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Established in 1868, the College of Liberal Arts supports the University of Minnesota's land-grant mission as home to disciplines in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. With departments throughout the Minneapolis campus, it is the largest college at the University.

About Our Faculty

  • CLA has 512 tenured and tenure-track faculty
  • 19% of CLA's tenured and tenure-track faculty are faculty of color; up from 17% in 2007
  • 42% of CLA's tenured and tenure-track faculty are women; compared to 39% in 2007
  • CLA faculty have received numerous nationally recognized awards in many fields.

Students at a Glance

Undergraduate student enrollment 13,676
Graduate student enrollment 1,676
Number of undergraduate degrees awarded in 2013-14 3,173
Number of graduate degrees awarded in 2013-14 437
Students of color 19.4%
Minnesota residents 62%
Wisconsin residents 17%
International students 6%

About the Class of 2018

28,893 students applied for 2,452 undergraduate seats in CLA's class of 2018. Of the students who were admitted:

  • 79.5% graduated in the top 25% of their high school class
  • 33.8% ranked in the top 10% of their high school class
  • 21.2% are students of color
  • 58.4% are women
  • 64.4% are Minnesota residents
  • 13.8% are Wisconsin residents
  • 6.8% are international students
  • 27 is the average ACT score; 40.1% scored 28 or higher

Graduating and Retaining Students

Fall 2013 freshmen who returned to CLA for their sophomore year in fall 2014 90.5%
Students in the class of 2018 who took a full course load and are on track to graduate in 4 years 99.8%
CLA students who take more than 12 credits per semester (up from 72.3% in 1996) 92.5%

Gifts to CLA for FY 2013-14

Donors Dollars
5,401 $14,483,893
College of Liberal Arts

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