Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota is one of the top public research universities in the United States. We offer more than 135 undergraduate majors, 195 graduate and professional programs, award-winning faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities—all in a major metropolitan location. We rank 16th as a destination for international students in the U.S., offering outstanding support services to our 5,500 international students whom we welcome from 142 countries. Our total campus enrollment is 29,000 undergraduate and 23,000 graduate and professional degree students.  


9th U.S. public research institutions
Academic Ranking of World Universities
26th World research institutions
Newsweek Magazine
4th Patent creation
Science Magazine
8th Research spending
National Science Foundation
29th Best Global University
U.S. News and World Report


The University of Minnesota is home to 4,000
faculty members.
  • The U of M is one of only four universities in the country with schools of engineering, medicine, veterinary medicine, law, and agriculture on a single campus, allowing for opportunities for research that crosses disciplines.
  • Our 4,000 faculty includes members of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, plus the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, among other bodies. Current and former faculty have won Guggenheim Fellowships, MacArthur Fellowships (“genius grants”), and Nobel Prizes.
  • Our faculty and their research and discoveries led Forbes magazine to name Minneapolis one of the top 10 innovative cities.

A History of Discoveries

The Scholar's Walk recognizes accomplished
university alumni.
  • A medical engineering professor invented and patented a “black box” flight recorder in the U.S.
  • Dr. F. John Lewis performed the first successful open heart surgery and use of a pacemaker in 1952.
  • Alumnus William Pedersen created a conceptual sketch for Shanghai World Financial Center, the world's second tallest building. 
  • Researcher and “father of the supercomputer" Seymour Cray attended the university. 
  • Engineering professor James J. Ryan patented the retractable seat belt in 1963.
  • Former OIT employee Mark P. McCahill invented a predecessor of the modern Internet, Gopher Internet portal.
  • Medicinal chemists developed Ziagen, one of the most effective AIDS drugs.
  • Home to Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winners.

Outstanding Facilities

Robert Bruininks Hall.

The University of Minnesota is ranked 8th among public research universities with research expenditures topping $847 million (National Science Foundation, 2011). With such a focus on research, it’s no surprise that a great deal of campus square footage is designated for research-specific purposes, including high-tech laboratories.

There is certainly no shortage of other great educational spaces including libraries, galleries, museums, and more. With all of this space, you’ll have plenty of options for studying, researching, reading, and general enjoyment your college experience. Below, you’ll find a few of the great facilities the U of M has to offer:

  • 2.2 million square feet of research and laboratory space
  • 14 libraries, containing 6.9 million volumes
  • 10 galleries and museums
  • 1.4 million square feet of classroom space
  • 23 official student study spaces
  • 21 research and outreach centers
  • 14 different residence halls and student apartments on-campus
  • 30+ food courts, restaurants, coffee shops, and convenience stores on-campus
  • 2 fitness centers, an aquatics center, fieldhouse, golf course, and more