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University of Minnesota Morris
A University of Minnesota Morris degree garners respect, because the campus is known for...

University of Minnesota Morris

Morris, Minnesota

A University of Minnesota Morris degree garners respect, because the campus is known for attracting students who are serious about learning. Young people come to Morris with an exceptional amount of innate curiosity.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,856 undergraduate students
92% of undergrad students are full time
46% male — 54% female
14% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
104 full-time faculty
2 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
98% of first year students live on campus
55.8% of all students live on campus

School Location

Morris is a small town with a lot of charm. From fishing, boating, camping, canoeing, hiking, biking to the many festivals, students fall in love with the small town feel.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences  
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

77% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

65% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 10%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Black or African American 2%
White 63%
American Indian or Alaska Native 6%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 11%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


NCAA Division III with 10 varsity sports for both men and women including football, soccer, swimming and volleyball.  Mascot: Pounce the Cougar Colors: Maroon and gold

Academic Programs

American Indian/Native American Studies, European Studies/Civilization, Latin American Studies, Women’s Studies, Biology, Business Administration and Management, Computer Science, Elementary Education and Teaching, English Language and Literature, Rhetoric and Composition,  French, German, Spanish, History, Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Statistics, Interdisciplinary Studies, Environmental Studies, Sport and Fitness Administration, Philosophy, Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Psychology, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science and Government, Social Sciences, Sociology, Art, Drama, Music

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate research is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences a student can have. Research involves many skills including creative inquiry, methodology, interpretation, proper citation, editing, discovery, and in some cases, presentation. In other words, students that engage in research benefit from the experience and get to develop these skills on an advanced level. Morris provides undergraduates with the opportunity to engage in research, whether that’s as part of a group or an individual pursuit.

HHMI—Morris Undergraduate Summer Research Program
Morris offers select students the opportunity to conduct research on campus over the summer months. The program is best suited for students looking to pursue research as a career or in grad school. Each student is expected to work 40 hours a week, for 10 weeks. Upon completion of the program, each student must present their work at the HHMI Poster Session, which takes place at the end of the summer.

Undergraduate Research Symposium
Morris students also have the chance to share their research during the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium. During the event, students present their work to the campus, visiting families, friends, and community members. The Symposium is a great way for students to practice their oral presentation skills, as well as articulate the details of their work.

Study Abroad

Study abroad is an incredible opportunity to explore and experience another part of the world. Students that study abroad typically gain skills in communication, independence, global engagement, and cultural tolerance. Study abroad options at Morris range in program type and duration. But no matter what program a student chooses, they should first consult with an adviser to decide which destination makes the most sense for their goals and needs.

May and Summer Session Programs:
1. July in Paris
2. Geology in Italy
3. London Arts Tour
4. Irish Texts and Contexts
5. Chemistry and Cultural Exchange in Thailand

Academic Year or Semester Exchange
1. China (Capital Normal University OR Shanghai University)
2. Japan (Kansai Gaidai University)
3. Korea (Yonsei University)
4. France (Lille Exchange Program)

Global Student Teaching
Morris offers select education students the incredible opportunity to gain teaching experience abroad. Student teachers learn how instruction styles differ in foreign locations, as well as the challenges that face students across the world. The program is a great way for education students to explore the culture and history of a new place, while also gaining practice in their chosen field. The countries associated with the program include: Austria, Ghana, Ireland, Italy, New Zeeland, Poland, and Spain.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Dance X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater  
Pep band  
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  

Honors at Morris

The Honors Program is designed for academically gifted students. Members of the Honors community are given coursework and tasks that more appropriately challenge their abilities. Aside from advanced course material, Honors students also take part in research, internships, global exchange, co-curricular activities and plenty more. The program takes a holistic approach to its students, so that each member graduates as an advanced, well-rounded, independent thinker. In general, interested students apply during spring semester of their freshman year, and if admitted, begin the program the fall of their second year.

The Writing Center

Standards for writing increase exponentially in college, and this can leave many feeling overwhelmed. Professors have varying standards, and format for citing sources can suddenly change between courses. In order to address these issues and many others, UMM established the Writing Center as a go to resource and tool. Center consultants are available to assist students with numerous writing problems like: formulating a thesis, editing, structure, and citing sources. The ultimate goal is to groom students into independent thinkers that can successfully navigate every step of the writing process.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages X
History X
Humanities X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X

Class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 130 176 88 42 12 14 1 463

Living Learning Communities and Theme Floors

Some schools offer students the chance to live and learn among peers that share similar interests or academic goals. If the program combines both academics and residence life, it is considered a living learning community. If the program brings students together solely by interest, it is a theme community. Morris currently has five themed floors and one living learning community.

Themed Floors

  1. Healthy Lifestyles: Students living on the Healthy Lifestyles floor are committed to a balanced life, both in body and mind. Members explore various topics of health and agree to abstain from alcohol, tobacco, and other controlled substances.
  2. World Culture: Members of the World Culture community are students from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The community allows students to come together to share their passion for international issues, travel, and culture.
  3. Civic Engagement: Students interested in volunteerism and outreach are encouraged to apply to the Civic Engagement community. Members of the program work together to coordinate volunteer efforts in and around the campus community.
  4. Sustainability: Members of this community are highly engaged with issues of sustainability, both in the classroom and through focused, coordinated events.
  5. All-Female: This floor is only open to female students.


Green Prairie Living Learning Community
The Green Prairie LLC is designed for students looking to live an environmentally-responsible lifestyle. The residence was built in order to support green living habits among students. Some of the amenities include: on site orchard, high thermal mass insulated concrete forms (to control temperature), and low flow plumbing fixtures (to conserve water).

Community Engagement

While academics and extracurriculars are important parts of the undergraduate experience, another vital component is community engagement. Service to others continues to be an engaging and positive experience for students and faculty alike. There are several different ways to get involved, and UMM works hard to connect students to opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Below are a few examples of the opportunities available:

Community ESL Program: UMM students and community members work together to coordinate and teach English to Spanish-speaking students in the local community.

Soup and Substance: Soup and Substance explores issues and challenges that face the community. Campus and community organizations come together to work through tough issues and collaborate on resolutions. Soup and Substance takes place up to six times a semester.

Tutoring, Reading, and Enabling Children (TREC): TREC is an awesome initiative that allows UMM students to work directly with local pre-K through 6th grade students. TREC students are, first and foremost, tutors and mentors. They are responsible for the educational and personal support of the children they are assisting. Not only to UMM students serve TREC in the classroom, but they work with students in after school programs. The continued support is a way to make a stronger impression on the students, and thus encourage their good performance in school.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms  
Women’s dorms  
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  


Admissions Fall 2015

3,619 Total Applicants
2,164 Total Admissions
416 Total Freshmen Enrollment

59.80% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? No

Closing Date: March 15
Priority Date: Dec 15 

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
Volunteer work
Work experience

Application Essay
First generation

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 500 660
SAT Math 510 640
SAT Writing 490 620
SAT Essay 6 8
ACT Composite 22 28
ACT Math 22 27
ACT English 21 28
ACT Writing 21 25


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $11,896
Fees $950
Total $12,846
Room and Board (on campus) $7,804
Room Only $3,642
Board Only $4,162
Estimated Total On Campus $20,650


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 estimated

$13,505 First year students
$12,973 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 estimated

77.3% on average, the percentage of need that was met
26% of financial need students that had need fully met

$10,431 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$3,742 Average need-based loan