Tuition rates at American universities continue to increase dramatically, yet graduates too often find themselves unprepared for competitive careers and thus struggle to pay off substantial student loans. Moreover, only a small number of these students graduate within the prescribed four years, adding an average of 40 percent to their debt load.¹ This situation is both unsustainable and unfair.
We are committed to reducing the cost to attend a top-tier university program. That is why we have eliminated anything that does not directly contribute to your educational experience: we do not fund football teams or climbing walls, and do not build student centers or cafeterias. We do not offer tenure for a bloated faculty roster, and we do not allow for administrative excess of any kind.
What we do offer is a rigorous academic and experiential undergraduate program you can afford.
¹ National Center on Education Statistics
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees||Costs|
|Includes experiential learning programs, orientation, and mental health support.|
|Includes housing, broadband internet, residential staff, and location-based support (based on location.)|
|Includes Capstone and Graduation for fourth-year students only. This is not included in undergraduate tuition.|
$30,900 (fourth year only)
|Estimated food, local transportation, books, and supplies.||$5,000|
Total Estimated Costs
$35,900 (fourth year only)
Top colleges and universities squander enormous sums on facilities and amenities most students never use. And their exorbitant undergraduate tuitions and fees — as high as $100,000 a year — help pay for the waste.
Minerva is different.
Our commitment to keeping operating costs low enables us to maintain a tuition that is about a quarter of that of other top universities. We charge only what is necessary to provide you with an exceptional education, including hiring top faculty, maintaining small class sizes, offering innovative curriculum and challenging courses, and continually advancing the capabilities of the Forum.
You won’t find manicured gardens or million-dollar climbing walls at Minerva because lavish amenities like these are superfluous to actual learning. By devoting every dollar to student growth and development, Minerva has proven that the value of your education can far exceed its cost — not the other way around.
Residential & Student Services Fees
The global residential experience is a unique component of your educational journey at Minerva. We work hard to provide a safe and healthy environment in each location, so you can learn effectively and get the most from each city. In addition to the support staff and housing costs, our service fees fund an array of experiential learning opportunities specific to each location. Programming includes curated experiences, activities, and access to many of the foremost educational, scientific, cultural, business, and government leaders and institutions in the world.
All of your other living expenses, from food and transportation to books and supplies, are estimated based on typical costs and averaged across all seven residential locations. Actual amounts will vary depending upon individual lifestyle choices and the cost of living in each residential location.
Technical support and high-speed, wireless internet are already included in the residential and student services fees. However, you are responsible for acquiring a laptop and headset that meet the requirements, which will be provided upon admission, for use of the Forum. Though not mandated, we also recommend purchasing a graphic drawing tablet. Minerva offers student discounts on laptops, as well as most books and supplies, through the Claremont Consortium bookstore.
Students are automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan that is designated by Minerva. Minerva identifies the most comprehensive, affordable, and widely-recognized plans available so that students have ready access to health care in all our rotation cities. The only exception is for students who studying in their home country, e.g., American students during the first year in San Francisco and Korean students while studying in Seoul. In this case, students must be covered by their own private insurance or a government-sponsored program.
Global Immersion is an important aspect of the full residential experience at Minerva. The cost of travel between residential locations, or to and from home, is the students’ responsibility.
Manifest (Final Year Only)
Students complete and present a Capstone project during Manifest, a month-long term in San Francisco, following the final semester of year four in your city of residence. Students should anticipate an additional cost of $3,950 in the fourth year to cover tuition, housing, expenses, and travel for the additional month in San Francisco. As with other costs associated with a Minerva education, Manifest costs are eligible for financial aid.