My gratitude for being able to cover a campus as attractive as the University of Minnesota has just been crushed.
It’s so hard to tell.
The Star Tribune has reported — in read that’s quite a bit of fun — that Travel & Leisure magazine has named the U one of the ugliest campuses in America.
Sprawling commuter campuses like the University of Minnesota may bring to mind Dunder Mifflin, the uninspired setting of the TV show “The Office.”
That statement seemed off.
The U is a commuter campus — as in one that has few or no students living on campus? Hardly. The use of the U must have been a slip.
(Note: Another campus on the ugly list? Stony Brook University – the former campus of U President Eric Kaler. Ouch — a dubious distinction.)
Yet in the article, U spokesman Chuck Tombarge notes that the U’s prettiness put it on the list of “50 Most Amazing College Campuses” at thebestcolleges.org.
Fox 9 also came to the U’s defense on Twitter by passing on this collection of campus photos.
And I though academic rankings were screwy.