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 cultivate analytical independent-minded future leaders and innovators, Minerva has created a $10,000 scholarship for a speech & debate participant who meets the academic and needs-based qualifications (you will be eligible for additional financial aid, as well).*

The Regular Decision II application deadline is March 15, 2017.

Global Experience
Innovative Learning
Accessible Admissions

An educational experience built on discussion and debate

Minerva's curriculum is focused on teaching you the practical knowledge you need to thrive in a rapidly changing world - critical and creative thinking and effective communication and interaction.  

These skills cannot be learned in a lecture hall. Effective learning requires active participation. Minerva's unique seminar-based approach utilizes extensive discussion and debate among peers and professors.

Take the First Step

No SATs or other standardized tests

No personal essays 

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 an NSDA member you are eligible for a need-based $10,000 scholarship. If accepted to Minerva, you will automatically be considered for the scholarship - there is nothing additional to complete. You will also be eligible for additional financial aid in addition to this speech & debate scholarship. *

The Regular Decision Application II deadline is March 15, 2017.

*If the scholarship is still available, RD II applicants will be considered. All applicants who submit the appropriate forms will still be considered for standard Financial Aid at Minerva.



March 15, 2017
Regular Decision II Application Deadline
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