Service & Maintenance Staff
- Coffman Memorial Union
- St. Paul Student Center
- Magrath Library
- Walter Library
- Wilson Library
Popular Places to Chill
- Coffman Memorial Union
- Espresso Royale
- The grassy knoll
- Northrop Mall
- Wilson and Walter libraries
Bowling on Campus
There is bowling located downstairs in Coffman Memorial Union and in St. Paul Student Center.
Coffeehouse on Campus
There are Starbucks and Java City shops scattered throughout campus.
Movie Theater on Campus
Yes; one on the first floor of Coffman Memorial Union and one in St. Paul Student Center.
The U of M is an environmentally-conscious college campus. Trash cans and recycling bins are all over the campus. There is a recycling facility on Como Avenue in between East Bank and St. Paul campuses, and the U of M recycles its own materials, as well. St. Paul campus is known for its environmentally-friendly area with organic meat production, milk products, and many other items. Every dorm offers locally-grown food, as well. The Civil Engineering Building on East Bank won the LEED Certified Gold Award for being self-insulated against the weather. The building is underground below its first floor, and it keeps the temperature naturally well-balanced.
- Boynton: Local hospital/health services office
- CBS: College of Biological Sciences
- CHE: College of Human Ecology
- CLA: College of Liberal Arts
- Coffman: Coffman Union/student union
- Csci: Computer Science
- The Cube: A study/lounge area in the Coffman Union
- The Daily: School newspaper (The Minnesota Daily)
- IT: Institute of Technology
- The Knoll/Grassy Knoll: Lawn area by Peik and Folwell halls
- The Mall: Northrop Mall
- MOA: Mall of America
- The Rec: The University Recreation Center
- TC or Twin Cities: The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul
- U of MN/The U: Abbreviation for the University of Minnesota
- The Weisman: The Weisman Art Center near Coffman Union
- The "Golden Gophers": Minnesota became known as the "Gopher State" in 1857, after a cartoon was published depicting nine gophers with the heads of local politicians.
- Regents Seal: The antique lamp featured on the regents seal depicts the metaphysical sciences; the telescope, the physical sciences; the plow, the industrial arts; and the palette with brushes, the fine arts.
- School Colors: English instructor Augusta Norwood Smith, "a woman of excellent taste," according to University president William Folwell, chose the school's colors: maroon and gold. First used between 1876 and 1880, the colors weren't officially approved by regents until 1940.
- Ski-U-Mah: This phrase was coined by two rugby players in 1884. They combined "Ski" (a Sioux battle cry meaning "victory") with "U-Mah," which represented "rah-rah-rah!"
- Spring Jam: This is an event that takes place during a spring weekend; it's full of music and performances.
- A famous psychic predicted on a TV show that a serial killer dressed as Little Bo Peep or wearing a "Scream" mask would strike on a Big Ten campus on Halloween, killing several students. The mass murder is predicted to take place on a Big Ten campus that starts with the letter M or W and near a pond, lake, river, railroad track, or cemetery.
- Anneliese Michel (on whom the Emily Rose character from "The Exorcism of Emily Rose" is based) lived in Pioneer when she experienced her exorcism. Another variation of this is that she lived in the psych ward of the University's hospital, which is now Pioneer Hall.
- The "shoe tree" by the Washington Avenue bridge has a lot of shoes hanging from it. Rumor has it that University alumni threw off their shoes onto the tree to celebrate their graduation.
- The ghost of a man who fell into the concrete foundation of the library when it was being constructed, whose body was never found, still haunts the stacks and asks people for directions out of the library.
- The statue of the first president of the University stands on the residential quad facing the library, and if he does not have his gaze on the library at all times, it will crumble and fall. The student union in front of it has a whole section made of glass.
- Tuition goes up each year to fund the president's private houses and investments.
Favorite Things To Do
There is really a lot to do, actually. Just by going to Coffman Union on the East Bank, Minneapolis campus, a student can find "the hole," which is a concert venue where mostly free or cheap concerts take place. Additionally, the student can get food, book a flight, study, buy books, type out a school paper, or take a quick nap at Coffman. There is the recreation (or the Rec) center, where a student can get in shape and burn off extra energy or stress. Then, there are computer labs all over the place that make it easy for students to get their papers done in between classes, check their email, surf the Web, or update their Facebook or Twitter statuses.
Weather permitting, students enjoy sitting in the mall area doing their homework while sipping on some cool drinks. Students play ultimate Frisbee or throw around a football or play flag football when they get a chance to, as well.
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
The most common groups are those associated with sports or with different ethnic backgrounds. But with the wide variety of groups available, students tend to be involved in at least one of them. If a particular group is not yet set up, a student needs five officers (current students with valid umn.edu email ID) and $25 to start a new group. The officers must sign the registration forms and write a constitution for the new group. There is a new group registration meeting held in the Coffman Memorial Union a few times every semester.
Student Activities Offered
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- Jazz band
- Literary magazine
- Marching band
- Music ensembles
- Musical theater
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- Symphony orchestra
- Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: Yes
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
- Andersen Library houses the world's largest collection of Sherlock Holmes literature, artifacts, and memorabilia.
- A fun new group that emerged at the U of M campus is a Harry Potter-inspired Quidditch league. The team made it to nationals and played in NYC.
- A nontraditional and very innovative U of M group is Campus People Watchers. It is a "non-profit non-creepy organization" for students who enjoy analyzing people in their natural habitats. It is true that everyone does it, but doing it as an organization is a new idea. Some of their past events have included watching people in Dinkytown on the weekends (a lot of drunk people) and attending comedy shows.
- There are 135 buildings buildings on East Bank, 26 on West Bank, and 104 on the St. Paul campus.