University of Minnesota

University of Minnesota
Seal of the University of Minnesota.svg
MottoCommune vinculum omnibus artibus (Latin)
Motto in English
A common bond for all the arts
Flagship university
Land grant
Space grant
Established1851 (1851)[1]
Academic affiliations
Endowment$3.717 billion (2018)[2] (System-wide)
Budget$3.8 billion (2017)[3]
PresidentJoan Gabel (since July 1, 2019)[4]
ProvostKaren Hanson
Academic staff
Location, ,
United States

44°58′29″N 93°14′07″W / 44°58′29″N 93°14′07″W / 44.974747; -93.235353
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The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (the U of M, UMN, Minnesota, or simply the U) is a public research university in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. The Twin Cities campus comprises locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul approximately 3 miles (4.8 km) apart, and the St. Paul location is in neighboring Falcon Heights.[8] The Twin Cities campus is the oldest and largest in the University of Minnesota system and has the sixth-largest main campus student body in the United States, with 51,327 students in 2019-20.[9] It is the flagship institution of the University of Minnesota System, and is organized into 19 colleges, schools, and other major academic units.

The university was included in a list of Public Ivy universities in 2001.[10] Legislation passed in 1851 to develop the university, and the first college classes were held in 1867. The university is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very high research activity."[11] Minnesota is a member of the Association of American Universities and is ranked 14th in research activity, with $881 million in research and development expenditures in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.[12]

University of Minnesota faculty, alumni, and researchers have won 26 Nobel Prizes[13] and three Pulitzer Prizes.[14] Notable University of Minnesota alumni include two vice presidents of the United States, Hubert Humphrey and Walter Mondale, and Bob Dylan, who received the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature.


Organization and administration

The university is organized into 19 colleges, schools, and other major academic units:[15]

Institutes and centers

Six university-wide interdisciplinary centers and institutes work across collegiate lines:[16]



In 2019 Minnesota was ranked 41st in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). In 2018 the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) ranked it 35th in the world and 25th in the United States,[28] and in 2016 the Nature Index ranked Minnesota 34th in the world based on research publication data from 2015.[29] In 2015 Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked Minnesota 11th in the world for mathematics.[30]


The university was ranked 14th overall among the nation's top research universities by the Center for Measuring University Performance.[31] The University's research and development expenditures ranked 13th–15th among U.S. academic institutions in the 2010 through 2015 National Science Foundation reports.[32] Minnesota is listed as a "Public Ivy" in 2001 Greenes' Guides The Public Ivies: America's Flagship Public Universities.[33] U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Nursing Informatics program of University of Minnesota as 2nd best in the nation.[34] US News & World Report in 2019 ranked the University of Minnesota 4th in chemical engineering.[35]