The U of MN used to be one of the largest campuses in the nation-with approximately 100,000 undergraduate, graduate, and adult extension students.
Thanks to a series of governors cutting aid to the U, as well as the elitist vision of the past few university presidents-enrollment numbers have shrunk considerably and tuition has spiked.
Tuition has risen from $50 a credit in the early 90's, to about $300 a credit today (not to mention $1,000s of dollars in hidden "fees" assessed on top of tuition each semester).
Has this increased the quality of students. No. Has this decreased the number of middle and lower income students. Yes.
As a land grant university, and the only public institution confering a number of unique undergraduate and graduate degrees within a hundred-plus mile radius of the Twin Cities-the U should do better in living up to it's role as a PUBLIC university.