Twin Cities Campus

Originally known as the School of Medicine and Surgery, the University of Minnesota has had a medical school on its Twin Cities campus since 1888. We are known for being a leader in medical discovery and education.

  • #3 rural medicine (2017 U.S. News and World Report)
  • #7 primary care (2017 U.S. News and World Report)
  • #10 family medicine (2017 U.S. News and World Report)
  • 149 of our physicians representing 41 specialties are "Top Doctors" (2017 Mpls. St. Paul Magazine)
  • 25th in NIH research funding (2017 NIH Report)

Mission statement

Committed to innovation and diversity, the Medical School educates physicians, scientists, and health professionals; generates knowledge and treatments; and cares for patients and communities with compassion and respect.


When our students are asked why they chose the University of Minnesota Medical School, they always describe our friendly, non-compete atmosphere. Students feel comfortable relying on faculty and each other to make the most of their med ed experience. Each student has a mentor to advise and encourage their journey. We have many targeted opportunities for enrolled students to specialize in pediatrics, rural medicine, and more. Diversity is important to us, and we work with the Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity and the Disability Resource Center to ensure that all students have equitable access, feel safe, and have the tools they need to succeed in our MD and MD/PhD programs.


There are 25 departments and more than 3,000 faculty members on our Twin Cities campus. The breadth and depth of our expertise is enormous and growing each day. From basic science research to clinical trials. Teaching undergraduate medical students to training new residents and fellows. Educating graduate students to mentoring postdocs. Exploring new models to implementing best practices. Our faculty are expected to strive for excellence in all that they do and perform as academics and scholars: discovering, publishing, and disseminating new knowledge. Some of our top performers can be seen on the Wall of Scholarship or speaking at our annual Dean's Distinguished Research Lectureship.


Researchers might feel like a kid in a candy store at the University of Minnesota. The Clinical and Translational Science Institute works tirelessly to make our researchers more successful. Our partner schools in the Academic Health Center help us enact large-scale interdisciplinary research projects and clinical trials. The Biomedical Discovery District houses many of our researchers and allows for serendipitous discovery and interaction with researchers from other schools as well. We're a leader in imaging and home to the world's largest magnet. Leadership supports our goal to becoming a top research institution nationally, and our faculty is supported and encouraged to create truly interesting, impactful work.

Campus life

It's easy to live the life you want in the Twin Cities. Those looking for great food and microbrews will find it here. Cyclists and health nuts will enjoy hitting the trails that wind through one of America's fittest cities and one of its best for biking. We're home to one of the U.S.'s largest and best Pride festivals. Whatever you or your family is looking for, you'll find that this city is full of life, diversity, and many others who share your passions and sense of community.