Fast Facts

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.

Founded: 2006

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.)

UMR Majors:
Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS)
Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (four degree programs):

  • Radiography
  • Echocardiography
  • Respiratory
  • Sonography

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?

  1. Just ASK Centers
  2. Student Success Coaches
  3. Collaborative Learning with Peers
  4. "Flipped" Instruction (active learning during class rather than lecture)
  5. 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
  • Teaching
  • 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.