Beyond the classrooms and lecture halls, the University of Minnesota offers many resources and programs to enhance students’ overall educational, social, and personal experiences. Enhanced Academic Experiences, such as Service Learning and the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, build the bridge between knowledge and real-world experience. To make sure students gain the full university experience, they can find countless ways to get involved in fun and rewarding social activities, including through our more than 900 student clubs or intramural sports teams.

A student participates in research.

Research Opportunities

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) provides funding to U of M undergraduates who work on a research project with a faculty mentor. UROP provides a stipend (up to $1,700 for approximately 120 hours of research) and expense money (up to $300 for project-related expenses) to students. UROP is open to freshmen through seniors who are in an undergraduate degree program in good academic standing.

There are a number of Summer Research Experience Programs (SREP) in different disciplines at the U of M. In addition, institutions around the country provide opportunities for students to do full-time research projects during the summer.

Registration for Directed Study/Directed Research allows U of M students to design and carry out an independent project, working one-on-one with a faculty member for academic credit. Most, if not all, departments provide Directed Study/Research opportunities.

A study abroad group in the UnitedArab Emirates.

Career Development

The U of M offers comprehensive career services for all U of M students. Services offered through colleges in five career centers across the Twin Cities campus include resume-writing workshops and critiques, mock interviews, job-search strategies, information on choosing a major and exploring careers, graduate and law school advising, career exploration courses, internship guides, and on-campus interviews with Minnesota companies.

Study Abroad

The University’s Learning Abroad Center is the University of Minnesota's comprehensive resource for study, service-learning, research, work, intern, volunteer, and travel experiences worldwide. It offers a full range of advising and support services to students, including: program selection, academic planning, financial planning, registration, credit, cultural adjustment, travel planning, travel products, and reentry. A variety of program options—300 programs in over 80 countries—have been developed to address the diverse needs of students. Programs vary in length, level, academic focus, teaching format, language requirements, cost, and degree of independence demanded of the participant.

Student DJs at the campus radiostation, Radio K.

Student Groups

The University is home to more than 900 student groups ranging from professional development programs to special interests and hobby groups. Students can use the Student Unions and Activities webpage to search for student groups based on interests such as fine arts, health and wellness, religion, diversity, politics, and many more. If a student doesn't find a group that interests them, they also have the opportunity to start their own group.