Downtown Minneapolis

 A great place to learn, work and live

Minneapolis/St. Paul:

  • is ranked by Money magazine as the best large Midwestern city to live in.
  • was named one of the safest cities in the United States.
  • is home to nearly 400,000 people, with 2.9 million people living in the surrounding metro area.
  • has five professional sports teams: Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves, Lynx, Wild (St. Paul).
  • has more than 400 stores, restaurants, hotels and attractions in one square mile connected by enclosed skyways.
  • has a 12-mile Light Rail transit system that connects downtown to the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport and the Mall of America. A rail station is located only three blocks from our campus.
  • outdoor sports and recreation opportunities are located within a short distance from the campus, including swimming, fishing, boating, skiing, snowboarding and ice hockey.
  • has 22 lakes, 170 parks and a majestic view of the Mississippi River.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area offers opportunities and attractions that will enhance your college experience. The booming economy in Minneapolis makes it easy to find well-paying jobs. Part-time jobs may be within walking distance or accessible through public transportation. North Central has two bus stops on campus and a light-rail station only three blocks away.

Finding fun is easy

Mall of America, the largest shopping and entertainment complex in the United States, is located just 15 minutes from campus and has over 500 stores, 50 restaurants, and an indoor theme park. Other local attractions include Valleyfair Amusement Park, the Guthrie Theatre, the Walker Art Center, Minnesota Institute of Art, Como Zoo and the Minnesota Zoological Garden. Minneapolis/St. Paul is home to the Vikings (NFL), Twins (MLB), Timberwolves (NBA), Wild (NHL), and Lynx (WNBA). The Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area also has an abundance of regional theaters, museums and concert halls. Our local theater community is recognized as one of the most active in the country and we have two world-class orchestras. 

Finding something to do after a long week of classes is no problem. Minneapolis is well known for its lakes, riverfront and parks that have miles of trails for inline skating, biking and walking. In the winter time, Minneapolis has many facilities close-by for skiing, snow boarding, snowmobiling, ice skating and ice hockey.

Helpful Links



Parks & Recreation


Arts & Entertainment