decision I ever made; I was very close to picking Oberlin, but the U is so uh better. The programs are great, the campus is so, so beautiful, the classes are so helpful and exciting, the music program is incredible, the location is fun and useful, and, above all, the professors are so brilliant and passionate and helpful. I recommend this school to anyone who wants to learn all they can in college.

  • 07/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Minnesota has its own police force! They work alongside the City of Minneapolis's police force. The University also offers many programs for students, including 624 - WALK, a programs that supplies students with security guards that can walk them up to one mile off of campus. There is also a free campus taxi that caters to students every Friday and Saturday night.

    Greek Life

    6% of campus is involved in Greek life. With over 40 chapters, students have many options when choosing which house they want to be a part of.

    Clubs and Activities

    The University of Minnesota has over 800 student groups! Whether it is just a fun group, such as Campus People Watchers, or and interest based group, such as the Pre-Med club, students have many options of which group to get involved in. If for some reason a student doesn't find a group that interests his or her, all the student needs to do is gather four friends and $25 to start their own.

    Bang for the buck

    A high class institution that is the cheapest in the Big Ten conference! I'd say that is pretty affordable!

    What to do for fun

    The University is right near Dinkytown, a historic part of the City of Minneapolis. Dinkytown is home to many restaurants and stores that are college budget appropriate.

    Food and Dining

    The University dining service offers many different healthy and organic options. Most of the fresh produce is grown in a student operated organic farm right on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The residence halls are great! They are well staffed by knowledgeable upperclassmen, very safe and secure, and the rooms themselves are surprisingly spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    We have many top notch programs at the University of Minnesota, including top ranked Science and Engineering programs, Psychology programs and Management programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early! Also, come into college with an open mind. Don't be afraid to explore every subject, that's what your first two years are for!

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is an underrated University. People are always overlooking this establishment because of the brutal Minnesota weather and they never take into account the wonderful and important research and developments that have come out of this institution. I believe the University has many top notch programs that make it a great school to be going to.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Do NOT go out by yourself after dark. Especially if you're a female. The school is located in the middle of a large city. Every week I got emails from the University Police Chief about people getting mugged, girls getting pursued by creepy men, and other scary things. Be smart!

    Greek Life

    Lots of options. I never participated, but many of my friends did and loved it.

    Clubs and Activities

    LOTS of options! Pick something you enjoy and go for it! They literally have everything you could possibly think of.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing

    What to do for fun

    Chilly Billy! The U has lots of events going on throughout the year, Spring Jam is the biggest. Also, in Coffman there is an area called The Whole (I believe..) and they have lots of concerts throughout the week at night. During the day, however, it's also a great place to study!

    Food and Dining

    I have food allergies, so whenever I ate at the dorms with my friends, I could really only eat soup and/or salad. I'm intolerant to both gluten and dairy, and it was nearly impossible to feel full. They had a sign up on numerous occasions for GF buns for their hamburgers, but every time I asked for one they said that they were frozen. Huge disappointment.

    Dorm Life

    I didn't live in the dorms, but I was in quite a few of them. Middlebrook is small, but has good food (or so I'm told). Sanford was my favorite dorm, and had a TV lounge/study area.

    Academic Rigor

    For me, the material only seemed difficult because I was so flustered by the number of people in my classes. Environment plays a huge role for me, maybe it does for you too. If you're used to small schools, it may be wise to stick to that for college, unless you're really confident that you can make the switch easily. I thought I could, but my grades told me otherwise. They weren't bad, but they were definitely not the A's I was used to from the college I had done PSEO at previously.

    Tips for prospective students

    Bottom line, you need to be self-motivated. I was in a physics class and the professor said, 'If you have any questions or need help, don't email me. Email your TA's first, I have other research work that I need to focus on. If they can't help you, THEN email me.' Also, the class sizes are huge, and meeting people can be intimidating. In order to make the school feel smaller, join a few clubs, and become friends with people in your dorm. It's also very wise to befriend people in your classes, since you can put your brain-power together if your teachers seem unaccessible. It's not awful. I actually had a lot of fun with my friends on campus, and grew to enjoy the U. It's location is prime, right in the middle of downtown Minneapolis. Students go to concerts on weekends, and have a whole host of activities right nearby.

    In three sentences

    I went to the U of M for PSEO last year. The general classes are huge (200 people in a room is not uncommon). You must be self motivated, because teachers don't know who you are and aren't as accessible.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have a Gopher Chauffeur that can be called to drop students off somewhere if they feel unsafe or it is cold out.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is great. The fraternities and sororities are not your stereotypical party animal greeks. They are truly a community and a family. I encourage everyone to consider joining one.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many options. Attend a club fair to see the huge variety.

    Great for these types of students

    There is really a place for everyone here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a spot that you can stand and hear an echo. It's just a random little park on campus, but it's really neat!

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is high and aid is small, but I believe it's worth it for the experience you get. Try finding independent scholarships!

    What to do for fun

    Football games Clubs Greek Life Downtown Minneapolis Museums Theater Mall It's right in Minneapolis so there are plenty of fun opportunities.

    Dorm Life

    I transferred and did not get to experience dorm life, but I have eaten at their dining halls and for a state school the food is pretty good!

    Tips for prospective students

    Join a club or a fraternity/sorority. It gives a big school a community feel.

    In three sentences

    I give the U of M- Twin Cities five stars. It's big enough that students get a wide variety of people to interact with, but it's not hard to find your niche. The classes are challenging, but the teachers and T.A's are always eager to help.

  • 07/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Depending on what dorm you go to for food, it can vary. Middlebrook is the best for options! Centennial has late night food -- which I always loved!

    Dorm Life

    Many options of where to live! Not just where on the different campuses, but also what kinds of rooms, dining plans, and how many roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the major, it can consume your life. If you find what you are passionate for, you will welcome the challenge with open arms.

    In three sentences

    Full of activity. In the middle of a great city. Students everywhere.

  • 08/09/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, ambitious, students that are serious and love a lively environment.

    What to do for fun

    Where do I start! There's dinkytown, stuff on campus, parties, downtown is 5 minutes away, the Mall of America, I mean the opportunities are endless.

    Food and Dining

    GOOD FOOD.

    Dorm Life

    There's plenty of different options for housing and the dorms are clean! The U also offers LLCs (Living Learning Communities) among students that share common backgrounds or interests.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors definitely challenge you! There's a lot that they expect from you as a student and as an adult. They know what they're talking about and do constant research in their fields. As long as you don't procrastinate you'll do fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships if you're an out of state student! The costs become real once you start. Consider all of your options and VISIT THE CAMPUS. Once you visit you really realize how amazing the University is.

    In three sentences

    Great social scene, I've met so many new friends. There's amazing professors that are passionate and knowledgeable. Lots of students attend the U, but you still get personal attention.

  • 08/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Going to sports games, parties, and other events on campus is the life here at the U. Thursday through Saturday nights they play free movies (that are current!) at the campus center (Coffman) and a large (and I mean HUGE!) popcorn is $1. You can also go bowling for super cheap in Coffman. The dorms have tons of movies for their residents too. Dinkytown is a short walk away, so that's also quite a popular place.

    Food and Dining

    Meal plans are convenient, but dining hall food is terrible. There is only one dorm open on the weekends in the Superblock (4 residence halls in one area) so feeding over 1,000 people in one dining hall makes for less food, silverware, and plates. The lines get super long too.

    Dorm Life

    I loved living in the dorm last year! Yes there are rules for alcohol, noise, and other things, but they have to keep you in line somehow. Sharing a room teaches you how to get along with another person and respect each other's space. Doing laundry isn't a big deal, just find an odd time to do it, such as during the week day in the middle of the day, or super early in the morning. Sharing a bathroom is a pain because other people don't know how to clean up after themselves, so beware of that.

    Academic Rigor

    Of course everyone wants to see you succeed, but it's really up to you if you want to do the homework or not...it will just cost you a good grade. The faculty expect you to do well and such, but it's all up to you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live in a dorm your freshman year and take advantage of it by meeting a lot of people and introducing yourself to everyone; you never know who will become your new BFF. Don't sit in your room all day; get out there and get involved, whether it be Greek life or going to sporting events, just make the most of it and have fun, but don't forget to study!

