The city of Rochester, Minnesota consistently wins honors as one of Money magazine's "Best Places to Live." Students of Rochester's colleges and universities enjoy the small town feel of this vibrant big city. Rochester, Minnesota is the seat of the famed Mayo Clinic and one of IBM's largest facilities. Despite the cold winter weather, Rochester is an outdoorsy city with a large park system, and more than 60 miles of paved trails for biking, running, or strolling.
Rochester colleges and universities are anchored by the University Center Rochester, which includes Rochester Community and Technical College, Winona State University, University of Minnesota Rochester, and Cardinal Stritch University. Crossroads College, a four-year, nondenominational Christian college, offers faith-based higher education. And the Mayo Clinic hosts a range of graduate medical programs.