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, 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 is creating 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 have been involved in shaping the recommendations that will create the College’s Roadmap and guide our future.
About Our Faculty
|Tenured and tenure-track faculty||517|
|Faculty of color (tenured and tenure track)||19.7%|
|Female faculty (tenured and tenure track)||42.7%|
Graduate Students at a Glance
|Graduate student enrollment||1,624|
|Number of graduate degrees awarded in 2015-16||396|
|Students of color||14.2%|
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.
|US News & World Report *||ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking *|
|Industrial & Organizational Psychology||2|
|Speech Language Pathology, MA||16|
|ShanghaiRankings ranked UMN social sciences at number 14 globally.|
* These ranking services do not rank all disciplines.
Undergraduate Students at a Glance
|Undergraduate student enrollment||13,698|
|Number of undergraduate degrees awarded in 2015-16||3,228|
|Students of color||22.7%|
About the Class of 2020
30,369 students applied for 2,450 undergraduate seats in CLA's class of 2020. Of those students who enrolled:
- 77.6% graduated in the top 25% of their high school class
- 31.7% ranked in the top 10% of their high school class
- 22.9% are students of color
- 58.6% are women
- 65.8% are Minnesota residents
- 12.2% are Wisconsin residents
- 6.8% are international students
- 27.3 is the average ACT score; 45% scored 28 or higher
Undergraduate Graduation Rates
For students who entered the College of Liberal Arts as freshmen.
4-year graduation rate: 59.3% (Class of 2015)
5-year graduation rate: 71.8% (Class of 2014)
6-year graduation rate: 73.4% (Class of 2013)
|Fall 2015 freshmen who returned to CLA for their sophomore year in fall 2016||91.5%|
|Students in the class of 2020 who took a full course load and are on track to graduate in 4 years||99.5%|
|CLA students who take more than 12 credits per semester (up from 72.3% in 1996)||92.6%|
Gifts to CLA for FY 2016-17