Magazine: U stands for ugly in University of Minnesota

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 30, 2013 - 9:43 PM

Ouch. Travel and Leisure put our esteemed Big Ten school on a list of the nation’s ugliest college campuses.

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rlwr51Oct. 30, 13 9:50 AM

Well gee, that's all that matters isn't it?

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alansonOct. 30, 13 9:57 AM

First thing that crossed my mind when I saw the place.

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gkstoutOct. 30, 13 9:57 AM

It would be more fair to compare apples to apples, that is, compare the U of MN Twin Cities to other urban commuter campuses. It would rate much better. That said, it doesn't hold a candle to the beautiful campuses in the East, like Princeton or Lehigh. As for snobby--everyone I talk to from other places says the Twin Cities is not friendly to outsiders. I agree!

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throwsnowOct. 30, 13 9:57 AM

If you're feeling any angst over the opinions of people whose claim to fame is writing about travel, you're probably doing it wrong.

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verdin11Oct. 30, 1310:33 AM

Having been to many college campuses around the country, the U of M campus and it's riverside setting is quite nice overall, sort of average for Big 10 schools. I'm neither a Minnesota native nor a former student of the U of MN. I was surprised that none of the truly ugliest I've seen made this list; Wayne St. (Mich), Arizona State, Colo. St. @ Pueblo...Or even some of the adequate yet incredibly bland campuses, like the U of Illinois. Nothing especially bad, just a smattering of buildings on a big flat hunk of prairie, no major water features, hills, views... Lists are fine, but do a little work.

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kezaezyOct. 30, 1310:34 AM

How do you think Bob Dylan got in touch with his muse? By gazing out over a cold, wet, dreary U-of-M-tableau. Existential angst is key to a proper education.

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hookshotOct. 30, 1310:44 AM

First off, having visited most of the big ten campuses, I disagree. The U looks like a campus should look, and is more attractive than many of them. It will help when the light rail construction is done. And, if 85% of freshman live on campus, why are is it still defined a commuter school? Do you need 100% to drop that label?

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northhiOct. 30, 1310:47 AM

Anderson Hall was a great place to watch the Watergate hearings. Wilson Library, the best for studying.

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wingknutOct. 30, 1311:11 AM

I went to school there and it thought it dreary, unfriendly, and that long walk across the river in the winter was lonely.

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elmore1Oct. 30, 1311:35 AM

Classic college setting. Leave as is. They have no money to do upgrades until they do some serious cost cutting.

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