College Profile

College Profile

As one of the nation’s top colleges of its kind, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences offers a wide range of degree programs at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels.

As the University of Minnesota’s most prominent embodiment of the land-grant mission, the college’s 13 academic departments and 10 statewide research and outreach centers have a long tradition of groundbreaking research that affects people’s lives both globally and locally.


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Students at a glance (2015-16)

Undergraduate student enrollment: 2,021   
Graduate student enrollment: 704
Male: 44.9 percent     Female: 55.9 percent
Full-time students: 87.7 percent    Part-time students: 12.3 percent
Students of color: 12.6 percent    International students: 387

About the class of 2019

338 new first-year students and 148 new transfers enrolled during fall 2015
60.4 percent are female; 39.6 percent are male
20 percent were in the top 5 percent of their high-school class
60 percent are from Minnesota
The median ACT score for new first-year students was 26

About our faculty

Our college has more than 240 tenured and tenure-track faculty members, including two Regents Professors and one National Academy of Sciences member.

CFANS faculty members were awarded more than $58 million in research grant funding in fiscal year 2015, near the top among colleges at the U of M. Along with federal funding, the college’s research partners include the State of Minnesota, a well as many companies and industry groups. The college is a key player in three of the University’s four MnDRIVE (Minnesota Discovery, Research, InnoVation, Economy) initiatives.

CFANS Fact Sheet (.pdf)


CFANS has more than 26,000 living alumni (including those from its predecessor colleges). Our most famous alumnus is Norman Borlaug, who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 as the man who led the Green Revolution and saved nearly a billion people from starvation. Alumni from CFANS have received more than 100 Outstanding Achievement Awards, the University’s highest honor for alumni.

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