Minneapolis Fun Facts

  • Third largest economic center in the Midwest.
  • Has a booming food scene, boasting six James Beard Foundation Award winning chefs.
  • Home to the Walker Art Center, one of the largest modern art museums in the U.S.
  • Home to the Mall of America - all clothing and shoes are tax free!
  • Second to New York City in term of live theater per capita.
  • Has four professional sports teams, and hosted the 2017 Super Bowl.
  • Noted for having one of the best designed, financed, and maintained park systems in the U.S.
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow found inspiration in Minneapolis' Minnehaha Falls for his poem, The Song of Hiawatha.
  • Has the nation's largest number of skiers, bicyclists, and sport fishermen per capita.
  • Was a launchpad for some of the country's greatest musicians, including Bob Dylan and Prince.

Learn more at the Minneapolis Visitor's Bureau.

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36 Hours in Minneapolis

Urban edginess, cultural authenticity, not to mention spiced meatballs in lingonberry sauce: the perfect formula for a weekend away.

By Jennifer Conlin, The New York Times, August 11, 2016

Minneapolis, a city of lakes, has it all — an industrial past that is both gritty and glamorous; affordability and a high rate of employment that make the city a magnet for millennials (17 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in Minnesota); and a full spectrum of cultural offerings and recreational activities. This year, Minneapolis and its environs have been a destination for Prince fans intent on exploring the artist’s beloved hometown — a place he stayed close to until his death last April. Urban authenticity, cultural sophistication, Midwestern friendliness: They all add up to the perfect formula for a weekend away.

Read the full article at TheNewYorkTimes.com.

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Past Attendee Comments

As a first time attendee, my number one take-away from this event was coming to a better understanding of the scholarship industry as a whole. By hearing about my colleagues’ challenges, processes, and ideas for best practices through our sessions and meaningful breakout sessions, I feel that I came away from the conference with a much better grasp on the my role in this community as a financial aid scholarship advisor. I was amazed by the sense of community of this group – everyone was friendly, inviting, and open to sharing about their experiences in the field. From sessions, to break out groups, and even at meal times – everyone seemed excited to talk about scholarships and their roles. I’ve truly never had a better opportunity to network, and I love that NSPA intentionally designed the conference to provide many opportunities to get to know fellow attendees!
-Ashley Mount, Director of Program Development, Pikes Peak Community College