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Minerva Schools at KGI

Minerva Schools at KGI is an American-accredited university that provides an extraordinary liberal arts and sciences education to top students around the world. Minerva offers an innovative undergraduate program that combines world travel with rigorous, interdisciplinary study. Minerva also has the most globally diverse student body of any university program, with 78% of our students coming from outside the United States.

Instead of being sequestered on an isolated campus, Minerva students move around the globe in cohorts and live together in residence halls situated in seven of the greatest cities for a truly immersive global experience. The seven city locations are: San Francisco, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Seoul, Hyderabad, London, and Taipei.

Read more about our global immersion programs.

Generous financial aid and diverse international student body
Minerva believes in attracting and educating the best students across the world, regardless of financial situation. Minerva is need blind for international students, which means that applying for financial aid will not impact your admission decision in any way. As a result Minerva has an incredibly globally diverse student body. Minerva attracts top students from not just US but also Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. In fact, 78% of our students come from outside the United States. Read about our diverse student community.

Minerva offers generous, need-based financial aid for all students who are accepted into Minerva, regardless of nationality. All international and U.S.-based students are eligible to apply for aid along with your application to Minerva. Applicants who are admitted will receive a financial aid package commensurate with their demonstrated financial need. To be considered for financial aid, first complete your application to Minerva and then apply for financial aid following the steps on our Financial Aid website here.

Innovative, future-focused curriculum
Together with a diverse group of intellectually curious, international students, you will develop skills and experiences to be successful in a dynamic, global future.

No Lectures Policy
Unlike the passive lectures at most universities, all Minerva classes take place in small interactive seminars. Top professors lead students through lively discussion, intensive debate, and collaborative work sessions. This active learning approach is designed to stimulate deep cognition, enhancing your understanding of course material and furthering your ability to apply concepts to unfamiliar situations in novel ways. Minerva specifically designed its own online seminar platform, the Active Learning Forum, to complement this philosophy. Watch this video explaining the ALF in-depth to learn more about its functions and features:

Four-Year Curriculum
At other top universities, the curriculum is either unstructured or rigidly defined and focused on disseminating information. Minerva’s four-year curriculum is expressly designed to balance breadth of understanding with depth of expertise. Your coursework is structured to allow both broad exploration and increasing specialization.

After the first-year Cornerstone courses, which are wholly interdisciplinary, every term is progressively more focused. In your second year, you will work with your academic advisor to explore and then select a major, setting the direction for the major core courses you need to complete your degree. Your focus continues to narrow in year three when you select a concentration within your major. The concentrations, which enable more directed work in your chosen field, are more analogous to the majors found at other universities. However, unlike those narrow specializations, at Minerva, you learn practical knowledge that can be applied across each major field and to emergent categories within them.

Your final year at Minerva centers on completing your self-directed Capstone project. By envisioning, planning, and producing an integrated application of your skills and interests, you are able to create something that is both personally compelling and truly novel to your field. Whether you choose to write an original screenplay, the code for a disruptive technology, or the business plan for a bold social venture, the idea and implementation are yours to lead. The key requirement is that it be a distinctive concept with practical significance to the world. Learn more about our innovative four-year curriculum here.
Bachelor of Science: Natural Sciences
Minerva’s B.S. in Natural Sciences equips students with the a deep understanding of the natural world and an ability to use that knowledge to solve practical problems. The core modules provide students a solid foundation in physics, chemistry and biology by examining the implications of these fields in matter and the structure of the universe, the interplay of earth’s various systems and evolution. Afterwards, they will concentrate within the major in an area of academic and professional interest to them.
Molecules and Atoms Dig deeply into the chemistry and physics of matter — the basis of all life's and earth's processes — from particles to atoms to molecules. Learn the latest analytical methods for probing this miniature world and the technologies that could solve our world's health and environmental challenges. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a chemical engineer, a physicist or a technical sales representative.
Cells and Organisms Dig deeply into the complexity of how cells and organisms function and learn sophisticated approaches for probing life. Learn how biotechnology and bioengineering technologies can provide solutions to the challenges facing life on earth. Also explore how the principles of biological design are stimulating engineering. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a doctor, a bioinformatics specialist or a marketing director.
Earth's Systems Investigate the interactions among earth's systems, including the atmosphere, terrestrial, and marine components and how the earth's biome (including humans) interfaces with the physical, chemical and geological aspects of the environment. Explore how scientists are monitoring and modeling the changes to our earth, and potential technological and social solutions to earth's challenges. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a geologist, an environmental engineer or a political consultant.
Theoretical Foundations of Natural Science Explore the latest knowledge in physical, chemical, biological and earth sciences, from the smallest scale of particles, atoms and molecules, to cells and organisms, to the complexity of earth's systems. Delve into crucial questions scientists are pursuing. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a chemist, a biofuels engineer or a product development engineer.
Research Analyses in Natural Science Explore in detail how research is practiced across the molecular, cellular and earth systems levels. Learn about the latest experimental methods and practices, with a focus on how these can advance understanding and pave the way toward technological solutions to some of the world's most daunting problems. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a biophysicist, an analytical chemist or a research scientist.
Designing Solutions Dig into 21st century environmental and health problems facing our world and explore potential technological solutions across multiple scales — from molecules to organisms to earth's systems. This concentration prepares students for careers such as being a member of the government staff, an energy engineer or a consultant.
Learn more about this major here.
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