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Ahead of Schedule and We're Not Done Yet

At the end of 2019, the College of Liberal Arts met the Shattering Expectations campaign goal ahead of schedule. Your support signals confidence in CLA and our plans for the future as we relentlessly pursue excellence in all we do. We’re seizing on our campaign momentum to surpass our $150 million goal, putting us in an even stronger position to be great for our students and the world in which they will serve, now and in the future. Your support makes that happen.

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The Transformative Impact of Giving

  • “Having an internship and dedicating less time toward work has helped me get the most out of my two majors.”

  • “To have somebody donate money for a scholarship that is specifically for a dancer, it’s amazing.”

  • “My dream is to use history as fuel to move society forward. Now I have the resources to make that dream a reality.”

  • “People are less motivated by policy substance than they are with showing their loyalty to the team.”

  • “Thinking critically about our cultural and media environment is an important step toward being engaged citizens.”

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Impact by the Numbers

You make CLA a destination for the world's brightest minds, and keep a college education within reach for the talented, the visionary, the driven.


million to support students, a 73% increase since the start of the campaign


new chairs and professorships to recruit and retain top faculty


increase in internship scholarships
(not a typo!)

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Attract Top Students

Your scholarship and fellowship gifts enable us to recruit the brightest minds to Minnesota. With your help, we will deepen our focus on providing critical access to high-impact, experiential learning opportunities for students, including internships, undergraduate research, and learning abroad.

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Engage Every Voice

CLA is launching a new Civic Readiness Initiative to help students successfully navigate life in an increasingly polarized political time and develop skills to engage in—and model—vigorous yet respectful debate and discussion. Your gifts will support initiatives in curricular, extracurricular, and public- and community-facing offerings that will help equip the next generation of leaders to understand and work productively with differences of views, backgrounds, and perspectives.

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Spark Innovation & Collaboration

As we partner across the University to address the world’s great challenges, your gifts for new Innovation Funds will give us flexibility to adapt to changing times, evolving issues, and immediate concerns. In recent years we have provided pilot funding to launch interdisciplinary research programs, develop an applied statistics institute, introduce a special grant program for associate professors, and test new models of internship support. A steady and sizable pool of investment resources will allow us to continue supporting this kind of measurable experimentation, innovation, and testing of new ideas.

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