    In three sentences

    To be completely honest, attending the U of MN was the best decision I've ever made. I've met so many people and there is always something to do; you will never be bored! The atmosphere is so energetic and everyone is there to support you so you never feel alone.

  • 08/25/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    What to do for fun

    When i went to the University of Minnesota, there was always events and programs going on, if you are a social butterfly and like meeting new people there are always events you can attend that are open to the students to participate in.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining in the dorms might not be as spectacular as it could be, but the University of Minnesota campus is so vast, there are plenty of outside places where you can get food from for relatively cheap!

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are very fun and energetic. There are always tutoring/studying spaces available for people who live in the dorms to find study space. Every one is also very friendly and easy to get along with.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Minnesota is a very good school, it is ranked one of the top 10 research universities when I started attending in 2005. The classes are quite large and so you would need to develop a very healthy studying schedule to keep up with course work. That or you can visit the professors during office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    The Twin Cities campus is very big, you should take the time ahead of time to explore the campus and check out where your exact classroom buildings are. It is very easy to get lost or confused if you aren't prepared or haven't looked at a school map.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a fun, vibriant university for those of you who seek a very diverse school. The class structures are also very independent but the professors are always open and available should you have any questions or need any help! It was a very great school to attend and I love the University of Minnesota!

  • 09/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have people you can call if you need to walk home alone, especially at night. You can just call them, tell them your location and they will walk you to your destination. There are also university police to keep everyone safe and much more.

    Greek Life

    Fraternity row (Frat Row) is huge. There are so many fraternities and sororities to choose from, just find one you'll like.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I said before, there are over 800 clubs to choose from. You can find one you like quite easily and get involved. There are also Intramural sports you can join if you do not play a sport with the University. You can also make your own club!

    Great for these types of students

    Everyone!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I swear we have the weirdest football chants out of all colleges.

    Bang for the buck

    You are going to pay to go to a nationally ranked, research, Big Ten, fourth largest student body school. It's worth the cost

    What to do for fun

    Join an intramural sport or a club. There are over 800 clubs on campus to choose from and you can even create your own very easily. We are also near downtown Minneapolis, so it's easy to go there and enjoy the nightlife.

    Food and Dining

    I live in a residence hall that has one of the best dining halls! Other dining halls are decent as well. There are many places to eat out if you would like. You can easily grab something from a cafe on your way to class. Being in the heart of a metropolitan city has its perks!

    Dorm Life

    It really depends on which dorm you are in to be honest. There are eight residence halls, all are great, you wont be stuck in a horrible dorm. I suggest you choose which dorm you want to live in wisely though.

    Academic Rigor

    There are classes that fit everyones level. Whether you are a genius and need to take a high level class, or you didn't take high school math for a year and need to catch up. You will be challenged and learn well, but it is nothing you cannot keep up with.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early. Do not wait until the night before to submit your application. It is a VERY competitive school (less than half who apply get accepted), so you need to focus on your academics now.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota - Twin Cities is an amazing university. Not only is it nationally ranked academically, but it is also a Big Ten university. Everything from the campus, to the dorms, to the location, to the professors and classes are wonderful and I am very proud to go here.

  • 09/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want a college in a city with lots of things to experience. Plus, Minnesota will always be a state that hosts great people who love a variety of things.

    Bang for the buck

    There are tons of things to do that are cheep, or even better, free. Food and games are always available around campus.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports, going to the huge awesome recreational center, visiting the large outdoor area called The Mall where people play music and relax in the grass. Going to Dinktown, Uptown, or Downtown are all things to do.

    Food and Dining

    Definitely not slop, and 17th Avenue Dining is really nice, it's a treat to go there in itself.

    Dorm Life

    People love keeping their doors open, especially in the superblock, it's a good way to begin and end the day.

    Academic Rigor

    It's difficult, but a great way to meet people is have a study group! (There's usually snacks too.)

    Tips for prospective students

    Look at scholarships and tour schools! Take advantage of any and all resources, because you will regret it. Even if something is different or seems weird, it's good to give it a shot, you may meet people you really like, and discover something you enjoy.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota- Twin Cities is a huge campus filled with every kind of person, but it has places for everyone to shine. The University is big on making resources available to everyone, and with so many groups, employment and volunteer opportunities, and a variety of class options everyone has the ability to find their niche. You feel wanted and appreciated at the University of Minnesota, you feel like you're where you belong.

  • 09/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Minnesota Police Department (UMPD) does a fantastic job in making sure everyone is being safe and feels safe on campus.

    What to do for fun

    We have a newly renovated rec center. Utilize that to avoid the freshman 15! Also all the clubs always have something fun going on!

    Food and Dining

    The food here is amazing! There are so many different places to eat. All of them are delicious!

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter, but it is very convenient to live on campus. However it is very expensive. So make sure you have the funds before you decide living with your parents is unbearable.

    Academic Rigor

    It is very important that you stay on top of your assignments. At orientation you are provided with a planner, USE IT! It is a very important tool to stay organized.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to select the classes you want I suggest going to the earliest orientation date possible. Meet with One Stop to understand your financial aid awards and how to pay them off. Also if you have time try and get involved in at least one club.

    In three sentences

    This University is HUGE. Other than the obvious it is a great place to come for an education. There are tons of things to do and the professors here are great!

  • 09/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Student groups are always active on campus. Events are always going on and flyers are everywhere to let you know. Attending student group events and activities are really fun and you don't have to be a member!

    Food and Dining

    Honestly, the food at Comstock Hall where I'm living at isn't that extravagantly good. However, it is pretty decent. The best meal of the day would have to be breakfast. Lunch and dinner are okay, but they're not the best. Other halls on my campus have better food. Sometimes I head to the marketplace at Coffman Memorial to get Panda Express or Chick-fil-A. There's something for everyone!

    Dorm Life

    The decision to live on campus was definitely one of the smartest things I've ever made. I met so many people and made many friends the first week I moved into my dorm. I especially like convenience of living near campus because it provides flexibility.

    Academic Rigor

    Students here at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities have so much pride. We all strive to be the best. There are study spaces every where on campus! The libraries here at the University of Minnesota is well organized. There is a Writing Center for students who needs help with their writing assignments. Additionally there are tutoring sessions available.

    Tips for prospective students

    I advise prospective students to take advantage of all the resources available at the U. Ask for help if needed because you will remain lost if you do not seek help. There are always people willing to help. If a financial problem comes up or if you're just simply confused about financial aid, contact One Stop Student Services as soon as possible!

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities has a huge campus. It is located in a beautiful city. The campus is full of students who come from very diverse backgrounds.

  • 09/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are crime alerts every so often during the night and off campus, but it's generally pretty safe on campus during the day.

    Greek Life

    There are sorority and fraternity houses near Dinkytown and recruiting happens as well for Greek Life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities and you can walk across the bridge and look at the different clubs who have painted on the panels to see which clubs you would be interested in.

    Great for these types of students

    Gym-great for healthy students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A fun location is Coffman 1st floor where there's always someone playing the grand piano for you enjoyment!

    Bang for the buck

    Pretty good rate for tuition! Even for out of state students!

    What to do for fun

    Guthrie theater, football games, roller blading, downtown, uptown, movies at Coffman, Gophers after dark at Coffman

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty much the same every day. There's always pizza, salad and sandwiches that you can make. Some things change, but it does turn out to be pretty much the same foods every day. The price is expensive too for each meal.

    Dorm Life

    You can choose what dorm you want to live in, but apply early. There are opportunities to transfer if you don't like your dorm location or for whatever reason as well.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are difficult depending on how much background knowledge you have on the subject and how many credits the classes are.

    Tips for prospective students

    Build relationships with your professors and attend their office hours. Also, try new things because you never know whether you like something or not unless you try and college is about taking risks. Ask questions and don't fall behind in class. Don't forget what you came to college for, to learn about something that you are passionate about.

