University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota
Motto: Commune vinculum omnibus artibu Motto in English: A common bond for all the arts
Established: 1851 Type: Public Flagship University, Land-grant, Sea-grant, Space-grant
Endowment: US $2.224 billion in 2006 President: Robert H. Bruininks
Staff: 3,122 Students: 50,402
Undergraduates: 28,645 Postgraduates: 13,929
Location: Minneapolis and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, USA Campus: Urban - 2,730 acres
Athletics: Big Ten Conference, Western Collegiate Hockey Association Colors: Maroon and Gold             
Nickname: The Golden Gophers Mascot: Goldy Gopher


The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country.

Started in 1851, now, the venture has extended itself throughout the state with five campuses and numerous research and outreach centers in Minneapolis and St. Paul. To collaborate in the areas of research, education, and business, the University of Minnesota has partnerships with countries like China and India.

History of the University of Minnesota

If we look back and delve deep into the history of the University of Minnesota, we can see that the University was first founded as a preparatory school in 1851. This was even seven years before that the territory of Minnesota became a state. During the Civil Wars, financial problems raised their ugly heads and the University of Minnesota was forced to be closed. However, it again re-opened in 1867 with financial aid from Minneapolis entrepreneur John Sargent Pillsbury. He is still remembered as the father of the University. Pillsbury, who had been even a State Senator and the Governor of Minnesota, laid the stepping stone for the University to rise to its today’s stature by establishing the school as the official recipient of public support from the Morrill Land-Grant Act. This designated the University of Minnesota Minnesota’s land-grant university.

On December 22, 1869, William Watts Folwell was appointed as the first president of the University. Four years after that in 1873, the first batch of students, though consisted of only two of them, graduated with Bachelor of Arts degrees. The first doctor of philosophy degree was awarded in the year 1888.

1947 saw the Duluth campus joining the University, while the Morris campus, the Crookston campus and the Rochester campus joined in 1960, 1966, and 2006 respectively.

The Mission of the University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota realizes the value of learning and sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community and to the benefit of the state, the nation, and the world. The threefold mission of the University as declared by itself is:

  • Research and Discovery
  • Teaching and Learning 
  • Outreaching and Public Service 

The Colleges and Schools under the University of Minnesota

  • Center for Allied Health Programs
  • College of Biological Sciences
  • College of Continuing Education
  • School of Dentistry
  • College of Design
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Graduate School
  • Law School
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • Carlson School of Management
  • Medical School
  • School of Nursing
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Humphrey School of Public Affairs
  • School of Public Health
  • College of Science and Engineering
  • College of Veterinary Medicine

Undergraduate Majors by Field of Study

  • Art, design, and the performing arts
  • Business
  • Communication, language, and cultural studies
  • Education
  • Health services
  • Individually designed majors
  • Math, engineering, and science
  • Social sciences and human services

Scholarships and Social service of the University of Minnesota

From the edge of the northern prairie - the Crookston campus to the newest campus near the southern border in Rochester, the University of Minnesota serves the causes of knowledge and innovations for building a healthier and sustainable world.

The University extends financial support to student education and regards it as a priority. 13,329 students or 42.2 percent of the resident undergraduate students received financial assistant through the newly introduced Promise Scholarship in 2009.

Some other supportive scholarships of the University of Minnesota are:

  • The Annex tad Family Foundation Scholarship - University of Minnesota Achieve Scholarship
  • Horatio Alger Association Scholarship
  • Minnesota Indian Scholarship Program (MISP) 
    Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Military Scholarships
  • Wallin Scholarship
  • Page Foundation Scholarship

The University of Minnesota also works towards the cause of preserving heart health through University of Minnesota Center for Cardiovascular Repair and prevention of AIDS through Academic Health Center.

The University is ranked among the top public research universities in the world.

It also aims at encouraging creativity, research, artistic expression, critical thinking, and debate about the pressing issues of today’s world like poverty, health care, and climate changes. It also aims at encouraging creativity, research, artistic expression, critical thinking, and debate about the pressing issues of today’s world like poverty, health care, and climate changes. The Institute on the Environment, Biomedical Discovery District and Center for Integrative Leadership governed by the University of Minnesota are the pioneers in addressing these issues.

Sports: University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota's sports teams are called the "Golden Gophers” and are the associate of the Big Ten Conference and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association in the NCAA. Minnesota is considered one of the 13 universities in the state providing NCAA participation in I-A football, Division I women’s and men’s basketball and ice hockey.


The dream of the University of Minnesota is to bring about an open exchange of ideas with academic freedom, responsibility, integrity, and global cooperation. It is striving to create a healthy atmosphere where education is free from racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice and intolerance, where mutual respect and the influence of different values infuse the changing world with a bright future; Through the various academic courses, and many communities it is committed to serving, and with partnerships within the University and other communities around the globe to achieve common goals, the University of Minnesota is looking forward to create better individuals in a better world.