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The Twin Cities

The Twin Cities area is not only a great place to study business—it is a great place to live and work. The metropolitan area, famous for sports and culture, has also cultivated a thriving business community that students access and learn from every day.

The Stone Arch Bridge at dusk with a view of the downtown skyline and the Mississippi River.

Skyways connect the beautiful buildings of the University of St. Thomas’ downtown Minneapolis campus to the headquarters of numerous Fortune 500 companies. Greater MSP is also a national magnet for young professionals. Forbes, and Newsweek all flag Minneapolis-St. Paul as one of the most promising cities in America for finding a job. An article in the The Atlantic described the metro area's combination of affluence, opportunity and affordability as "the miracle of Minneapolis." 

Why We're Here

Arts & Culture

MBA student Kateryna Grudkoxska speaks about the work of Aicha Ech-Chenna during the Opus Prize Awards Ceremony at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Minn., U.S.A., on Wednesday, November 4, 2009.

Minneapolis features more theater seats per capita than any other city besides New York. Shows are performed at the Ordway, Orpheum and Guthrie Theaters among dozens of others. You’ll be amazed by the talent the Twin Cities attracts and creates. Whether you’re looking for a big name artist or for an authentic indie band, you’ll be able to see the shows you want without traveling across the country.


Alumna Julie Steenerson (MBA in Venture Management, 1999) poses in the dining room of her restaurant, Sapor October 23, 2008.

The Twin Cities is home of the Jucy Lucy burger and is a cultural melting pot of food and culture, boasting Irish, German, Italian, Asian, Hispanic, Middle-Eastern and, of course, Scandinavian influences. Your challenge will be choosing from many small, family-owned establishments and an abundance of fancy restaurants.


People peruse the selection of fresh produce that can be found at the Minneapolis Farmer's Marker on Nicollet Mall on Thursday, July 8, 2010. These general scenes of downtown Minneapolis have been photographed for the Opus College of Business Viewbook.

Our downtown campus is one block from Nicollet Mall, with current retail offerings including everything from weekly farmer’s markets, to upscale clothiers and national discounters to art galleries and one-of-a-kind boutiques. Along Nicollet and Hennepin Avenues alone, there are more than 2.1 million square feet of retail space. Plus, it’s easy to hop on the light rail and go to Mall of America anytime.


sailboat on lake Calhoun with downtown skyline in background

The Twin Cities metro has a whopping 1,651 lakes and boasts one of most extensive regional and city park systems in the country. RelocateAmerica calls it the best park and recreation system in the nation. Minneapolis is one of the most bike-friendly cities in America, according to Bicycling magazine. The City of Lakes doubled its percentage of bike commuters in just three years. Nice Ride bicycle sharing stations are located on our St. Paul campus and within blocks of our Minneapolis campus.


The Minneapolis skyline during a Minnesota Twins game versus the New York Yankees at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., on Thursday, May 27, 2010. These general scenes of downtown Minneapolis have been photographed for the Opus College of Business Viewbook. See also assignment 11-020.

Minneapolis-St. Paul is considered one of the best sports metros in America, bolstered by the recent fanfare over its new stadiums. The Twin Cities region is a mecca for major league sports – including Minnesota Twins baseball, Minnesota Vikings football, Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx basketball, and Minnesota Wild hockey.

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