University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (U of M) is a public research university situated in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota, United States. It is the oldest and largest campus within the University of Minnesota system and has the 4th largest main campus student body in the United States, with 52,557 students in 2011-2012. Education in USA is referred by many students as the best to do their higher education and so is this University. The University of Minnesota is considered a Public Ivy by Greene's Guide, which is a public institution that provides an education equivalent to those of the Ivy League.
The original Minneapolis campus disregarded the Saint Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River, but it was later moved about a mile downstream to its present location. The original site is now marked by a small park known as Chute Square at the junction of University and Central Avenues. The school shut down following a financial crisis during the American Civil War, but reopened in 1867 with considerable financial help from Pillsbury. It was upgraded from a preparatory school to a college in 1869. The campus now has buildings on both river banks. The 'East Bank", the main portion of the campus, covers 307 acres (124 ha). The Athletic area is directly north of the Superblock and includes four recreation/athletic facilities.