University of Minnesota

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Public research university in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States

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About University of Minnesota

By James Barham, PhD

The University of Minnesota (UM) traces its roots to a college preparatory school established in the city of Minneapolis seven years before Minnesota entered the Union in 1858. This school closed its doors during the Civil War, but reopened in 1867.

In 1869, the prep school was reconfigured as an institution of higher learning. Today, that modest college has grown into one of the largest universities in the country, with a student population of around 52,000.

During the 1880s, UM expanded to another campus located in St. Paul, the state capital and the city immediately adjacent to Minneapolis to the east. However, the Minneapolis campus remains by far the larger of the two, sprawling nowadays astride both banks of the Mississippi River as it flows through the heart of the city.

Due to its physical bi-location, albeit under a single administration, the school is now officially known as “University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.” It has become the flagship of a far-flung University of Minnesota System, which also includes colleges located in Crookston, Rochester, Duluth, and Morris.

Some 26 Minnesota-connected people have won the Nobel Prize, including the:

  • Physicists, Ernest Lawrence, Walter Brattain, & John Bardeen
  • Chemists, Melvin Calvin, William Lipscomb, & Brian Kobilka
  • Physiologists, Edward Kendall & Louis Ignarro
  • Economists, Milton Friedman, George Stigler, Leonid Hurwicz & Robert Shiller
  • Novelist, Saul Bellow and the songwriter, Bob Dylan for literature

Other famous Minnesota alumni and faculty include:

  • Actors, Henry Fonda, E.G. Marshall & Jessica Lange
  • Novelist, Robert Penn Warren
  • Poets, Allen Tate, James Wright & John Berryman
  • Folklorist, Jack Zipes
  • Author and radio host, Garrison Keillor
  • Op-ed columnists, Carl Rowan & Thomas Friedman
  • Television journalists, Eric Sevareid & Harry Reasoner
  • Plant geneticist, John Sanford
  • Primatologist, David Premack
  • Psychologist, B.F. Skinner
  • Philosophers, Herbert Feigl, Hector-Neri Castañeda, Fred Dretske, Keith Lehrer, & Ernest Lepore
  • US senator and anti–Vietnam War activist, Eugene McCarthy
  • US Supreme Court Justice, Warren Burger
  • Civil rights activists, Roy Wilkins & Whitney Young
  • Vice presidents of the US, Hubert Humphrey & Walter Mondale

According to Wikipedia, The University of Minnesota, formally the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, is a public land-grant research university in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. The Twin Cities campus comprises locations in Minneapolis and Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, approximately apart. The Twin Cities campus is the oldest and largest in the University of Minnesota system and has the ninth-largest main campus student body in the United States, with 52,376 students at the start of the 2021–22 academic year. It is the flagship institution of the University of Minnesota System, and is organized into 19 colleges, schools, and other major academic units.

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How Much Does University of Minnesota Cost To Attend?

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How Much Do University of Minnesota Graduates Make?

If you graduate from University of Minnesota, then you can expect to earn an average of $61,200 per year. You also have a 92% chance of being employed after 10 years.

University of Minnesota's Demographics

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Where is University of Minnesota?

University of Minnesota is located at 100 Church Street SE, Minneapolis MN 55455-0213

How Safe is University of Minnesota?

Minneapolis has a violent crime rate of less than .01% and a property crime rate of less than .01%.

What Is University of Minnesota Known For?

University of Minnesota is known for it's academic work in the following disciplines:

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Who Are University of Minnesota's Most Influential Alumni?

University of Minnesota's most influential alumni faculty include professors and professionals in the fields of Nursing, Medical, and Social Work. Here are some of University of Minnesota's most famous alumni:

Arthur Compton
Arthur Compton
An American physicist.
Deke Slayton
Deke Slayton
An Astronaut .
Norman Borlaug
Norman Borlaug
An Arquitecto civil.
Ernest Lawrence
Ernest Lawrence
An American nuclear physicist .
Thomas Friedman
Thomas Friedman
An American journalist and author.
Melvin Calvin
Melvin Calvin
An American biochemist.
Christiaan Barnard
Christiaan Barnard
A South African cardiac surgeon.
Edward B. Lewis
Edward B. Lewis
An American biologist .
Roy Wilkins
Roy Wilkins
An African american rights activist.
John L. Holland
An American psychologist .
Lars Peter Hansen
Lars Peter Hansen
An American economist.
Walter Houser Brattain
Walter Houser Brattain
An American physicist .

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