    In three sentences

    There are many majors and a lot of opportunities to find what you're passionate about. Relationship building is not very hard because the students here are very diverse and there are a lot of students. Balancing your lifestyle is also pretty simple because of the resources on campus that you can use.

  • 10/05/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    Beautiful

  • 10/16/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    While you are in the heart of a large city and a large campus, the security here is pretty high-quality. The University even has their own police department (UMPD).

    What to do for fun

    Besides hanging out with your hallmates and doing things like Call of Duty or watching Netflix, there are a lot of cool things to do outside too. You could join intramural sports and all sorts of cool and interesting clubs. There are also plenty of activities that the school hosts that you can look up.

    Food and Dining

    Most of the food I eat is out of my dorm hall. It might not be the greatest variety here, but it is pretty decent food. Way better than the high school cafeterias! That being said, most of the dining halls here have really excellent food. Middlebrook (on West Bank) is good, and if you're feeling a little fancy check out the 17th Avenue dining hall. One of the perks of this campus is that there is a lot of fast-food places that are actually on campus. Don't think the only place you have to eat is at the dining halls! There are also a lot of great places to eat in Dinkytown. If you've never heard of Annie's Parlor check it out!

    Dorm Life

    Welcome Week here is one of the best things you could do. You are only with people in your dorm hall, and you all become good friends by the end of it. You get real used to being in your dorm room, and eventually becomes a second home to you. The CA's are really awesome in my dorm hall, and from what I've heard are pretty much the same throughout all the dorm halls on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    This is a fairly expensive school, so everyone is really striving to get their money's worth. I'm in a program that assigns a lot of out-of-class work, so I am spending a lot of time working on that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely bring a bike, especially if you're an incoming freshman and end up in the superblock (Pioneer Hall, Centennial Hall, Frontier Hall, or Territorial Hall) because they reside on a corner of the campus. Don't be intimidated by the size of the campus. The number of people who go here is quite a large amount, but after a couple weeks you get very familiarized with it.

    In three sentences

    It is a really big school, with a lot of great opportunities. The professors I have had so far seem to be nice and down-to-earth. The school does a great job of keeping you posted on activities/events and deadlines.

  • 10/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    It is really important to get involved and it makes finding friends easier.

    What to do for fun

    There is lots to do on campus as well as the areas around and downtown and uptown is very close and just a short bus ride away.

    Food and Dining

    The food is edible, but it could be better. The new dining hall is awesome!

    Dorm Life

    I love being able to have my friends close, but it does take some work to gain friends around you and one needs to be a little outgoing.

    Academic Rigor

    I am challenged, but not overwhelmed. I am in the youth studies program and I am learning a ton, but am not too stressed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your professors. Don't be afraid just because it may be big. Be ready to do a lot of walking.

    In three sentences

    There are a lot of opportunities to be involved. I feel empowered to make a difference in the world. I have great relationships with my teachers, but that may be due to my small college in CEHD.

  • 11/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The escort service, gopher chauffer, student security, and the large large initiatives they take to keep us safe is mindblowing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Coffman Memorial Union, the center of everything.

    Bang for the buck

    In-state and reciprocity is a better deal than most places. You get a big reputation for a not so Ivy price.

    What to do for fun

    Dinkytown, Stadium Villiage, and West Bank. There is ALWAYS something happening on campus. A free art museum, a lightrail that goes from downtown to the largest mall in the country, it's pretty damn fun.

    Food and Dining

    As good as is possible.

    Dorm Life

    17th and Middlebrook for the luxury. Frats for the party. Everything's safe.

    Academic Rigor

    It is what you make it. Math and science is competitive.

    Tips for prospective students

    You need to set yourself apart. Don't be a stick in the mud.

    In three sentences

    A big campus that becomes a community fast. While it doesn't fail in the average problems of college (how to pay? what to eat? am I safe?) it far exceeds expectations. We walk over the Mississippi river every day. We research at a top 10 Public Ivy. The professors are phenomenal, your peers are here for you, and student government is significantly overlooking every issue that comes up/

  • 11/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As long as I am on campus, I feel safe. It's well lit, there is a blue light system, and the people here are generally not scary. There are also campus services to drive you places if you don't feel safe, or you can call someone who will walk with you after dark. I think that the university really cares about safety on campus.

    Greek Life

    I don't know very much about this, but there are definitely ways to get involved. There are many fraternities and sororities on campus, so if you are interested in Greek life, go ahead and give it a shot.

    Clubs and Activities

    Always lots to do. There are pre-vet, pre-dental, pre-health, and lots of other pre- clubs. There are music clubs, dance clubs engineering clubs, yoga clubs, all sorts of clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone can fit in here. There are so many people, you'll definitely find a niche. But if you're looking for a smaller school, this might not be the place for you.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a tree on the west bank that is full of pairs of shoes that have been thrown into the tree over the years. I've heard that you add your own pair of shoes after you graduate as a way to keep the tradition going.

    Bang for the buck

    While going to college is expensive, be sure to make it count by joining clubs, going to free events, or just taking advantage of deals offered to U of M students.

    What to do for fun

    There are concerts that go on most weekends, and many of my friends like to go dancing on the weekends. There are also free movies every weekend at one of the buildings on campus, and usually the movies are just out of theaters. There are intramural sports like soccer, softball, and basketball, but there are also some more obscure ones like quiditch. Whatever your preferences are, there is always something going on, and many events on campus are free. In fact, most varsity athletics are free to students, so be sure to check them out if you chose to attend.

    Food and Dining

    The food is generally pretty good. The newest dining hall, the Fresh Food Company, is far better than the others, but it's a ways away from some of the dorms. There are choices like salads, hamburgers, pasta, pizza, and other entrees at meals, and some nights during the week one of the dining halls is open late for tacos, corn dogs, or spaghetti. There's lots to chose from, but it can still get boring after a while.

    Dorm Life

    I really enjoy living in the dorms, and many of the friends that I have made are my dorm mates. We go out to eat together, study together, and just hang out. However, be prepared for the people who are up at all hours of the day or night.

    Academic Rigor

    So far, my classes have been challenging, and I only expect them to continue to test me academically. Be prepared for studying!

    Tips for prospective students

    I recommend coming to campus and getting a feel for it. Don't just judge a college based on academics or clubs; make sure that you feel at home.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota- Twin Cities is a great college because there are activities and classes for everyone. From uni-cycling, to salsa dancing, to bio-medical engineering, almost any interest area can be found in some way, shape, or form on campus. The students are very friendly and I always feel safe when I'm on campus.

  • 11/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    It depends what you want to do. You can find your friends in the dorm and socialize, go out and get something to eat, go bowl or rent a video game system at Coffman Memorial Union. Or, if you like to read you can find a library. I can guarantee that no matter what you like to do, you can find it somewhere on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food can get repetitive within the dorms, but it's always good quality and you have plenty of healthy options. And we have flexdine, which is like dining credit that you can use at several restaurants on campus, as well as in your own dorms' convenience stores.

    Dorm Life

    I don't know much about the other dorms, but in mine I love it. The Community Advisers really care about their students. The janitors like to make conversation, and we have the right amount of rules versus freedom that the dorm is a fun, yet respectful community.

    Academic Rigor

    The University of Minnesota is academically challenging, but not unreasonably so. If you put in the right amount of work and prioritize what is more and less important, both in school work and in your social life, then you shouldn't have a problem balancing your work load and getting good grades.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for prospective students are these: first, live in the dorms. They're conveniently located, safe, and right in the middle of everything. If you want to be involved, live in the dorms. Next, always, always introduce yourself to your professors. They like it when students talk to them, really they do. And they're experts in their fields and you can learn so much from them, beyond what you learn in class. And lastly, don't ever, ever, ever sleep through a class. That's just embarrassing for everyone involved. Whether you're in a lecture hall or a small class, don't waste your time and your teachers by sleeping through their class.

    In three sentences

    This college is a good college for almost anyone, especially students who like big cities. The faculty are top-notch, there are numerous student groups, and it is easy to get involved in anything on campus. I recommend this school highly to anyone.

