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I'm a freshman at Minerva and I cannot recommend it more. I heard about Minerva having already enrolled at UCL in the UK but decided to apply anyway. It intrigued me in a way I didn't think a University could! Combined with global travel, Minerva applies the science of learning to how classes are actually taught. We study in small, intense seminars in an online platform specifically designed to enhance learning. Our rigorous curriculum has already exposed me to much more than I feel I would have got out of my single major at UCL. I am learning skills that I didn't think I ever would, like programming and calculus, as well as developing my writing and critical thinking skills. I feel honored to be part of such a diverse community (over 75% international students) who really care about solving the problems we see in the world. I have learned just as much outside the classroom simply by interacting with my classmates. I cannot wait to learn and travel the world with them!
Minerva is still very new, having matriculated only three classes, and is still developing as an institution, which is why I give it 4 stars rather than 5, to recognize room for growth. However, I believe that the institution offers a wealth of resources for students to learn and grow which are very effective. Academics have been appropriately challenging, and I feel that the material is relevant and useful. Additionally, the co-curricular activities are all very interesting, and help me connect my academics to a larger context. The accommodations do leave something to be desired, but I believe this to be fairly typical for college housing which is genuine, old architecture and not freshly built dormitories. Being in downtown San Francisco also creates a bit more concern for safety, but I have not had any incidents and those I have heard of have been fairly minor. Also, I have found the community to be very open and accepting, even in the first few months.
Minerva has provided a unique college experience unlike any other in higher education - to the point it's difficult to even compare to other universities along typical measures. In cohorts of ~150, Minerva students travel the world, living & learning together in seven cities during our four years. Unlike most in my class, I've only just begun traveling having left the US for my first time when moving to Berlin for sophomore year, but moving together with my classmates has fostered not just a more immersive cultural experience, but an intensely rich social bond with every other student. This has helped to create a sense of family, friendship, and support, all necessary traits when undergoing the inevitable stress involved in trying to experience every city while keeping up with academics. While you can read about majors, city/campus structure, and whatever else on our website, the student body has become my favorite part of the experience overall, but the hardest to convey.