Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato campus

Minnesota State University, Mankato: An institution where big ideas meet real-world thinking. More than 130 undergraduate programs and 75 graduate programs are offered in Mankato as well as at locations in the Twin Cities and online.

Minnesota State University, Mankato
122 Taylor Center
Mankato, MN 56001

Toll-Free: (800) 722-0544
Local: (507) 389-1822

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City: Mankato
Population: 53,645

School highlights

Minnesota State Mankato: Where real-world thinking helps students transform big ideas into rewarding futures.

  • One of Midwest’s most beautiful campuses: 300 acres overlooking the majestic Minnesota River Valley.
  • Campus tours every weekday at 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Ranked in top quartile of the nation’s four-year colleges and universities (Forbes America’s Best Colleges).
  • More than 15,000 students, including almost 1,000 international students from 90 countries.
  • More than $120 million available in scholarships, assistantships, grants, work-study and student loans.
  • Hundreds of student research opportunities in 20 centers.
  • Recognized as one of 57 national leaders in undergraduate research by the Council on Undergraduate Research.
  • Four applied doctorate programs: nursing practice, educational leadership, counselor education, school psychology.
  • New high-tech campus buildings: Suite-style residence hall, state-of-the-art chemistry building, alternative energy complex, new student union.
  • TechRec exercise gym: 50 machines with Internet and cable TV.
  • 2,000-square-foot indoor rock climbing facility, outdoor rock climbing pinnacle and full ropes and challenge course offering teambuilding and leadership development programming.
  • 4,800-square-foot student weight room, three student basketball and volleyball courts, indoor student walking and running track, racquetball and handball courts, group fitness and dance studios and a martial arts room.
  • Outdoor recreational facilities include soccer fields, a rugby pitch, lacrosse field, flag football fields, an Ultimate Frisbee field, tennis courts, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, a cricket pitch, a ropes course and more.
  • Wireless connectivity throughout campus.
  • State’s premiere college theater: 10 acclaimed musicals and plays per academic year in two theaters; two dance concerts; two touring productions; and four professional summer stock productions.
  • Nationally renowned men’s and women’s basketball, NCAA Division I hockey, wrestling, track and swimming.
  • Home of Vikings Training Camp and Timberwolves mini-camp.

Student enrollment and demographics

  • Total number of students served: 17,993
  • Full-time students: 78.4%
  • Part-time students: 21.6%
  • Percent female: 52.7%
  • Percent male: 46.9%
  • Percent students of color: 12%

Largest programs

Nursing, Psychology, Biology, Elementary Education, Law Enforcement, Management, Business, Marketing, Art, Finance

Unique programs

Alcohol & Drug Studies, American Indigenous Studies, Automotive Engineering Technology, Aviation, Dance, Ethnic Studies, Gender & Women's Studies, Music Industry, Recreation, Parks & Leisure Services, Scandinavian Studies, Spanish for Professions


Five residence communities house 3,000 students and include academic, social and dining opportunities. Suite-style living is available in Preska Residence Community, which opened in 2012, and Julia A. Sears Residence Community, built in 2008. Three- and 5-person apartment-style housing is available at Stadium Heights, with a new building available in 2015. Traditional double rooms include additional sinks and air-conditioning. Many off-campus rentals are available within easy walking distance.


Minnesota State Mankato students ride can ride any bus on any bus route in the city of Mankato for free with their University-issued MavCard. The University also provides on-campus shuttle service during the academic year. For more information on available routes, please see http://www.mnsu.edu/parking/bus_shuttle.html.

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Permit parking is available at several lots across campus to both on- and off-campus students but is never required. A free lot is also available with bus service running to and from campus at no charge to students. More information about parking fees and guidelines can be found at http://www.mnsu.edu/parking/.

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  • Off-street


Admissions requirements

Minnesota State University, Mankato generally will accept you as a first-year student if you can answer “yes” to at least one of these questions:

  • Did you graduate in the top half of your high school graduating class?
  • Did you score 21 or higher on the ACT standardized test?
  • Did you receive a combined score of 1,100 or higher on the SAT standardized test?

Check with the admissions office for details. Even if you don’t meet the minimum requirements, you may be considered for admission under special provisions. Your application will be reviewed for admission on the strength of your college preparation course work, grade point average, probability of success, academic progression as well as class rank and ACT test scores. Supplemental information may also be requested before an admission decision is made.

What courses do I need to take in high school?