  • 12/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    For being in a large city campus safety is quite impressive. With the gopher chauffeur and 612-624-WALK available you will be fine as long as you are smart and are wise enough to not walk alone.

    Greek Life

    There are a lot of opportunities with Greek life, all of which are very involved on campus and in the cities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 700 student groups and you can start your own with only five people and $25, it is up to you to take advantage of the opportunities in front of you.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard working, passionate students will thrive here. A majority of people are very polite here and will help and work with you on just about everything. Study groups are very easy to form and very helpful here. If you are interested in any sort of research at all this is the place to be.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Hockey is a tradition that you feel around you within your first week on campus. The rivalries are certainly a plus especially when you meet people from Wisconsin, Iowa, etc. Expect to end up in dinky town a lot in your years here.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say the education is worth the price, but the opportunities and experiences are priceless. Just be smart, save money in every way you can. It is very easy to find a job on campus with flexible hours so find what fits you and work hard.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club or student organization. There are only 700+ student organizations here so its on you if you cant find one for you because you can start your own with five people and $25. Play capture the flag on Friday nights or go to the weekly movie at the student union. Travel 20 minutes to downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul where concerts, sports, plays, and everything you can imagine is there for you to attend. Go to a big ten sporting event, a majority of them are free to attend. Have lunch with your professors. The possibilities are endless.

    Food and Dining

    It is nothing special but it does its job and it is very easy to eat healthy in the cafeterias. Flex-dine is much more convenient than a larger meal plan. You can also adjust your meal plan in the first couple weeks to fit your schedule.

    Dorm Life

    There is a dorm here specifically for you, no matter what kind of student you are. Just about everyone you will meet is friendly and will invite you in so do not worry about making friends. Be yourself, its easier than ever when you first arrive because of how quickly you come to know all the people around you. Take advantage of the living and learning communities, not only will they help you get into the dorm you want but you will also meet a lot of people with similar interest.

    Academic Rigor

    You will be challenged, but it is very manageable. You can only succeed in two of three areas in college, those being school, social life, and sleep; choose wisely.

    Tips for prospective students

    Work hard, as you should expect to do in college. Do not be overwhelmed by the size, it is very manageable and you will find your place on campus in no time. Like I said there is limitless opportunity here, but do not try to do everything at once.

    In three sentences

    An amazing University with a great amount of diversity and opportunity located in two major cities. The cost is completely worth it and the experiences are priceless. The perfect university for discovering not only what you want to do, but who you want to be.

  • 12/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are crime alerts that go on and it is very convenient that the university will text you on your phone and email you. Also you can call someone walk with you at night if you feel unsafe, you just call an escort. In addition there is the Gopher Chauffeur that takes calls till 2:00 AM.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are multiple clubs and activities that someone can find. There is bound to be a club that you will fit in with.

    Great for these types of students

    I think that any kind of student will fit into this college. There are so many different kinds of people. The campus is a mix of different cultures and ideas. I think this is why it is competitive to get into the college since it is so diverse.

    Bang for the buck

    For the price it was pretty good. The U of M is a great school and not everyone can get into it. In addition there are so man resources available for an individual to utilize.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I would hang out with my friends from the dorms. There are so many places that a person can go, there's barely a time I could say I was bored. If you're looking for some cheap, fun things to do is every week they hold movies free for the students. The best part is that the movies showed are recent ones. In addition, there are some free concerts that the students can attend and if you just aren't up for that you can always explore the campus. I've spent countless evenings with exploring the University of Minnesota and its amazing how some things aren't mentioned in the tour, and if they are they're mentioned briefly. Not only the campus in Minneapolis, but going around the Saint Paul campus is quite an adventure too. Exploring the area around Como Ave is quite a treat.

    Food and Dining

    Its not your mom's homemade cooking, but its not the worst food out there. On the bright side, the dining facilities offer a range of foods to offer for the students that will meet their needs.

    Dorm Life

    The people there at the dorms are nice and friendly. Everyone is in a different area with barely any friends because their normal group got separated when everyone left for different colleges so this leaves them to have an open mind, so they might as well make the best of it.

    Academic Rigor

    Although I'm taking the general classes, I was able to see the multiple classes provided. There are so many options to chose from and the material is of course harder than high school, but if taught by the right professor, it breezes on by.

    Tips for prospective students

    For students who plan on coming to the University of Minnesota, they should prepare themselves if they are used to a smaller, less busy area. There is always something going on at the university and generally it's always getting a move on. Come in with an open mind to meet people with different ideas and opinions that your own because in my class alone, there was close to 5,400 freshman. Don't stay alone in your dorm, get out there and make friends. Friends are bound to make your experience a lot better.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a friendly place that I was able to easily adjust to. There are so many student groups that it is hard not to be a part of something. in addition there are multiple resources available for all students.

  • 12/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Definitely a best school for the low tuition. Look around, you won't find much better deal, unless you are receiving great amount of scholarship.

    What to do for fun

    Workout! school has awesome recreation facility!

    Food and Dining

    Good number of decent restaurants in campus!

    Dorm Life

    1 Year in yudof hall as a CA. Price can be little expensive, but great way to stay engaged with the school.

    Academic Rigor

    Study hard, you will succeed. Haven't saw any tricky professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Explore the options for your academic plan in University of Minnesota. It surely is a big institution. Research classes, research professors and opportunities.

    In three sentences

    Awesome school with great faculty and good programs. Only downside is the weather... so cold!

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We do get crime alerts more often than not; however, I have never felt unsafe on campus and there are many options like the gopher chauffeur, 624-WALK, the safety hotline, locked dorms, and helpful campus security and police that help keep campus a safe place.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is HUGE on this campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    SOOOOO MANY!!

    Great for these types of students

    This campus has something for EVERYONE.

    What to do for fun

    Concerts, sporting events, clubs, frats, etc. etc. etc. the opportunities are ENDLESS!!

    Food and Dining

    17th avenue residence hall has THE BEST food. The other dorms' food is fine, just typical dorm food.

    Dorm Life

    Between the nice new dorm of 17 Avenue or the party dorm of Territorial or the honors dorm of middlebrook, our 8 residents halls make for a great dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    Some basic classes are pretty simple; however, the more advanced you get, the tougher the classes become. These advanced classes are extremely interesting and teach you a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective Students: go into college with an open mind

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a wonderful place to go to school. At the University there are endless opportunities to get involved, learn about any subject, meet people, and explore the cities.

  • 01/06/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    The University of Minnesota is just minutes from downtown and uptown Minneapolis which has an elaborate collection of restaurants, bars, clubs and etc.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live close, parking is expensive!

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus is extremely beautiful not only due to its historical architecture, but its cleanliness and constant upkeep. This past year however there has been an increase of crime on campus.

  • 01/08/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Utilize the on campus escorts if you are walking alone at night. The U of M has it's own police department are quick to respond.

    Great for these types of students

    All students!

    What to do for fun

    You are in the heart of the Twin Cities... there is everything to do!

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend the info sessions for majors you are interested in and take advantage of all the student services available to you. The Gopher Guide always has a great list of resources for students.

    In three sentences

    Amazing for undergrads, graduates, and professional students alike. The U of M offers a world-class education that will have you prepared for everything you do in life!

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The University of Minnesota has a bit of a conundrum: they want to remain an open campus, being an active participant in the Twin Cities life and community; however, this sometimes puts them at risk for crime. You can always call 624-WALK, which is the campus escort system and is awesome. They'll walk you literally anywhere on campus and a little ways off of it too. On the weekends, there's Gopher Chauffeur, whom you can call if you need a ride back to campus from a party or anything. (No, you won't be prosecuted if you're under the influence of any substances; however, I have heard it's not the most timely service.) The Marcy Holmes neighborhood is where the majority of crime occurs near campus; don't walk alone. Doesn't matter if you're a girl or a guy. Taking commonsense precautions should protect you from harm. SKI-U-MAH!

