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Recently I graduated from the world-renowned University of Minneapolis. During my time there I was an undergrad at the college of biological sciences and in general, I loved my time there. Yes, there are inevitable pros and cons to the university, as there are with any university, but I maintain that UOM is the best uni in America.

Why? Here are some of the reasons I absolutely loved it:

The nearby nightlife is epic

So many people associate their time at the UOM with the vibrant nearby nightlife available to students - and they aren’t wrong. During the day there are so many interesting things to do in Minneapolis - visit the State Capitol, attend a professional sporting event, shop at one of the world’s largest shopping malls, visit the Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center or Guthrie Theater, and there are dozens of local festivals, like the St. Paul Winter Carnival, the Festival of Nations, and the Minnesota Fringe Festival. But at night the city really shines - there are countless speakeasies and fantastic bars to get lost in.You won’t ever get bored in this city. 

The university has its own benefits system for students

The Office of Student Health Benefits (OSHB), a unit of the Office for Student Affairs, administers health, dental and other benefits and enrollment for all eligible University students, residents, fellows and interns. How awesome is that? No need to shop around for months for the best rate customized to university students and their needs, only to find you end up back at the beginning.

The university also offers offer benefits to alumni, including: renters insurance, tuition insurance and car insurance from some of the country’s well-known insurance brokers and providers. The uni does all the hard work for you. Huge bonus, in my opinion. 

Diversity is celebrated Everywhere

I found the diversity of cultures and backgrounds of students so refreshing and one of the coolest things about UOM. Especially if you a languages student, the options available to you academically are seemingly endless: Dakota, Finnish, Hindi, hebrew, Greek, Arabic, Hmong, Norweigian, Ojibwe, Portuguese, Swahili, Urdu, Somali and Russian - even Icelandic and American Sign Languages are languages you can study here year-round. And then of course you have all the classic languages: German, French, Spanish, Italian and so forth. If you want to explore diverse cultures definitely apply to the UOM. 

So many student groups to join

From acapela to alpine skiing, no matter your area of interest there is probably a group for you at the UOM.  There is a Black Student Union, Bass Fishing Team, Capoeira Club, Actuary Club, Agni Indian Classical Dance Team, and a 20th & 21st Century Research Group, fraternities and sororities, and literally every kind of sporting association under the sun available to UOM students. I was part of a Korean folk music ensemble, the chess club, United Nations team, anthropology club and equestrian team - and I would definitely have joined more groups if I had more time.

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