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Future Undergrads

Only CLA can offer you such a range of experiences and access: a broad and diverse liberal arts education at the only Big10 public university in a major city. 

Come seize your Liberal Arts Advantage!
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Undergraduate Students

As the largest college at the University of Minnesota, CLA has it all — the arts, humanities, social sciences, and STEM!

Your Liberal Arts Advantage

“Employers today are looking for people who can solve problems, think inventively, communicate well, consider multiple and diverse perspectives, work nimbly, conduct research, analyze the past, understand the present, and imagine the future.” 

— John Coleman, Dean of the College 

CLA's Core Career Competencies

No matter which major you choose in CLA, your liberal arts courses combine so you can demonstrate gains in all 10 of these Core Career Competencies that employers and alumni tell us matter most.

The adaptability this provides will position you for lasting success in your personal, public, and professional life.

Talk with a CLA Student Ambassador

Want to know what student life is like in CLA? Email us and request a conversation with a current CLA student!

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Transferring Into CLA

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About 1 out of 3 undergraduates in the College of Liberal Arts transferred in — because we welcome transfer students!

Whatever your situation, it is never too early to begin the degree planning process. Understanding how courses taken at your current institution might apply towards major requirements in CLA is an important step in your planning.

CLA's Transfer Advising team is here to assist you as you think about transferring to the U of M. 

Admitted? Congrats!

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Welcome to the CLA family! You will need to do a few things to get started as a new student at CLA — and we are here to help! Confirm that you accept our offer of admission, then you can start to prepare for Orientation.

Meanwhile, our CLA recruitment team can connect you with CLA faculty and current students, provide additional information about our different majors and academic experiences, and share how a CLA degree gives you an advantage after you graduate.


Email CLA's Recruitment team at