    Greek Life

    Greek life has a big presence on campus. Disappointingly, many of the guys who pledged frats and girls who pledged sororities do subscribe a little bit to their respective stereotypes, but they are all very smart and under it all, they have good hearts. There's never a shortage of Greek parties to attend on the weekends - just make sure you don't go alone; that's bad news in any town.

    Clubs and Activities

    If you search the club directory on the U of M's website, you'll find clubs and groups in the triple digits, if not higher! There is no shortage of ensembles to join. You'll find your tribe.

    Great for these types of students

    Whether you're a jock, a brainiac, a wild child, a basket case, a princessâ?¦ Okay, I'm pulling shades of Breakfast Club here, but truly, all of those people and more will feel comfortable here at the U. As I said before, the academics are very fine; however, itâ??s not a place where fun goes to die. Iâ??ve met some of the most creative, intelligent, funny, kind people here, whom I donâ??t hesitate to call my best friends. They were there for me through the lighthearted, like whining about finals; and the serious, like when I found out one of my oldest friends was going to have to undergo chemotherapy, and I try my best to do the same for them. The only thing I will say is that I think I have met two â??outâ?? Republicans so far; this is a very liberal campus. Also, tolerance is highly valued here; we have a very diverse campus, with a lot of foreign exchange students, and if you think you can waltz in here with any hint of bigotry, you are wrong. We donâ??t put up with such tripe here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Near the medical lobe of campus, there's a metal art statue of a man; there's a myth that if you walk between his braced legs, you won't graduate in four years. (If you walk through them alone, double whammy: you won't get married.) Also, there's a walking bridge that connects E to W bank, and it's built in panels. Each student group or club can sign up to paint a panel dedicated to their group. It looks really cool all year. Even better is the shoe tree on the W bank side of said walking bridge. People will hang a pair of old shoes on it when they graduate, lose their virginity, get accepted to med/law/grad school, etc. â?¦ This is hardly unusual, but you have to go to at least a few Gopher games all decked out in maroon and gold. (Who hates Iowa?! WE HATE IOWA!; F*** THE BADGERS! *clap* *clap* *clap-clap-clap*â?¦) (â?¦ #JERRYSOTA. That is all.)

    Bang for the buck

    An average semester's tuition is $8-10K. My friend who spent her first semester of her freshman year out at a $60K/yr school on the West coast is actually transferring to the U next semester for a wide variety of reasons, all of which relate back to getting bang for the buck. At her school, bathrooms were never clean; dorms had no functioning heat or A/C; she could hardly get into classes she needed for her major; the professors were barely interested in teaching. We face none of these problems at the U, save for the A/C. (That depends on which dorm you're in and is really a nonexistent issue.)

    What to do for fun

    You are in the Twin Cities. There is so much to do, you'll never have time to do it all. - Coffman, the student union on the E bank, shows free movies at 10pm on Fri and Sat nights. - Goldy's Game Room, also in Coffman, shows sports games and you can play billiards. - There's always frat parties. - the Loring Pasta Bar in Dinkytown (right off University Ave) has salsa dancing every Friday night, sometimes with live music. - House parties in Como (a neighborhood on E bank) - Restaurants on restaurants on restaurants. - Movies and live acts at the Varsity Theatre in Dinky and First Ave close to campus. All of these things can/should be done sober, by the way. You can sit in your dorm room with a few friends and drink cheap rum out of someone's spare mug any old time; go out and nose around the city.

    Food and Dining

    1. Dining halls are located in: Bailey (St Paul); Middlebrook (W bank); Sanford, Centen, 17th Ave (E bank). 2. Sanford has some of the best food on campus; people come from Superblock for the food. It has a full salad bar, vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free options, pizza/burger/fries station, waffle maker, 8 kinds of cereal, usually both regular and soy milk, and a few other hot food options. 3. 17th Ave is also good, but the lines can be long and portions are smaller. 4. Middlebrook apparently has good food too, although I can't attest to that personally. 5. The food at Centen is not the best.

    Dorm Life

    Ah, dorms. Commonly hated on elsewhere, most people are pretty satisfied with the dorms here at the U. Here's what you need to know: 1. There are dorms on each of the three 'campuses' (East bank, West bank, St Paul) of the Twin Cities campus, though the majority lie on the East bank. 2. On the East bank there is Sanford, 17th Avenue, and the Superblock: Comstock, Centennial (Centen), Pioneer (Pio), Territorial (T-Hall), and Frontier. 3. Superblock is all identical, all smushed together, and all huge. It's also known as the party dorm (especially T-Hall), so if you'd rather live somewhere a little quieter, don't list anywhere in the Superblock as your top choice to live in. 4. Sanford has two sides: tower side, which is purely freshmen, and Reno side, which recently went under renovation and houses mostly freshmen, but also a few sophomores and juniors. Sanford is also home to all of the foreign language LLCs (more on these later). No A/C, but really not a problem. 5. 17th Ave is the newest dorm, and is like a hotel: huge, pretty, new, has functioning A/C. Most of the student athletes are housed here, as well as a sorority or two. While it is a nice building, it has been said that it's not a very social place to live, because the rooms are so nice that people hardly leave them to go out and socialize in the halls. The reason there are seven dorms on the East bank is because a) the Mall and all the original buildings were built there, and b) there's a good chance a majority of your classes at least your freshman year will be held on the East bank. 4. On the West bank, there is only one dorm: Middlebrook. This dorm has 12 floors and houses the Honors program and the Arts community LLC. 5. On the St Paul campus, there is also only one dorm: Bailey. If you have no classes on St Paul campus, DO NOT list it as your first choice; the U says campus is designed to be workable getting from St Paul to E & W bank in a timely fashion, but in truth, it's a little bit of a commute. 6. LLCs, or Living Learning Communities, are awesome ideas, and are basically pretty informal, loose groupings of students by major. They say there will be events or something for each LLC to get to know each other, but that seldom happens; it is nice, though, to be living with people who are studying the same thing as you, so you can study together and bounce ideas off each other. 7. It's highly unlikely that you will be placed in apartment-style housing as a freshman, but if that happens, you'll be in either Wilkins, Yudof, or University Village. These are university housing, but structured like apartments - they're a great halfway point between living off-campus and living in the dorms. You'll have a kitchen and a smaller meal plan, which is nice; but again, it's pretty likely that you won't live here as a freshman. 8. Free laundry everywhere! Woo-hoo!

    Academic Rigor

    I can't think of a single student who found the academic rigor at the U of M to be lacking. Some courses will naturally be easier than others (especially 1000-level ones); however, those will be worth fewer credit hours in order to reflect that. Also worth iterating is the fact that the common misconception of science and math classes being more difficult is not necessarily true here; as a foreign language major, I can attest to the fact that As are not just handed out willy-nilly. All subject areas require work; there are no easy majorsâ??.

    Tips for prospective students

    The U has been getting more and more difficult to get into over the past few decades; though it was once known as a fallback, it's now not uncommon to hear even Minnesota residents complain that it's too hard to get into! As a public university, it is considered to lie on the more selective end of the spectrum; therefore, it will take some work to get in. Obviously, do your best in high school; take as many AP, IB, CIS, and honors classes as you can to earn as much academic distinction as you can. The U will grant you credit for all AP scores 3 and above, so even if you don't anticipate receiving a 5 on a particular AP test, if you at least pass it then it will be worth your while to take it. That said, it is important to show you have a balanced résumé. If you have a passion, such as music, athletics, or a particular subject you happen to know a lot about (the Civil War! Postmodern lit! Spanish!), try to make sure your application reflects that. Seems kind of 'duh', but a lot of students make the mistake of not showing all they have within them. Show off your extracurriculars to make yourself really memorable; and, of course, any leadership positions you can hold will make you look that much more impressive.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is simultaneously a distinguished research university and a small liberal arts college; that is to say, the U makes strides not only in answering the what of life, but also in the why. Its size makes distinguishing oneself a challenge, while never making one feel alienated or lost - Minnesota Nice is no myth! In short, the academic rigor here in stimulating; however, this is a school that doesn't expect you to lose your sense of fun.

