The flagship Twin Cities
campus is by far the largest in the system, with a total enrollment of 50,954 as of fall 2004. That made it the second-largest campus in the country at the time, behind Ohio State University's main campus in Columbus. Duluth
reported 10,366, Crookston had 2,088, and Morris had 1,839 students, bringing the system-wide total to 65,247 for that semester (numbers for Rochester are apparently counted separately).The colors of the university, which are used system-wide, are maroon and gold.
Main article: University of
Minnesota Twin Cities
Because of its size and several decades of history prior to the addition of other campuses, the University of Minnesota Twin
Cities (sometimes abbreviated UMN-TC) is what most people think of upon hearing "University of Minnesota." It can actually be
subdivided into multiple parts. Most significantly, Minneapolis and neighboring Saint Paul (actually, the suburb of Falcon Heights) each have distinct campuses. The Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses are connected
via a dedicated bus transitway. The buildings on each campus are connected by a series
of underground tunnels and above-ground skyways called The Gopher Way.The Minneapolis portion is the largest and has a number of colleges dedicated to a variety of subjects. Minneapolis's campus
can be further subdivided into the East Bank (main portion) and West Bank, as the Mississippi River flows through it. Students become well-acquainted with the double-decker Washington Avenue
Bridge that connects the two sections. There are a number of distinguished graduate and professional schools in the
Minneapolis, notably the University
of Minnesota Law School, Medical School, Carlson School
of Management and Hubert H. Humphery School of Public Policy.The Saint Paul campus is more focused on agriculture, though several other
subjects can be found there. It is also home to the Minnesota
State Fairgrounds. Due to the workings of the U of M phone system, both campuses have 612 area code (Minneapolis) telephone numbers instead
of the 651 code that would be expected for the Saint Paul portion. The Minnesota State Fairgrounds is also located in Falcon Heights.The mascot for the Twin Cities campus is Goldy the Gopher, and the sports teams are called the Minnesota Golden Gophers. They participate in the NCAA's
Division I-A and in the Big Ten Conference. Its hockey program competes in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.Amongst the graduates from this campus are two former U.S. Vice Presidents, Hubert H. Humphrey and Walter Mondale, former
NAACP president Roy Wilkins, several
Nobel prize winners, and singer Yanni. A wide variety of medical and technological innovations have taken place there as well. For instance, the Internet Gopher protocol was created at the Twin
Cities campus. A predecessor of sorts to the World Wide Web, it was
named after the school mascot.Campus media includes the Minnesota Daily
770 Radio K (KUOM), an AM radio station that is probably the oldest in the state.
The University of Minnesota Duluth
(UMD) became part of the system in 1947, though the campus has a history stretching back to
1895 when it was formed as the Normal School at Duluth. Their teams are nicknamed Bulldogs. Campus media includes the KUMD FM band radio station.
The Crookston campus (UMC) joined the university system in 1966. Their mascot is Regal the Eagle, and the school nickname is Golden Eagles
The Morris campus (UMM) joined the
system in 1960. Their teams are nicknamed Cougars. The school operates an FM radio station, KUMM.
The Rochester campus has
offered classes since 1966. The school uses the facilities of the Rochester Community and
Technical College.Waseca opened in 1971, but was closed in 1992.