• Two female students walking between Hill and Selvig Hall during the fall.

Student Handbook


Here at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, we take pride in providing a world-class education in a friendly, close-knit campus setting. Our talented and supportive faculty members not only serve as teachers and facilitators, they also provide the kind of professional advising and mentorship that makes all the difference in your college experience, and our helpful and caring staff members also play an important role in your success. Personal attention and the University of Minnesota brand of excellence are hallmarks of our campus. They are the core essence of what we mean by “Small Campus. Big Degree.”

As chancellor, I encourage you to take an active role in your education and to learn as much as you can about the people and programs here. Opportunities for you to excel can be found at every turn. 

Explore your future career as you build knowledge, critical thinking skills, and creativity within your major. Then, take it further through our internship program, where you’ll get real on-the-job experience. Our academic programs emphasize an applied, career-oriented approach to teaching and learning that combines theory, practice, and experimentation. You won’t spend all your time at a desk because our curriculum is designed around experiential learning. You’ll go out and do things as well as learn the theories behind the concepts. You’ll even have opportunities to conduct actual research through our undergraduate research program and to challenge yourself through our honors program. 

Develop the vital technology skills employers seek using your campus-issued laptop computer and the applications integrated throughout the curriculum. You might not initially realize what a truly important edge you’ll have by working daily with technology. Employers who hire U of M, Crookston alumni constantly comment on our graduates’ comfort with and knowledge of technology. 

Gain global and diverse perspectives as you learn and work with students from more than 20 countries and 40 states. It’s vitally important to develop an understanding of diversity, cultural issues, and international viewpoints. Every day you’ll expand your worldview and develop friendships with people from across the globe. You’ll also want to consider the numerous opportunities to study abroad. 

Become a leader. Taking part in a club or organization, a community service or service learning project, or an athletics team provides direct leadership and teambuilding experience. With 40 student organizations and multiple teams participating in Division II athletics, you’ll find many ways to channel your interests and gain valuable experience. 

Discovering your passion at the University of Minnesota, Crookston will set you on the road to your future. Please know that our focus is on helping you achieve success, whether you are learning on campus or online. Let us know when you have questions and how we can help. As a campus, we all invest in your success, and we all benefit when you reach and exceed your potential. 

We wish you only the best.

Fred Wood

About UMC

About UMC

School Spirit

School Spirit


Minnesota, hats off to thee!
To thy colors true we shall ever be,
Firm and strong, united are we.
Rah, rah, rah
For Ski-U-Mah
Rah, rah, rah, rah
Rah for the U of M!
Minnesota, Minnesota,
Yea, Gophers!

The “Minnesota Rouser”—sung today at most University of Minnesota athletic events—was written in 1909 in response to a contest sponsored by the Minneapolis Tribune.


Minnesota hail to thee!
Hail to thee, our college dear!
Thy light shall ever be
A beacon bright and clear.
Thy sons and daughters true
Will proclaim thee near and far.
They will guard thy fame and adore thy name;
Thou shalt be their Northern Star.
Like the stream that bends to sea,
Like the pine that seeks the blue;
Minnesota, still for thee
Thy sons are strong and true.
From thy woods and waters fair,
From thy prairies waving far;
At thy call they throng
With a shout and song
Hailing thee their Northern Star.

The Torch

The Torch

The passing of the Torch in 1968A tradition unique to UMC is the presence of the academic torch at special ceremonies. The symbolic light of the torch represents the educational philosophy of the University of Minnesota. The original torch was designed and constructed in 1968 and was used in the last commencement ceremonies of the Northwest School of Agriculture (NWSA). It was then passed from the NWSA student council to a representative of the first graduating class of the University of Minnesota Technical Institute at Crookston—now known as the University of Minnesota, Crookston—to symbolize the shift in educational responsibility from the high school to the college. On May 9, 2009, a new tradition was established to commemorate the 100th anniversary of graduation celebrations on the Crookston campus. The graduating president of the student government, the Crookston Student Association (CSA), passed the newly-created “Century Torch” to the incoming CSA president. Inscribed on the handle of this new torch are the five core values of the campus: Integrity, Excellence, Diversity, Innovation, and Learner Centeredness. These words serve as reminders for what we strive to achieve as we enter a new century of tradition.The century torch

Regal the Eagle

Regal the Eagle

Regal the Eagle - University of Minnesota Crookston's MascotWhen the University of Minnesota, Crookston changed its mission to offer baccalaureate level degree programs in 1993, the campus entered a new chapter in its history. Many among the campus community believed a new team name and mascot should be chosen to signify that important change, and a campus-wide discussion began. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni shared their thoughts and ideas for names. Faculty members within the Natural Resources Program suggested the name Golden Eagles, and that name resonated with the campus community.

On November 27, 1995, the University of Minnesota, Crookston announced that a new name had been chosen for its athletic teams: the Golden Eagles. The original design of the logo and mascot image was done by Del Wright, who worked in Media Services at that time. A naming contest was held, and students, faculty, and staff submitted 66 different names for consideration. From those names a committee selected the name Regal, meaning “of great magnificence, splendid.” The winning name was submitted by Trevor Brekken, a plant industries management major from Crookston. And so Regal the Golden Eagle was born (hatched?).

In 2001 Regal received a facelift when University Relations began work with AdMonkeys, a regional graphics and advertising agency. The various athletic teams, the Crookston Student Association, and other student groups, along with faculty and staff, all provided feedback in refining the look of the official logo. Several revisions later, the current look of the logo for the Golden Eagles was adopted. Soon after, Regal the Golden Eagle mascot began appearing at games and across campus on Maroon and Gold Fridays. Regal proudly stands with Goldy Gopher from the Twin Cities campus; Pounce, the Morris Cougar; Rockie, the Rochester Raptor; and Champ, the Duluth Bulldog.

Golden Eagle in color

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