You should have completed these courses in high school:

  • Four years of English, including composition, literature and speech
  • Three years of math, including two years of algebra, one of which is intermediate or advanced algebra, and one year of geometry
  • Three years of science, including one year each of a biological and a physical science, all with significant laboratory experience
  • Three years of social studies, including one year each of geography and U.S. history
  • Two years of a single world language, including non-English native languages and American Sign Language
  • One year of arts (visual arts and the performing arts of theater, music, dance and media arts)

When should you apply?
Apply early in 12th grade for the best chance of being admitted.

Apply online

Using the e-application, you may apply to Minnesota State University, Mankato and other schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.


Big ideas. Real-world thinking.
Minnesota State Mankato is a university where highly motivated students will stand out. We offer comprehensive support services, a wide variety of majors and minors to explore and opportunities to excel in and out of the classroom.

Program TitleAward
Aging StudiesMS
Alcohol and Drug StudiesBS
American Indian StudiesBA
American Indigenous StudiesBS
American Indigenous StudiesCERT
Applied Organizational StudiesBS
Applied StatisticsMS
Art HistoryBA
Art TeachingBS
Athletic TrainingBATR
Athletic TrainingBA
Autism Spectrum DisordersGC
Autism Spectrum DisordersGC
Automotive Engineering TechnologyMS
Automotive Engineering TechnologyBS
Biology EducationMS
Business AdministrationMBA
Chemistry TeachingBS
Choral ConductingMM
Civil EngineeringBSCE
Clinical PsychologyMA
Coaching EducationGC
Cognitive ScienceBS
Communication and CompositionMS
Communication Arts and Literature - EducationBS
Communication Arts and Literature - Education, EnglishBS
Communication EducationGC
Communication StudiesMA
Communication StudiesBA
Communication StudiesMS
Communication StudiesGC
Communication StudiesBS
Communications DisordersBS
Communications DisordersMS
Communications DisordersBA
Community Health EducationBS
Community Health EducationMS
Computer EngineeringBSEC
Computer Engineering TechnologyBS
Computer Information TechnologyBS
Computer ScienceMS
Construction ManagementBS
Correctional LeadershipGC
Counseling and Student PersonnelMS
Counselor Education and SupervisionEDD
Creative WritingMFA
Creative WritingBA
Critical ThinkingCERT
Cross-Disciplinary StudiesMS
Culturally Responsive TeachingGC
Dance Education (K-12)BS
Data Informed Decision Making to Improve Student LearningGC
Database TechnologiesCERT
Database TechnologyGC
Dental HygieneBS
Digital EducatorGC
Early Childhood Special EducationGC
Early Childhood Special EducationMED
Earth Science Teaching (5-12)BS
Earth SciencesBS
Earth SciencesBA
Education TechnologyMS
Education TechnologyGC
Educational LeadershipSPEC
Educational LeadershipMS
Educational LeadershipEDD
Educational StudiesMS
Educational Technology in the ClassroomGC
Electrical EngineeringBSEE
Electronic Engineering TechnologyBS
Elementary EducationBS
Elementary Education STEMCERT
Emotional/Behavioral DisordersGC
English LiteratureBA
English StudiesBA
English: Creative WritingBFA
Environmental ScienceBS
Environmental ScienceMS
Ethnic and Multi-Cultural StudiesMS
Ethnic StudiesBS
Exercise PhysiologyMS
Exercise ScienceBS
Experiential EducationMS
Family Consumer ScienceBS
Family Consumer Science EducationBS
Film and Media StudiesBA
Film and Media Studies BABA
Food Science TechnologyBS
Forensic Vocational RehabilitationGC
French EducationMS
French TeachingBS
Gender and Women's StudiesBS
Gender and Women's StudiesMS
Gender and Women's StudiesGC
Gender and Women's StudiesBA
Gender and Women's StudiesMA
Geographic Information SciencePSM
Geographic Information Science (GISc)CERT
Geographic Information Science (GISc)GC
Geography: ProfessionalBA
Geography: ProfessionalBS
German TeachingBS
Graduate Diversity Certificate: Training in Cultural DiversityGC
Health and Physical EducationBS
Improving Student LearningGC
Inclusive StrategiesGC
Industrial/Organizational PsychologyMA
Information SecurityCERT
Information Security & Risk ManagementPSM
Information SystemsBS
Information TechnologyMS
Instructional Media in the ClassroomGC
Instructional Technology and DesignGC
Integrated EngineeringBSE
Interdisciplinary StudiesBS