  • 01/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's been a major increase in crime this semester. Muggings, armed robberies, you name it.

    What to do for fun

    There is tons to do in Dinkytown, lots of food.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in whatever you can, there's a group for everything

    In three sentences

    This University has a good number of academic programs in the STEM fields. Research opportunities are abundant. Lots of energy on campus.

  • 01/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    5 minutes from downtown allows for trips different restaurants or activities in Minneapolis. You're also a 30 minute light-rail ride away from being at Mall of America which lives up to its name.

    Food and Dining

    Depending on which dorm hall you get put in, you might have really good food, or mediocre food.

    Dorm Life

    Get to know the people on your floor and you'll have a blast. It can be a little tight at times in the actual rooms, but it's no deal breaker.

    Academic Rigor

    Definitely a step up from high school. Make sure you have your time management down!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get out and get involved. The U offers countless clubs and activities for you to get involved in. Take advantage of them.

    In three sentences

    It's a very fun atmosphere with a lot of different opportunities presented to match your interests. 65,000 students makes for a lot of people you'll eventually find with the same interests and get along with! The weather could be a little better, but the education makes up for it.

  • 01/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is terribly at the U of M. I am currently trying to create a product that will help improve campus security and lower the crime rate.

    Clubs and Activities

    Many club and activities for students to choose from

    Bang for the buck

    The U of M isnt anything special. I go to the Carlson school of management and though it is overpriced, the resources are excellent and teachers are helpful.

    What to do for fun

    For fun: I work out, play basketball, hang out with friends, get my car and drive.

    Food and Dining

    Food and dining in the dorm halls is extremely bad.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is great, the students all get along with each other and its a fun experience.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor is average. A bit harder than high school but not bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips id give would be to stay on top of school work, be social and friendly, and have fun.

    In three sentences

    The crime is high. The people here are friendly. They shut school down if its cold.

  • 02/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Dorm Life

    fun meeting a variety of people

    Academic Rigor

    I feel I am being challenged in the BFA program

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for the weather! It is a lot of work, but as long as you stay on top of things it is very worthwhile.

    In three sentences

    Love it here! The classes are challenging, yet very doable. I feel as though I am learning a lot.

  • 02/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The U has a fantastic safety record, its own police force, and offers many additional safety resources like: 624-WALK and the GopherChauffeur.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a growing part of the campus. Fraternities have informal rush Fall, Winter, and Spring. Most also have houses with a great location and live-in option that are extremely close to campus. Sororities have a formal recruitment process in Fall and Spring. They have beautiful well-kept houses with great parking lots along with other amenities. Greek life offers a sense of family and community above all else; however, it is not for everyone (less than 25% of undergrads are Greek). Greek life is a great tradition here at the U.

    Clubs and Activities

    Hundreds of clubs already available but it is easy to start your own, all you need is 5 people and $25 (My friend started the Frisbee Golfing Club just last year)

    Great for these types of students

    Academics, Midwestern, Outdoorsy, City Dwellers, Overachievers, Involved

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Homecoming, Spring Jam

    Bang for the buck

    The U is extremely affordable for a Big10 university. Along with that it offers lots of scholarships, especially if you are looking to study abroad.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of on campus opportunities for fun including: Bowling, FREE movies, events, clubs, sports, ice skating, and more. Venturing outside the U is easy and fun as well. There are lots of surrounding biking/walking trails and parks like the Stone Arch Bridge. The City has dry night clubs that offer free transportation, like Aqua. The Como Zoo is a free zoo that is relatively close to campus. The Recreation center has a rock climbing wall as well as offering yoga and other classes. With the newly installed Green Line lightrail, traveling to either of the cities to explore is very easy. I would recommend visiting the Mill District in Minneapolis, Downtown St. Paul, Uptown (artsy- Minneapolis), and Minnehaha State Park and waterfall.

    Food and Dining

    University sponsored dining halls are okay. They offer a buffet style meal at every meal that is always accompanied by a soup, sandwich, and salad bar. At the union and varies other scattered locations across campus there are restaurants and other food places like: Papa Johns, Subway, Erbert and Gerberts, Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, and Panda Express. Also, Dinkytown and Stadium village also offer a wide variety of food choices that lie right outside the campus. It should also be noted that with the close proximity to the cities, it is easy to go out for a night on the town and get some fancy food in the cities.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life on campus also comes in quite a variety. There are 3 campuses all with dorms on them. The dormitories on campus can only support so many students and thus are mostly for freshman and transfer students. This is a good thing because it is easier to find community. If you are looking for a social dorm try one of the four in the SuperBlock. If a little more laid back is your style: Sanford and Comstock are great options. Bailey is the only dormitory on the St. Paul campus, but is beautiful. Middlebrook is the honors and music/art dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    The U is committed to excellence and academic rigor. Each of the 7 freshman admitting colleges within the U has highly esteemed professional staff, an honors program, along with research opportunities. The U is widely know for its research: whether is the invention of the Honey Crisp apple or Autism and Cancer research, there is research opportunities for everyone.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get engaged to find your role here at the U. There are tons of clubs, free sporting events, and other engagement opportunities. This large university offer a large variety of student resources that can be taken advantage of including its closeness to the cities. Remember your coat and walking boats!

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a great Big10 University set in between Minneapolis and St. Paul. It has all the amenities that a city has to offer, a great scholastic tradition of excellence, a wide range of opportunities, and a close-knit Midwestern feel. This beautiful campus is worth a visit.

  • 02/10/2014

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    In three sentences

    I applied for this school before the priority deadline. It is my number one choice and I'm really hoping to get in. I visited the campus and it is perfect.

  • 02/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    UMN Police teaming with the Minneapolis Police provides great security. Security escorts and safety buttons on campus help with people walking alone.

    Greek Life

    All down University and Fourth Street creates a fun and easy to travel opportunity to meet others and party.

    Clubs and Activities

    Wide range of clubs from debate to disc golf. Many activities on and off campus including Spring Jam which holds musical competitions, free food and many activities to meet people!

    Great for these types of students

    Artistic, business-oriented, musical, athletes and more!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Mall in front of Northrup Auditorium provides a great place to study and people watch!

    Bang for the buck

    Cheap drink and food specials almost every night in Dinkytown.

    What to do for fun

    Bowling, movie theaters, a few concert venues, many restaurants and coffee shops, and it is all close to downtown Minneapolis!

    Food and Dining

    Taco night, build your own sandwich, and pizza are among a few specialties provided in the cafeterias.

    Dorm Life

    You get to meet so many people! The rooms are clean and well kept. There are wonderful accommodations including study rooms and cafeterias.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers all have great experiences and knowledge of subjects they teach. They challenge each student to become the best learner possible!

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep on your studies especially at the beginning of the semester. Know where each class is and prepare to show up early. Also, have your winter boots ready because it can snow at anytime!

    In three sentences

    It has three beautiful campuses! The people here are very kind and happy! The education is up there with the best!

  • 02/24/2014

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    In three sentences

    Smart society. Beautiful campus. Lots of potential!

  • 03/21/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    During the first semester of my college experience (fall 2013), there was a lot of crime that happened. As of now, they have increased the police patrol and protection by almost double so there hasnt been any crime reports in the past month or so. The police do not care if you are underage and drunk. The only way you can get a minor is if you're either passed out on the sidewalk, walking alone stumbling or showing signs of intoxication, or throwing up on the sidewalk. Other than that, the police do not care that you've been drinking because they have a lot more serious problems to look for (robberies, drug dealers, ect.). They just want to make sure you can get home safely. Also, there is a Gopher Chauffeur that will pick you up from anywhere on campus and drop you off at your house free of charge. So if you're at a party that's far from your house and you're drunk, call the Gopher Chauffeur for a free sober cab!

    Greek Life

    I joined a fraternity the first semester of my freshman year and I had a blast! I made a ton of new friends and was always the go to guy for parties on my dorm floor. Greek life is an experience of a life time and encourage everyone to at least check it out! Also, frat row is a pretty awesome sight if I do say so myself.

