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Academic Rankings

The University of Minnesota is highly ranked in many areas by prestigious institutions and organizations. Here are some of our recent institution rankings:

  • 4th for patent creation by Scientist Magazine, recognizing the University of Minnesota as a home to inventions and research breakthroughs
  • 8th in research spending by National Science Foundation
  • 9th best U.S. public research institution according to the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities
  • 37th top university in the U.S. by Q.S. World University Rankings
  • 71st best national university by U.S. News and World Report
  • More than 60% of our doctoral programs rank in the top 25% nationally, across a wide range of programs in agriculture, engineering, humanities, sciences and social sciences (National Research Council) 
  • First recipient of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)'s Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research, and Engagement — an award recognizing "institutions at the leading edge of inclusive and comprehensive efforts to internationalize their campuses”

Many of our academic programs rank within the top 20 in the world, for more on our subject-specific rankings, go to our Academic Rankings website.