University of minnesota  minneapolis  minnesota   united states
US News Ranking 28
Qsranking 121
Timesranking 88

Brief background:

A public research university, The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (U of M) is both the state land-grant university as well as the state's primary research university. It was started in 1851 and has the fourth-largest student body, in terms of number, in the United States. The University awards degrees through various schools, such as the Law School, the Carlson School of Management, the Medical School, the School of Nursing, the College of Science and Engineering, and the College of Education and Human Development.

Engineering students at the Institute of Technology have the option to choose from 22 Master of Science degree programs, including aerospace, biomedical, chemical, electrical, or geological engineering, physics, security technologies, and astrophysics. Out of these programs, Seventeen offer the option to advance to a Ph.D.


The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities ranking is #177 in the QS Global World Rankings 2021. The university is ranked 85th in the World University Rankings 2021.

Acceptance Rate

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities acceptance rate is usually around 56% overall. Its acceptance rate for Indian students has been 38% historically.


The campus of the University is spread over 2700 acres. Students have access to facilities such as well maintained classrooms, a fantastic library system, and first-rate sports infrastructure.

Residing Options:

The University provides on-campus accommodation options to its students. However, most students choose to live off-campus because it allows them to have more freedom, luxury, and privacy. Some popular locations for off-campus accommodation are Como Avenue, Dinkytown, and Stadium Village.

Faculty and pedagogy:

The University of Minnesota has some of the best professors in the country. However, the class size – of 200 students – might initially come as a shock for a few students.


The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities tuition fees for Indian students is around $25,000, of course, depending upon the course the student is choosing. The annual off-campus living cost is around $7,000.

Financial aid:

The fees at the University of Minnesota is not very high and the University gives away a variety of competitive scholarships – which recognize special achievements in academics and leadership. Students can also apply for various on-campus jobs as well.

Jobs and placements:

The average annual salary for MS graduates from the university is more than $84k while that of MEng graduates is more than $98k according to Payscale. Mechanical Engineering master’s graduates earn about $86k annually on an average as per the Payscale data. Graduates that are working as Senior Software Engineers are drawing an annual salary of more than $100k median salary according to Payscale. A Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance makes around $112K on average per year according to Payscale. Men earn about $74k as while women make about $62k as annual median salary. 51 % of the alumni say their job makes the world a better place.


Some famous names in the list of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities notable alumni include personalities like Irving S. Shapiro (Former CEO at DuPont), Lee Raymond (Former CEO of Exxon Mobil Corporation), and Frederick Kappel (Former Chairman of AT&T).


The University of Minnesota is one of the finest universities for Electrical Engineering in the country. Apart from this, the other programs here are good as well.


The campus of the University of Minnesota is in two parts, one at Minneapolis and the other at Saint Paul in Minnesota. Together they are known as University of Minnesota Twin Cities. The two campuses are about 5 km apart.

The Minneapolis Campus extends along the banks of the Mississippi River with the east bank housing the main campus of the university. The campus is known for its natural and architectural beauty. While the picturesque Saint Anthony Falls lends a tranquil yet dynamic vibe to the campus, its architectural variety allows the students to relate their imagination to the creativity of their surrounding environment. An Old Campus Historic District lies on the east bank. The Mall Area (Northrop Mall) forms the heart of the campus and finds a place in the National Register for Historic Places. Specimens of Greek architectural revival provide inspiration for curiosity and inquisitiveness.
The East and West Bank of the Minneapolis Campus are connected by the Washington Avenue Bridge. Light rail and free shuttle services are available.
The St. Paul campus is located 5 km north east of the East Bank campus in the city of Falcon Heights. It can be reached by Campus Connector buses that operate every 5 minutes to connect the two campuses of the university.
The Minneapolis Campus is encased between highways I-35W (north-south) and I-94 (east-west) with University Avenue being the main entry and exit street for the campus. The St. Paul Campus is connected to the same highways via the Larpenteur Avenue and Cleveland Avenue. The nearest airport from the university is the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, lying 23 km south of the main campus. The university also has campuses in Duluth, Crookston, Morris and Rochester in Minnesota.

Acceptance Rate for Indians 38%
STEM Masters Awarded to International Students 248
STEM Doctorates Awarded to International Students 81
TA Appointments 341
RA appointments 761
Research funding $129,624,776
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & partner data as of year 2018


The Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (College of Science and Engineering) that began with aircraft design is today leading the research efforts in entire aerospace systems. By offering comprehensive training that includes extensive hands-on experience, the students are made a part of the most challenging aspects of aerospace science. The department has the reputation of carrying out cutting-edge research, both on-campus and with leading government and private collaborators and involving students on live projects. About 16 specialized research centers and laboratories propel research at the department.

Programs Available: Bachelor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM); MS and Ph.D. in AEM.
Areas of Expertise: Control of Aerospace Vehicles and Systems; Experimental and Theoretical Fluid Dynamics; Mechanics of Crystalline Material; Computational Fluid Mechanics


The Department of Biomedical Engineering has made its mark by continuously delivering the best engineering talent in biomedical sciences to industry and government. By laying stress on interdisciplinary sciences and inculcating in the students a spirit of innovation through original thinking and creative experimentation, the department has been able to maintain its ranking and better its research collaborations. Letting the students explore the different aspects of the field by offering them state-of-the-art facilities and ample course options has brought out the best in the department’s talents.

