Vision

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We want to provide a transformational academic and athletic experience for every Gopher student-athlete.

We work toward that goal by connecting investors with our 25 programs and more than 720 student-athletes on a daily basis. We work tirelessly to build a community of passionate supporters and help them invest in the long-term health and success of Gopher Athletics.

Success in Academics

Known for innovation and discovery, the University of Minnesota is globally recognized as a premier public research institution, and Gopher student-athletes flourish in this highly competitive environment.

Minnesota has been recognized as the nation's top public school for student-athlete academic performance in each of the past four years, an honor that highlights a collection of impressive credentials in the classroom. This success comes from a department-wide commitment to establish academic achievement and graduation as a standard for every Gopher.

By the Numbers


3.23

Current cumulative GPA of Gopher student-athletes.

(following Fall 2017 semester)


Minnesota has been the No. 1 public school in the nation in terms of student-athlete academic success in each of the past four years.

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92%

Graduation Success Rate announced by Gopher Athletics (November 2017), setting a new department record and leading all Big Ten public schools.


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Collectively, Gopher student-athletes have posted a GPA of 3.2 or better for eight consecutive semesters.


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Gopher student-athletes posted a perfect 4.0 GPA in 2016-17, the department's highest total in more than a decade.


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Gopher programs have cumulative team GPAs above 3.0

(following Fall 2017 semester)


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Gopher student-athletes are pursuing more than 80 different majors at the University of Minnesota.


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Gopher student-athletes recognized as Big Ten Distinguished Scholars in 2016-17

(letterwinners with 3.7-plus GPAs)


Fall sport Gopher student-athletes named Academic All-Big Ten in 2017-18, the most fall honorees in department history.

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300

Gopher student-athletes named Academic All-Big Ten in 2016-17.

Success in Athletics

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By the Numbers


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Gopher head coaches named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016-17


Individual national titles won by Gopher student-athletes in the past 5 years

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Gopher student-athletes won Big Ten "of the Year" honors in 2016-17


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Different Gopher programs have won conference titles in the past 5 years


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Minnesota has won 13 conference titles since the start of 2015-16, among the most in the Big Ten


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All-time national championships won by Gopher teams


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Different Gopher student-athlete All-Americans in 2016-17


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All-time individual national championships won by Gophers


All-time conference championships won by Gopher teams

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With more than 140 years of tradition, Gopher Athletics is one of the oldest and most decorated athletics departments in the country.

Minnesota was a charter member of the Big Ten Conference - our teams have won 240 conference titles to go with 29 national titles - and is currently home to 25 programs, the fourth-most in the league. While our history is rich with success, our current teams are adding to that legacy, leaving their own mark to be remembered for many years to come.

Success in Life

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Note: Quote echoing a sentiment similar to this… "Land O'Lakes felt it was important to invest in and support the leaders of tomorrow. We have seen Golden Gopher Athletics continue to build out robust, inclusive programming for years that directly impacts and serves the broader Twin Cities community. We are excited to partner with such exceptional young men and women, and look forward to arming them with the resources and experiences necessary to take on the challenges of tomorrow".

The view from the leadership center on the top floor of the Land O’Lakes Inc. Center for Excellence presents the University of Minnesota campus set against the Minneapolis skyline. It showcases everything that makes our University unlike any other in the nation.

Gopher student-athletes live in a state with a bustling, global business community where companies of every size, in every sector, depend on the U of M to produce future leaders. They have opportunities that don’t exist on the doorstep of any other Big Ten school. Gopher Athletics equips every student-athlete with the tools they need to seize those opportunities by providing unparalleled leadership, career and citizenship development throughout their academic careers.