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University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota
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Motto Commune vinculum omnibus artibus (Latin)
Motto in English
A common bond for all the arts
Type Public
Flagship University
Established 1851 (1851)
Academic affiliations
Endowment $3.297 billion (2015)
Budget $3.8 billion (FY 17)
President Eric W. Kaler
Provost Karen Hanson
Academic staff
Students 48,231
Undergraduates 28,942
Postgraduates 15,859
Location Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
44°58′29″N 93°14′07″W / 44.974747°N 93.235353°W / 44.974747; -93.235353Coordinates: 44°58′29″N 93°14′07″W / 44.974747°N 93.235353°W / 44.974747; -93.235353
Campus Urban
2,730 acres (1,100 ha)
Colors Maroon & Gold
Nickname Golden Gophers
Mascot Goldy Gopher
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I
Big Ten, WCHA (Women's ice hockey)
Website www.umn.edu
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University rankings
Forbes 119
U.S. News & World Report 71
Washington Monthly 53
QS 137
Times 53
U.S. News & World Report 38

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities (Minnesota; locally known as the U of M or simply the U) is a public research university in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. The Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses are approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) apart, and the Saint Paul campus is actually in neighboring Falcon Heights. It is the oldest and largest campus within the University of Minnesota system and has the sixth-largest main campus student body in the United States, with 51,147 students in 2013–14. The university is organized into 19 colleges and schools, with sister campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester. UMN is categorized as an R1 Doctoral University with the highest research activity in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Minnesota's athletic teams at the Twin Cities campus are known as the Minnesota Golden Gophers and compete in the NCAA's Division I as members of the Big Ten Conference. They have won 20 national championships as of 2015.

The original Minneapolis campus overlooked the Saint Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River, but it was later moved about a mile (1.6 km) downstream to its current location. The original site is now marked by a small park known as Chute Square at the intersection of University and Central Avenues. The school shut down following a financial crisis during the American Civil War, but reopened in 1867 with considerable financial help from John S. Pillsbury. It was upgraded from a preparatory school to a college in 1869. Today, the University's Minneapolis campus is divided by the Mississippi River into an East and West Bank.


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