Minnesota State Colleges and Universities


The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system of distinct and collaborative institutions offers higher education that meets the personal and career goals of a wide range of individual learners, enhances the quality of life for all Minnesotans and sustains vibrant economies throughout the state.


The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system will enable the people of Minnesota to succeed by providing the most accessible, highest value education in the nation.


Strategic Framework for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities

Charting the Future for a Prosperous Minnesota


Accountability Dashboard - The Accountability Dashboard for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system is designed to track progress in reaching the system's strategic goals and to encourage continuous improvement of system institutions.

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is the fifth largest system of public colleges and universities in the country. It consists of 31 institutions with 54 campuses across the state and serves more 410,000 students each year.   

The law creating the system was passed by the Minnesota Legislature in 1991 and went into effect July 1, 1995. The law merged the state's community colleges, technical colleges, and state universities into one system.

System Governance

Board of Trustees - The system is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees. Trustees are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senator.

System Chancellor - Steven J. Rosenstone is the system chancellor who serves as the system president. He began his term on August 1, 2011.

College and University Presidents - Each college and university within the system is headed by a president who serves as the chief executive officer. The presidents report to the system chancellor.

System Budget

The system has a budget of about $1.9 billion a year. About $837 million comes from tuition, and the remainder from state appropriations and other sources. Both the Minnesota Senate and the House of Representatives have higher education committees that oversee the system's operations and finances.

Operating Budgets
Legislative Budget Requests

System Policies and Procedures

Policies and procedures are approved by the system's Board of Trustees.