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Why Morris

Located in the heart of your future

Just two and a half hours outside Minneapolis is where you’ll find it: the perfect place for your future to grow. A place where you can find your passion and use it as a signpost for the rest of your life.

We’re a community of like-minded, yet incredibly unique individuals. Intentionally small. Perpetually curious.

Excellent Academics

Everything you need to get started on tomorrow.

Textbooks and pencils are important, but success takes more than that. Start with world-renowned professors who actually know your name. Add in a wide selection of majors where every student can find something suited to them—or create your own.

Dig deeper by joining faculty in research projects, or expand your artist within through creative projects. Explore the world through our nationally recognized study abroad programs.

  • 11:1 student: faculty ratio

    student to faculty ratio

  • 99%

    faculty have the highest degree in their field

  • 50%

    of students participate in research with a faculty member

High Value, Low Cost

Small class sizes that mimic private schools. Research capabilities that only large, public schools can offer. The educational experience of a lifetime—all for a quarter the tuition of Minnesota’s most expensive private school.

Rankings and accolades

  • U.S. News and World Report: A “Top-10 Public Liberal Arts College”
  • Forbes: One of “America’s Top Colleges”
  • Sierra Club: Top "Cool School" for Sustainability in Minnesota
  • Kiplinger’s Personal Finance: Best Public College Values
  • 1/4

    the cost of Minnesota's most expensive private school

  • 96%

    incoming students receive financial aid

  • pie chart image of 92 percent

    alumni say their UMN Morris degree was a smart investment

Our Community

Where we are helps make us who we are

Morris, Minnesota, is a small city about two and a half hours west of Minneapolis. It’s a peaceful place with a nurturing academic environment and plenty of room for fun.

We’ve got 19 NCAA sports teams, 18 intramural leagues, and about 120 clubs and organizations—everything from music and theater to ultimate frisbee and gardening. You’ll find friends who share your passions and interests.  

Did we mention our commitment to sustainability? We had one before it was cool to be green. Our students started a composting program, and our wind turbines produce 10 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year.

  • 1:5

    is an intercollegiate athlete

  • 120 orgs

    clubs and organizations

  • 95%

    students live on or near campus


Come as an individual. Leave as a more well-rounded one.

Morris graduates do great things. Sometimes it starts with an internship coordinated by our well connected faculty. Other times graduates leverage their Morris experiences to land their dream jobs on their own. 97% of them landed employment or in grad school within a year of getting their degree.

Regardless of where their paths have taken them, Morris alumni are more prepared, confident, and well-rounded than when they first set foot on our campus. You will be, too.

  • 22x

    U.S. News and World Report Top-10 Public Liberal Arts College

  • 1/4

    students earn multiple majors

  • 97%

    of grads are employed or in graduate programs within a year of graduating