University of Minnesota Rochester

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University of Minnesota Rochester
Type Multi-faceted publicly funded campus
Established 1966 as satellite; 2006 as branch of the University of Minnesota
Chancellor Stephen Lehmkuhle
Academic staff
13 as of 2015[1]
Administrative staff
88 as of 2015[2]
Students 421 full-time as of 2015[3]
Location Rochester, Minnesota, USA
44°01′21″N 92°27′49″W / 44.02250°N 92.46361°W / 44.02250; -92.46361Coordinates: 44°01′21″N 92°27′49″W / 44.02250°N 92.46361°W / 44.02250; -92.46361
Campus Urban
Colors Maroon & Gold          
Mascot Raptor

The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) is the newest campus of the University of Minnesota system, having been formally established in December 2006. UMR offers undergraduate and graduate programs available on campus in Rochester, Minnesota located downtown near the Mayo Clinic. Although it was not officially established until 2006, the University of Minnesota has offered classes in Rochester since 1966.


The University of Minnesota Rochester promotes learning and development through personalized education in a technology-enhanced environment. The University of Minnesota Rochester empowers undergraduate and graduate students to be responsible for their own learning and provides appropriate support to prepare them to succeed in a global and multicultural society.

The University of Minnesota Rochester serves as a conduit and catalyst for leveraging intellectual and economic resources in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota through its signature academic, research, and public engagement programs in collaboration with other campuses of the University of Minnesota, other higher education institutions throughout the state and nation, governmental and non-profit organizations, and private enterprise.

The campus mission statement was approved by the Board of Regents in June 2009.

Strategic Plan Vision[edit]

The University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) will be nationally recognized for inspiring and empowering undergraduates to solve the health care challenges of the 21st-century. [4]


Rochester legislators and community advocates started the campaign to increase University of Minnesota presence in Rochester as early as the 1950s. Programs based on economic development, such as engineering, education, and math, began being offered in 1966 as a satellite site of the U of M. In the early 1990s, an educational coalition was formed with Rochester Community College and Winona State University-Rochester to form the University Center Rochester – 3 institutions, 2 systems, 1 campus.

In 1998, Rochester was recognized by the legislature as a branch of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. This designation allowed the Rochester site to develop its own leadership structure and to begin expanding its programs.

In 2000, the University heightened efforts to grow both the programs and reach of the Rochester branch by adding a new Provost to lead the campus and increasing staff to accommodate this growth.

The current University of Minnesota Rochester began to take form in January 2005 when then-Governor Tim Pawlenty announced in his State of the State address that southeastern Minnesota was underserved by public higher education and a plan to initiate research into what was necessary to solve the problem.

Governor Pawlenty formed the Rochester Higher Education Development Committee (RHEDC) and appointed local business owner Marilyn Stewart to lead the group. The committee consisted of representatives from other public and private education institutions, area business leaders, and leaders in health care. The group’s charge was to formulate a plan to advance higher education in southeastern Minnesota.

The RHEDC eventually identified the need for an institution that could drive and support key economic growth factors for the region and to do so through education, research, and outreach. The group recognized the University of Minnesota as the only institution in a position to carry out this ideal. An RHEDC report was drafted and delivered to Governor Pawlenty. The recommendation was adopted by the Governor, the legislature and the University of Minnesota Board of Regents.

In 2006, the University of Minnesota Rochester was designated as a full and official coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota system, and shortly after, selection of a downtown location to grow the campus began. The number of staff grew quickly afterwards (see chart in Administration section).[5]

In fall of 2007, UMR staff moved into the new facilities at University Square in downtown Rochester and welcomed its new Chancellor, Dr. Stephen Lehmkuhle. Lehmkuhle was inaugurated in April 2008 with a community celebration and formal address.[6]

In September 2010, UMR revealed that "Raptors" was chosen as the mascot for UMR.[7]

In fall of 2011, UMR added the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP) degree program, which is delivered jointly with the Mayo School of Health Sciences. Students in the BSHP program will graduate with a both degree from UMR and a certificate from the Mayo School of Health Sciences in one of five health-related fields: Respiratory Care, Echocardiography, Sonography, and Radiography. [8]

On May 18, 2013, UMR graduated its first class of undergraduate students [9] in the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Bachelor of Science in Health Professions programs at the Mayo Civic Center in downtown Rochester.


Campus administration grew quickly after moving into new facilities in 2007. Total staff reached its peak in 2009 at 109 and has since decreased slightly. Faculty numbers peaked in 2014 and remained level in 2015. [10]

Year All Staff [11] Full-Time Faculty [12]
2003 19 1
2004 21 0
2005 21 0
2006 21 0
2007 26 0
2008 37 0
2009 55 4
2010 71 10
2011 85 11
2012 103 10
2013 109 12
2014 104 13
2015 101 13

There has been some criticism regarding the ratio of administrative staff to that of faculty and students.[13] The student to staff ratio was 4.12:1 in 2015, the last year for which both numbers are available.

Staff Compensation[edit]

UMR salaries totaled $5,370,564 in 2014.[14] Three salaries accounted for ten percent of the total; Stephen Lehmkuhle at $257,110, Lori Carrell at $175,000 and Gail Sauter at $104,912.

Lehmkuhle is the second-highest paid chancellor in the University of Minnesota system.[15] His salary is lower than Lendley Black at Duluth ($272,940) and above that of Fred Wood at Crookston ($239,800) and Jacqueline Johnson at Morris ($221,225). The Twin Cites does not have a Chancellor position.

