Higher Education for the 21st Century

An Education Built For You


Many Minerva students started their university experience at another institution. While their reasons for transferring are varied, those who transfer to Minerva possess a desire for a unparalleled learning opportunity. From lecture-based classes to homogeneous student bodies, there is a consistent concern that other institutions are not adequately preparing students for success in the 21st century.

Minerva is different. From the global residential experience and small, discussion-based classes to the international student community, Minerva provides an extraordinary educational experience that is better aligned with the needs of the modern world — and at under half the cost of other top universities.

Are you ready for a challenge?

Key Program Elements
Immerse Yourself in Seven World Cultures
You will live and learn in seven of the most vibrant cities in the world during your four years of undergraduate study.
Global Experience
Explore Broadly as You Learn Deeply
The innovative pedagogy, curriculum, and classes are deliberately designed to teach you the skills needed to solve complex problems.
Academic Programs
Prepare for a Lifetime of Professional Success
Professional development begins in your first year, with advice, access, and advocacy provided throughout your entire career.
Career Development
Join a Community of Global Citizens
Merit-based admissions, affordable tuition, and generous aid foster the most diverse student body at any university in the world.
Tuition & Aid
Complete the Unique Admissions Process
Demonstrate who you are, how you think, and what you have accomplished: your true self, not essays and standardized test scores.
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“Now, at Minerva, I’ve gotten to hear various global perspectives from my classmates, each with their distinct cultural and societal backgrounds. I’m able to explore the diverse cities by immersing myself in them. I’m learning how to shape my own mindset into a structured and scientific way through learning the Habits of Mind. This is why I needed the education of Minerva, and I’m so glad I came.”
Sichen Huang, Class of 2023 transfer student
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We are committed to treating every applicant equally, so all admissions decisions are based solely on merit. In addition, all admitted students are eligible to receive need-based financial aid through low-interest loans, work study, and if needed, scholarships.

Applying as a Transfer Student

Transfer students complete an admissions process nearly identical to the process for those applying directly from high school.

Part One asks you to provide school information from your three most recent academic years, so be sure to include both your current undergraduate institution, as well as the high school you graduated from, if you have been out of high school for less than three years. It can take time to gather the necessary transcripts, so we recommend initiating communication with your schools as soon as possible.

*Note: Transferred credits are at the discretion of relevant college deans. However, due to the scaffolded nature of Minerva’s curriculum, in which each year builds upon the previous one, you must satisfy all core requirements so transfer credits can only be applied to elective courses. If you are admitted to Minerva and would like to transfer credits from completed university courses, you must submit a description of each course and the grades you received.

Meet Minerva Students

Hear from Rory Foulger, Class of 2019, on why she decided to transfer to Minerva and give higher education a second chance.

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