    Clubs and Activities

    The U of M offers intramural sports for just about every sport you can think of. From broom ball, flag football, and ultimate frisbee, they have it all!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are staircases right outside of Pioneer Hall (in the super block) that leads down to the river. This is a great place to go when you want to take a walk and think.

    What to do for fun

    There is a sand volleyball court in the middle of the super block, along with two basketball courts. So if you're into either one of those sports, these are great places to meet new people who share similar interests as you! Also, Coffman Union shows movies in their theatre every week and the rec center is open for most of the day on the weekdays + Sunday. There are also many concerts and such that take place in the cities during the semester.

    Food and Dining

    The dining hall food is not exactly what I expected and can get old pretty quick. You typically are limited to about 5-6 different food choices and will get sick of them towards the end of your first semester. That's when flex dine comes in handy because you can use that money to eat at different restaurants on campus.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is AWESOME! if you get the opportunity to live in the super block, do it! The experience is phenomenal and you won't regret it! The super block is a block consisting of 4 different freshman housing complexes right next to each other. Most freshman live in the super block so you're surrounded by thousands of other freshman every minute you're there!

    Academic Rigor

    The U of M is an academically challenging school and the course rigor is pretty difficult. If you plan on attending the U of M, do not stack 2-4 science courses in one semester because the course work will be way too much for you to handle unless you don't mind setting up camp in the library for days at a time.

    Tips for prospective students

    When scheduling classes, make sure you visit them before the first day because if you don't make it to one of your classes on the first day, your spot in the class might be given up to someone who is on the waitlist for that class. Also, make sure you know whether your class is on the east bank or west bank.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is an academically challenging college with a beautiful campus! The U of M offers countless opportunities to get involved on campus and has an endless amount of student groups! The U of M also has a very large and diverse campus so if you love being surrounded by thousands of people on a daily basis, this is the college for you!

  • 03/24/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always felt pretty safe, but only because I was boring and rarely stayed out past midnight. There were a few robberies and rapes every year while I went to the school. One of the rapes happened in the stairwell of a dorm. No one did anything, but someone must have heard her screaming. I don't know.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs for everything. There is even an anime club, Manga Anime Society. I wish the 70 year old man with the cardboard box full of dolls would stop showing up, but at least he keeps to himself.

    Great for these types of students

    Jocks. Scientists. Musicians (go figure). Social scientists.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The shoe tree on the West bank of the Washington Ave foot bridge. Tie an old pair of shoes together and toss it onto the tree. If it catches on a branch it will bring your good luck over finals. Apparently. Cafeteria trays make good sleds if a sudden snow strikes. If you go to any events as a freshman, Goldy will want to take a picture with you. It probably won't make it to print though, because you'll look like too much of a doofus to make a good marketing campaign. The Washington Ave footbridge is a heated bridge in the winter. Or it used to be, until the school board found out that homeless folks were sleeping in it and decided they'd rather let everyone freeze to death. The gypsy woman with the violin is absurdly talented, so bring cash. The old dude with the guitar is a hack though. There is a schizophrenic living in the Jefferson Mall. Some days he thinks he is a preacher and stands on a ladder reciting scripture at the top of his voice. He is never removed by security. He has a facebook page. Every new semester a wave of Mormon, Jehovah's Witnesses, and others will hand out tiny bibles and candy and try to convert you. There is a very affordable farmer's market near the English buildings on Wednesdays when it is warm enough to grow food. The Jewish student union, Hillel, gives away free apples sometimes. They are very friendly. Somehow they got my email and I have been invited to every one of their social events ever since. The Japanese student union has great food, but they always have to meet in crappy broken buildings that seem haunted.

    Bang for the buck

    A lot of the entry level stuff is mandatory repetition of things you should have learned in high school- which they are assuming you didn't because a brain-dead slug could graduate from most American high schools. After that, many majors are, as I've explained, woefully neglected. They like to hire people who are pros in their field, but it doesn't matter one jot if those people know how to teach. And 90% of them don't. You can get a good education here if you stay extra years, wasting tons of cash, but if you want to get a simple bachelor's degree in four years to save your wallet- just go to a community college.

    What to do for fun

    On and off campus there are tons of things to do. NE has a thriving arts community, there are tons of nightclubs, museums of all kinds, great places to walk by the river, lots of clubs to join. If you like sports, you got an assload of those too. To watch and to do yourself. You can even ski here in the winter, though if you've ever been on an actual mountain you'll be disappointed.

    Food and Dining

    Restaurants and cafes around campus and in nearby Mpls are fantastic and plenty are cheap. Italian, Chinese, Thai, burgers and shakes, sammiches, even vegans will find great food in places like Hard Times. Minneapolis is a great place to have fun and socialize, and the U has many fun events too. Whether you do or do not want to get drunk on weekends, this campus has you covered.

    Dorm Life

    Unless you're A) interested in college sports and/or B) a social butterfly, living in a dorm is something you do as a rite of passage into adulthood-- ripping off the band-aid of reality in one go by diving into the worst of humanity headfirst and then trying to get passing grades while living in it. Do it for a year or two and then get an apartment or share a house with some people you actually like. Dorm food will be good the first week of every semester (while the parents are in town). Then it will be horrid. You have to get a meal plan if you live in a dorm, and you have to eat at least two meals a day in the cafeteria to make this financially responsible.

    Academic Rigor

    A lot of stuff you already (should have) learned in high school. You have to do grad work to get a real education in most subjects and many can't afford that. Math professors are all foreign, with thick accents and ways of explaining mathematics that are incompatible with the way you have been learning mathematics up until this point if you are a US native. I'm not down on their culture, I'm just saying a lot of students were super frustrated because the lessons made no sense to them. The grading curve was so low you could walk on it to pass a sobriety test. Science professors in the upper level classes are teaching so that the U of M will fund their research. They don't care about you. At all. They don't care if you fail. In fact, they see it as eliminating the competition. Same goes for the Fine Arts department- they're all artists who need funding. They have no idea how to teach and they are all vehemently against formal art teaching. You will not learn anything about the types of materials used in art or the differences between them. You will not learn about mixing mediums in painting, or paper qualities in drawing, nor will you get critique on your technique. Only critique on whether or not they think your style is too generic and makes you a sellout. Subjects deemed unimportant (read: subjects that don't make revenue for the school) are not funded well by the school board. They have worse classrooms, less resources, fewer student discounts for supplies, and less attentive counselors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research very carefully before committing to the U of M. It is a very expensive school when the cost of board, books, and meals are added to the already absurd tuition, and it is only worth your time if you are studying certain subjects. They excel in some subjects but have absolutely abysmal offerings for others. Your tuition money is funding sports first, followed by scientific research (which includes things like cutting open a cow's digestive tract and fiddling with one of the stomachs while the cow is both alive and awake, though locally anesthetized). If you have moral objections to football or animal experimentation, well...

    In three sentences

    This school is a great place to meet people and learn how to manage your time and money as you prepare to become an adult, but it also has tons of rather serious flaws, so if you don't have a lot of cash to spare you might want to go somewhere cheaper. Normandale Community college, also in MN, is a fantastic place and much more affordable. All of the other U of M reviews are glowing to the point of being unbelievable, but that bias rubs me the wrong way, so here's what I experienced from Fall '06 to Spring '10.

  • 04/10/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    If you want to do research, this is the school for you! You can apply for a research grant twice a year for fall or spring. If you love the outdoors there are many parks, as well as other opportunities such as cycling, boating, fishing, and hunting. If you are interested in agriculture, the St. Paul Campus offers many different programs and facilities. If you are interested in veterinary science, we have the world renown Raptor Center.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of sporting events and the Student Activities office usually has discounted tickets to all kinds of local events like sports, movies, museums and more. Coffman Memorial Union is home to most Student Groups and it also has a game room in the basement where you can bowl. There's a huge gym on East Bank and another at St. Paul Campus, both have exercise machines and swimming available. Lots of buses run through campus so it's easy to catch a bus to head into Minneapolis to eat out, drink, or club.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of places to eat at the University, whether you go to Dinkytown or just stay on campus. There are flexible meal plan options you can buy that allow you to eat at Dormitory Halls, at participating restaurants, or both. Food can be pricey at Coffman Memorial Union, so if I'm in that area I just eat at one of the restaurants along Washington Ave. Also, coffee shops can be found scattered around campus and in most of the major libraries.

