University of Minnesota Rochester
The University of Minnesota Rochester is a specialized institution designed with healthcare careers in mind. Adjacent to the Mayo Clinic, UMR takes advantage of its considerable professional and academic resources to offer a personalized education for each and every student.
The teaching and advising model at UMR is open and interactive; faculty and staff are almost always available for mentorship and guidance. Students work in teams, research with world-class medical professionals, and learn about the demands of modern healthcare.
Whatever their motivation, students looking to become the next generation of leaders in medicine have a home at UMR.
Get to know University of Minnesota Rochester
LEARN WITH THE THREE R’S
At the University of Minnesota Rochester, every student is engaged in an in-depth healthcare education. But the real world is about more than just medicine—UMR’s diverse liberal arts core connects the pursuit of a cutting-edge healthcare education to the literature and skills needed to be a well-rounded citizen. To make sure students are engaged and interested in the material, every single course at UMR follows Three R’s: Relevance, Relationships, and Rigor.
Every course is relevant: embedded with a health perspective that allows students to make a connection between their future career and their classwork. Every course helps build relationships: between classmates, between faculty, and between local medical professionals. And every course at UMR is rigorous: high-achieving students come to campus expecting the best, and they’re challenged through the highest quality pre-healthcare curriculum available.
GET HANDS-ON HEALTHCARE EXPERIENCE
The University of Minnesota Rochester is located right next door to the leading medical center in the United States, the Mayo Clinic, giving students a direct connection to cutting-edge medical practices and research. Mayo staff, in addition to UMR’s world-class faculty, open up a world of opportunities for students to take part in in-depth, hands-on research.
In Directed Study and Research courses, students can either take on an independent project or support faculty in their existing research. Directed research offers students a close relationship with their professors, which can lead to further employment opportunities or the development of a valuable professional network.
Students interested in going outside of UMR for opportunities can partner with the Mayo Clinic. Special programs allow students to work for class credit alongside Mayo doctors, nurses, and administrators, experiencing their prospective career paths firsthand.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 0%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 8%
White, non-Hispanic: 69%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 12%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 3%
GOT A QUESTION? JUST ASK
At most universities, students are usually reluctant to go to office hours with intimidating tenured faculty. At UMR, those barriers are broken at the Just ASK Center, where faculty sit in the same communal spaces where the students study or hang out themselves. The casual atmosphere makes them approachable to hear student concerns and offer advice, mentorship, and help on coursework.
Just ASK is also an opportunity for students to get to know faculty whose courses they aren’t taking as well, allowing them to be acquainted with the whole campus’ interesting research opportunities or career connections. Every faculty member’s Just ASK schedule is available to students online. Taking offices out of the equation reminds UMR students that their faculty are just people, and if they have a question, all they need to do is Just ASK.
The first year at UMR prepares students for an academic career full of success and engaging experiences. Every student takes part in the first-year seminar, which introduces them to UMR’s resources as well as the strategies for success that faculty, staff, and upperclassmen have used themselves. In each student’s second semester, they complete a major research project that simulates the work that will be expected of them in upper-level coursework. Students learn early on how to research and work effectively in teams. Then, at the annual Research and Educational Symposium, they are prepared to present their first-year projects in a thesis-style environment.
COLLABORATIVE LEARNING STYLES
Every University of Minnesota Rochester student prepares for the team-based nature of modern healthcare. Starting in their first-year course, students learn to work in teams and take the lead on their own education. Teams build the foundation for everything at UMR—even faculty work in teams, providing a model for students to follow in their classes and their professional lives.
Many courses are taught by teams of faculty working with teams of students, giving several layers of support from which students can draw in their classwork. Lecturing often takes a backseat to case- and problem-based studies, always reflecting the demands and expectations of modern medical professions.
At the heart of any healthcare profession is service, and UMR honors such a foundation with a number of service-learning opportunities embedded in courses or facilitated outside the classroom. One course offered by UMR has students partner with a local organization to complete a community project. Whether for or not for credit, UMR students put their skills to the test in an environment that can benefit others as they prepare for a lifetime of putting service above themselves.
Students living on campus are invited to join one of three living-learning communities in which they can explore their interests, get to know their classmates, and find a home within a comfortable environment. Building a community on campus is key to student happiness and success, and it’s through UMR’s living-learning communities that students get a headstart.
The Global Connections Community helps develop students into internationally thinking leaders. Students engage in a curriculum designed to broaden their horizons and introduce them to several global cultures, preparing them to treat patients of all backgrounds. The Health Community of Respect and Empowerment (CORE) puts underrepresented students front-and-center, helping them develop a sense of belonging in college and academic success strategies. Finally, the Healthy LLC promotes a healthy lifestyle, giving students the skills to be personally healthy and help others stay on the path to wellness.
The University of Minnesota Rochester is located in the perfect location for up-and-coming medical professionals. Rochester is the headquarters of the world-renowned Mayo Clinic, offering several professional opportunities for students to explore the medical profession.
But college is about more than studying or networking, and Rochester provides plenty of chances for students to unwind. Just ninety minutes from the Twin Cities, students can explore the Mall of America; go to a baseball, hockey, basketball, or football game; or stay in Rochester to learn more about local history and art.
COACHED FOR SUCCESS
With the right support system in place, every student can excel and make an impact in healthcare. At UMR, the support system starts with the Student Success Coach, an all-in-one advisor who follows each student from admission to graduation.
Success Coaches are career coaches, helping students put a career plan in place and find the right professional opportunities. Success Coaches are academic advisors, keeping students on track and helping overcome academic challenges. Success Coaches are also life coaches, offering support and guidance through tough times. UMR Success Coaches get to know every student in each of these areas and more, ensuring that their advice and planning is personalized to each individual’s abilities, situation, and life goals.
CAPSTONES AND INTERNSHIPS
The UMR capstone is a full-year project that integrates students’ academic experiences with a professional-level, personalized set of goals and assessments. Students complete internships, upper-division classes, study abroad opportunities, faculty-led research, community service, or other, similar experiences on their path to graduation. The UMR capstone gives students one last chance to work with faculty and explore their personal and professional goals before taking their next step.
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Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $10,914
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