Campus activity in Rochester is centered around the Mayo, Gonda and Plummer buildings. These interconnected buildings, together with Rochester Methodist Hospital, comprise the core of Mayo's clinical facilities in downtown Rochester. Saint Marys Hospital, located three blocks west of the downtown campus, and Rochester Methodist Hospital are integral to all education programs, providing essential clinical care experiences for students and trainees.
Mayo's medical library system is one of the largest in the world, containing more than 350,000 bound volumes and 4,300 medical and scientific journal subscriptions. Access to extensive online medical database resources is readily available.
The Siebens Medical Education Building houses classrooms, computer labs, study areas and administrative offices. The Mitchell Student Center offers a state-of-the-art Learning Resource Center, including a library and computer lab. Students also attend classes and conduct lab exercises in the adjacent Guggenheim Building for Research and Education and the new Stabile Building, which houses a new, state-of-the-art anatomy laboratory.
With a population of more than 125,000, Rochester and its surrounding suburban communities have the livable qualities of a medium-size town while offering many big-city amenities. It's a dynamic Midwestern city that combines friendliness and geographical compactness with a cosmopolitan flavor. Money magazine has ranked Rochester among the "top three best places to live" in the United States, based on its quality of life, excellent schools, reasonable cost of living and affordable housing market.
Rochester offers a stimulating combination of arts and entertainment and education, plus a four-season calendar of sports and recreation. Active civic music and theater programs provide opportunities to participate and enjoy the arts. The University of Minnesota Center — Rochester offers many graduate and postgraduate programs.
The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are an easy 75-minute drive to the north — providing access to metropolitan shopping, sporting and cultural events, and dining. Among the many attractions are the nationally recognized Guthrie Theater, Minnesota Orchestra, Walker Art Center and Mall of America. Both collegiate and professional baseball, basketball, football and hockey teams are based in the Twin Cities. Chicago is just 350 miles, or a 45-minute flight from Rochester.
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