University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Graduate Program Reviews

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94%
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(4.08 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 249 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: HLC, + 7 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 51,579 (34,870 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 42% part-time, 58% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $18,232 in-state; $27,388 out-of-state
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4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

I like that the program is small and intimate amidst a vast campus so people can network and delve into the pool of skills with that personal element that invites more value than quantity.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Veterinary Science
Graduation Year: 2017

There needs to be more diversity in the program and at this school.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2019

Situated within a surprisingly diverse, active, environmentally-conscious metropolis, UMN students are poised to enjoy a high quality of living--if you work at it. The people are friendly--a usually meaningless generalization, but I think more true here than other places I've lived. The weather is abyssmal but I wanted that, i.e., to want to stay inside to study. Housing is overpriced but transportation is very good and getting even better with the light rail. You can live and work and study here without a car. Certain neighborhoods are very urbane and concerned with the arts (esp. the theatre community). Student financial aid at UMN is available but so complicated due to fellowship rules that I can't recommend their office as well-organized. My aid dropped suddenly for arcane reasons, and I know others who've had the same experience. Overall, university services are streamlined and responsive due to the Onestop system, which generally responds to any question I can come up with within five or six hours. The medical center is on campus and is easy to access. Security has recently become an issue, with many more crime alerts (including sexual assault) than I'd expected, coming from a campus where such alerts were rare.
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2015

The funding is good for an MFA (a necessity, in my book), and the cost of living manageable. I can get through a school year on the stipend (modest living mandatory), but need a summer job to survive the other three months of the year. The other MFA students in the program are its biggest asset--UMN does a great job of selecting writers with a variety of styles, backgrounds, and approaches. This was important to me: I did not want to go to a program that tried to select or reinforce any one style of writing. Also, since (almost) everyone has the same funding package, there's less unhealthy competition. The program is cross-genre, which means it encourages (and in the case of one class, requires) you to work in a genre outside the one in which you were admitted. I've appreciated this, as work in other genres has informed and improved my work in my chosen track. The workload (teaching or TA-ing one class per semester) is doable, but challenging in terms of time management, especially the first year, in which you spend a lot of time figuring out how to teach. This will be the case at any program that offers GTA positions, and worse for those that have a "heavy" load. I'm personally grateful for the teaching component, despite its consumption of my otherwise-writing time. Not only does it allow for the program's full funding, it's a gateway to future employment. While UMN's Creative Writing program doesn't really offer other post-MFA job prep, it does as good of a job as I can imagine of prepping its incoming MFA students for their teaching role. This program is three years in length--a luxury, in my book. The quality of faculty teaching varies. I've had a few great experiences with teachers, one surprisingly terrible one. Regardless, don't expect to find a nurturing mentor among the faculty. They are (for the most part) primarily writers, secondarily teachers. I recommend focusing on developing strong relationships with peers, as they can be your best and most committed readers. As for Minneapolis, the city is a great locus for the arts. A chilly one, but a great one. The Loft Literary Center downtown is also an excellent summer and part-time post-graduate employment option.
2.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: great city and good funding Cons: some of the faculty are pretty checked out/ do not offer constructive feedback for students
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2017

I am only part-way through the program, so my access to career advice is somewhat limited. While the funding could be better, the six-year package and faculty support make this a great program for my sub-field.
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: Good funding, teaching experience. Cons: Apathetic faculty, inconsistent academic quality.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2016

There is a lot of information about jobs offered after completing this program and the location of the school and public transportation is fantastic. However, the program is geared toward people new to education and I feel like people who have experience in education might not be challenged as much as they could be.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physical Therapy
Graduation Year: 2017

The University of Minnesota offers students one of the best physical therapy programs in the country. Class sizes are small which allows for optimal learning.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015

U of M is an outstanding institution. I completed my undergraduate degree here and now working toward a MEd.
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