• Historical Firsts

    1854 First university in Minnesota and one of the first coeducational colleges in the United States

    1856-57 Offered Minnesota's first legal curriculum

    1859 Conferred Minnesota’s first bachelor's degree - to a woman

    1863 Conferred Minnesota’s first master's degree - to a woman

    1895 Hosted the world's first intercollegiate basketball game and introduced five-man (as opposed to nine-man) basketball

    1924 Established America's first exchange program with Peking (Beijing) University

    1980’s Implemented America’s first computer literacy requirement for undergraduates

    1994 Offered Minnesota's first advanced writing degree

    1995 Offered the Midwest's first doctorate of public administration