About the school

Kinesiology is the academic discipline and interdisciplinary field of study focused on the science and management of physical activity and human movement within contexts such as exercise, health care, and sport.

Our mission

The School of Kinesiology advances interdisciplinary knowledge about physical activity and human movement in order to promote lifelong health and well-being in local, national, and global communities. Our innovative research, high-quality teaching, and collaborative outreach focus on the science and management of physical activity and human movement within contexts such as exercise, health care, and sport.

Fulfilling our mission

The School of Kinesiology:

  • Advances the academic discipline and professional practice of kinesiology.
  • Conducts innovative, interdisciplinary research in physical activity, human movement, and sport that exemplifies the drive to discover.
  • Educates and prepares students for advanced study and careers related to exercise, health care, and sport.
  • Delivers a wide variety of physical activity courses to the campus community.
  • Promotes lifelong health and well-being in local, national, and global communities through public outreach and civic engagement activities.
American Kinesology Association

A proud member of the American Kinesiology Association, the School of Kinesiology is committed to exceptional education, groundbreaking research and impactful community outreach.

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School of Kinesiology
Cooke Hall (Main Office: Cooke Hall 111)
1900 University Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Phone: 612-625-5300 | Fax: 612-626-7700

Email: kin@umn.edu

Our history in a timeline

The timeline shows our history, from the first organized physical acivity program to today's School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota.

International collaboration

Study abroad opportunities

The School of Kinesiology encourages students to consider a study abroad program, during their undergraduate or graduate studies.

China Champions

To foster an exchange of culture, education and sport, the University of Minnesota annually hosts a cohort of Chinese Olympic and world champion athletes and coaches as part of the China Champions Program (CCP). Led by the U’s School of Kinesiology, in collaboration with Beijing Sport University and supported by the China Scholarship Council, CCP is a unique, global collaboration that provides mutual benefits for Chinese athletes and University faculty, staff and students. Learn more about the China Champions Program.