The Minnesota and Twin Cities Area

Twin Cities Skyline with one of the many lakes in the foreground The beautiful state of Minnesota is “The Land of 10,000 Lakes,” offering boundless opportunities for outdoor recreation. Its largest metropolitan area—the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul—is a vibrant cultural center with world-class museums and performing arts theaters.

Located in the “heartland” of the United States of America, Minnesota is known for its scenic beauty. Visitors can enjoy the autumn colors with a drive along the Mississippi River or relax at one of the state’s luxury resorts. Outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to Minnesota’s golfing, skiing, hiking, and sport fishing.

The Twin Cities are home to international corporations including 3M, Best Buy, Target, and Medtronic, as well as elite educational institutions such as the University of Minnesota, Macalester College and Carleton College. The world-renowned Mayo Clinic is within an hour’s drive of the metropolitan area. The Mall of America is a popular stop for visitors from all over the world. The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport has daily international flights.

Within walking distance of the St. Croix campus, students will find more than 50 shops, including a variety of ethnic restaurants, electronics stores, and four major department stores.

A wealth of experience awaits students in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Professional sporting events, theaters, museums, downtown Minneapolis, the state Capitol and the Mall of America are just a few of the choices.

Nearby downtown St. Paul is home to the state Capitol and the award-winning Science Museum with an IMAX Theater. Downtown Minneapolis with the internationally acclaimed Guthrie Theatre and Minneapolis Institute of Arts are a short twenty-minute drive from campus.

 
Jeffrey Dubose, Class of 2010, Full Academic/Athletic Scholarship, Gustavus Adolphus College
" Going to a school where the academic concern is as high as the athletic concern opened doors for me to further my education and also my career in sports. "
- Jeffrey '10