In 2016, Minnesota was ranked 33rd in the world by the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) ranked the university 45th in the world based on quality of education, alumni employment, quality of faculty, publications, influence, citations, broad impact, and patents in 2016.In 2016, the Nature Index ranked Minnesota 34th in the world based on research publication output in top tier academic journals in the life sciences, chemistry, earth and environmental sciences and physical sciences based on publication data from 2015.While those industries remain important, the state's economy is now driven by banking, computers, and health care.The earliest known settlers followed herds of large game to the region during the last glacial period.Founded in 1851, The University of Minnesota is categorized as an R1 Doctoral University with the highest research activity in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.Minnesota is a member of the Association of American Universities and is ranked 14th in research activity with 1 million in research and development expenditures in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015. News & World Report ranked Minnesota 38th in their "Best Global University Rankings". AUG 20 Sorority Information Night Information night for new students to go through recruitment week, 6-9 p.m., South Hall Lobby.
Minnesota is one of America's Public Ivy universities, which refers to top public universities in the United States capable of providing a collegiate experience comparable with the Ivy League. 19 All incoming freshmen are required to attend orientation. ATHLETICS Prev Next RESOURCES Email Blackboard Ranger Net Library Services NWOSU Bookstore APPLY NOW Begin Create Opportunities HOMECOMING Schedule of Events UNIVERSITY CALENDAR ALL EVENTS AUG 19 Freshman Orientation Freshman Orientation is required for all incoming freshmen.21 – the first day of classes at Northwestern Oklahoma State University – and the Department of Natural Sciences is playing host to a watching event for students and employees.READ MORE Dedication of Dunning Performance Center set for September 30 August 14, 2017 - The public dedication of the new Dunning Performance Center will be an official part of Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s 2017 Homecoming festivities.The dedication is scheduled for 2 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. READ MORE Freshman, Transfer Student Orientation dates set to welcome students to campus; inform of changes August 8, 2017 - Freshman and transfer student orientation sessions for Northwestern Oklahoma State University are just around the corner.