As a matter of full disclosure, I did my graduate work at the University of Minnesota. At the time I went there, I recall thinking that I was glad I did not do my undergrad there. While my experience was largely confined to two or three buildings effectively next to each other, an undergrad student who might have classes here there and everywhere could have a challenge in managing their schedule. The enormous riverside campus on the banks of the Mississippi is only the beginning. There are actually three separate campuses that contribute to the main Twin Cities institution (the original East Bank, the West Bank on the downtown side and St. Paul campus). It is spread out as the St. Paul campus is about 5 miles from the East Bank campus. This is the flagship campus for U of M, which has one of the six largest student populations in the country (~52,000). Part of the reason for this is because the academics for the U of M system are largely concentrated on the main campus. The Twin Cities metro area also accounts for nearly 2/3 of the population of the state (about 62% to be exact). There are four other campuses in the system (Duluth, Crookston, Morris and Rochester). Of these, only Duluth is of relatively significant size. That makes this campus immense, interesting and varied. It is worth a walk around. The older buildings have significant architectural appeal while many of the newer buildings are also interesting. If you have a chance to stroll over the West Bank, it is also worth a look as it is generally younger in age and appearance. The St. Paul campus is mostly related to agricultural studies with the agricultural science school, the vet school, etc. There is a bus that goes over to St. Paul periodically. You could easily spend half-a-day walking around the campus to appreciate the full extent of the immensity of the institution.
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