Minnesota State


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.

Serving nearly 400,000 students, Minnesota State is the 5th largest system of public colleges and universities in the nation with 30 colleges, 7 universities, and 54 campuses across the state. We are also proud to partner with business an industry throughout Minnesota and beyond...

Students and employers alike can rest assured Minnesota State provides a high quality education. Our colleges and universities are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, and many of the academic programs offered have received specialized accreditations. Our faculty, too, are credentialed, experienced, and dedicated.

Minnesota State not only offers over 3,700 academic programs, but also offers the most affordable tuition in the state. The average annual tuition and fees for a full-time student at a Minnesota State college is $5,364, and $8,028 at a Minnesota State university.

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 senate.

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.