    Dorm Life

    I am a commuter student but I have heard that dorm life is pretty good on campus but with no personal experience I rated three stars.

    Academic Rigor

    Post Secondary classes are more rigorous than High School classes by far, and difficulty also depends on what you're majoring in and the elective classes you take. I am a Social Science Major so on average, my grades are largely based on tests, assignments, and papers. Reading: 1-3 hours a week per class Writing: I would spend between 4 -15+ hours strictly writing a paper (not counting research time). Less hours if regular papers and classes, more hours for final papers and writing intensive classes. Total class time: Anywhere from 6 - 20 hours a week (includes lab and lectures)

    Tips for prospective students

    Every credit after 13 credits is free, however I would not recommend taking more than 15 or 16, especially if you are taking Upper Division classes! For transfer students, you do not need to do more than 13 credits a semester to graduate on time. Be aware that some classes are only offered during Spring or Fall semesters, and some are only offered every other year (i.e. odd years or even years) so plan ahead of time.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a great research school, with many knowledgeable instructors, and state-of-the-art equipment. There are many opportunities to socialize including: student groups, athletics, volunteering, and campus events. Post Secondary education is expensive but the University has many scholarships and other opportunities to help make it more affordable!

  • 04/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Sports events, movies in the student center, music at the whole music club, games in goldy's gameroom, go downtown, go to uptown, the music scene is great, lots of clubs and bars

    Food and Dining

    There are TONS of good food options on and around campus. There are lots of coffee shops and restaurants, so you'll never be stuck eating the same one thing all the time.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are dorms. Tiny space, lots of people, etc. They're fun for meeting people and getting that dorm experience your first year, but after that, definitely try to get into a house or apartment.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm a design student, so my classes are mostly studios. There is a LOT of time and effort involved, but they are often very fun as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Develop relationships with your professors! They want to help you. Talk to your advisor(s), both educational and career, and don't be afraid to ask for help from them if you're stressed or confused.

    In three sentences

    A beautiful campus located in an amazing set of cities! There is always something to do, even in the brutal winter months. The professors and faculty are all very helpful and want you to succeed.

  • 05/13/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    A great tuition price, lots of connections, highly rated public university with great possibilities for those who wish to continue on to graduate school.

    What to do for fun

    Minnesota is a little more relaxed, but there are always campus based events for students.

    Food and Dining

    There are lots of local options and a campus food court as well.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are small, the food varies between residence halls. Freshmen are guaranteed a place to live, even if it's in the nearby hotel.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be challenging if you aren't on top of your game.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take some time to learn about what research is, because this is a school where research is their focus.

    In three sentences

    The University is a beautiful campus, with plenty of public transit, bike lanes, new buildings, and a great deal of updated infrastructure for students of all ages, cultures, creeds, and religions.

  • 05/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    You can watch movies on the weekend for free at the theater on campus, bowling, attend concerts, student group events, intramural sports, go to sport games, University events, play sports and activities outdoors, and visit the Weisman Art Museum.

    Food and Dining

    Not the best as in being 5-star quality food but there are a variety of food choices to choose from. For example, soup, burger, fries, a main entree (usually some kind of meat, pasta, or stir fry), salad, sandwiches, etc.

    Dorm Life

    Great way to meet new people and convenient to live in a dorm. You are more likely to go to events on campus and not have to worry much about transportation.

    Academic Rigor

    The teaching is not the best but the teachers are there to help you and are available during office hours to answer any questions. There is a variation of academic rigorousness. Some classes are hard and challenging and then some are laid back. Although some classes are hard, they can be fun. It can be a love and hate relationship.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is a Big Ten University school that is in an urban area so you don't want to be walking alone at night.

    In three sentences

    It is a diverse university full of a lot of opportunities and resources. There is always something to do; from bowling to attending student groups on campus.

  • 05/24/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Have both Campus Police and Minneapolis Police that patrol campus at night

    Clubs and Activities

    over 800+ clubs for students to be a part of.

    Great for these types of students

    All Students

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have underground tunnels called the Gopher Way that connects the majority of campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Lots of free academic sources for students that help them succeed such as writing centers and tutoring.

    What to do for fun

    Always free events to do on the weekends that are sponsored by the University. Otherwise, students are minutes from downtown Minneapolis and there is always something to do in the city.

    Food and Dining

    The dining options on campus range from dining halls to major food chains such as Starbucks. Great deals are offered to students on campus as well.

    Dorm Life

    Dorms are Dorms, however, the University does a great job ensuring that students build a community within their dorms. The University has Community Advisors, CA's, that plan events and activities for residents.

    Academic Rigor

    The Academics can be challenging but the professors are more than willing to help. Also, there are many tutoring options available to students that are free.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved and build your own community on campus. Don't be scared to step out and make friends.

    In three sentences

    This school is the perfect balance between academics and student life. The U is great at providing academic support for students and has exceptional professors. The University also provides students with various of opportunities to get involved and form a community on campus.

  • 05/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    You do get reports from the University about crimes that happens on campus, so then you know what places to avoid when walking out at night. They provide services such as gopher chauffeur and security to walk with you.

    What to do for fun

    Go to student club activities, they always have big events and most events give our free food!

    Food and Dining

    The food is great, though it can get repetitive, but food is food and you can't go wrong about it. It's either you appreciate it, or you'll find yourself complaining about it and still eat the food.

    Dorm Life

    It's a great place to live in especially the Living and Learning Community. There are different types of Living and Learning Communities that the University of Minnesota offers, and they all provide an interest that students like so they get to be together with other students that have a common interest.

    Academic Rigor

    The materials you learn at the U will different base off from the college you are in within the University. Obviously, College of Biological and College of Science and Engineering are known to be harder schools along with the Carlson School of Management. Though as long as you feel great getting into the college you will be in, all you have to worry about is passing the course and aiming not to get an A, but to learn what the class has to offer you. In the end, if you learn, you'll do great and doing great, you'll get a grade that is a passing grade.

    Tips for prospective students

    Read, write, and study.

    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota provides student endless opportunity to explore their potential major in any area they wish to pursue. The University of Minnesota will provide the possible resources to help students succeed as long as the student is persistent and willing to do the work.

  • 08/23/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Play some tennis

    Food and Dining

    Also relaxing

    Dorm Life

    Looks relaxing

    Academic Rigor

    Very hard

    Tips for prospective students

    Prepare to get lost

    In three sentences

    Big School, not for the introverts

  • 10/08/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The University of Minnesota is a large campus. Classrooms are set for lectures and seated for any classmates. Academics are one of the most finest in Minnesota.

  • 10/20/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have Gopher Chauffeur to get you home safely after partying on the weekends and 624-WALK to walk you home safely at any time of day. Most of the campus is well light and as long as you're not on West Bank or Como at night, you should be fine.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so so sooo many groups to join and activities to go to during the week and on the weekend.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for everyone! From jocks to the sorority type, kids who plan on being a Nobel Prize winner, hipsters, and regular folk. It's a big school, so you will find a place to fit in.

    Bang for the buck

    The price for out-of-state students is a pretty good deal, but beware, tuition is going up in the coming years.

    What to do for fun

    Join a ton of clubs and groups! You'll meet people with similar interests as you and you'll make more friends this way.

    Food and Dining

    Sanford and 17th are the best!

    Dorm Life

    I live in Sanford and it's the best! It has the second best food and the dorm with the best food is in walking distance. Plus, you get to meet upperclassmen as well as freshman. And it's not as far away as everyone says.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tour the campus and see if you like the look and feel of it. Also, see if the program or college you want to be in is highly rated.

    In three sentences

    The U is a big school, but you can always make it feel smaller. The academics are top-notch and the professors really care! Plus, it's beautiful and not too expensive.