|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|
|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.
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 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:
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 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.
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.