University of Minnesota Rochester
|Established||1966 as satellite; 2006 as branch of the University of Minnesota|
|Type||Multi-faceted publicly funded campus|
|13 as of 2014[update] |
|91 as of 2014[update] |
|Students||421 full-time as of 2015[update] |
|Location||Rochester, Minnesota, USA
|Colors||Maroon & Gold|
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 Rochester campus has offered classes 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.
In January, 2015 UMR updated its vision statement, to "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." 
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).
|Year||All Staff||Full-Time Faculty|
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. Steve was inaugurated in April 2008 with a community celebration and formal address.
In September 2010, UMR revealed that "Raptors" was chosen as the mascot for UMR.
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. A M.S. and Ph.D. are offered in Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology. However both include the caveat that, "The University of Minnesota Twin Cities is the degree-granting authority for delivery of the Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology degree program in Rochester." 
Student Enrollment and Graduation
Total UMR enrollment trended upward from 2009 through 2013, as UMR added courses; however enrollment plateaued in recent years at under 500 students. In 2009 UMR admitted only first-year students. Beginning in Fall 2012 courses were available for first-year, sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate students, which explains why the number of juniors and seniors have been trending upward. The number of first-year students hit its 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|
On May 18, 2013, UMR graduated its first class of 49  undergraduate students in the B.S. in Health Sciences and B.S. in Health Professions programs at the Mayo Civic Center in downtown Rochester. 73 students graduated the following year.
Cost of Attendance and Student Debt
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. In 2015 that number is $26,064, 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), followed by Duluth ($23,998), Morris ($23,250), and Crookston ($23,075).
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. 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. 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|
|Twin Cities-University Village ||$3158||$3431||$6589|
|Twin Cities-Roy Wilkins Hall ||$3084||$3351||$6435|
UMR Salaries totaled $5,370,564 in 2014. 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. They are the only University of Minnesota Rochester employees who earn more than $100,000 per year.
Steve is the second highest paid Chancellor of the University of Minnesota locations. 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.
- Stachura, Sea (April 4, 2008) "U of M Rochester inaugurates new chancellor" Minnesota Public Radio
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- UMN Rochester
- Washington Monthly College Guide
- National Crosstalk - Interdisciplinary Curriculum