Twin Cities Information and Resources

Set in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the University of Minnesota and its students are able to experience and take part in the exciting and diverse culture of two of America's premiere cities. The Twin Cities are renowned for their quality of life, outdoor recreation spaces, diverse culture, and much more! Learn more about the Twin Cities and the University's place in them through the resources below.

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Location 

The thriving University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus stretches over 1,150 acres in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Nestled around the scenic Mississippi River, the Minneapolis campus sits under the shadow of a sparkling downtown skyline. At the U of M, you’ll find unlimited opportunities for entertainment, culture, and hands-on experience right outside your front door. Just minutes from campus you can attend a professional sports game, shop at the country’s largest mall, dine at a trendy Uptown restaurant, get inspired at the Weisman Art Museum (on-campus), or kick back and relax at one of our local coffee shops. Learn more from University of Minnesota admissions.

Diverse Minnesota

Minneapolis is home to a robust African American community, a strong Native American heritage, the largest Somali population in the US, the largest Hmong population outside Laos, the second-largest Vietnamese and Ethiopian populations, and one of the fastest-growing Latino/Hispanic populations. The city’s many distinctive neighborhoods offer rich places for visitors to discover... ethnic shopping, dining and entertainment possibilities.

Discover Diversity in the Twin Cities

This directory serves to inform new and current students, staff, and faculty about resources and services within the Twin Cities area. You can view the directory by major category or the primary community served. The descriptions and contact information provided are from the original organization's website.

Please see Highlighted Twin Cities Community Resources section to look through a selection of featured resources accessible to University of Minnesota students, staff, and faculty.

If you have questions about a resource or would like to add something new to the directory, please contact the Graduate School Diversity Office.

The University of Minnesota does not endorse any of the resources or services listed in the directory that are external to the University.

Welcome to Your Community!

The Office for Equity and Diversity's Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy (IDEA) compiled a list of information in the Twin Cities to welcome individuals to the University of Minnesota and to help connect them with diversity resources. Learn more 

Twin Cities Relocation Guide

Download this helpful ebook to get a good overview of the Twin Cities, learn why we love living here, and research different areas of the Cities to see where you might make your new home.

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