International BusinessBS
International RelationsBA
K-12 and Secondary Programs/Curriculum and InstructionSPEC
Law EnforcementCERT
Law EnforcementBA
Law EnforcementBS
Learning Communities and LeadershipGC
Learning DisabilitiesGC
Liberal Arts and SciencesAA
Life Science Teaching (5-12)BS
Local Government ManagementGC
Long-Term Care AdministrationGC
Long-Term Care AdministrationCERT
Manufacturing Engineering TechnologyBS
Manufacturing Engineering TechnologyMS
Marriage and Family CounselingGC
Mass MediaBS
Mass MediaBA
Mathematics and StatisticsMS
Mathematics EducationMS
Mathematics TeachingBS
Mechanical EngineeringBSME
Medical Laboratory ScienceBS
Modeling and SimulationGC
Museum StudiesCERT
Museum StudiesGC
Music EducationBS
Music IndustryBS
Music Industry, Audio ProductionBS
Networking TechnologiesCERT
Non-Profit LeadershipCERT
Nonprofit LeadershipGC
Nurse EducatorMS
Nurse EducatorGC
Nursing Practice (from BSN)DNP
Nursing Practice (from MSN)DNP
Nursing ScienceMSN
Philosophy, Politics and EconomicsBS
Philosophy, Politics and EconomicsBA
Physical EducationMA
Physics EducationMS
Physics TeachingBS
Political ScienceBS
Political ScienceBA
Post-Baccalaureate School Health EducationGC
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher LicensureGC
Post-Nursing Master's Certificate - Clinical Nurse SpecialistGC
Post-Nursing Master's Certificate - Family Nurse PractitionerGC
Professional PilotCERT
Project ManagementGC
Public AdministrationMPA
Public AdministrationGC
Public Health EducationGC
Quality Management SystemsGC
Recreation, Parks and Leisure ServicesBS
Rehabilitation CounselingMS
Renewable EnergyCERT
Renewable Energy Certificate ProgramCERT
RN Baccalaureate CompletionBS
Scandinavian StudiesBA
School Health EducationBS
School Health EducationMS
School Library and Information Studies MS
School PsychologyPSYD
Social StudiesBS
Social Studies TeachingBS
Social WorkMSW
Social WorkBSSW
Sociology CorrectionsMS
Sociology Human Service Planning and AdministrationMS
Sociology: Globalization StudiesBA
Sociology: Globalization StudiesBS
Sociology: GeneralMA
Software DevelopmentCERT
Spanish EducationMS
Spanish for the ProfessionsBS
Spanish for the ProfessionsMS
Spanish TeachingBS
Special EducationMS
Special Education- Autism Spectrum DisordersMS
Special Education: Academic and Behavioral StrategistBS
Special Education: Developmental DisabilitiesGC
Sport and Exercise PsychologyMA
Sport ManagementBS
Sport ManagementMA
Student Development and LearningGC
Teaching and LearningMS
Teaching English as a Second LanguageGC
Teaching Interdisciplinary HumanitiesGC
Teaching WritingGC
Technical CommunicationCERT
Technical CommunicationBS
Technical CommunicationsGC
Theatre ArtsBS
Theatre ArtsMFA
Theatre ArtsBA
Theatre ArtsBFA
Theatre ArtsMA
Urban and Regional StudiesBS
Urban and Regional StudiesMA
Urban PlanningMA
Urban PlanningGC
Wind Band ConductingMM
Program TitleAward
Autism Spectrum DisordersGC
Autism Spectrum DisordersGC
Coaching EducationGC
Communication StudiesGC
Digital EducatorGC
Education TechnologyMS
Education TechnologyGC
Educational Technology in the ClassroomGC
Emotional/Behavioral DisordersGC
Forensic Vocational RehabilitationGC
Information Security & Risk ManagementPSM
Instructional Technology and DesignGC
International BusinessBS
Law EnforcementCERT
Learning DisabilitiesGC
Long-Term Care AdministrationCERT
Non-Profit LeadershipCERT
Nursing ScienceMSN
Post-Nursing Master's Certificate - Clinical Nurse SpecialistGC
Post-Nursing Master's Certificate - Family Nurse PractitionerGC
Public Health EducationGC
School Library and Information Studies MS
Spanish for the ProfessionsMS
Teaching WritingGC
Technical CommunicationCERT
Technical CommunicationBS
Technical CommunicationsGC
The following degrees are available from this school:
  • Associate in Arts
  • Bach Sci-Mechanical Engineering
  • Bach of Science-Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Athletic Training
  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Science - Civil Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work
  • Certificate
  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Psychology
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Teaching
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Education
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Science Nursing
  • Master of Social Work
  • Professional Science Master's
  • Specialist
  • Specialized Graduate Certificate

