Higher Education for the 21st Century

An Education Built For You


Minerva offers an intensive four-year undergraduate university education designed to prepare you for success in today’s rapidly changing global context. With rigorous academics, small active learning seminars that emphasize discussion and debate, and a fully immersive global residential experience, Minerva is the first university experience built for the 21st century.

In support of our shared commitment to cultivating future leaders and innovators with global understanding, Minerva has created a $10,000 academic scholarship for a Global Citizen Year student or alumni who meets the academic and needs-based qualifications.*

Extended Decision is offered by invitation only. If your application looks promising, we will invite you to continue the admissions process.

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An education built for global explorers

The role of a university education is to prepare students to thrive as leaders and innovators. As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, it is more important than ever that students experience and engage with different cultures and backgrounds throughout college.

Minerva is a truly global university program. Students spend Freshman year living in San Francisco and then travel with their classmates to a different city each subsequent semester -- Buenos Aires and Berlin during sophomore year, Bangalore and Seoul during junior year, and London during senior year. At Minerva students don't live in an isolated campus bubble studying the world from afar, they experience it first hand, using these world-class cities as their classroom and campus.

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No SATs or other standardized tests

No application fee

Minerva's unique and exclusively meritocratic admissions process evaluates student potential rather than opportunity. As a result, the Minerva student body is the most diverse in higher education with ~80% of students coming from outside the United States. 

While tuition is already a quarter of that at other highly-selective institutions, as a GCY student you are eligible for a $10,000 need-based scholarship. If accepted to Minerva, you will automatically be considered for the scholarship  no additional essays or application needed.*

*Extended Decision is offered by invitation only. If your application looks promising, we will invite you to continue the admissions process.



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