The University of Minnesota is one of the most comprehensive universities in the world and consistently ranks among the top public universities in the nation. It is both the state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public service, and a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation, world-renowned libraries and technology centers, and more than 250 academic programs.
The Twin Cities campus is located in the heart of a major metropolitan area known for its high quality of life and cultural vitality. The campus is home to more than 42,000 graduate and undergraduate students (and 12,000 faculty and staff) from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries, representing a broad mix of backgrounds, interests, and cultures.
GSD’s classrooms and offices are in Folwell Hall, part of the historical center of the University’s campus. Built in 1906-07 in Renaissance Revival style, Folwell is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Its brick and terra-cotta façade boasts sculptural Gothic features and 26 chimneys; inside are carved oak doors and fireplaces and, on the first floor, Italian marble walls.
Folwell dominates the Minneapolis campus’s northern edge and is just steps away from a University-oriented commercial area with cafés, restaurants, and small shops and bookstores—and within bicycling or jogging distance of downtown Minneapolis.
Linked to other Big Ten libraries and to the Newberry Library in Chicago, the University of Minnesota libraries boast several specialized collections. Among these are the Children's Literature Research Collection; the James Ford Bell Library, comprising 15,000 rare books, 2,500 maps, and 2,400 manuscripts documenting European expansion in the period 1400-1800; and the Robert A. Kann Collection, consisting of monographs, offprints, and rare pamphlets for scholars in Austrian history.
Nearby resources include the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library at St. John's University in Collegeville, which houses on microfilm one of the largest and most comprehensive archives of medieval and Renaissance texts in the world.
Minnesota holds one of the most extensive collections of Scandinavian materials available at any university library in the country, with more than 200,000 volumes in Scandinavian area subjects and disciplines. The University houses the Tell G. Dahllöf Collection of Swedish Americana and the Alrick and Cleyonne Gustafson Strindberg Collection, as well as a large collection of Scandinavian travel literature.