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NSE Central - Iowa

Ames, IA

About This Campus

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is one of the largest campuses in the U.S., with nearly 50,000 students on campus. Roughly 4700 classes are offered annually in over 160 undergraduate academic programs. The U of M is generally ranked amongst the top 10 public research institutions in the U.S., & contributing to the U of M's academic prestige are 20 Nobel Laureates and 86 Guggenheim Fellows. As a land-grant institution, the U of M has a strong tradition of education and civic engagement. It is a member of the Big Ten conference of the NCAA. The park-like main campus of the U of M is nestled in the heart of the "Twin Cities" of Minneapolis & St. Paul and dissected by the Mississippi River. The "Cities", with a population over 2 million, are recognized as centers for the arts with nationally acclaimed theaters, museums, & a vibrant music scene. Winters are snowy & cold, but the majority of the year is mild.

Location Information

We are an urban campus so you'll have easy access to shopping and entertainment, but our location also allows you to connect to nature by hiking in the Mississippi River Gorge and walking, running, and biking on the trails adjacent to campus. Our public transportation system is quite good connecting students with all parts of the metro including both downtowns of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the airport, the Mall of America, and many places in between.

Helpful Information

Having great course flexibility is key, especially if you are hoping to take courses in the Carlson School of Management, College of Science and Engineering, or the College of Design. Please review the Academics tab below for more information.

2019/2020 Placement

Campus Is Currently Not Accepting Students

2020/2021 Placement

Campus Is Currently Not Accepting Students
Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Ames
Population | N/A
Enrollment | N/A
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
  • N/A
  • Campus Diversity

    White | N/A -
    Black | N/A -
    Hispanic/Latino | N/A -
    Asian | N/A -
    Native/1st Nation | N/A -
    Hawaiian/P.I. | N/A -
    Two or more | N/A -
    Other | N/A -


    Registration Priority
    • N/A
    Closed Programs
    Architecture studios and workshops, and courses in apparel, graphic design, and interior design are closed. Professional journalism courses are closed. Some upper-division courses in the Carlson School of Management (CSOM) are closed. Nursing courses are closed. Chemical Engineering and Materials Science are closed. Elementary Education, Business and Marketing Education, Human Resource Development, Kinesiology, and Sport Management are closed.

    Architecture courses are limited (see "Closed Programs"). Students wishing to take any course offered by the Carlson School of Management (CSOM) must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have course flexibility. CSOM students may not have access to all services (job/internship fair, job/internship database, etc) offered through the college. Upper division (3000 level and above) courses for Microbiology and Neuroscience are limited. Students should have access to lower division courses within the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) as long as they have the appropriate prerequisites completed...they must work with each department to register. Upper-Division courses in CSE CANNOT be guaranteed. Psychology, Spanish, Photography, and upper-division Economics are in high demand and space may not be available. Music, Theater, and Dance courses may require audition.

    Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
    Anthropology: Anthropology

    Area Studies: African American Studies, African Studies, American Studies, Asian Studies, Latin American Studies

    Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art History, Fine Art, Graphic Design

    Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Neuroscience

    Chemistry: Chemistry

    Communications: Journalism, Journalism and Contemporary Media, Media News, Radio and Television Studies, Visual Design/Web Media

    Computer Science: System Administration

    Criminal Justice: Juvenile Justice

    Earth Sciences: Earth Science

    Economics: Economics

    English: Creative Writing, English, Film Studies

    Environmental Studies: Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies

    Foreign Language: Spanish

    General Studies: Gender Studies

    Geology: Geology

    Health and Safety Sciences: Gerontology, Health Science

    History: History

    Information Studies: Information Systems

    Mathematics: Applied Mathematics, Mathematics

    Medieval/Renaissance Studies: Medieval/Renaissance Studies

    Performing Arts: Music, Theater Arts/Drama

    Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

    Physics: Applied Physics, Physics

    Political Science: International Affairs/Relations, International Studies, Peace Studies, Political Science

    Pre-Professional : Engineering Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional

    Psychology: Psychology

    Sociology/Social Work: Social Work, Sociology

    Theater: Performance and Directing


    Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
    • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
    • 2.5 GPA
    • FOR ALL STUDENTS: Course access can be difficult and students must be flexible with desired courses. Students must meet all prerequisites. International student acceptances on Plan B allowed only for students from Plan B only campuses. International students MAY NOT work on campus during their exchange.
    Exchange Preferences
    • Full-year exchange Accepted
    • Single term exchange Accepted
    Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
    • Available
    Non-Native English Speakers
    • TOEFL: must have a score of N/A paper, 213.00 computer or 79.00 Internet
    • IELTS: must have a score of 6.50
    Summer Exchange
    • Plan A/B
    International Students (Visa Students)
    • Will accept on Plan A

    Tuition / Fees

    • Fees are subject to change without notice.
    • Two semesters = one academic year
    • Three quarters = one academic year
    Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
    • Figures are current as of N/A.
    • Estimated cost: $0.
    • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
    • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
    • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
    • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
    Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
    • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
    • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
    • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
    Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
    • Host Payment (Plan A): N/A
    • Home Payment (Plan B): N/A
    Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
    Figures are current as of N/A.

    Purpose Amount Period Plan Status

    Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
    Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,050 per semester.

    Financial Aid

    Host Payment (Plan A)
    For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

    For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

      Use FAFSA CODE: N/A

      Home Payment (Plan B)
      For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

      Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

      Room / Meals

      Figures are current as of N/A

      On-Campus Housing Per Semester
      • N/A living on campus
      • not available
      Off-Campus Housing
      • Approximate monthly cost: $
      • Proximity to campus:
      Meal Plans Per Semester
      • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.

      All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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