Reviews for University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
I absolutely love the Twin Cities campus. At first, I was worried because of how huge it is because I am from a smaller city. But it worked out great. Once classes start it is so easy to navigate my way around; the transportation is good and people are always willing to help me out. The dining halls are good and the food where I live is not bad at all. I joined a sorority and have fallen in love with Greek life here. There is a club, organization or student group for everyone here.
I am in the Honors Program and have found it easy to manage all of my classes. I took 16 credit hours my first semester, which is slightly above average. There is a lot of projects and studying to do, but that's college so it was expected. My professors are easy to work with and I feel welcome to visit them outside of class if I ever need help with anything.
I have become very involved with campus. Between my sorority, the Honors Program, my volunteer job, my work study job and the multicultural groups i have gotten involved with, I am always meeting new people. The football team is not that great this year, but games are always fun to go to despite this. I have never sat home on a Friday or Saturday night because I had nothing to do- there is ALWAYS something to do on this campus.
I had the best experience while attending the U for graduate school. The campus was beautiful and very easy to get around, thanks to the campus shuttles that were available. Perhaps one of the greatest advantages to attending a University like U of MN is that it has a medical and a dental school, and thus students are truely able to access affordable and quality health care.
I was a student in the School of Public Health. All of my professors and TA's were always available to answer any questions that I had, whether they were during office hours or via e-mail. I also had two professors in particular that became great mentors and I am still in contact with them. Class size for an epidemiology student in SPH is on average around 30 students. Some of the more general classes were larger with about 60-70 students (such as biostatistics) and more specialized classes were a little smaller, about 20 students. I did take a few online classes, which were fine, but not the format that worked best for me. Had I been able to, I would have chosen to take these classes in person, even though it would have required me to be in a classroom for an extra hour or so a week.
The U is a very vibrant and high energy campus. As a grad student, I cannnot speak much to clubs and organizations, but the U hosts a Farmer's Market right in the middle of the East Bank campus every spring-fall, which is fantastic. The Student Union almost always had some type of organization hosting an event, and Gopher games (football, basketball, hockey) were always so much fun to attend, regardless of the outcome of the game.
I decided to attend the University of Minnesota for graduate school because my significant other was in law school there. Once we ended our relationship I withdrew from school and moved back to Washington state to attend the University of Washington. (I ended up attending the University of Minnesota for less than a quarter.) Although my attendance was brief, I have vivid memories of my experience. What is most memorable is the beauty of the campus grounds and engaging, profoundly knowledgeable professors. My greatest concern about the campus was the sheer size. Even as a graduate student accustomed to university life, at times I felt overwhelmed just walking to classes. Since I did not live on campus, I also had to quickly learn how to get around the Twin Cities. I think I would have had a smoother transition if there had been a orientation (to the university and the area) tailored for graduate level students.
I was enrolled in the College of Education/Teacher Corps program. Once I completed my program of study I would have secured a degree in education with an emphasis in Special Education/School Curriculum. Although University of Minnesota was a large campus, my classes were small and the professors approachable. (I experienced some of my most interesting and creative assignments at University of Minnesota.) An important part of the Teacher Corps program was to provide many opportunities to work with special education students in the school setting. This was probably my most rewarding educational experience.
I lived off campus and did not participate in school clubs and organizations. I was often on campus after dark to study and complete research and never felt unsafe. What I found most fun about being a student at the University of Minnesota was attending the football games. I was thrilled to be able to see schools like Ohio State and Nebraska play. Off campus I enjoyed dining out, socializing with Teacher Corps students, movies, etc.
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