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5 things you may not know about the St Paul campus

You may hear at some point about the St Paul campus but you might never have to take a class over there... Since I’m a Nutrition major and I’m in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) the majority of my classes will be on the St Paul campus. Particularly, I love walking around that campus. It has a lot of green areas, it’s usually not that busy, and it’s easy to get around. Did you know that the St Paul campus has its own gym, a residence hall, a Student Center, field plots/animal facilities and a museum? Well, let’s find out in much more detail what do all those facilities offer to students and staff! 

1. St Paul Gymnasium: It was originally open in 1915 and over the last 100 years it has served to the University of Minnesota community. In 1915 it used to be for flower shows, in 1928 for folk dancing, and in 1937 for horse shows. Isn’t that cool? Nowadays the St Paul gym has 3 fitness areas with cardio and weight equipment, a suspended track, a group exercise studio, a mat room, locker rooms, handball and racquetball courts, a swimming pool, indoor rock climbing wall and many other facilities! 

2. Bailey Residence Hall: It was built in 1949. It has a population of around 500 co-ed students which include first year, transfer and returning residents. It is fully furnished, it includes laundry, it has a 24/7 info desk, it has UMN-TV cable with HBO, there is a dining hall in the building and it has few game rooms and study rooms.

3. St Paul Student Center: Whenever you need a study break, you should definitely go and check out the Gopher Spot in the St Paul Student Center! It has snacks, ice cream, bowling alleys, full-sized pool tables, videos and arcade games that you can check out and more!  

Additionally, the St Paul Student Center has a bookstore which offers material, supplies and apparel, an Info Desk which offers bus passes, discount tickets to local theaters and different area of attractions, a Postal Station where you can buy stamps, mail letters and packages and IT services which offers technology support for students, faculty and staff.

4. Field plots/animal facilities: The St Paul campus has approximately 160 acres of land for plant research which is used by the University research faculty and students. The Animal facilities are mainly used by the Department of Animal Science and the College of Veterinary Medicine which includes research and teaching facilities for dairy, beef cattle, swine, sheep and poultry.

5. Bell Museum of Natural History: It offers a scientific collection of nearly 4 million specimens which include mammals, fishes, plants, mollusks and insects and it has the largest collection of Minnesota’s biodiversity. There will be a new museum + planetarium grand opening in the Summer of 2018 and you should definitely will need to go and check it out! 

Here are some pictures that I took when we had those gorgeous sunny days!