University of Minnesota, Crookston

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University of Minnesota, Crookston

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University of Minnesota, Crookston

The University of Minnesota, Crookston is a public four-year university. It is dedicated to providing a unique learning experience through applied programs that are career-oriented. The academic programs combine theory, experimentation, and practice in a learning atmosphere that is rich in technology. All students and faculty members receive a laptop computer and the university is committed to providing personalized attention to promote academic and professional success. It also strives to serve communities at the state, national, and global level through its instruction, research, and outreach.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston Online is offered through the Center for Adult Learning (CAL). The center prides itself on high quality educational services for nontraditional and continuing education learners, community organizations, and the constantly growing workforce. The online programs offer flexible opportunities for working adults and students with other obligations. The online courses focus on interactions with instructors and fellow classmates. Online programs include accounting, applied health, business management, marketing, and manufacturing management.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston traces its history back to 1851 when the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus was established. In 1905, the Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA) was established as a regional residential high school and in 1965 the University of Minnesota Technical Institute was founded and located on the NWSA campus. NWSA closed its doors in 1968 and the University of Minnesota Technical Institute changed its name to the University of Minnesota Technical College. The institution officially changed its name to the University of Minnesota, Crookston in 1988. It was approved to grant bachelor degrees in 1992 and gained accreditation in 1993. Also in 1993, it was the first institution in the country to provide full-time students and faculty members with a notebook computer with preinstalled software. The university offered its first completely online degree program in 2001 and it was the first of the University of Minnesota system. Throughout the last decade, the University of Minnesota, Crookston has continued to expand and it currently enrolls nearly 1,500 students.


The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accredits the University of Minnesota, Crookston.

Schools of Education

The University of Minnesota, Crookston offers its academic programs through four departments.

Agriculture and Natural Resources: strives to become a leaders in agriculture and natural resources while working to sustain the environment using various technological methods to improve production. Offers experiential based programs in areas such as agricultural business, agricultural education, animal science, environment science, and horticulture.

Business: assists students in enhancing their ability to recognize and solve various business and organizational issues and understand the significance of business and entrepreneurship in communities. Available programs include accounting, business management, and marketing, manufacturing management, and sport and recreation management.

Liberal Arts and Education: committed to helping students obtain and expand foundations and knowledge of individual and social behavior. Offers programs in applied studies, communication, organizational psychology, criminal justice, and education.

Math, Science and Technology: encourages students to challenge themselves to explore while learning to succeed in constantly changing mathematical, scientific, and technological fields. Offers programs in applied health, environmental sciences, software engineering, health sciences, and information technology management.

Scholarships Offered

The University of Minnesota, Crookston offers merit scholarships and specialty scholarships. The merit scholarships are for new high school students and transfer students that demonstrate academic excellence. Merit scholarships include The Achievement Scholar, The Distinguished Scholar, The Merriam Legacy Scholar, The Chancellor Scholar, The Presidential Scholar, Transfer Presidential, Transfer Chancellor, and Transfer Distinguished. Various individuals and/or groups donate specialty scholarships for new and returning students including MAELC Scholarship, Midwest Dairy Association Scholarship, American Indian Education Scholarship, Ward Family Scholarship, UMC Alumni Association Scholarship, UMC Aspire Scholarship, Don Keith Scholarship, UMC Employee Family Awards, Hugo’s Scholarship, and Online Learning Scholarship. The university also accepts outside scholarships.

Financing Options

The University of Minnesota, Crookston participates in various financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant, Academic Competitiveness Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Parents PLUS Loan. The university also accepts alternative loans and it offers an installment payment plan.

Credit Earning Options

The University of Minnesota, Crookston grants transfer credit for coursework completed at another accredited college or university. Transfer credits are based on the mission of the institution, the similarity to courses offered at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, and the relevance of coursework in meeting degree requirements. All courses must have earned a grade of a D or better to be considered for transfer. There is no limit on the amount of transfer credits from another institution. The university also grants credits for nontraditional learning such as military training and CLEP, DANTES, AP, and IB examinations. Additionally, it may grant transfer credits for internships, field experience, independent study, and study abroad courses.