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Archive: December 2010

Contact: Daniel Wolter, University News Service,, (612) 624-5551

MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (12/09/2010) --University of Minnesota Provost Tom Sullivan today reported that the Fall 2010 freshman class in the university's young campus-wide Honors Program was one of the best in the nation.

"Just a few years ago, when we launched our campus-wide Honors Program, it was our goal to be able to compete with the best colleges and universities in the country for the best and brightest students in Minnesota and from around the world," said Sullivan. "In just its third year, that goal is a reality. The profile of the 2010 freshman Honors class puts us at or near the top among our peers, which is wonderful news for the university and the state of Minnesota."

With an average ACT composite score of 31.6, the U of M's freshman honors class is at the top of a distinguished group of peer liberal arts institutions, which includes Carleton, Amherst, Williams, Grinnell, Vassar and Macalester. It also puts the U third among peer universities, behind Stanford and Northwestern Universities and ahead of Duke, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Chicago and Georgetown University.

Among peer STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) universities, the U of M's 33.5 average ACT composite tied with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), put it a half a point behind the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and ahead of Cornell, Carnegie Mellon and Georgia Tech.

"A top research university has many outstanding qualities. Among the most important is the ability to attract exceptional and talented students," Sullivan added. "The improvements and investments we've made in our Honors Program and to our overall undergraduate experience at the University of Minnesota is really paying off."

(The comparisons cited above are University of Minnesota Honors Program students compared to the incoming freshman classes of peer institutions.)

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 2. During this time, University buildings, services, business offices, and student study spaces will be closed. Only essential services will be open.

This closure includes the University Honors Program. The UHP office will reopen at 8 am on Monday, Jan. 3.

Learn more about University services affected by the closure.

Six honors students were named winners of 2010 Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) Awards. These awards, given by the Office of Equity and Diversity, honor high-achieving diverse undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who are doing outstanding work at the University, both in and out of the classroom. Congratulations! 

President's SEED Award for Outstanding Scholar-Activism:
Damé Idossa

President's SEED Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement:
Yefei Jin

Sue W. Hancock Undergraduate SEEDs of Change Awards:
Amanda Donohue-Hansen
Karlo A. Malaga
Jennifer A. Nicklay
Brea D. Turner  

Learn more about the SEED Awards.