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Minnesota's first university

About 鶹ƵAPK

鶹ƵAPK has empowered students to make the world better for everyone since 1854. As Minnesota's first university, we're still ranked #1 in the state. Today, we continue to educate students of all backgrounds, creating opportunity for all through generous scholarship programs, an inclusive community, and teaching that promotes civility and social justice. At 鶹ƵAPK, career preparation starts with the first class, ensuring our graduates leave ready with the professional experience and liberal arts foundation for their entire career.

Why choose 鶹ƵAPK?

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Mission and innovative history

鶹ƵAPK has taken the lead since our founding in 1854. We were Minnesota's first university and the first to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees to women and men. Today, we provide students with an exceptional education for a lifetime of career growth.

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A top-ranked university

Don't just take our word on 鶹ƵAPK's leadership. According to U.S. News & World Report, we're the Best Midwest Regional University in Minnesota and 10th in the Midwest, as well as the Best Value Regional University in Minnesota and 9th in the Midwest.

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University leadership

Learn more about President Kathleen Murray, the university leadership team, and 鶹ƵAPK’s Board of Trustees.

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion

Inclusive excellence is an integral part of 鶹ƵAPK's identity. We believe 鶹ƵAPK's success depends on our efforts to embrace diversity and uphold equity. As we pursue excellence in academics and beyond, we're made stronger by our differences.

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A to Z directory

With over 75 program areas, 70 student clubs and organizations, and countless ties to Twin Cities neighborhoods and organizations, we're willing to bet you'll find something here that sparks your interest.

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Alumni and donors

鶹ƵAPK is always here for you, whether we're celebrating your career successes or connecting you to a fellow alum in your field. With reunions, networking, and advice, we support you beyond your time on campus. So let's stay in touch!