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The Importance of the College Library

The Importance of the College Library

When visiting a campus one of the last places most students want to see is the library, or, depending on the size of the school, the library system.  Neglecting the library, however, is a big mistake.

Many of the main benefits students derive in college are associated with the library. Outside of class, most students spend their time in the dormitory, cafeteria, the gym, or in the library.

Involvement: a Key to College Success and Admissions

Involvement: a Key to College Success and Admissions

In high school the best students often use to the fullest the resources available to them. There are stories of Bill Gates, along with his friend Paul Allen, hacking into the computer system at Lakeside high school. Tales of students who begin on the school newspaper as freshmen and gradually expand their responsibilities to managing editors are legion. These are the type of applicants many of the most selective schools seek.

Profile of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities


  • A good value in the face of California’s rapidly rising tuition costs
  • Over 150 majors across its 7 colleges
  • Two campuses spread along the Mississippi River
  • Undergraduate experience with Honors Program, Research Opportunities, and Study Abroad Program

If you’re willing to sacrifice the Mediterranean climate of California for the seasonally snowy plains of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) might warrant a review. The Twin Cities campus is, with 33,000 undergraduates, greater than Berkeley, UCLA, or Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. For out of state students, its cost of attendance (COA) is less than the in-state price of Berkeley or UCLA.  As part of the Big Ten, and with its seven colleges offering over 150 majors, ranging from Russian to Kinesiology, the University of Minnesota might be worth weathering the winter storms.  

The campus is actually two campuses with one in St Paul, where the agricultural school resides, and the other in Minneapolis, about five miles away. The two are connected by bus, but soon will be by light rail. The Minneapolis campus is split, east and west by the Mississippi River. The university also contains a 695-acre arboretum, which is used for research projects. Each of the freshman admitting colleges has its own library, with the entire library system containing over 5 million volumes, making it the 14th largest in the nation.

One concern many parents might have about any big state university is its four-year graduation rate.  46% of this year’s undergraduates finished their bachelors in four years. Though better than Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s 26%, it is well below UCLA’s 68% and Berkeley’s 69%. To address this issue, the university has instituted a ‘Four Year Guaranteed Graduation Plan.’ Should you join the plan, accept guidance from your counselors (all undergraduates are assigned both an academic and career counselor who will meet and advise you throughout your career at  Minnesota), pull together a plan for achieving your degree in four years, and fail to get the classes necessary to graduate on time, the University of Minnesota will provide these classes to you at no cost, until you attain your degree.

The University of Minnesota is sensitive to the needs of its undergraduates and has implemented a number of programs, in addition to the guarantee mentioned above. First, week long orientation programs are offered by all the colleges to their entering freshmen. Additionally, an Honors College offers opportunities in interdisciplinary study, along with special research opportunities, and special housing for members in the program.  Further, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) gives stipends to 450 students each year to assist faculty or propose student research projects under faculty supervision.

The professors are noted for being accessible and focused on teaching undergraduates.  Most have open office hours where they are willing to meet and explain concepts or elucidate points. Distinguished teaching is rewarded by bonuses of up to $15,000. Moreover, you might actually get to know some of your professors as 80% of the classes have fewer than 50 students, and even the larger lectures break down into manageable discussion groups of 15 or fewer students.

One other area worthy of mention is the Study Abroad program, which features over 300 programs across 60 countries: it is the largest program in the nation. The College of Management requires all its students spend time abroad in one of the programs which can be for as little as a month, or as long as a year.  

All told, the University of Minnesota has features that might attract discriminating students who are searching for alternatives to the UC system. Certainly the cost of attendance is appealing. The school has the advantages of a big school: an extensive range of majors, huge libraries, and an extensive Study Abroad Program, coupled with features of a smaller school with its colleges, first year orientation, honors program, attentive counseling, and undergraduate research opportunities. If you’re interested, the application fee for California residents is waived for this year, and there is no essay on the application. Applying is a no-risk venture. The University of Minnesota has rolling admissions with a deadline of December 15th.  But, be prepared to buy a parka.

