Minnesota’s Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) are alive with arts and athletic activity – The Minnesota Twins, Vikings, Wild, Timberwolves, (baseball, football, hockey, and basketball respectively) and more theatre seats per capita than any other city in the USA except New York! The Guthrie Theatre in the mill district of Minneapolis is a marvel of state-of-the-art production technique. The Twin Cities are equally impressive for their cleanliness, sense of order, and for the beautiful Mississippi River, which runs under several unique bridges. One of those bridges joins the two TC campuses of the University of Minnesota, a full-service university of 70,000 students with 52,000 of those students located in the TC. (photo) UMN is a “Big Ten” school and thus athletics are a major part of campus life. But every other aspect of a strong college experience is also found there: an expansive array of facilities for every faculty, 130 majors, a mature and far-reaching study abroad program, and the newest in teaching techniques and technology.
At the other end of the size spectrum, three small liberal arts colleges are found in the TC region. St. Olaf College and Carleton College are in Northfield, Minn. and Macalester College is in St. Paul. St. Olaf educates 3,000 students; the other two, 2,000 each. These small colleges are known for academic excellence, community learning, and residential life. At St. Olaf, 40% of the student body is involved in music ensembles and a daily (optional) chapel service offers students a brief rest from busy academic schedules. The Macalester Institute for Global Citizenship is part of a group of initiatives that sees the majority of Macalester students involved in global issues in the classroom or through a study abroad program. Ninety-nine percent of Macalester students, through all years of study, live on or near campus. Ninety countries are represented in the Macalester student body. Carleton College is situated on a very large campus, which includes a 850 acre arboretum. Known as a top liberal arts college and recongized for its teaching and learning excellence, Carleton, like St. Olaf and Macalester, offers generous financial aid to all students demonstrating need. Photos: St. Olaf’s dining hall, Carleton’s arboretum, Macalester’s Old Main building.
For students looking for a warm and friendly learning atmosphere with high academic standards located in a beautiful, clean, and engaging setting in the American mid-west, these four institutions offer fantastic choices.