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29,125
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$19,805 ($13,555)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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4 College Junior

Facilities: The campus is compact, and holds a large diversity of building types, history in its grounds and structures, and large amounts of space to meet or hangout.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: dining halls and res halls could use updating

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Not too many quiet places to study.

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4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The university is very unique to me because the academic programs are excellent. Every professor is helpful and are willing to help each student succeed.

4 College Senior

Facilities: We are located right on the Mississippi and we have a great skyline of downtown Minneapolis. Buses and lightrail make it pretty easy to travel around the twin cities. The overall campus consists of 3 campuses which offer something unique. West bank is located minutes a way from downtown Minneapolis, East bank is located to dinkytown and many amazing restaurants and the Saint Paul campus is quiet and relaxing-- offering a nice break from the busy city.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 57th
    Best Student Centers
  • 136th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 136th
    Greenest Campuses
  • 198th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 309th
    Best Library

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Vishakha Mathur
Hometown
New Delhi, India
Major
Communication Studies
Grad Year
2014
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The University of Minnesota facilities are well rounded to help students. The campus itself is well-maintained and provides good energy. There is the University Recreation Center on East Bank, and St. Paul has its own gymnasium, too. The Rec is big and offers facilities such as a weight room, swimming pool, diving pool, sauna, basketball and volleyball courts, and an indoor running track, to name a few. However, it is always crowded, and students often have to wait for machines to open up. Currently, it is under construction for expansion. St. Paul gym is smaller and offers less facilities, but it is easier to get access to the machines. Thus, many students enjoy the outdoors for cardio workouts. The STSS (Science Teaching & Student Services) building was reconstructed in 2010. It contains many active learning classrooms (ALC), which feature large round tables, switchable laptop-based technology, fixed flat-panel-display projection systems, and a 360-degree marker board around the perimeter of the room. The building has retained some of its foundation, which allowed for less demolition cost and landfill waste. In terms of art buildings, the Weisman Art Museum won a prestigious Progressive Architecture Design Award in 1991 for its intriguing and innovative design, as well.

