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GRE & TOEFL Scores for the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

This is part of our series profiling different graduate degree programs and graduate schools at U.S. universities for international students on an F1 Visa or J1 Visa. This week we profile the College of Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

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The College of Engineering at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is a school to have on your radar.

  • Their undergraduate program is consistently ranked among the Top 25 in the nation.
  • For international students seeking a renowned university to complete their studies, the College of Science and Engineering is a hub of opportunities and ideas ready to be experience and shared with your fellow scholars.

Located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, the university lies right in the middle of the second-largest economic center in the Midwest. The school has become a haven for graduate international students with them being a quarter of the graduate student population at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Hailed as a Public Ivy, a public university with comparable academic quality to that of an Ivy League institution, the College of Science and Engineering helps the university earn that distinction. The school is a front-runner in its use of the latest technological advancements, featuring world-class facilities such as a new nanotechnology lab, first-of-its-kind electron microscope, an undergraduate materials and prototyping lab, and more.

  • The College of Science and Engineering boasts a very knowledgeable staff with 91% of classes being taught by faculty with the highest degree in their field.
  • Committed to being leaders in cutting-edge research, 579,000 square feet of space is dedicated to research at the university.
  • Not to be outshined by its rigorous academic curriculum, the university also has the honor or being ranked #9 on Buzzfeed’s list of most beautiful campuses in the U.S.

Some of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities’ most recent rankings and accolades include being ranked 4th for patent creation by Scientist Magazine, 8th in research spending by National Science Foundation, and, according to the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, the 9th best public research institution in the United States among others.

The twelve academic departments in the College of Science are listed below and offer degree programs at the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels.

Majors in the College of Science and Engineering are also offered in cooperation with this affiliated department:

A full list of degree programs, minors, and certificates can be found here.

For international graduate applicants English proficiency is required. Test score and GPA requirements are as follows:

A minimum score of 79 on the internet-based TOEFL is required for most degree programs, 550 for the paper-based TOEFL, 6.5 for IELTS, or 80 for MELAB. Minimum requirements differ based on degree programs and you should reach out to somebody in those programs.

The GRE test is required for most, but not all degree programs. You should check with your intended program to see if the test is required. No minimum scores are required, however. For an average of last year’s admitted students’ GRE scores, see your specific program. Choose your program name and “Program Statistics”, then click on “Admissions.”

An average undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (~83%-87%) or higher is preferred by most graduate programs for admission. For specific GPA requirements, contact someone in your program of interest.

Average starting salary for an undergraduate College of Science and Engineering graduate ranges from $57,111 to $63,167 depending on major. The average salary for someone with a Masters of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is $83,333.

As always, we encourage you to reach out to a school directly to get the most up-to-date and accurate information. Speaking to someone from the school can help you make a better decision and they can also put you in touch with international student alumni who can speak to their experiences of attending that school.

Costs of attendance vary depending on programs and degrees being sought. Average cost of a full-time, non-resident graduate student is $44,784. Fees not included in tuition costs can vary between $500 and $2000 per semester. More information on costs and relevant financial aid information can be found here.

For those international students on an F1 Visa or J1 Visa needing an education loan or study loan to help fund their studies at We are more than happy to help and if you have any questions about international student loan options, please email us at



John Romanucci

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