A University of Minnesota campus on the prairie
In the late 1950s, communities throughout the state fiercely competed to host a new campus of the University of Minnesota— its residential liberal arts college. Morris won. That's how this institution came to reside on a campus now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Beautiful Historic Morrell and Nichols Prairie School architecture, state-of-the-arts facilities, tree-lined streets, and a generous campus mall define the University of Minnesota, Morris.
Located along the Pomme de Terre River on the west central Minnesota prairie, the city of Morris radiates small-town charm—parks, locally owned shops, hometown restaurants and coffee house, an arts cooperative, an idyllic main street, and only one traffic jam per day...on mainstreet, five o'clock, Monday through Friday. But don't worry. It only lasts about 15 minutes. While you wait (in your car or on your bike or on the sidewalk—everything is within biking and walking distance), you can decide how to spend your leisure time in Morris: shopping, fishing, biking, bird watching, cross country skiing, movies, hiking, bowling, disc golf, art and historical exhibits, swimming, dining out, garden viewing, theatre, hunting, musical entertainment, snowmobiling, working out, sipping coffee, camping...and the list goes on and on.
The University of Minnesota, Morris proudly collaborates with a variety of Morris area entities for student research, for campus/community programs, for volunteering, and for hands-on learning opportunities.
- Partners include:
- USDA Agricultural Research Service-North Central Soil Conservation Research Lab
- West Central Research and Outreach Center
- Morris Area Public Schools
- Stevens Community Medical Center
- Morris Chamber of Commerce
- Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
The City of Morris and the University of Minnesota, Morris’s Center for Small Towns received the Carter Partnership Award. The award honors university and community partnerships that address critical areas of public need.