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The University of Minnesota Twin Cities

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityA-
Useful SchoolworkA Excess CompetitionA+
Academic SuccessA Creativity/ InnovationA
Individual ValueC- University Resource UseB+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyC+ FriendlinessA-
Campus MaintenanceB Social LifeA-
Surrounding CityB+ Extra CurricularsA
SafetyB
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Afraid

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful, Self Absorbed

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ACT:31
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Quite Bright
Lowest Rating
Individual Value
C-
Highest Rating
Educational Quality
A+
He cares more about Campus Aesthetics/ Beauty than the average student.
Date: Apr 20 2007
Major: Accounting (This Major's Salary over time)
I used this website repeatedly before deciding where to go to college my senior year or high school (Spring of 2006). So for any prospective freshman, this is the review I wish I had had access to when I was making a decision.

Coming to the U was just like coming to any other college at first, but after the honeymoon period wears off (about one month after move-in) the truths about the school you are attending begin to set in. I am going to lay out what I think about the U of MN in Pro and Con form, and then move into a final reflection:

Pro:

  • Resource availability: The U because of its sheer size is capable of offering an immense body of knowledge and opportunity to its undergraduate student population. From Coffman Union to the multitude of information available online to the incredibly streamlined processing systems for ordinary tasks like class registration, the U is miles beyond any other school I am aware of. If you want the largest and most diverse array of possibilities for personal and academic growth, the U is a definate contender.
  • Socializing: Aside from the academics of college, one of the biggest benefits I have found is that you can meet new people every single day and constantly network and grow your self socially with little or no bound. I find this is the most important part of why I am at the U and not a smaller school, again because the U's size offers something else that a smaller private school could not possibly offer: 20000 potential lifelong friends. Granted, there is no way you could meet even half of these people over the course of your college career, but the potential is still an amazing benefit.
  • Availability of exclusive programs: Being a business major in finance and accounting, I have the benefit of attending the Carlson School and being part of a very small and select subset of the student body here at the U of MN. Honestly, I would not have attended the U had I not been accepted to one of the smaller and highly exclusive undergraduate programs, the Carlson program being one of the most highly regarded on campus and in Minnesota in general. The feeling around Carlson is similar to having your own "high school" within the confines of the much larger college. From this point of view, you have the ability to meet and interact with new people constantly, while maintaining relationships with friends through all four years of the Carlson Undergraduate Program. Looking out at the rest of the university from a place like Carlson, I could not ask for a better place to learn and grow as a college student.
  • CONS:

  • More than any other factor, be prepared to deal with the IMPERSONAL attitude everyone shares here at the U. Most of this is unavoidable, the feeling around campus (especially on the East Bank during the week) is almost like being in Lower Manhattan during the lunch hour. The immense size and complexity of campus prevents any sense of meaningful human interaction unless one makes a concious effort to seek out relationships and maintain close personal contacts. I came to campus expecting to see at least a few of the people I knew day to day. That did not happen. I had to become an active member of the student organizations at Carlson my freshman year, and make continual contact with new people in Territorial Hall (my dorm) in order to achieve this sense of knowing people around campus.
  • Campus aesthetics: To be honest, some parts of the U of MN are in desperate need of any kind of remodeling. The administration is on a continual push to improve physical facilities and the effort is beginning to show, but much work remains to be done. From a general standpoint, the location of the Minneapolis campus is such that everything looks dead around campus in terms of natural plants and trees almost all year long. Granted, alot of the campus is concrete and has to be so, but if you are looking for a campus that feels like Madison with the natural feeling of the lakes on both sides of campus, the U will not be comparable. This is definately an urban campus, and sometimes that point cannot be stressed enough.
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    questionHi my name is Emily and i was reading your response about the UNiversity of Minnesota Twin Cities and i found it quite useful. I was looking at going to the U for pre med and i was wondering if you had any good advice on what i can do to best prepare myself such as the act and what to get done before i apply.
    responseHey Emily. Your response to the posting sent an email notification to me. If you would like, send me a list of whatever questions you might have to _email_removed_ (my school email). I would be happy to help you out.

    Thanks,

    Eric W.

    questionHi, I'm Rachel. Your comments were extremely useful. I'm from the Twin Cities and I'm strongly considering the U of M (I'm deciding between it and Madison). Does everyone just want to party at the U? I heard that a lot of people have that attitude. Do you feel like the campus is too big?

    I go to a pretty small school (1,200 people) and I am a little worried that the campus is too big and it would be hard to make good friends. What advice do you have for me?
    Thanks

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