The University of Minnesota is a public, four-year research institution of higher learning, with a flagship campus located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. The university was founded in 1851 as a preparatory school and became a college in 1869. The college is bisected by the Mississippi River and the two separate sections of campus are known as the West and East Banks.
The university is composed of 19 colleges and schools, in addition to its four other campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester. The colleges and schools are:
- Biological Sciences
- Continuing Education
- Education and Human Development
- Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
- Liberal Arts
- Public Affairs
- Public Health
- Science and Engineering
- Veterinary Medicine
In addition to traditional academic programs, the University of Minnesota also offers a variety of online degree and certificate programs.