Fast Facts

Strategic Plan Vision: The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) will inspire and empower undergraduates to solve the 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)

      • Degree structured carefully to serve pre-med, pre-pharmacy, pre-chiropractic, pre- veterinary, pre-physician's assistant, etc.

Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (four degree programs):

      • Radiography
      • Echocardiography
      • Respiratory
      • Sonography

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

Average Incoming High School Cumulative GPA: 3.6

Average Class Size: 21

Average ACT Score: 24

Student to Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Note: No Teaching Assistants. No lecture halls. Faculty available in Just ASK Center daily.

Financial Aid: 97% of students received financial aid in 2017



Points of Pride

Over 91% of spring 2018 BSHS graduates completed their degree in four years or less.

2018 UMR Graduates:

  • 53% plan to continue their education in graduate or professional school
  • 24% of those graduates will start their next educational steps in fall 2018 at the following schools: University of Minnesota School of Dentistry; University of North Dakota (MS in Biology), Oxford University, University of Minnesota Pharmacy School, Northwestern Health Sciences University (Doctor of Chiropractic), UMTC MA in Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coaching, Drake University Doctor of Occupational Therapy), and Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Surgical First Assistant program
  • 29% of those graduates are choosing a pause between their undergraduate and graduate education. For those taking such a “bridge” year, endeavors include a combination of work at the Mayo Clinic (e.g. post-bac research, patient care assistant, wellness coach, scribe, etc.) and continuation of volunteer experiences in areas of passion (e.g. Rochester Center for Autism, Seasons Hospice, etc.). Programs which 2018 graduates will be pursuing following their bridge year include gene therapy, virology, physical therapy, wildlife medicine, epidemiology, environmental health, physician, dentistry (in the military), physician’s assistant, pediatrician, neonatal transport team-respiratory therapist, genetic counselor, intensive care physician, speech pathologist, occupational therapist, and medical research (combined MD and PhD)
  • 47% are employed in a health-related context. Note that 100% of BSHP students are employed in their fields
  • Examples of positions in which 2018 UMR graduates are currently employed in Minnesota: MRI technologist, emergency medical technician, diagnostic medical sonographer, medical research technician, respiratory therapist, wellness coach, and cardiology technician

What do graduates value MOST about UMR?

  1. active learning in class
  2. student success coaching
  3. Just ASK centers
  4. collaborative learning with peers
  5. community campus (UMR space integrated into downtown Rochester)

What do graduates say are the highest quality components of a UMR health sciences education?

  1. Just ASK learning support
  2. teaching
  3. faculty interaction outside of class
  4. health science relevance of courses
  5. student success coaching




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
  • no lecture halls
  • technology-enhanced classrooms ("learn labs")
  • a laptop computer
  • Just ASK Center, staffed by faculty
  • a support system for your own health and wellness



Core Curriculum & Research-Fueled Instruction

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 integrated with 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 into the curriculum and supported by writing specialists
  • collaborative and active learning are routine
  • community-based learning is valued and required
  • grand challenges of 21st-century health care frame student learning and development in and out of the classroom