Location. Location. Location.

OK. Take a deep breath and see if you can read the list of things to do in Minneapolis and St. Paul before you run out of breath. Ready? Go! 

Go to a Broadway show. Attend a concert. Swim in a pool, a wave pool or a lake. Go sailing. Visit a waterfall. Go snowboarding. Go sledding. Skate on a lake or indoor rink. Eat at an outdoor restaurant. Eat food from hundreds of different countries. Visit a farmer’s market. Go to the Science Museum, History Center or Art Museum. Visit a park—or all 250 of them. Or a lake—all 936 of them. Check out the downtown scene; Minneapolis or St. Paul. Ride a bus. Hop on the light rail train. Get lost at the Mall of America. Shop at one of the nation’s first indoor malls. Explore communities that still have a Main Street. Go to a professional baseball, football, hockey, basketball, lacrosse or soccer game. Take in a symphony or chamber orchestra concert. Tour the headquarters of major corporations like General Mills, Target, Medtronic or 3M. Go snow tubing. Ride an alpine slide. Splash at the Waterpark of America. Hike at Taylors Falls. Relive your childhood at the Model Railroad Museum.

Now breathe.

And really, that’s not everything.

On and off campus—something for everyone

In addition to a stunningly beautiful campus located on Lake Johanna—complete with a beach and canoes to enjoy it—you can experience all of the above plus four seasons (we won’t lie, it can get pretty cold here) and so much more!

More than 3 million people live in the Twin Cities metropolitan area yet many people say it feels more like a big small town. “Minnesota nice” is real and you’ll find people here are pretty friendly.

Like variety and opportunity? The world is literally on our doorstep. The Twin Cities is the 4th most culturally diverse metropolitan community in the U.S.! There are over 200 multicultural or ethnic churches in the Twin Cities so you can get a little taste of heaven if you wish to worship with every nation, tribe and tongue.

If you love to eat, you’ll love Northwestern’s food prepared by Bon Appetit, and you can also find just about anything you want somewhere in the Twin Cities. “Eat Street” (a six-block stretch on Nicollet Ave. in South Minneapolis) has over 75 ethnic restaurants!

Experience the best of on-campus and off-campus life at Northwestern.