Driven to Discover

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At a Glance

History and Traditions

  • Established in 1851 in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul).
  • Minnesota's flagship, land grant university
  • Between 1947 and 2006, four additional campuses joined the U of M: in CrookstonDuluthMorris, and Rochester.
  • Colors: maroon and gold
  • Twin Cities mascot: Goldy Gopher
  • Nickname: Golden Gophers

Leadership, Recognition, and Faculty

Students and Alumni

  • 30,500 undergraduate students study on the Twin Cities campus
  • 16,300 graduate and professional students
  • 7,000 international students, from 135 countries
  • 2,600 students study abroad—6th most among U.S. universities
  • 400,000 alumni
  • Famous alumni include Norman Borlaug (Nobel Peace Prize-winning agronomist), former Vice President Walter Mondale, satirist Garrison Keillor, and Super Bowl championship coach Tony Dungy.
  • Our alumni have started 10,000 companies, employing 500,000 and generating revenue of $100 billion.

All above data is current as of December 2015.

Our Mission

We are Minnesota's research university. We change lives—through research, education, and outreach.


We seek new knowledge that can change how we all work and live.

At the University of Minnesota, students do research alongside top professors in all majors.


We prepare students to meet the great challenges facing our state, our nation, and our world.

As a U of M student you'll engage with your professors and fellow students from the very beginning. And you'll develop your strengths with beyond-the-classroom experiences.


We apply our expertise to meet the needs of Minnesota, our nation, and the world.

We partner with communities across Minnesota to engage our students, faculty, and staff in addressing society's most pressing issues.

Our Locations

Our Campuses

CrookstonDuluthMorrisRochesterTwin Cities

Our Twin Cities Campus

The University of Minnesota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Learn more about the University of Minnesota's accreditation.