A Distinctive University

Other Points of Pride

  • The University of Minnesota has a unique 100-year history of educating Chinese students, a fact that was covered recently by Minnesota Public Radio.
  • The Twin Cities campus is ranked 4th among U.S. research universities for patent creation and innovation. (The Scientist magazine)
  • The University of Minnesota is home to the largest collection of artifacts related to Sherlock Holmes in the world. Learn more »

Tell us! What do you think makes the University of Minnesota—and the education we offer—distinct?


The Twin Cities campus has the most comprehensive set of academic programs of any institution in Minnesota: with agriculture, engineering, education, design, public affairs, and professional programs such as law and business, as well as the liberal arts and sciences, and an academic health center with a major medical school and nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, and veterinary medicine—all on one metro campus. Only three other universities in the country can claim the same level of comprehensiveness: Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Florida. The University of Minnesota–Twin Cities is also the nation's fourth largest research university as measured by enrollment.

Award-Winning Faculty

Contributing to the University's academic prestige are 20 Nobel Laureates, 86 Guggenheim Fellows, and 2 MacArthur Fellows. Learn more about the research and classroom accomplishments of the University’s faculty »

Uniquely Situated

Overlooking the Mississippi River, the Twin Cities campus is located within the boundaries of a national park—the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area—as well as one of the country's largest metropolitan areas. Minneapolis and St. Paul are vibrant cities and the Mississppi River is a unique geographic feature of the campus. Both the river and the urban setting provide faculty, staff, students, and alumni with myriad research, recreational, and employment opportunities. Learn more about the River Life program and the Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center »