University of Minnesota
#27 Overall Influence#890 Desirability Rank

University of Minnesota

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

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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

From Wikipedia

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 St. Paul approximately apart, and the St. Paul location is in neighboring Falcon Heights. The Twin Cities campus is the oldest and largest in the University of Minnesota system and has the sixth-largest main campus student body in the United States, with 51,327 students in 2019–20. It is the flagship institution of the University of Minnesota System, and is organized into 19 colleges, schools, and other major academic units.

Source: Wikipedia


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100 Church Street SE, Minneapolis MN 55455-0213

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42 per 100k

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What is University of Minnesota known for?

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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 Biology, Medical, and Engineering. University of Minnesota’s most academically influential people include Robert Parr, Arthur Cronquist, and Luc Bovens.

Robert Parr

American theoretical chemist

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Arthur Cronquist
Arthur Cronquist

American botanist

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Luc Bovens

Belgian philosopher

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J. Oliver Buswell

American minister

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Amitava Kumar
Amitava Kumar

American writer

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Eugene McCarthy

American politician

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Irwin L. Jacobs

American businessman

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Halbert L. Dunn

American biostatistician

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Randall Wright

Canadian economist

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Andreas Acrivos
Andreas Acrivos

Greek–American physicist

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Neal Amundson
Neal Amundson

American chemical engineer

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Daniel H. Janzen
Daniel H. Janzen

American biologist

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