The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) is a public, baccalaureate, coeducational institution and a coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota.
As a four-year, public university with an enrollment of 1,800 students (approximately 900 on campus and 900 online), UMC proudly carries on a tradition of a century of educational service to Northwestern Minnesota. It was established as an institution of higher learning in 1966. It began offering baccalaureate degree programs in 1993.
One of five campuses of the world-renowned University of Minnesota system, UMC delivers prestigious U of M degrees in a supportive, close-knit atmosphere where students, faculty, and staff interact and really get to know one another. There is great value in this small campus experience because it results in a big degree from an established and highly regarded brand known for excellence: the University of Minnesota.
Hallmarks of the UMC experience include:
Accreditation is a process of reviewing the quality of higher education institutions. UMC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It uses the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) process for accreditation.
AQIP - Academic Quality Improvement Program
This program utilizes a continuous improvement process and provides an alternative process through which an already-accredited institution can maintain its accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. With AQIP, an institution has continuous quality improvement activities and accreditation becomes a continuous process.
Higher Learning Commission
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) is an independent corporation which is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Higher Learning Commission accredits degree-granting post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region.
U of M Crookston named "Best Midwestern Colleges"
2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008 by the Princeton Review, named a "Best Value College" in 2012.
UMC has been ranked a US News & World Report "Best College"
for 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, and 1998 in the "Regional Colleges Midwest" category.
UMC's online programs earn the campus a listing in U.S.News and World Reports Inaugural Top Online Program Rankings in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
U of M Crookston Named to 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with distinction.
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For additional information see our Institutional Research site.
*Degree seeking students are full- or part-time students who are actively working to fulfill degree requirements. Full-time students are those carrying at least 12 credits per semester.
**Non-degree students include college in the high school students, post secondary enrollment option students, adult special students, and other general education students not officially enrolled in a degree program at UMC. Many of these students are enrolled in less than 6 credits, often taught off-campus.
From responses to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) completed in fall 2008, the U of M Crookston compares favorably to or better than designated peer institutions in several measures of quality. A few highlights include:
In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, the University of Minnesota Crookston is pleased to provide the following institutional information upon request: Graduation rates
Requests may be directed to:
Office of the Registrar
Hill Hall 7
University of Minnesota
Crookston, MN 56716
18 to 1 (2011-2014 three year average)
UMC is internationally known as the original "Laptop University". A notebook computer is provided to every full-time student through payment of a technology access fee.
Located at the northern edge of Crookston, the campus is comprised of 37 buildings on 108 acres (237 acres including the University of Minnesota Northwest Research and Outreach Center adjacent on the east).
In addition to teaching and research, outreach is a value integrated into UMC's educational mission. It is recognized as an interactive, collaborative process, supported by partnerships and multiple funding sources. In addition to these programs, the campus serves as a regional hub for other University of Minnesota programs and other collaborative and independent public service entities.
As of Fall Semester 2012, 613 students lived on campus in residence halls and student apartments. Others lived in off-campus housing. In spring of 2013, UMC opened the doors to its fifth residence hall - the third to be built since 2006. Learn more at UMC Residential Life.
More than 40 student clubs and organizations plan events and activities and provide professional development and leadership opportunities.
UMC is a member of the NCAA Division II Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).
Golden Eagle student athletes participate in eleven varsity sports:
Men - football, golf, basketball, and baseball
Women - volleyball, soccer, golf, basketball, fast pitch softball, tennis, and equestrian (western & hunt seat)
UMC follows a semester-based calendar.
Academic terms include:
UMC is follows a "traditional" admissions policy.
Learn more about the Admissions process at the Office of Admissions.
The U of M Crookston has restructured the tuition policy in favor of a flat-rate tuition strategy which makes all credits above 13 per semester tuition-free. Students who take advantage of the flat rate and graduate in 4 years will pay significantly less and can save nearly $20,000. To graduate in 4 years at UMC, a student, on average, must complete 15-16 credits per semester.
Learn more current tuition and costs details on the Business Affairs Office website.