| Founded in 1851, the University
of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive universities in
the United States and ranks among the most prestigious. It is
both a state land-grant university, with a strong tradition
of education and public service, and a major research institution,
with scholars of national and international reputation. Through
its library system, the 17th largest in North America, faculty
and students have access to over 45,000 periodical subscriptions
and 6 million volumes. More than 15 University programs rank
among the top 10 nationally. In 2001 and 2002, the University's
Twin Cities campus was ranked as being among the top three public
research universities in the nation.
The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is a classic Big Ten campus in the heart of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, just minutes from downtown. The largest of the four campuses, with its state-of-the-art facilities and stately historic buildings, it is set along the banks of the Mississippi River and in the rolling hills of St. Paul. With the most comprehensive academic programs of any institution in Minnesota, as well as the widest range of graduate and professional programs, the University offers unlimited academic and experimental opportunities for students and faculty alike.
Pioneering research has given the University an international reputation, leading kidney transplant center, the development and release of over eighty crop varieties that have increased grain production worldwide, eradication of many types of livestock diseases, the invention of the heart-lung machines and the first heart pacemaker. Honors and awards such as McKnight, Fulbright, Guggenheim, Pulitzer, Rhodes, MacArthur and Bush also attest to the quality of the University's researchers and scholars.
The University received nearly $455 million in contract and grant awards in fiscal year 2000. Private gifts have financed such improvements as the Weisman Art Museum, the Ted Mann Concert Hall, the University Cancer Center, the Cargill Building and the Translational Research Facility. The University of Minnesota continues to expand activities that move its discoveries and technology to the marketplace for public benefit. Thus, work done by faculty, staff and students at the University has improved the loves of people throughout the world.