Academic Programs[edit]

The University of Minnesota Rochester offers two baccalaureate degree programs; the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and the Bachelor of Science in Health Professions.[16]

The Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) program prepares students for post baccalaureate education in a broad spectrum of health science related fields and for graduate programs in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities; health profession careers, including certificate programs in the health sciences; professional schools in the health sciences; and entry-level science and laboratory positions in industry, government agencies, and universities. Rochester students majoring in the health sciences will receive an integrated education across the life/health sciences, the physical sciences, the quantitative sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities. [17]

The Bachelor of Science in Health Professions (BSHP) is an educational collaboration between the University of Minnesota Rochester and Mayo School of Health Sciences. The curriculum has a broad focus and includes rigorous science foundations, liberal education, and prerequisite courses selected to meet the need for deeper academic preparation in health professions. Students majoring in the health professions are admitted into one of four tracks: Echocardiography, Radiography, Respiratory Care or Sonography. Academic coursework is coordinated with clinical rotations at Mayo Clinic to optimize the learning experience. The BSHP program prepares students to become certified health professionals in select allied health fields where increased technical complexity and strong cognitive abilities are needed due to specialization and new technologies in health care. [18]

Four graduate degrees are offered on the Rochester campus by the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and University of Minnesota Duluth:

Master of Science [19] and Ph.D.[20] are offered in Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology. The Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology (BICB) graduate program is an all-University, interdisciplinary graduate program. The administrative home is at the University of Minnesota Rochester. Faculty come from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, the University of Minnesota Rochester, the Hormel Institute, Mayo Clinic, IBM, Cray Inc., National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) and the Brain Sciences Center. A Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) and an Associate Director of Graduate Studies (A-DGS) are the liaison with departments and partnering institutions. Students can pursue their degrees on either the Rochester campus or the Twin Cities campus. [21] The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is the degree-granting authority for delivery of the Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology degree program in Rochester. [22]

Master of Business Administration is offered by the University of Minnesota Duluth Labovitz School of Business and Economics. [23]

Master of Occupational Therapy is offered by University of Minnesota Twin Cities Center for Allied Health Programs. [24]

Student Enrollment and Graduation[edit]

Total UMR enrollment trended upward from 2009 through 2013,[25] as UMR added courses; however enrollment plateaued under 500 students, then dropped sharply. In 2009 UMR admitted only first-year students. Beginning in fall 2012 courses were available for first-year, sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate students,. The number of first-year students hit a peak in fall 2013 and dropped off by 56.1% to spring 2015.

Fall 2009 Spring 2010 Fall 2010 Spring 2011 Fall 2011 Spring 2012 Fall 2012 Spring 2013 Fall 2013 Spring 2014 Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Fall 2015
First-year 55 42 100 88 112 94 138 94 164 97 103 72 86
Sophomore 1 6 37 38 88 87 102 89 115 115 137 104 73
Junior 1 1 3 12 44 59 73 78 92 91 112 112 109
Senior 0 0 1 2 13 28 72 95 106 135 127 154 134
Non-degree 0 0 2 3 16 18 29 21 18 20 9 12 14
Total 57 49 143 143 273 286 414 377 495 458 488 454 416

On May 18, 2013, UMR graduated its first class of 49[26] undergraduate students in the B.S. in Health Sciences and B.S. in Health Professions programs at the Mayo Civic Center in downtown Rochester.[27] 73 students graduated the following year.[28]

Cost of Attendance and Student Debt[edit]

UMR's costs of attendance has risen significantly since first admitting students in 2009. In the 2010 Aid Year (covering Fall 2009, Spring 2010, and Summer 2010) the cost of attendance was $21,762.[29] In 2015 that number is $26,064,[30] a 16.51% increase. UMR has the highest cost of attendance of the University of Minnesota locations for the 2015-2016 academic year. The second highest is the Twin Cities campus ($25,784),[31] followed by Duluth ($23,998),[32] Morris ($23,250),[33] and Crookston ($23,075).[34]

The average loan debt for UMR students who graduate with debt is $36,015 in 2014. 19% of graduating students did so with no debt in 2014.[35]

On-campus Housing[edit]

UMR's on-campus housing option is 318 Commons. The facility has a number of high-end features, such as granite countertops, particularly when compared with student housing on other campus.[36] Because 318 Commons is designated as on-campus, UMR sets the rental rate and the student pays the University along with tuition, fees, and other expenses.

For the 2015-2016 academic year rates at 318 Commons range from $3550 for a double (shared) bedroom to $4800 for a single room with private bathroom on the 9th floor.[37] UMR is the only University of Minnesota campus that does not offer a meal plan.

Each of the University of Minnesota campuses have apartment style housing and many have diverse or unique options, making comparisons of every option difficult. However, each campus has double (shared) bedroom apartments. The rent for those apartments for the 2015-2016 academic year are compared in the chart below. The Crookston and Twin Cities campuses have multiple double occupancy apartments available at different rates.

Campus Fall Semester Spring Semester Academic Year Total
Crookston-Centennial[38] $2279 $2279 $4558
Crookston-Evergreen[39] $2425 $2425 $4850
Duluth[40] $2295 $2295 $4590
Morris[41] $1939 $1939 $3878
Rochester[42] $3550 $3550 $7100
Twin Cities-University Village[43] $3158 $3431 $6589
Twin Cities-Roy Wilkins Hall[44] $3084 $3351 $6435

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