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Minerva is nurturing critical wisdom for the sake of the world. Because our future depends on better leaders, smarter innovators, and more informed global citizens, we are preparing the next generations of exceptional, lifelong learners to work together in solving the most complex challenges of our time.

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Minerva is deeply principled and dedicated to enhancing your potential and enabling your success.

We are intensely focused on improving our collective future by advancing your individual development. Our organization is defined by seven Guiding Principles, which inform every decision we make, from outreach and admissions to academics, residential life, and professional development.

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Ben Nelson speaks to Minerva staff and faculty at the San Francisco headquarters.

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The Minerva Schools at KGI are built upon a powerful alliance.

Minerva offers its extraordinary degree programs in collaboration with one of the most innovative graduate institutions in the world: KGI (Keck Graduate Institute). KGI, a leader in the applied sciences, is the newest member of the esteemed Claremont Consortium, often called the “Ivies of the West.”

Introduction to Minerva

Ben Nelson, Founder of Minerva, and Stephen M. Kosslyn, Ph.D., Founding Dean of the Minerva Schools at KGI, provide an introduction to the vision, pedagogy, and learning platform at the heart of the reinvented university experience.

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Minerva Schools at KGI

Founded in 2012, the Minerva Schools at KGI were established to provide an extraordinary liberal arts and sciences education to top students around the world. In an alliance with the Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), Minerva offers four-year undergraduate degrees in five accredited majors: Arts & Humanities, Computational Sciences, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, and Business, as well as two graduate degrees, including the concurrent Master’s in Applied Arts & Sciences, and the Master’s in Applied Analysis and Decision Making.

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Minerva Project

Minerva Project is a privately held service provider to the Minerva Schools at KGI. With headquarters in San Francisco, the team comprises business and academic leaders dedicated to student education, growth, and success. With funding from a range of investors, including Benchmark Capital, TAL, Zhen Fund, and Learn Capital, Minerva is poised to realize its ambitious vision for the future of higher education.

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Minerva Institute

Led by Executive Chairman Bob Kerrey, the Minerva Institute for Research and Scholarship is a non-profit organization that attracts and directs financial support to academic programs for Minerva students and cutting-edge research for Minerva faculty. The Minerva Institute houses the Minerva Academy, an honorary, members-only forum, which awarded the prestigious Minerva Prize to Dr. Eric Mazur in 2014.