Walter, Wilson, and Magrath are the main libraries of East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul campuses, respectively. They are usually very busy and crowded. The lack of space in libraries is usually subsidized by having other study areas around the campus. Most buildings have study rooms, as well. Coffman and St. Paul Student Center serve the dual purpose of being the hub for student activities in addition to being study facilities; both house a University bookstore, too. Coffman houses Goldy's Gameroom, which holds a 14-lane bowling alley, pool tables, pingpong tables, and an arcade. There is also a movie theater and many eateries. U of M offers just about most of the facilities the students might need in their day-to-day life.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
1,044
Campus Size
2,730 acres
Student Centers
  • Coffman Memorial Union
  • St. Paul Student Center
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Magrath Library
  • Walter Library
  • Wilson Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Coffman Memorial Union
  • Espresso Royale
  • The grassy knoll
  • Northrop Mall
  • Superblock
  • Wilson and Walter libraries
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
There is bowling located downstairs in Coffman Memorial Union and in St. Paul Student Center.
Coffeehouse on Campus
There are Starbucks and Java City shops scattered throughout campus.
Movie Theater on Campus
Yes; one on the first floor of Coffman Memorial Union and one in St. Paul Student Center.
"Green" Initiatives
The U of M is an environmentally-conscious college campus. Trash cans and recycling bins are all over the campus. There is a recycling facility on Como Avenue in between East Bank and St. Paul campuses, and the U of M recycles its own materials, as well. St. Paul campus is known for its environmentally-friendly area with organic meat production, milk products, and many other items. Every dorm offers locally-grown food, as well. The Civil Engineering Building on East Bank won the LEED Certified Gold Award for being self-insulated against the weather. The building is underground below its first floor, and it keeps the temperature naturally well-balanced.
School Slang
  • Boynton: Local hospital/health services office
  • CBS: College of Biological Sciences
  • CHE: College of Human Ecology
  • CLA: College of Liberal Arts
  • Coffman: Coffman Union/student union
  • Csci: Computer Science
  • The Cube: A study/lounge area in the Coffman Union
  • The Daily: School newspaper (The Minnesota Daily)
  • IT: Institute of Technology
  • The Knoll/Grassy Knoll: Lawn area by Peik and Folwell halls
  • The Mall: Northrop Mall
  • MOA: Mall of America
  • The Rec: The University Recreation Center
  • TC or Twin Cities: The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul
  • U of MN/The U: Abbreviation for the University of Minnesota
  • The Weisman: The Weisman Art Center near Coffman Union
Traditions
  • The "Golden Gophers": Minnesota became known as the "Gopher State" in 1857, after a cartoon was published depicting nine gophers with the heads of local politicians.
  • Regents Seal: The antique lamp featured on the regents seal depicts the metaphysical sciences; the telescope, the physical sciences; the plow, the industrial arts; and the palette with brushes, the fine arts.
  • School Colors: English instructor Augusta Norwood Smith, "a woman of excellent taste," according to University president William Folwell, chose the school's colors: maroon and gold. First used between 1876 and 1880, the colors weren't officially approved by regents until 1940.
  • Ski-U-Mah: This phrase was coined by two rugby players in 1884. They combined "Ski" (a Sioux battle cry meaning "victory") with "U-Mah," which represented "rah-rah-rah!"
  • Spring Jam: This is an event that takes place during a spring weekend; it's full of music and performances.
Urban Legends
  • A famous psychic predicted on a TV show that a serial killer dressed as Little Bo Peep or wearing a "Scream" mask would strike on a Big Ten campus on Halloween, killing several students. The mass murder is predicted to take place on a Big Ten campus that starts with the letter M or W and near a pond, lake, river, railroad track, or cemetery.
  • Anneliese Michel (on whom the Emily Rose character from "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" is based) lived in Pioneer when she experienced her exorcism. Another variation of this is that she lived in the psych ward of the University's hospital, which is now Pioneer Hall.
  • The "shoe tree" by the Washington Avenue bridge has a lot of shoes hanging from it. Rumor has it that University alumni threw off their shoes onto the tree to celebrate their graduation.
  • The ghost of a man who fell into the concrete foundation of the library when it was being constructed, whose body was never found, still haunts the stacks and asks people for directions out of the library.
  • The statue of the first president of the University stands on the residential quad facing the library, and if he does not have his gaze on the library at all times, it will crumble and fall. The student union in front of it has a whole section made of glass.
  • Tuition goes up each year to fund the president's private houses and investments.
Favorite Things To Do
There is really a lot to do, actually. Just by going to Coffman Union on the East Bank, Minneapolis campus, a student can find "the hole," which is a concert venue where mostly free or cheap concerts take place. Additionally, the student can get food, book a flight, study, buy books, type out a school paper, or take a quick nap at Coffman. There is the recreation (or the Rec) center, where a student can get in shape and burn off extra energy or stress. Then, there are computer labs all over the place that make it easy for students to get their papers done in between classes, check their email, surf the Web, or update their Facebook or Twitter statuses. Weather permitting, students enjoy sitting in the mall area doing their homework while sipping on some cool drinks. Students play ultimate Frisbee or throw around a football or play flag football when they get a chance to, as well.
Student Organizations Web Site
sua.umn.edu/groups
Student Newspaper
The Minnesota Daily
www.mndaily.com
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
The most common groups are those associated with sports or with different ethnic backgrounds. But with the wide variety of groups available, students tend to be involved in at least one of them. If a particular group is not yet set up, a student needs five officers (current students with valid umn.edu email ID) and $25 to start a new group. The officers must sign the registration forms and write a constitution for the new group. There is a new group registration meeting held in the Coffman Memorial Union a few times every semester.
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
  • Andersen Library houses the world's largest collection of Sherlock Holmes literature, artifacts, and memorabilia.
  • A fun new group that emerged at the U of M campus is a Harry Potter-inspired Quidditch league. The team made it to nationals and played in NYC.
  • A nontraditional and very innovative U of M group is Campus People Watchers. It is a "non-profit non-creepy organization" for students who enjoy analyzing people in their natural habitats. It is true that everyone does it, but doing it as an organization is a new idea. Some of their past events have included watching people in Dinkytown on the weekends (a lot of drunk people) and attending comedy shows.
  • There are 135 buildings buildings on East Bank, 26 on West Bank, and 104 on the St. Paul campus.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 130 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 20 responses

  • 17% Recreation center jobs
  • 16% TA for a professor
  • 14% CA/RA for residence halls (free housing!)
  • 14% Lab assistants/researchers
  • 7% TCF Bank Stadium
  • 6% Gopher spots (coffee, snack shops)
  • 6% Walter, Magrath, Wilson, Andersen libraries
  • 6% Starbucks in Coffman
  • 4% Goldy's Gameroom
  • 3% Student union
  • 3% Onestop office
  • 1% Disability Services
  • 1% Office Assistant
  • 0% Tech assistant

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 17 responses

  • 22% Custodial/janitorial jobs
  • 18% Housekeeping jobs
  • 16% Dining hall service
  • 12% Dorm maintenance
  • 12% Handing out fliers/samples
  • 6% Residence security (busting people for parties)
  • 6% Facilities
  • 6% Landscaping

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 21 responses

  • 30% Coffman Memorial Union
  • 19% Northrop Mall
  • 13% Wilson and Walter libraries
  • 11% The Purple Onion
  • 9% The grassy knoll
  • 9% Superblock
  • 6% Espresso Royale
  • 4% MCAE

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 18 responses

  • 30% Spring Jam
  • 21% Ski-U-Mah
  • 16% Homecoming
  • 14% The "Golden Gophers"
  • 14% School Colors
  • 5% Machy Days (Greek Week)
  • 0% Regents Seal

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 31% Walk around and explore the city
  • 29% Visit dinkytown
  • 18% Run by the river
  • 10% Visit museums
  • 6% Explore Buildings
  • 6% Pre-game before sporting events

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 6 responses

  • 50% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 50% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 0% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 157 responses

  • 1% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 15% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 41% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 43% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 141 responses

  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 4% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 49% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 45% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 59% Pioneer is an old insane asylum.
  • 29% Bob Dylan supposedly lived in Dinkytown.
  • 12% Brock Lesnar

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