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College Program Highlight – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

College Program Highlight – University of Minnesota – Twin Cities


University of Minnesota—Twin Cities is a public institution that was founded in 1851. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,204 acres. The University of Minnesota stretches across a major city – or two, to be exact. Minneapolis and St. Paul, known as the Twin Cities, are frequently recognized for sports, cleanliness and volunteerism. The school has a campus in each city, though the Minneapolis site is considered the main campus of the University of Minnesota. Freshmen do not have to live on campus, but the more than 80 percent who choose to can opt to live in traditional residence halls or one of more than two dozen Living Learning communities, such as the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives House and La Casa De Español. Also on campus are more than 600 student organizations, including more than 30 fraternities and sororities. Under the Four-Year Graduation Plan, the university ensures that all necessary classes will be available for students to complete their degrees on time. If courses are not available in an undergraduate’s four years of schooling, the university will pay for the extra credits.


At the University of Minnesota, rugby is a club sport, therefore there are no cuts or tryouts. Inexperienced players will learn all the basics with the assistance of experienced veterans and exceptional coaches who have developed players from brand new into those who attend national training camps. Each player will receive individual attention and will enjoy plenty of playing time. The club strives to provide opportunities for its members to achieve their highest potential athletically and academically, and to build and maintain strong lasting relationships with our alumni, governing bodies, and our community. It strives to maintain a team oriented atmosphere full of fun, fitness, and competition.

The University of Minnesota Women’s Rugby team was established as a D1 club team in 1978. Since then the team has come a long way in making its mark in the Midwest Rugby community with a fall season winning streak that has been undefeated since 2015. As a Division I women’s rugby program, the program participates each fall and spring in an intense, competitive schedule against some of the Midwest’s best women’s college programs.

The Gopher Men’s Rugby team gained a foothold as a sport in the 1960’s. The team has a vast network of alumni and parents that make up the Gopher rugby family. Since 2010, the Gophers have competed in USA Rugby’s D1A division. In 2019, the team took 2nd in the Big Ten Sevens to earn their first berth in the USA Rugby College Sevens National Championships.

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Tuition and Fees: in-state $14,417 Tuition and Fees: out-of-state $26,603 Room and Board: $9,852 Undergraduate Enrollment: 34,871 Student to Faculty Ratio: 17:1 Acceptance Rate: 44% Admissions Deadline: Rolling Test Scores Due: Dec. 14 GPA Requirement: 3.78 ACT Requirements: 26 – 30 SAT Requirements: 1250 – 1480

Gopher Rugby

Women’s Rugby Team Website Women’s Head Coach: Mikayla Miller Men’s Rugby Team Website Men’s Head Coach: Sean Lindersmith

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