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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are dozens of libraries here if you ever feel like you need to get your study on. The Rec center was just redone a couple years ago and the place is like a fitness lovers dream. It easily cost many millions of dollars to construct and its definitely worth it since everyone uses it, but its never crowded though because its huge. There is some sort of concert, gathering, fair, party, etc. every night on campus. They are pretty easy to find too because everyone advertises and sidewalk chalk and puts posters everywhere.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Lots of opportunities to get involved in student life

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: I love all the buildings on campus. Facilities are available for pretty much whatever you want to do. The RecWell is really nice; I spend evenings dancing there, and they have a rock wall and a pool and plenty of options for working out. Walter Library is one of my favorite spots on campus, but there are study spaces everywhere. When it's not freezing outside, the Mall is great for relaxing, and the western side of East Bank is beautiful in all seasons. I'm not very informed about traditions; there are other campuses with better ones, I'd bet, but it's fun to attend the many events that are put on, from the homecoming parade to concerts and anything with free food.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: This is the greatest campus in the country. The buildings on the mall are beautiful, and there are plenty of places to hang out.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Yes campus could have a bit more classic gothic college beauty, but the mall is great and the facilities serve their purpose. As far as big public schools go, it is as good as it gets. Fantastic arts and athletic departments.


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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
Campus Size
2,730 acres
Student Centers
  • Coffman Memorial Union
  • St. Paul Student Center
Campus Library?
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
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
  • 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
Student Newspaper
The Minnesota Daily
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 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
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 198 responses

Very poor
  • 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 your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 94 responses

  • 23% Walk around and explore the city
  • 17% Visit dinkytown
  • 12% Go to gopher games
  • 8% Run by the river
  • 8% Explore Buildings
  • 8% Visit museums
  • 7% Go to the rec center
  • 5% Eat at annies
  • 5% Go to concerts at first avenue
  • 5% Pre-game before sporting events
  • 1% Campus Wide Capture the Flag
  • 0% Lots of things to do in Minneapolis
  • 0% Go on walks (it's beautiful here!)
  • 0% Go to saint lawrence church

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 81 responses

  • 18% Homecoming
  • 16% Spring Jam
  • 15% Ski-U-Mah
  • 14% The "Golden Gophers"
  • 12% School Colors
  • 9% Football games
  • 8% Welcome Week
  • 4% Sporting events
  • 3% Machy Days (Greek Week)
  • 1% MCAE Kick Off
  • 1% STEM Week
  • 0% Regents Seal

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 97 responses

  • 46% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 48% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 5% 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.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 203 responses

  • 41% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 52% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 5% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.



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