About the College of Liberal Arts
The College of Liberal Arts is committed to intellectual freedom, the pursuit of new knowledge, and the belief that the liberal arts are the foundation of academic learning.
CLA prepares students to be independent and original thinkers, to be innovators in their chosen fields, to create meaning in their lives and in their life’s work, and to become productive citizens and leaders in their communities and the world.
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 31 departments on the Minneapolis campus, it is the largest college in the University of Minnesota system.
About Our Future
Our vision is to transform the College of Liberal Arts into a destination college.
Achieving that vision requires an engaged community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and friends. To make that happen, CLA has put in place a Roadmap that focuses on four core goals.
CLA alumni will be the most desirable graduates available.
CLA will have a relentless focus on research and creative excellence.
The CLA community will mirror the community at large.
CLA will deepen a culture of engagement for our alumni, community, and state.
Nearly 100 faculty, staff, and students were involved in shaping the recommendations that created the College’s Roadmap and guide our future.
About Our Faculty
Fall 2021 - Explore Faculty Work
|Tenured and tenure-track faculty||484|
|Faculty of color (tenured and tenure track)||24%|
|Female faculty (tenured and tenure track)||46%|
Our faculty receive many prestigious awards.
Graduate Students at a Glance
|Graduate student enrollment in 2021||1,408|
|Number of graduate degrees awarded in 2020-21||391|
|Graduate students of color in 2021||16%|
|International graduate students in 2021||31%|
Graduate Program Rankings
A number of our graduate programs were ranked among the top of their peers both in the United States and the world. Highly-ranked programs depend on field-shaping faculty. See a list of awards and honors our faculty have won.
|US News & World Report* (2023)||Shanghai Ranking: Global* (2022)||Shanghai Ranking: Among
US Public Universities* (2022)
|Sociology of Population||11|
|Fine Arts, Collectively||64|
* These ranking services do not rank all disciplines.
Undergraduate Students at a Glance
|Undergraduate student enrollment in Fall 2021||12,911|
|Number of undergraduate degrees awarded in 2020-21||3,458|
|Students of color in Fall 2021||32%|
|Minnesota residents in Fall 2021||71%|
|Wisconsin residents in Fall 2021||13%|
|International students in Fall 2021||7%|
About the Class of 2025
21,678 students applied for 2,781 undergraduate seats in CLA's class of 2025. Of those students who enrolled:
- 66% graduated in the top 25% of their high school class
- 35% are students of color
- 66% are women
- 28 is the average ACT score (57% score 28 or higher)
- 25% are first-generation college students
Undergraduate Graduation Rates
For students who entered the College of Liberal Arts as freshmen.
4-year graduation rate: 69%
5-year graduation rate: 79%
6-year graduation rate: 81%
|Fall 2020 freshmen who returned to CLA for their sophomore year in fall 2021||89%|
|Students in the class of 2025 who took a full course load and are on track to graduate in 4 years||99%|
Gifts to CLA for FY 2020-2021