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Not the rodent kind – the Minnesota kind! The Golden Gophers.

Here are some fun facts about the University of Minnesota – a school that makes us proud to be called gophers (from

* 43,802 undergraduates currently enrolled
* 1,434,000 square feet of classroom space
* The U generates $13.20 for every $1 invested
* 21 research and outreach centers

Weisman Art Museum

Weisman Art Museum

  • 14 regional extension offices
  • 2,184,000 square feet of research space and laboratories
  • Over the past 5 years, inventions by U of M researchers have generated nearly $390 million in revenue for the state
  • 10 galleries and museums

* U alumni have gone on to start over 10,000 in-state companies, employing 500,000 people and generating $100 billion in revenue.
* UMTC is 2nd in the Big Ten with 167 freshmen who are National Merit Scholars.
* The U’s enrollment has reached 68,148 with a 16:1 student to faculty ratio.

* On September 2, 1952, the world’s first successful open-heart surgery was performed at the U.

Go Gophers!!

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About Stacy Monson

Stacy is an award-winning author and freelance writer. Shattered Image and Dance of Grace, Books 1 and 2 of the Chain of Lakes Series, are available on Amazon in print and ebook formats. Book 3 will release Spring of 2017. Past president and founder of MN-NICE, the Minnesota ACFW chapter, she is now the Area Director for Minnesota.
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