The University of Minnesota is the only Big Ten university located in a major metropolitan area.

At a Big Ten school, you are able to experience a traditional U.S. university full of school spirit. And at the University of Minnesota, you can combine that with all that a big city has to offer!

The U of M was a perfect mix of being surrounded by major league teams, close to the center of Minneapolis...if someone’s interested in a semester abroad, I would recommend going to Minnesota. It was the best decision I’ve ever made and I’m glad that I can say I did it this way instead of doing the California mainstream thing.  - Elio, Basel University, Switzerland

Traditional U.S. Campus

Picture yourself cheering for the U of M Golden Gophers football team alongside thousands of other students, having the quintessential American college experience!

  • 48,000 undergraduate and graduate students including 7,200 international students
  • 3,900 faculty with a 16-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Established in 1851 and a history of welcoming international students, dating back to 1874
  • No. 8 in research among all U.S. public universities, with more than $900 million in spending
  • Award-winning library system with free access to computer labs and media services
  • Clean, modern on-campus housing
  • Helpful public safety department, available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
  • Active student center on campus with a bank, restaurants, student meeting rooms, bookstore and even a bowling alley!
  • Marching band of 300+ members, cheerleading - we invented it!, and our award-winning mascot, Goldy Gopher (voted BEST mascot in the country!)

Big City, But Not TOO Big

The GO Minnesota program is located on the flagship campus of the U of M, in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

  • Population of 3.3 million residents
  • The highest number of Fortune 500 companies per capita
  • More theater seats per capita than any city in the U.S. other than New York
  • Ranked #1 Healthiest City in America by Forbes, with year-round opportunities to be active outdoors:
    • Sailing, canoeing, rowing
    • Hiking, biking, running (Ranked #1 Bicycling City by Bicycling Magazine)
    • Skiing, snowboarding, ice climbing, skating, hockey
  • Home to the Mall of America, the country's largest entertainment and shopping complex
  • 5 professional sports teams including American football, baseball, basketball, hockey, and soccer
  • International airport just 30 minutes by light rail train from campus
    • Direct flights to Asia, Canada, Europe, and Latin America
    • Easy access to other great U.S. cities, such as: Chicago (1 ½ hour flight), New York (2 ½ hour flight), Los Angeles (3 ½ hour flight)

Minnesota: A Friendly State

“Minnesota Nice” is a term used to describe the people of Minnesota. We have a reputation in the U.S. for being one of the friendliest states. In addition to our hospitality, here are a few other interesting facts:

  • Our state's name comes from the Dakota Sioux Indian word for "sky-tinted water."
  • Home to more than 10,000 lakes (11,842 to be exact!), hundreds of parks, miles of hiking trails, and the headwaters of the Mississippi River.
  • Diverse mix of cultures ranging from the original Native American groups, to early European settlers (many from Scandinavia), to more recent immigrants from Asia and Africa.
  • Shared border with Canada to the north, the U.S. states of North Dakota and South Dakota to the west, Iowa to the south, and Wisconsin to the east.
  • Minnesota also borders Lake Superior, one of the country’s “Great Lakes.”