Strategic Plan Vision: The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) will be nationally recognized for inspiring and empowering undergraduate to solve the health care challenges of the 21st-century.
First Graduating Class: 2013
Campus Leadership: Stephen Lehmkuhle, Chancellor
Location: Downtown Rochester, Minnesota -- in the heart of the medical community
Speciality: Undergraduate Health Sciences
UMR Degree Preparation: Pre-everything health (one degree structured carefully to serve pre-med, pre-pharmacy, pre-chiropractic, pre- veterinary, pre-physician's assistant, etc.)
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS)
Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (four degree programs):
Enrollment: Enrollment varies by class, but to stay customizable and specialized we currently set our maximum enrollment at 1000 students.
Average Incoming High School Cumm GPA: 3.6
Average Class Size: 23
Average ACT Score: 24
Student to Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Note: No TAs. No lecture pits. Faculty available in Just ASK Center daily.
Financial Aid: 93% of students received financial aid in 2014
Points of Pride
2015 UMR Graduates:
- 96% graduated in four years or less ("Finish in Four" is an expectation at UMR, as we seek to keep costs as low as possible with an efficient curriculum)
- 36% had been accepted to medical or other professional or graduate schools prior to graduation
- 23% are employed in healthcare professions including BSHP students (radiography, sonography, echocardiography, and respiratory)
- 28% have chosen a Bridge-year, working in healthcare or other fields while they apply to medical or other professional healthcare graduate schools
- Other graduates' paths include the PeaceCorps, international travel, and work with public health and non-profit organizations.
What do graduates value MOST about UMR?
- Just ASK Centers
- Student Success Coaches
- Collaborative Learning with Peers
- "Flipped" Instruction (active learning during class rather than lecture)
- UMR Space Integrated into downtown Rochester
What do graduates say are the highest quality components of a UMR health sciences education?
- Classroom and lab facilities
- Interaction with Faculty Outside of Class
- Learning Support in Just ASK
- Use of Technology to Support Learning in Class
As a UMR student, you are guaranteed:
- A personal Student Success Coach
- Core courses in the first two years to prepare you for many health career options
- A customized Capstone Experience
- Classes taught by faculty, not graduate students ("TAs")
- No lecture pits
- Technology-enhanced "learn labs" (classrooms)
- A laptop computer
- A Just ASK Center, staffed by faculty
- A support system for your own health and wellness
Extraordinary Core Curriculum & Research-Fueled Instruction
In this extraordinary context, our teaching teams make decisions about the very best approaches to teaching and learning based on current research.
- Flipped classrooms are the norm.
- Rigor begins on day one; for example, first year students start with Organic Chemistry in a unique model supported by UMR learning research.
- Relevance and efficiency are standard, as liberal education objectives are contextualized in the health sciences.
- Academic support is personal and available in our Just Ask center staffed by teaching and subject-matter specialists.
- Relationships are central. Student development support is personal and available with our unique Student Success Coaching model.
- Collaborative teaching teams enhance student learning and development.
- Writing instruction is integrated in the curriculum and supported by writing specialists.
- Collaborative and active learning are routine.
- Community-based learning is valued and thus required.
- Grand challenges of 21st-century health care frame student learning and development in and out of the classroom.