Gain foundational knowledge

The Visiting Scholars year is for students who are looking for a rigorous, interactive academic experience, to establish transferable skills and knowledge which are at the core of Minerva’s transformational education.

Through the courses offered through the Cornerstone Curriculum Certificate program, students develop the cognitive skills needed to succeed in their academic and professional endeavors. This unique curriculum taught on the Forum™ online learning environment allows students to learn how to think critically and creatively and communicate and interact effectively. Visiting Scholars also take an Integrated Learning course that provides students with tools to face the challenging process of personal and character growth and effective citizenship in a diverse multicultural society.

Minerva University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).


Attend active learning classes from anywhere in the world

Affordable tuition and fees totaling $18,650 for two remote semesters

Collaborate within a community committed to solving complex global problems

Engage with expert faculty and peers from around the world

Access coaching and talent development resources

Applications are Open

The Visiting Scholars Year application has three parts. In the first step, we want to know who you are and you will be asked to share basic background information.

Apply for Fall 2022.



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Academic Program

This two-semester offering allows high school graduates and current university students the opportunity to engage in an unparalleled learning experience. The Cornerstone courses and Integrated Learning course — 33 units in all — teach the breadth and depth of transferable interdisciplinary knowledge that will be your foundation whether your next step is continuing your academic endeavors, launching a business, or entering the workforce.

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Student Experience

With no residential requirement, Visiting Scholars can learn from anywhere in the world alongside students who share the same goals of developing new ways of thinking and problem solving, but have very different backgrounds, values, and future ambitions. Scholars will engage with their classmates inside and outside of class through virtual community programming, as well as group career coaching and talent development sessions.

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Student Perspective

“I had been going to a traditional university for one year before Minerva. When Covid-19 hit, I had to take a couple months of online classes at my university and it was pretty awful. So I decided that since Minerva is a school that was built from the ground up to be online, if I'm going to pay for an education and it's all going to be online, then I might as well go with a program that was designed to be this way.”

Bentley Chen
2020-2021 Visiting Scholar

Student Perspective


Admissions Process

The application has three parts. In the first step, we want to know who you are and you will be asked to share basic background information. In the second step, we are looking to understand how you think. You will be asked to complete a series of challenges that can be taken at any time on a computer with internet and a webcam. In the last step, you will be asked to share what you have achieved both inside and outside the classroom. Minerva will invite qualified students based on their applications for admissions to the Undergraduate program.

Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis but must be completed by April 11, 2022. You will be informed of your admissions decision no later than April 26, 2022. As the process is rolling, the earlier you submit, the earlier you will be notified.

Additional information can be found in our FAQ.

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