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Morris Honored for Inclusivity, Academics, and Creativity

Morris Campus Summer 2017
Author: 
Sarah Freske ’18
Publication date: 
July 12, 2017

Recent rankings by Fiske, College Choice, The Bookmark, and Creative Colleges commend the University of Minnesota, Morris for its engaging academics, inclusivity, and creative community. These rankings not only distinguish Morris, but also paint a picture of campus life.

The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2018 includes Morris as one of “the best and most interesting” colleges and universities in the United States, Canada, and the UK. For more than thirty years, millions of students, parents, and guidance counselors have relied on the guidebook during their college search.

According to College Choice, Morris ranks fifth among the 25 best colleges in Minnesota. The online resource points to the campus’s small class sizes, student-faculty ratio, and American Indian tuition waiver. Editors also note Morris’s commitment to “becoming a carbon-neutral campus pursuing green initiatives.”

College Choice also named Morris one of the 50 best colleges for LGBTQ students, noting the campus’s Queer Issues Committee, Safe Zone program, attention to systemic issues, and events and speaker series. Editors describe Morris as showing “dedication to improving institutional support and the overall college experience for queer and trans students.” Morris students organize through the Morris Queer Student Initiative for Equality and take part in pride activism and events like National Coming Out Day, Pride Week, and an annual drag show.

Morris also made The Bookmark’s top 20 small colleges for computer science for its curriculum that pairs “a strong theoretical basis with hands-on experience.” Opportunities available to computer science students include research through the Morris Academic Partnership program or the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, internships, and study abroad experiences. Student organizations like the Computer Science Club and student Association for Computing Machinery also give computer science students a chance to connect and get to know each other.

Morris earned recognition for its dedication to the arts, too, when it made the 2017 edition of Creative Colleges, a guidebook for college-bound students hoping to pursue the creative arts. The campus stands out for its theatre arts major, particularly students’ abilities to gain firsthand experience in all aspects of theatre productions, including directing and designing.

Selecting the right college is one of the most important decisions a young person will make,” says Jennifer Zych Herrmann, director of admissions. “These rankings shed light on what life is like at Morris and can help college-bound students see that we are the right fit for them.”

To learn more about how Morris measures up, visit morris.umn.edu/about/national-rankings.