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities 소개

  • 캘리포니아의 등록금 상승에 비할 때 좋은 대안
  • 7 단과대학에 150이 넘는 전공
  • Mississippi 강을 따라 두 개의 캠퍼스로 나누어짐
  • Honor Program, Research Opportunities, Study Abroad Program이 우수함

여러분이 캘리포니아의 지중해 날씨를 버리고 눈나리는 미네소타의 평지를 갈 수 있다면, University of Minnesota (Twin Cities)는 고려할 만 하다.  Twin Cities 캠퍼스는 33,000명의 재학생이 있으며, Berkeley, UCLA, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo보다 더 큰 학교이다.  Big Ten에 속하며, 전공은 러시아어 에서부터 신체운동학까지 150이 넘는 전공을 7개의 단과대학에서 제공하는데, 이 대학은 겨울의 눈보라에 시달리더라도 갈 만하다.

캠퍼스는 농과대학이 있는 St. Paul과 5마일 떨어진 Minneapolis의 두 군데에 있다.  두 곳은 버스로 연결되어 있으나, 곧 경철도가 운영될 것이다.  Minneapolis 캠퍼스는 미시시피강 동서로 나누어져 있다.  대학은 695에이커의 식물원이 있어서 리서치 프로젝트에 사용된다.  모든 신입생은 전국에서 14위인 500만권이 넘는 도서관을 즐긴다.

학부모들이 염려할 졸업률을 살펴보자.  올해 학부의 4년졸업률은 46%이었다.  Cal Poly San Luis는 26%이고, UCLA는 68%, Berkeley는 69%로 높다.  한편, 이 대학의 ‘대학 4년에 졸업하기’(에 가입하면, 카운셀링을 받을 수 있다 (모든 학생은 academic and career카운셀러가 지정되어 지도함).  4년에 졸업하도록 최대한 도움을 주며, F학점을 받으면 비용없이 수업을 들을 수 있다.

University of Minnesota은 프로그램에 매우 민감하다.  첫째, 모든 신입생들에게 1주일간의 오리엔테이션을 제공한다.  또한 Honor College 프로그램은 학문간 연구를 제공하며, 특별 기숙사도 제공한다.  Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program(UROP)은 매년 450명의 학생들에게 교수 조교나 리서치 프로젝트를 주고 비용을 지불한다.

교수들은 항시 면담이 가능하며 학부생을 가르치는데 주력한다.  대부분의 교수는 시간을 오픈하고 학생을 면담하고 수업의 질문이나 개념을 설명해준다.  우수한 교수는 $15,000의 보너스도 받는다.  더욱이 학생들은 교수와 친분을 가질 수 있다.  80%의 수업이 50명 이하이다.  대규모 수업은 15명 정도로 토의 그룹으로 나뉘어 진다.

또 다른 우수성은 Study Abroad 프로그램이다.  60개국의 300여 프로그램이 있다.  전국에서 가장 큰 프로그램이다.  College of Management에서는 모든 학생이 한달, 혹은 일년 동안 한 프로그램에 가입하여 외국으로 나가게 한다.

University of Minnesota는 UC에 대응하는 대학을 찾는 학생에게는 매력적인 여러 가지를 갖고 있다.  물론 비용도 매력적이다.  이 학교는 큰 학교의 장점을 갖고 있다: 수많은 전공, 큰 도서관, 폭넓은 해외유학 프로그램, 각 단과대학이 작은 대학의 특징을 지님, 첫 오리엔테이션 프로그램, honor program, 밀착된 카운셀링, 리서치 기회 등.  만약 여러분이 흥미가 있다면, 올해는 가주 주민에게는 응시비용이 면제되며, 또한 에세이도 없다.  정말 위험하지 않은 도전이다.  12월15일이 마감일이다.  그러나 파가를 꼭 준비해야 한다.