The University of Minnesota is a public university founded in 1851. This multi-campus university has a student population of 70,000, and of those, 52,000 are located on the Twin Cities campuses. A member of the ‘Big Ten’ athletic conference, U. Minnesota is also known for its high academic standards and superb student services. [Students are always glad to know that “The Doctor is in!” because Peanuts creator Charles Schultz was from Minneapolis and Lucy is on duty at the university 24/7.]
The Twin Cities are in the American mid-west and this means there is a lot of space. The UMN campuses are spacious and buildings are large. This Minneapolis campus is cut in two by the Mississippi River. A bridge connects the two campuses. On the bottom level, shuttle buses move from one campus to the other every 5 minutes. On the top level, pedestrians and cyclists may cross either under cover or in the open. At UMN, students and professors alike can use the “Nice Ride” station which has bikes for ‘rent’. You insert your Nice Ride card, take a bike, use it, and return it to any Nice Ride station in the city.
Minnesotans are a very active people. There are 10,000 lakes to explore in the state. Hiking, camping, and boating are popular recreational pursuits. Minneapolis also has a very active arts community. One central feature of that community is the Guthrie Theatre. There are more theatre seats per capita in the Twin Cities than there are in any other city in the USA, except New York.