Located in Minnesota's Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota traces its roots back to the middle of the 19th century, before Minnesota even officially became a state. Founded in 1851 as a preparatory school, the University of Minnesota only functioned for a short time at its start before the Civil War forced operations to be put on hold. In 1867, local Minneapolis businessman John Sargent Pillsbury helped improve the school's financial situation, allowing it to reopen. Through Pillsbury's work, the small preparatory school gained support from the Minnesota state government. Over the years, the University of Minnesota expanded its curriculum to include bachelor's and doctoral degrees. The school added campuses in Duluth, Morris, Crookston and Rochester in 1947, 1960, 1966 and 2006 respectively.
According to its mission statement, the University of Minnesota "is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth, to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation and the world."
Those living in student housing or an off campus apartment at the University of Minnesota have access to the school's distinguished academic programs and fields of study. Students may pursue degrees through the colleges and schools of Biological Sciences, Education and Human Development, Nursing, Liberal Arts, Law, Pharmacy, Design, Allied Health Programs and Public Health among others.
Student living and university living at the school revolve around a variety of traditional campus student programs and activities. The Minnesota Golden Gophers compete in the NCAA Division 1 in football, ice hockey and basketball.
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