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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is the University of
Minnesota's school of policy and planning.

Living + Learning in the Twin Cities

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Minneapolis + Saint Paul: Vibrant and Distinctive

Situated in a vibrant metropolitan region that encompasses both the state capital and economic center of the upper Midwest, the Humphrey School offers students tremendous opportunities to jump-start their careers. By nearly every measure, the Twin Cities area ranks among the country’s most desirable places to live, work, and study,and offers exceptional professional, cultural, social, and recreational opportunities.

Although separated by the Mississippi River, Minneapolis and Saint Paul together form the core of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area, the 16th-largest metropolitan area in the United States with more than three million residents. Nicollet Mall photoWith the energy and sophistication of the largest U.S. cities, Minneapolis–Saint Paul has a rich history, beautiful scenery, year-round outdoor recreation, world-class art museums, professional sports, and exciting nightspots. And the Humphrey School sits in the center of it all. Check out Things to Do + See in the Twin Cities.

Minneapolis and Saint Paul both are noted for their affordability, with the cost of living significantly lower than in similar cities on the East and West coasts, and Farmer's market photoboast distinctive neighborhoods. The region has made major transit investments to its extensive public transportation system, and has one of the best urban systems of trails and parks in the world.

Minnesota’s economy is one of the most diversified in the nation with more than 90% of all major U.S. industries located in the state, including 19 Fortune 500 companies and 15 S&P 500 firms, plus dozens of governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations. The Twin Cities community has long been noted for its tremendous spirit of civic cooperation. Private corporations and foundations often join with government and community organizations to improve and expand the resources available to the community and opportunities for students.

Minneapolis + St. Paul: An Ideal Place to Learn

The University of Minnesota is a major research institution in a dynamic metropolitan area.

  • Nearly 50 University programs rank among the top 20 nationally, including law, geography, political science, education, and public health.
  • Minneapolis' park system is ranked #1 in the country, offering 22 lakes, 100 golf courses, and almost 200 acres of parkland—all within the city limits.
  • With many forms of public transportation, an all-weather biking community, and walkable neighborhoods, the Twin Cities in an ideal laboratory to study urban and regional planning. .
  • The Twin Cities boast one of the most sophisticated nonprofit sectors in the country, as well as the nation's highest voter turnout and volunteerism rates.
  • Minnesota is considered the birthplace of corporate responsibility and has a reputation for innovation in philanthropy.
  • There are more than 2,700 nonprofit organizations in the Twin Cities area and more than 3,500 statewide.
  • Three cities in Minnesota—Maple Grove, Eagan, and Woodbury—are on Money magazine's list of America's best places in which to live.

Learn more about Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

But What about the Weather? Students in snow picture

Worried about the cold and snow? Not surprisingly, it does get cold here—about the same as Chicago or Boston. Locals embrace winter by skiing, skating, sledding, and playing hockey and broomball. Check current weather conditions here.

Why choose the Humphrey Institute? Why Choose the Humphrey School?

Hear why we study and work here.

Contact Humphrey School

Humphrey Center
University of Minnesota
280 Humphrey School
301 19th Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455


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