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 future leaders and innovators with global understanding, Minerva has created a $5,000 academic scholarship for a Youth For Understanding 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.
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 YFU student or alumni you are eligible for a $5,000 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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