Student Engagement and Student Life

Student Life

Rochester is a small city, situated just 75 miles south of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. As a student on the UMR campus, you will be at the heart of one of the world's top medical centers and at the center of an internationally known research community.

Our students have access to the local YMCA for fitness and recreation, and our student government, the Rochester Student Association and the residential-based 318 Community Council, utilize the USquare and 318 Commons lounges and various spaces in Rochester to keep our students engaged outside the classroom.

UMR is a community with strong faculty/staff-student relationships, a robust residential community and a long-standing relationship with the Mayo Clinic and the rest of the downtown community, which is well-connected thanks to the subway/skyway system. Though different from the traditional university campus, UMR has a vibrant student life. We don't have athletic teams, a theater or a music department. However, our students are very active in over 30 student clubs and organizations that are dedicated to health sciences, and social and civic engagement, and are leaders who are making a difference on our campus and in our community. 

The Student Engagement Team offers the following initiatives and services:

Community Engagement
Intercultural Learning
Disability Resources
Diversity and Inclusion
Global Connections Community
Health and Wellness
Health CORE
Orientation and Welcome Leaders
Welcome Week Events

Recovery On Campus (ROC!)
Residential Life
Student Activities
Student Clubs and Organizations
Student Conduct
Student Handbook
Student Government - Rochester Student Association (RSA)
10 Things To Do In Downtown Rochester
Parents and Family
Study Away

Student Engagement Team Vision, Values and Mission

Vision: The Student Engagement Team will provide high-quality student engagement opportunities and support that develop self-aware leaders empowered to solve the grand health challenges of the 21st century.

Values: Through student-centeredness, collaboration and the promotion of a community of wellness, the Student Engagement Team strives to live by UMR’s core values of: respect, human potential, community, diversity and inclusiveness, and evidence-based decision making.

Mission: The Student Engagement Team coordinates initiatives and services for students that promote a community of wellness to benefit their overall learning, complement the academic experience and prepare them for lives of purpose.