Preparing to succeed in an era of global uncertainty requires developing your intellect, building your character, and learning practical capabilities.

Undergraduate Program/

Your undergraduate education needs to be as multidimensional as you are. It should challenge you academically, expose you to a diversity of global cultures, and enable you to develop the broad knowledge and practical skills needed to solve the most complex issues of our time.

Minerva is intentionally designed to develop your intellect across multiple disciplines, as well as critical life skills, professional capabilities, and key aspects of your personal character.

Dorotea and Fabiola taking class on ALF in cafe

Minerva challenges you to experience the world, while learning the skills needed to change it.

Integrated Learning/

Though extensive research on the science of learning proves lectures to be ineffective, even top universities still cling to this outdated instruction method. At Minerva, every class is a small seminar designed to keep you actively engaged, improving your grasp of practical knowledge, while deepening your understanding of specific subject matter.

This platform for profound intellectual growth is complemented by an array of experiential learning programs in each residential location, where you practice applying skills in new contexts.

Integrated Learning

Xiaotian on laptop in residence hall

Applications for the Class of 2024 are now open.

Are you ready for a challenge?


This film, shot on location in Buenos Aires, Argentina, demonstrates the thoughtful dedication Minerva students bring to living and learning in each of seven world cities. With every semester, students engage with a vast array of civic partners to gain meaningful experience by working on challenges relevant to different regions and sectors.

Video: Andrew Hida and Diego Alejandro Suarez/Blink

Diversity at other top-tier universities is defined by ethnicity and gender alone, with the vast majority of students still coming from within the United States. Minerva has eliminated quotas and never selects students based on gender, ethnicity, country of origin, or financial status, so our student body reflects the world’s full diversity.

Tuition & Aid/

The majority of top American universities only offer need-based financial aid to U.S. students, disregarding exceptional students from other countries. Even those that offer aid to international applicants limit their attendance to a mere 10% of the student body. At Minerva, if you demonstrate need, you will receive financial aid —no matter where you are from.

Data visualization showing global flight patterns

Credit: Michael Markieta
Global Experience/
7 world cities
7 different worlds

Residential Locations/
San Francisco
Seoul, Hyderabad
Berlin, Buenos Aires
London, Taipei
While in Berlin, Germany, Minerva students worked in collaboration with Kiron, a local NGO, to develop educational programming for recent immigrants. The project team sought to understand this underserved population, then develop and implement a meaningful solution for challenges they face. The outcome was the production of the first in-house MOOC at Kiron.
Students at Kiron Offices
Minerva students Joy Okoro, Nigeria and Lucy Chen, China, embrace following a co-curricular event.

Photo: Brian Frank
Global Student Body/

Global Students Chart


of students come from outside the U.S.

Book Release/

Recently published by the MIT Press, Building the Intentional University is an in-depth look at what it took to create Minerva, the only educational program of its kind, from the beginning. Find it on Amazon, at local book sellers, or purchase direct from MIT Press.

Student Profiles/

Minerva students are diverse, but alike in their desire to make a positive impact on the world. Meet members of each class through a series of profiles, and learn about their experiences thus far.

New & notable/
Watch the Latest Video in the Global Immersion Series
In Global Immersion: Hyderabad, hear from Namrata, Class of 2019, as she explains how her academic pursuits challenge her to explore her perception of personal identity.
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Hackathons: Idea Competitions To Find the #RightProblem
Bani Singh, Class of 2021, applied her first year curriculum to hackathon challenges while in San Francisco. See how she figured out how to solve for the #rightproblem on Medium.
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Understanding Complex Systems to Actualize Initiative
Minerva students learn practical skills in class that can be applied to a wide array of professions. Read how Rebecca Mqamelo, Class of 2021, succeeded in her summer internship at startup cryptocurrency organization, QUOINE.
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A Conversation with Minerva Student Zichen Cui
Zichen Cui, Class of 2019, is determined to study the relationship between humans and complex systems. Read about what he has gained from Minerva's global rotation and his recent machine learning internship in Japan.
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From Applicants to Minerva Students: Thriving in Hyderabad
Director of Admissions Neagheen Homaifar visited students form the Classes of 2019 and 2020 last semester in Hyderabad and realized that the qualities her teams looks for in potential students grow stronger each year.
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