Setting

The University of Minnesota is a large public land-grant university located in one of the most desirable metropolitan areas in the United States. The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul consistently rank at the top of lists of American cities enjoying a high quality of life. This quality results from the cities' cosmopolitan cultural attractions, the natural beauty of the numerous lakes and parks, an extensive network of bicycle trails, outstanding social services, and a low crime rate. The Twin Cities supports a symphony orchestra, a chamber orchestra, the Guthrie Theater, numerous other theater, music, and dance groups, two major art museums, an active literary and arts scene, and major league baseball, football, hockey, and basketball teams. Scenic lakes and parks provide opportunities for camping, hiking, climbing, swimming, boating, ice skating, and cross country skiing. University students take full advantage of all the region offers.