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

2017 UMR Graduates:

  • 19 percent continue their education in graduate or professional school
  • 42 percent employed in a profession, including BSHP students (radiography, sonography, echocardiography, and respiratory care)
  • 33 percent taking a bridge year before continuing their education. A majority of those taking a bridge year report that they will be employed in a health-related context for that year.
  • 7 percent other, such as the PeaceCorps

What do graduates value MOST about UMR?

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

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

  • interaction with faculty outside of class
  • learning support in Just ASK
  • health science relevance of courses
  • teaching
  • 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.