The University of Minnesota, Crookston is a four-year, comprehensive public university located in Crookston, Minnesota. It is one of five members of the University of Minnesota System.
The University of Minnesota, Crookston traces its beginnings to 1905 when the Minnesota legislature established the Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA) as a high school providing training for “agriculture and the art of homemaking.” This was followed by the opening of the University of Minnesota Technical Institute in 1966, a two year degree-granting institution which shared the campus with the NWSA. In 1968, the NWSA closed and passed on its students to the Technical Institute which had become the official coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota. It was now known as the University of Minnesota Technical College. As the school expanded steadily, it began to offer a wider range of degree options in the areas of agriculture; business; home and family services; and hotel, restaurant and institutional management. In 1988, the school became officially known as the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC).
Today, UMC is a public, baccaleaureate, coeducational institution and a coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota. It offers its academic programs through its four departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Liberal Arts & Education; Business; and Math, Science & Technology.
In addition to its on-campus degree programs, it also offers online degrees via its UMC Online component. Online degrees available include Bachelor of Arts in Accounting, Applied Health, Applied Studies, Business, Manufacturing Management, Marketing, and Quality Management. Financial aid via loans, grants and scholarships is extended to students who qualify.
UMC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.