Higher Education for the 21st Century

An Education Built For You


Minerva offers a unique undergraduate education. The intensive four-year experience is deliberately designed to enhance your intellectual growth and prepare you for success in today’s rapidly changing global context.


Unique Experience
Minerva students collaborate with the Mayor’s Office on Homeless Policy at San Francisco City Hall.

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Global Immersion
Live and learn in seven of the world’s greatest cities during four years of rigorous study in our accredited residential program.
Innovative Learning
Participate exclusively in small interactive seminars, built on the science of learning, that demand the full engagement of your professors and classmates alike.
Accessible Admissions
Attend the only highly-selective undergraduate institution to admit all qualified students based on merit alone, with no consideration given to gender, nationality, ethnicity, or social status.
Community of Equals
Join a diverse group of accomplished students united by a shared sensibility — deep intellectual curiosity, humility, passion, and the drive to make a difference.
“There is no better way to understand how we can come together, as citizens of the world, than to actively immerse ourselves in it. As a deeply curious soul, I try to look beyond the obvious to capture a deeper appreciation for our differences.”
Rana Abu Diab, Minerva Student
Jerusalem, Palestinian Territory
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Student Life
“Minerva is an amazing option for that smart kid that wants to experience college by seeing the world not just studying about it.”
Hector Martinez
Director of College Guidance at The Webb Schools

The World as Your Campus

The world needs global citizens. Living in up to seven of the great world cities you will experience a diversity of vibrant cultures, while gaining access to a wealth of educational resources far beyond those available in a traditional campus environment.

Each Minerva residential location is selected for its global significance, providing multiple vantage points for deep cultural understanding. While in each city, you will have numerous educational, social and community-building opportunities — from access to exclusive co-curricular programs to student-led extracurriculars activities.

These location-based programs, events, and activities supplement your academic studies. Extending the learning environment into a diversity of urban contexts, you enhance your understanding of subject matter by applying knowledge in new ways.

Whether engaging with breakthrough entrepreneurs, industry leaders, and community icons; working with the best artistic, cultural and scientific organizations; or organizing a yoga retreat, you are constantly building upon your coursework by make the entire world your campus.
Data visualization showing global flight patterns

Credit: Michael Markieta
Global Immersion
7 world cities
7 different worlds

Residential Locations
Year One San Francisco
Year Two Berlin, Buenos Aires
Year Three Seoul, Bangalore
Year Four Istanbul, London
“The pedagogical best practices [Dean] Kosslyn has identified have been programmed into the Minerva platform so that they are easy for professors to apply.”
Graeme Wood
The Atlantic Magazine

What and How You Learn Matter

For an education to be effective it must be both an active experience and provide an intentional intellectual progression. The Minerva curriculum is expressly designed to teach the critical skills touted in nearly every university brochure, but absent from most curricula of these same institutions.

Unlike the passive lectures most other students experience, all Minerva classes take place in small seminars. Top professors lead students through lively discussion, intensive debate, and collaborative work. This active learning approach is designed to stimulate deep cognition, enhancing your understanding of course material and furthering your ability to apply concepts to unfamiliar situations in novel ways.

Minerva offers Bachelor’s degrees in a broad range of concentrations, through five accredited colleges — Social Sciences, Computational Sciences, Natural Sciences, Arts & Humanities, and Business. The curriculum is structured to enable both broad exploration across these disciplines and deep mastery in your chosen field.

Each semester at Minerva builds on the previous one. In the first-year Cornerstone courses you learn four core capacities — critical thinking, creative thinking, effective communication, and effective interaction — the very skills employers and graduate programs seek. These foundational skills are reinforced in every class, throughout all four years. When you select the college you will major in, you set the basic direction for your course of study, which culminates in individualized tutorials and the final Capstone project during your senior year.
“Why did I leave established, elite universities, like Harvard and Stanford, for a radically new concept in higher education? The answer is simple: I wanted to help build something better.”
Stephen M. Kosslyn, Ph.D.
Founding Dean
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of admitted students matriculate — a higher rate than most of the Ivy League

An International Community of Equals

For a university’s admissions to be fair it must treat each applicant equally. Every highly-selective American university gives preference to students from the US, with advantage given to groups like legacy applicants and recruited athletes. At Minerva, students are selected based purely on merit, so there is no favoritism or majority student group of any kind.

Highly selective admissions standards are balanced by low tuition costs — $10,000 per academic year — and a financial aid program that makes a Minerva education accessible to all eligible students. The resulting community is both incredibly diverse and talented.

Because your classmates are selected for merit alone, you will be learning alongside true peers — other students who share your humility, ambition, intellectual ability, and global consciousness. These qualities define the student community and contribute to Minerva’s high matriculation rate of admitted students.

Because the opportunity to attend is accessible to top students from around the world, the makeup of the student body is the most diverse of any American university. Composed of students from 34 different countries and nearly every continent, the Class of 2019 is truly an international group unified by a collective spirit of equality.
Minerva students Joy Okoro, Nigeria and Lucy Chen, China, embrace during the Sumobot co-curricular event.

Photo: Brian Frank
Global student body
Global student body pie chart


of students come from outside the United States


Minerva attracts students with extremely diverse backgrounds, who share a common sense of purpose. They are energized by learning how to solve complex challenges and make a positive impact on the world.

Explore the stories of these multi-faceted students, as they begin their first year at Minerva.

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Embark on a unique educational journey that will transform how you think about the world and yourself.
Alisha Fredriksson, Sweden, Guillaume Picard, UK, and Or Segal, Israel walk down Market Street in San Francisco.

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