Fast Facts

The University of Minnesota Rochester will inspire and empower undergraduates to solve the grand health care challenges of the 21st century.

Founded: 2006

First Graduating Class: 2013

Location: Downtown Rochester, Minnesota -- in the heart of the medical community

Speciality: Undergraduate Health Sciences

UMR Majors:

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS)

  • An innovative degree program with an integrated curriculum to provide students with a foundational undergraduate education that allows them to pursue a wide range of careers in the health sciences field.

Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP)

Enrollment: Enrollment varies by class, but maximum enrollment is approximately 1000.

Average Incoming High School Cumulative GPA: 3.6

Average Class Size: 21

Median ACT: 22-27

Student to Faculty Ratio: 12:1

Note: There are no Teaching Assistants. There are no lecture halls. Faculty are available in JustASK Centers daily.

Financial Aid: 92% received financial aid in 2018.

University History

The University of Minnesota Rochester began as a concept in the 1950s when Rochester legislators and community advocates started the campaign to increase University of Minnesota’s presence in Rochester, Minnesota.
UMR students wearing University gear and having fun outside

Points of Pride

Students are driven and united by their passion to make a difference in the world through a health career and a life of service to their communities.

  • Over 91% of spring 2018 BSHS graduates completed their degree in four years or less.
  • Underrepresented students are doing as well or better than their peers. Faculty are driven to discover which educational practices are key to sustaining that equity.
  • Underrepresented students comprise more than 60% of the student body, with graduates contributing to the diversification of the healthcare workforce – a development expected to enhance innovation and public health outcomes.
  • 100% of BSHP graduates have entered the workforce in their field.
  • Students are in high accountability relationships with each other, taking core coursework in cohorts.
  • Covenant-based, Living Learning Communities enhance student success.

2019 Graduates 

  • 56% going on to graduate or professional school.
  • 44% reported employment in a health related field.
  • Note that 100% of BSHP students are employed in their fields.