#26 Overall Influence #890 Desirability Rank

University of Minnesota

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

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100 Church Street SE, Minneapolis MN 55455-0213

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What is University of Minnesota known for?

Our answer to this is to show you the disciplines in which a school's faculty and alumni have had the highest historical influence. A school may be influential in a discipline even if they do not offer degrees in that area. We've organized two lists to show where they are influential and offer corresponding degrees, and where they are influential through scholarship although they don't offer degrees in the disciplines.

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Influential People

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 Psychology

Robert R. Gilruth

Robert R. Gilruth

Aviation and space pioneer

Eugene McCarthy

American politician

Joseph D. Novak

American educator

Arthur Cronquist

Arthur Cronquist

American botanist

Irwin L. Jacobs

American businessman

Patricia K. Kuhl

Professor of speech and hearing sciences

Patricia K. Kuhl

Professor of speech and hearing sciences

Monroe D. Donsker

American mathematician

Mark P. McCahill

Mark P. McCahill

American internet pioneer

Luc Bovens

Belgian philosopher

Nathaniel Gage

American educator and psychologist

Lee Raymond

Lee Raymond

Chairman and chief executive officer of ExxonMobil