For any international student who is going to study in Minnesota, some serious thought needs to be put into what kind of campus setting you prefer. Minnesota is the 12th largest state in the U.S., which means there is a lot of land and many cities to choose from.
So if you are going to study in Minnesota, you need to ask yourself what things are most important to you; do you value a small, quaint campus like the one at Carleton College in the small city of Northfield, Minnesota, or do you prefer a large, lively campus like the one the University of Minnesota has in the Twin Cities?
If you favor a quiet or small town setting, the majority of the state is full of large nature/wildlife preserves along with beautiful lakes, mountains, and state parks. The University of Minnesota(Crookston Campus), St. Olaf College, and Southwest Minnesota State University, all have student bodies under 3,000 people and offer a small town campus environment.
If you crave a busier, more populated campus setting, about 60% of Minnesota’s population is concentrated in the Twin Cities area. University of Minnesota’s Twin City campus has about 51, 721 students enrolled and covers about 932 acres of land within the St. Paul and Minneapolis area. Nightlife in the Twin Cities is in full swing 7 days a week, places like the Kitty Kat Club, Lee’s Liquor Lounge, and Preston’s Urban Pub, offer students great food and music during the day and a place to drink and dance at night.
There are hundreds of venues international students can go to in the Twin Cities. The Mall of America, the Minnesota Zoo, and the Canterbury Park are all located within the Twin Cities as well. So when considering where exactly you want to study in Minnesota, make sure to do a little research on the area so that you can find the perfect campus setting that fits you!