63% of matriculants to the university are considered Minnesota residents, and 37% of matriculants are considered out-of-state residents.
Minnesota is a member of the Association of American Universities and is ranked 14th in research activity with $881 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".
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.
It is the oldest and largest campus within the University of Minnesota system and has the sixth-largest main campus student body in the United States, with 51,147 students in 2013–14.
The university is the flagship institution of the University of Minnesota system, and is organized into 19 colleges and schools, with sister campuses in Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester.
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.