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Admission Numbers


Class Stats

Class of 2021 Class of 2022 Class of 2023 Class of 2024 Class of 2025 Class of 2026
Number of Applicants 207 210 181 201 169 211
Class Size 52 52 60 60 62 64
Acceptance Rate 34.8% 41.4% 48.6% 46.8% 55% 45.97%
Matriculation Rate 25.1% 24.8% 33.1% 29.9% 36.7% 30.33%
Overall Undergrad GPA 3.68 3.70 3.64 3.69 3.68 3.67

Graduate Outcomes

2 - Year Averages

Graduation Rate (2022 & 2023): 100% 2 - year average 
Employment Rate (2021 & 2022): 100% 2 - year average 
National PT Licensure Exam Pass Rate (2022 & 2023):  99.2% (87.7% on first attempt) 2 - year average

Certificate of Education

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Please contact Autumn Church at percy011@umn.edu with any questions. 

Job Opportunities

Physical therapists work in a wide variety of settings: hospitals, rehabilitation centers, long-term care facilities, acute care facilities, private practice, school systems, industry, sports medicine, home health, and more.

Factors such as an aging population and improved management of chronic conditions have created an increasing need for physical therapists. National and local projections indicate a continued growth in physical therapy jobs through at least 2018.

See a list of current openings      Visit APTA for more postings

Program Mission

The Division of Physical Therapy creates and integrates innovative research discoveries, education, and practice to develop scholarly, collaborative physical therapists and rehabilitation scientists who advance health care and disease prevention for diverse communities in Minnesota and beyond.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement
Central to the core values of the Division of Physical Therapy is a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, research, clinical practice, and service. We stand for a culture free from racism and discriminatory acts or behaviors against all individuals. We welcome and deeply value each person for their intersecting identities (race, color, ethnicity, age, abilities, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, faith, spiritual beliefs and veteran status) and lived experiences. Together, we will ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion thrive and are integrated into every component of our curriculum and activities. 
The Medical School’s Diversity Statement can be found here

The University of Minnesota is an Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI)

What is an AANAPISI?
AANAPISI stands for Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution. AANAPISI is a federal designation from the United States Department of Education. AANAPISI - Designated institutions can apply for grants and related assistance to improve and expand their capacity to serve Asian Americans, Native American Pacific Islanders, and low-income students. 
Benefits to Campus
The University of Minnesota has an AANAPISI designation, one of the Minority Serving Institution (MSI) designation. Colleges may be eligible for this designation through the U.S. Department of Education. The AANAPISI designation not only acknowledges the diverse population of Asian American and Pacific Islander students who attend and graduate from the University of Minnesota, but also aims to improve the overall quality of experience for Asian American and Pacific Islander undergraduate, graduate, first-generation, and low-income students. Such recognition will provide opportunities for the University of Minnesota students and help recruit incoming students from the state of Minnesota and beyond. The AANAPISI designation acknowledges our commitment to supporting educational equity and access for diverse students.
The Division of Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota began as a certificate program in 1941. It expanded to a baccalaureate program in 1946, a Master of Science program in 1997 and a professional doctoral degree program in 2002. All students entering the program and completing all requirements graduate with a Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree. Suggestions to the program may be made here

The Program in Physical Therapy at the University of Minnesota is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE), 3030 Potomac Ave., Suite 100, Alexandria, Virginia 22305-3085; telephone: 703-706-3245; email: accreditation@apta.org; website: www.capteonline.org. If needing to contact the program directly, please call 612-626-5303 or email umnptadmissions@umn.edu

If you have a concern or complaint about the University of Minnesota Division of Physical Therapy that falls outside of Due Process, you may complete this link or contact the Division Director, Dr Paula Ludewig, PT, PhD, FAPTA by mail c/o University of Minnesota Division of Physical Therapy, MMC 388, 420 Delaware St SE, Minneapolis, MN, 55455.

If you would like to register a complaint directly with CAPTE, their contact information is listed above.

The American Council of Academic Physical Therapy (ACAPT) is a component of the American Physical Therapy Association. The ACAPT represents over 95% of all national PT educational institutions and are committed to develop, implement and assess innovative models for clinical education, teaching/learning, scholarship/research, mentoring and leadership in physical therapist education.

DPT Graduation Save the Date

The DPT Class of 2024 Commencement ceremony will be held on May 17th, 2024 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM in the Northrop Auditorium

For General Information

Please Call: 612-626-5303

For Admissions Questions

Please contact Mark Fierst: umnptadmissions@umn.edu


Children's Rehabilitation Center
Room 311
426 Church Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Mailing Address

Division of Physical Therapy
MMC 388
420 Delaware Street SE
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN 55455