The Minnesota Difference

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Golden Gopher Athletics offers a value proposition unmatched in collegiate athletics.

No where else in the country is there a large, globally recognized public university nestled seamlessly into the heart of a vibrant and growing metropolitan area. Whether it's the 17 Fortune 500 companies within 15 miles of our campus (and 18 throughout the state), the seven professional teams within the same radius, or the dense collection of concert venues and theaters, the Twin Cities area is not your typical, sleepy college town.

What Gopher Athletics achieves against this backdrop is anything but typical as well - setting national and conference standards for academic achievement and graduation rates, while also taking its annual spot among the top-30 in the Learfield Directors' Cup and producing more Winter Olympians (2018) than any other school in the country. Minnesota offers student-athletes a collegiate experience they cannot get anywhere else in the world, one that allows them to excel through their years at the U and prepares them for a lifetime of success after graduation.

By the Numbers


live music venues with 100+ seating capacity, including TCF Bank Stadium, the largest outdoor concert venue in the state

More theater seats per capita than anywhere outside of New York City

Fortune 500 companies
(17 within 15 miles of campus)


UnitedHealth Group, Target, Best Buy, CHS, 3M, U.S. Bancorp, Supervalu, General Mills, Ecolab, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Land O'Lakes, Ameriprise Financial, Xcel Energy, Hormel Foods, Mosaic, Thrivent Financial, St. Jude Medical, Patterson Companies


professional sports teams

Vikings (NFL), Timberwolves (NBA), Lynx (WNBA), Twins (MLB), Wild (NHL), United (MLS), Saints (minor league baseball)