Programs Available: Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering (BBmE); BBmE + MS (5 years integrated); MS (thesis, project and coursework options); and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering.
Areas of Expertise: Biomaterials and Biointerfacial Science; Soft tissue mechanics & Cellular therapeutics; Biomechanics & blood/fluid dynamics; Biomedical imaging; Biomedical MEMS & tissue Engineering
List of Labs: Medical Devices Center; Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM)


The Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the UofM lays emphasis on designing courses and providing training that can lead to smarter solutions to the problems faced by humanity. Be the challenge of sustainable futures or safety or the quality of life, the students and faculty of the department have been at the forefront of offering solutions through their interdisciplinary approach which involves combining insights from various engineering disciplines. Strong research collaborations and industry partnerships for placements ensure high employment rates for the students from the department.  The department boasts of 9 dedicated on-campus research centers and laboratories.

Programs Available: Bachelor of Materials Science and Engineering; MS (part-time professional); Ph.D. in Materials Science; Bachelor of Chemical Engineering; MS (part-time professional); Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.
Areas of Expertise: Biotechnology and Bioeng; Electronic and magnetic materials; Coating processes and interfacial eng; Polymers; Ceramics and metals; Reaction Eng & Chemical process Synthesis
List of Labs: Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial and Materials Engineering; Center for Sustainable Polymers CSP

Civil, Environmental and Geoengineering

The Department of Civil, Environmental and Geoengineering cherishes the challenge of contributing technology, products, and designs that lead to resilient, efficient and sustainable infrastructure. Its world-class faculty pays special attention to upgrading the courses according to the emerging problems and industry demands of the civil engineering domain. Ambition, imagination, and curiosity have driven the many research projects and collaborations which have contributed to enriching the experience of students as they train to become leaders.
Programs Available: Bachelor of Civil Engineering; MS (thesis, project or coursework based) and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering; MEng in Civil Engineering (thesis or only coursework based).

Areas of Expertise: Solid and Fluid Mechanics; Environmental Monitoring and Restoration; Urban Networks; Hazard Prevention and Mitigation; Protecting Earth's Natural Systems; Protection of Critical Infrastructure; Sustainable Resources; Engineered Fracturing of Rock
List of Labs: St.Anthony Falls Laboratory; Center for Transportation Studies

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the UofM believes in bringing the best out of its students by laying for them strong theoretical foundations. Strong industry linkages that have only been growing in quality and quantity over the years prove that the department has been able to enrich the theoretical knowledge of the students with practical insights and has allowed them to come up with out-of-the-box solutions to the various challenges of the domain. The hard and smart work of a world-class faculty reflects in their state-of-the-art course structures and higher employability rates for the students.

Programs Available: BS, BA, Integrated 5 year Bachelor’s and Master’s, MS and Ph.D. in Computer Science; Master of Computer Science; MS in Data Science; MS in Software Engineering.
Areas of Expertise: AI and Robotics, Vision; Data Mining & Gis; Computer Architecture & Networks, Compilers; Bioinformatics and Computational Biology; Software, DB, HCI; High-Performance Computing
List of Labs: Charles Babbage Institute (CBI)

Electrical and Computer

The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the UofM is one of the oldest in the US. With a faculty that is expert in some of the in-demand areas of electrical engineering, the department boasts of a system of continuous upgradation of the syllabi and courses. The department has industry linkages with the giants of IT and prominent government institutions.

Programs Available: Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (BEE); BEE/MS (combined 5 years) MS and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering.
Areas of Expertise: Power Electronics and Systems; Telecom, Signal Processing, and Controls; Microelectronics, Mems, Nanoelectronics, Physical Electronics; Photonics, Magnetics, and Microwaves; Biomedical Devices and Systems; VLSI Design, Cad, Comp Architecture and Systems
List of labs: Minnesota Nano Center (MNC); Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces, and Novel Architectures (C-SPIN)

Industrial Engineering

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering has stood at the forefront of the latest developments in the discipline. By focusing on some of the toughest industries in terms of management and operations as the basis of its course-designs and research projects, it ensures that its students have an edge over their competitors. The department is considered amongst the best in the US in Operations Research.

Programs Available: MS and Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering; dual MS with Civil Engineering (Transportation Engineering track).
Specialization Tracks (MS): Analytics; Industrial Engineering; Systems Engineering.
Research Facilities: Enterprise Logistics Laboratory; Stochastic Modeling Laboratory; Center for Supply Chain Research.
Areas of Expertise: Operations research, planning, logistics, human factors


The Department of Mechanical Engineering of the UofM is known for offering the most versatile engineering degree. The department has consistently extended the interdisciplinary frontiers of the mechanical engineering discipline by bringing in new courses. Its faculty has a knack for taking challenges head-on, and it is the same spirit that is instilled in the students as they gain valuable practical experience by working on live projects. It is a leader in thermal science and plasma technology research. 

Programs Available: Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering; MS and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering.
Specialization Tracks (MS): Biotransport, Biopreservation, & Biotechnology; Control Systems, Robotics, and Mechatronics; Combustion & Engines; Computational Physics; Fluid Mechanics; Fluid Power; Heat Transfer & Thermal Energy; Materials Science & Solid Mechanics; Medical Technologies & Devices; Multiphase Systems: Plasmas & Particulate Flows; Nanotechnology, Micro- Electromechanical Systems (MEMS)
Areas of Expertise: Aerosol Science & Technology; Engine emissions; Nanotechnology; Manufacturing Engineering; Heat & Mass Transfer, Solar Processing & Thermochemistry; Plasma heat transfer & chemistry
List of Labs: Engineering Research Center for Compact & Efficient Fluid Power

Annual fees for Indians $25,000
Annual off-campus living $7,000
Source : GyanDhan's analysis & university's website as of year 2018

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