Program minors
Many options available, including Alcohol & Drug Studies, Astronomy, Aviation Management, Community Health Education, Creative Writing, Database Technologies, Developmental/Adapted Physical Education (Teaching minor), Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Environmental Science, Ethnic Studies, Financial Planning, French, Gerontology, Human Resource Management, Military Science/Army ROTC, Scandinavian Studies, Teaching English as a Second Language, Theatre Arts, Urban and Regional Studies and more

Pre-professional programs
Fourteen available: Chiropractic Medicine, Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Mortuary Science, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine & Surgery, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Podiatric Medicine & Surgery, Teaching, Veterinary Science

Program emphases
Dance Therapy (pre-professional), Dance Generalist (Private Studio Teaching), Geographic Information Science certificate, Information Security certificate, Law Enforcement Management certificate, Music Industry certificate, Networking Technologies certificate, Nonprofit Leadership certificate, Software Development certificate, Technical Communication certificate

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Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees (2012-2013): $7,573

FAFSA Code: 002360

How to apply for financial aid

Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form. Many students don’t realize they could qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans, so be sure to find out by filling out the form.

Complete the FAFSA after Jan. 1 of your senior year. Find the form online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or pick up the form at your school counselor’s office. For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend.

The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:

Scholarships are a great source of aid, and you do not need to pay them back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds. Talk to your guidance counselor about what kind of scholarships you can get.

You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants of $300 to more than $7,000 per year. You do not need to pay these back.

Work study
Work study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college. Work study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your classes and personal schedules.

Student loans
You also may be eligible for student loans, which must be paid back. Student loans usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans.

Other ways to save

Reduced out-of-state tuition
Students from other states don’t always have to pay higher tuition if they want to attend the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. And 26 of the state colleges and universities allow students from other states to pay the lower in-state rates, so ask a college or university about its tuition charges.

Tax credits
Some college students also benefit from two federal tax credit programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.

Veterans are welcomed at the state colleges and universities. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by one of the on-campus veterans centers for information, support and assistance. Also, check with the campus financial aid office about benefits from the new Minnesota GI Bill. Or go to www.mymilitaryeducation.org.

Campus life

Intercollegiate Sports: Women's NCAA Division I hockey, Division II basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, volleyball; mens' NCAA Division I hockey, Division II baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, indoor and outdoor track, wrestling.

Student Activities: Almost 300 clubs and organizations, including academic student groups, student government and leadership, intramural sports, international student groups, honorary and professional fraternities and sororities, special-interest groups, religious organizations and more.

  • Accessibility Resources
  • Bookstore
  • Career Services
  • Center for Academic Success
  • Center for Academic Success
  • Child Care Resources
  • Counseling Center
  • Diversity and Multiculturalism Center
  • Emergency Contact System
  • Financial Aid
  • Fitness Center
  • Food Service/Dining Services
  • Graduate Studies Offices
  • Health Services
  • International Student Services
  • Library
  • New Student and Family Programs
  • Scholarship Foundation
  • Security
  • Student Advising
  • Student Employment Services
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Veterans Services
  • Honors Program
  • Speech Team
Arts and literature
  • Art
Broadcasting and journalism
  • Newspaper
Cheerleading and dance teams
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance Line
Community and human services
  • Community Service
Ethnicity, language and culture
  • Diversity
  • Ethnic or Cultural Group
Fraternities and sororities
  • Fraternities/Sororities
Health and fitness
  • Rugby
Military and veterans
  • ROTC
Personal development
  • Leadership Development
Politics and society
  • Student Government
Recreational and club sports
  • Intramural Sports
  • Lacrosse Club
  • Soccer Club
Religious and spiritual
  • Religious Organizations
Science and technology
  • Science Fairs or Project
Social organizations
  • Student Events Team
Theater, dance, music
  • Choir
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Marching Band
  • Orchestra
  • Small Vocal Groups
  • Theatre
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Track and Field
  • Wrestling
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball