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5 College Sophomore

Local Area: Not only do you have one great city to explore, but you have two. St. Paul and Minneapolis have literally everything. There are dozens of other universities and colleges to interact with. Tons of clubs, bars, restaurants, malls, museums, parks, sports teams, schools, and everything between. It's pretty hard to be bored. The phrase "Minnesota Nice" is so true and you feel it the minute you arrive here. Its one of the contributing factors why i decided to enroll.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: In the city where my college is located, there are so many attractions to do. From parks and theaters to sporting events and one-of-a-kind restaurants, there is never a time when there is nothing to do. Local attitude toward students is really good and welcoming.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: I can't tell you how great the Minneapolis area is. There is ALWAYS something to do... whether it be on campus or in the city. It is super easy to get to downtown, the Mall of America, and so many other areas. The light rail is easy and cheap. I've gone to a couple of Timberwolves.. I've gone downtown for food. I've walked to the Stone Arch Bridge. The options are ENDLESS! That's only Minneapolis, people! St. Paul is right nearby too. There's everything. I don't know how someone couldn't fall in love with the Twin Cities.

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5 College Senior

Local Area: I love being so close to downtown Minneapolis. It is extremely easy to navigate the city, and there are plenty of different activities to partake in.

5 College Freshman

Local Area: There's endless amounts of restaurants and bars, theaters, lakes and parks, some shopping, good fitness centers and everyone looks at it as a college town mixed with regular "adult living" its a great place to live.


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The University of Minnesota is a city of its own. There are always concerts to attend, parties to go to, coffee shops to try, and much more. The U of M and the Twin Cities are full of opportunities and possibilities for those who look for them. One can go hiking or camping, clubbing downtown, catch up with a friend in one of the many locally-owned coffee shops, attend one of many performances, go to an athletic event, or even just bike around one of the lakes, go on nature walks, and whatever else one's heart desires. Being close to downtown allows for students looking to be in the hub of activities to just hop on a bus and be on their way. Uptown has a little more of a sophisticated take on life. Students can walk around lakes, sip on some coffee or juice, and enjoy being outdoors.

Minnesota is beautiful at every time of the year. Summer brings out farmers' markets, Valleyfair, Minnesota State Fair, and other carnivals. The winter activities range from competitive skiiing to snowball fights. Fall brings about many apple orchards and pumpkin patches. Overall, the Twin Cities is the right blend of the fast urban life, the stable suburban life, and the simplistic rural life. No matter what a student prefers, he or she is guaranteed to find the local atmosphere accommodating to every mood and taste.

Facts & Statistics

Fun Local Trivia
  1. The Guthrie Theater is the largest regional playhouse in the country.
  2. The size of the Mall of America in Bloomington roughly equals 78 football fields or 9.5 million square feet.
  3. Minnesota State Fair is a 12-day state fair that runs through Labor Day and attracts people from all around the state and neighboring areas, including Canada. The 2011 attendance was 1.7 million people.
  4. In downtown Pelican Rapids, the world's largest pelican stands at the base of the Mill Pond dam. The 15 1/2 feet tall concrete statue was built in 1957.
Notable Natives
  • Atmosphere - music band
  • Bob Dylan - musician
  • Sinclair Lewis - novelist, short story writer
  • Walter Mondale - 42nd United States Vice President
  • Prince - musician
Local Slang
  • Binder: Rubber band
  • Bubbler: Wisconsinites refer to a water fountain as a "bubbler."
  • Oh yah!: Minnesotan accent emphasizes the "O" sound.
  • Pop: Minnesotans call soft drinks "pop," not "soda."
  • Twin Cities: Minneapolis-St. Paul
  • You betcha!: You bet/of course
Points of Interest
  • Dinkytown
  • Grand Rounds Scenic Byway
  • Mall of America
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Minneapolis Sculpture Garden
  • Minnehaha Falls Park
  • Stone Arch Bridge
  • Uptown
  • Walker Art Center
Shopping Centers
  • Block E
  • Calhoun Square
  • Gaviidae Common
  • Mall of America
  • Nicollet Mall
  • Southdale Center
Movie Theaters
AMC Rosedale 14
850 Rosedale Center
(651) 604-9344
Movie Theaters
Landmark Lagoon Cinema
1320 Lagoon Ave.
(612) 392-0402
Movie Theaters
St. Anthony Main Theatre
115 Main St. SE
(612) 331-4723
Movie Theaters
Theatres at Mall of America
401 S. Broadway
(952) 851-0023
Major Sports Teams
  • Minnesota Timberwolves: NBA
  • Minnesota Twins: MLB
  • Minnesota Vikings: NFL
  • Minnesota Wild: NHL
Distances to Nearest Major Cities
  • Des Moines, Iowa: : 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Madison, Wis.: : 5 hours
Did You Know?
  • Minneapolis has more golfers per capita than any other city in the United States.
  • The Zombie Pub Crawl is an event in Minneapolis/St. Paul during which thousands of people pretend to be dead and wander the streets, boozing and dancing and carousing and having the time of their lives. It is during the Halloween season, and it takes place in the West Bank neighborhood in Minneapolis and the Lowertown neighborhood in St. Paul. People walk around the street dressed as zombies and yelling "brains" throughout the night.
  • In the early 1980s, Minnesota students Scott and Brennan Olson invented Rollerblades, as they were looking for a way to practice hockey during the off-season.

Student Polls

Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 217 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 218 responses

  • 92% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 2% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 1% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 5% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 0% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 217 responses

  • 54% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 43% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 3% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 217 responses

  • 41% Totally.
  • 49% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 9% No way.



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