We are a responsible steward of resources

At the University of Minnesota, we are committed to reducing financial barriers to student achievement. We are committed to aligning revenue with forward-thinking mission fulfillment. We are committed to building comprehensive long-range capital facilities and land-holding strategies to drive strategic growth. And we are committed to re-envisioning risk management and safety.


A higher percentage of our workforce is solely committed to core mission activities than at peer institutions.

Fulfilling our mission while stewarding our resources is a key commitment for the University as a public land-grant institution. The University system achieved a $90 million reduction in administrative expenses and is committed to further focusing expenses on activities central to our mission of teaching, research, and public service. Compared to peer institutions, UM—Twin Cities had the 3rd highest percentage of its workforce dedicated to delivering mission-focused activities.

Mission-Focused Workforce, UMTC & Peers

Sources: National Center for Education Statistics, IPEDS, Full- and Part-Time Staff by Occupational Category, excluding graduate assistants, 2020, https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/use-the-data and Penn State IR website, https://opair.psu.edu/insitutional-research/projects/ipeds/human-resources/

Positioned for Excellence, Alignment & Knowledge

The PEAK Initiative, a systemwide effort to identify opportunities across non-academic functions to increase efficiency or gain capacity was launched to help steer our teaching, research, and outreach mission into the future.

Learn more about the PEAK Initiative

Tuition Program for MN Families Earning < $50K

The Promise Plus Free Tuition Program provides funds in addition to the federal, state, and University grants/scholarships needed to cover the full cost of tuition for students whose families make $50,000 per year or less.

Learn about the Promise Plus Free Tuition Program

$280 Million in institutional gift aid provided to students systemwide.

2021 Institutional Gift Aid

Total: $279,903,451

>$2K Below National Average student debt

Systemwide, average student debt is below the national average by more than $2,000. Average student debt on the Twin Cities campus is the fourth lowest in the Big Ten.

Student Debt at Big 10 Institutions

  2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Nebraska $23,231 $22,918 $22,676 $22,290 $24,598
Illinois $25,222 $25,550 $23,123 $24,655 $24,766
Michigan $25,712 $25,712 $27,224 $25,777 $26,600
Minnesota $26,644 $26,568 $26,262 $27,077 $26,644
Ohio State $27,930 $28,158 $27,453 $27,242 $27,133
Iowa $27,715 $28,405 $28,691 $28,328 $27,369
Indiana $28,039 $28,792 $28,352 $27,555 $27,815
Wisconsin $27,831 $27,979 $28,229 $27,973 $27,889
Purdue $27,530 $27,617 $28,440 $27,673 $28,793
Maryland $27,559 $28,122 $28,511 $29,133 $30,594
Michigan State   $32,310 $31,736 $31,393 $31,275
Rutgers $25,975 $32,601 $34,113 $30,829 $33,865
Northwestern $20,308 $19,718 $32,395 $36,350 $35,219
Penn State $37,213 $37,307 $38,695 $40,128 $42,657
Average $26,993 $27,983 $28,993 $29,029 $29,658
Minnesota-Twin Cities compared to Big10 Avg -$349 -$1,415 -$2,731 -$1,952 -$3,014

Source: Common Data Set