The University of Minnesota: A Boon to the Minneapolis Economy August 2, 2019 / Minneapolis / Leave a Comment Just 18 minutes from our Uptown Minneapolis apartments is The University of Minnesota, which not only provides a skilled workforce for the Twin Cities and beyond, but is touted as one of the most prestigious public universities in the United States.Our St. Louis Park apartments offer the perfect home for faculty and students of the university. Our sunny and spacious floorplans offer the perfect environment to work or study.We’re also equipped with resident-exclusive world-class amenities that make life easy, such as our resort-style swimming pool with outside lounge areas, pet-friendly courtyards with BBQ grills, and incredible walkability to upscale dining, shopping, and entertainment right here in the neighborhood.A Leader in Research in Minneapolis and BeyondThe University of Minnesota takes research very seriously, made evident by the university’s status as one of the nation’s top public research universities. The university has provided Minneapolis with priceless insights in medicine, engineering, sociology, agriculture, and beyond.A self-proclaimed “patent powerhouse”, the University has inspired Forbes magazine to name Minneapolis as one of the top 10 innovative cities in the United States. The best part? Students participate in research alongside top professors in all disciplines.According to the University of Minnesota website, there are no limits when it comes to what researchers can accomplish here. Some past research accomplishments include, “Biomedical engineers pioneered a noninvasive way to control robots with thoughts”, “A mechanical engineering professor invented and patented a “black box” flight recorder in the U.S.”, “Medicinal chemists here developed Ziagen, one of the most effective AIDS drugs.” In fact, according to the U.S. Trademark and Patent Office, the state of Minnesota has more patents in light, thermal, and electrical surgery applications than any other place in the world.It’s clear that The University of Minnesota is changing the world with its research initiatives. There have been many “firsts” here, including the first open-heart surgery, the first pancreas and human bone marrow transplants, and even the development of 30 new apple varieties. Who knew it all started right here in Minneapolis?Minnesota’s Medical Device Industry is Booming, Thanks to the UniversityBeing such a research powerhouse, it should come as no surprise that The University of Minnesota is largely responsible for the booming medical device industry that’s taken the Twin Cities by storm. According to Medical Design & Outsourcing, “The MedTech cluster’s roots go back to the 1950s and ‘60s when University of Minnesota surgeons including Dr. C. Walton Lillehei pioneered open-heart surgery. Lillehei happened to meet Early Bakken, who along with brother-in-law Palmer Hermundslie has started a business out of a garage repairing hospital equipment. Lillehei tasked Bakken with finding a replacement for the large, unreliable pacemakers then in use.” Thus, the modern pacemaker was born.The Medical Devices Center at the University of Minnesota sees generous support from local corporations helping further their reach in the scientific community and beyond. This booming medical device industry creates an abundance of jobs at every level here in Minneapolis and offers ample opportunities for professional growth.The University of Minnesota: A Cut Above the RestThe University of Minnesota sets a positive example for the rest of the nation. They are one of only five universities in the nation with an engineering school, a medical school, a law school, a veterinary school, and an agricultural school all on one campus, offering students a wealth of opportunity all in one place.On Niche.com, they earn an overall grade of A+, ranking highly in academics, diversity, athletics, value, campus, professors, location, student life, and the party scene. The University of Minnesota also boasts famous alumni including musical greats Bob Dylan, Yanni, and wrestling legend Ric Flair.The University of Minnesota is ranked the fourth-best college in America for agricultural sciences in America, the fifteenth best for Kinesiology and Physical Therapy, and the sixteenth best for Information Technology. It’s a moderately-competitive school, accepting about half of all applicants. It’s regularly praised as offering a fantastic value for students, all while placing students in high-earning jobs after graduation.Life Outside the Classroom at the University of MinnesotaWhen students at the University of Minnesota aren’t joining their favorite professors in the lab or in the field, they enjoy all the perks of a large and diverse college campus. Students share how easy it is to meet life-long friends, dive deep into their classes, and stay fit and healthy at the rec center. They eat delicious foods at the food courts and live in some of the best dormitories in the country. Many students will tell you they’ve thoroughly enjoyed their time here at the University, and that they’ve found their passions, their friends, and their futures right here on campus.There are 800 student groups and activities at The University of Minnesota, and the numbers keep growing. As a major public university that educates 51,000 students per year, each student has the chance to discover their niche, find their tribe, and enhance their skills outside of the classroom. The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers have also displayed prowess in athletics with 7 national football championships and 11 men’s and women’s national hockey championships.What the Students SayIt’s no wonder why students love going to the University of Minnesota. Not only do they enjoy a beautiful campus on the banks of the Mississippi River, but they’re offered endless opportunities to discover what they love and who they want to be.“Coming to this University was quite the culture change considering the fact that I transferred here from a junior college in California,” says a current Junior at The University of Minnesota, “This is a fine institution and it’s my home away from home, and I love it! Being right outside of downtown gives you so many opportunities to go out and have fun at the bars and restaurants hanging out with your people.”Another student talks about the wealth of opportunity here at The University of Minnesota. “I absolutely love it here!” she says, “There are so many ways to get involved, through countless school clubs and organizations, to conducting research with faculty, or even getting involved with campaigns. Through The University of Minnesota, I am currently conducting research with a doctor in downtown Minneapolis. I am also helping on a campaign for the Minnesota House of Representatives. This school is a dream come true, filled with so many opportunities. I would have never thought I’d be so happy attending school here!”Join Our Community Near the University of MinnesotaLiving at our St. Louis Park apartments is a smart move. Not only will you enjoy world-class luxury living that’s walking distance to fine dining, shopping, and entertainment, but you’ll be part of a community that boosts the economy and provides insightful research for the Twin Cities and beyond.Check out our Uptown Minneapolis apartments by going to our website and requesting a tour today. We’ll set you up with a friendly and knowledgeable staff member who can show you around and answer your questions. See what you can expect from life at our St. Louis Park apartments – just down the road from one of the finest public universities in the nation.