Diversity in Graduate Education & Admissions


What Makes the University of Minnesota Different?

Committed to the pursuit of a fully inclusive community, the Department of Computer Science & Engineering embraces the University of Minnesota’s position that promoting and supporting diversity among the student body, faculty and staff is central to the academic mission of the University.  We define “diversity” in the broadest sense of the word. Our university community is strengthened by our students representing different races, religions, ethnicities, economic backgrounds, geographic origins, genders, sexualities, and beliefs. We recognize and respect that a diverse community promotes equity through respect for, and opportunities to learn from, people with a broad range of backgrounds and experiences.

The department works closely with the Office for Diversity in Graduate Education and other units connected to diversity and multiculturalism. The Office for Diversity in Graduate Education (ODGE) coordinates and leads the University’s initiatives in the recruitment, funding, retention, and graduation of a diverse graduate and professional student body.

Community Scholars Program

 The Community of Scholars Program,  (COSP) works towards creating an institutional environment that supports the academic and professional success of graduate students who are under-represented in academia. COSP assists students (US citizens and permanent residents) to more fully participate in the University; develop supportive relationships with advisors and mentors; build a sense of community through academic seminars and professional development workshops; and connect students to the Twin Cities and broader U of MN system through teaching, research and community engagement opportunities.

Directory of Twin Cities Multicultural Resources and Services

This directory was developed by the University of Minnesota Office for Diversity in Graduate Education as a courtesy to inform University students, staff and faculty about resources and services within the Twin Cities area.  The directory can be viewed by major category or the primary community served.  The University of Minnesota does not endorse any of the resources or services listed in the directory that are external to the University. 

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life

The Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life is dedicated to transforming campus climate for University of Minnesota students, staff, faculty, alum and community members by developing and supporting more inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality through education, advocacy, outreach, and support.

Graduate Ambassador Programs

The UMN Graduate Ambassadors Program is an initiative that aims to make these students aware of the opportunities available and to ease their transition into graduate school at the University of Minnesota.

The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) is an office and campus-wide resource promoting an inclusive atmosphere on campus. MCAE’s programs are designed to create powerful, caring connections among all members of the University of Minnesota community.

Financial Resources

The University of Minnesota  & Computer Science & Engineering department encourages a diverse representation of perspectives and provides specific funding opportunities for underrepresented groups. Our students have received many competitive university and national fellowships. Students are encouraged to apply to internal fellowships like the ones listed below:

Diversity of Views and Experiences Fellowships

The Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship helps graduate programs promote the diversity of views, experiences, and ideas in the pursuit of research, scholarship and creative excellence. This diversity is promoted through the recruitment and support of academically excellent students (US citizens and US permanent residents only) with diverse ethnic, racial, economic, and educational backgrounds and experiences. The award includes a stipend of $22,500 for the academic year 2014-2015, plus tuition and subsidized health insurance. Prospective students are nominated by their chosen major department to compete in a University-wide competition.

McNair Scholars

 McNair Scholars, named in honor of Dr. Ronald E. McNair, one of the astronauts who perished with the Challenger mission, this national TRIO program assists eligible first-generation undergraduate students from low-income families to prepare for and to enter graduate programs leading to the Ph.D.  Participants include academically talented low-income, first-generation students and students from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in graduate programs.

GEM Fellows

GEM is a network of leading corporations, government laboratories, top universities, and top research institutions that enables qualified students from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate education in applied science and engineering.

Want to apply? 

For more information on our programs please e-mail: or to apply please visit: http://www.grad.umn.edu/admissions