Minnesota State University Mankato

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School Overview

Mankato, a modest town with a population of 53,000, is home to Minnesota State University, Manakato (MSU). The town is located about 75 miles (121 km) southwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The university is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and University System (MnSCU). In addition to its main campus, the universit has two remote satellite locations, one in Edina and the other in Owatonna. With a student body of over 15,000, the school is the third-largest in the state (as of Fall, 2011). Employing over 600 full-time faculty, MSU has student to faculty ratio of 28 to 1. MSU boasts a large selection of undergraduate programs (158) and graduate programs (82) and was the first university in America to offer a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Forensics.

The Mankato branch of Minnesota State University currently offers 158 undergraduate degrees, 82 graduate degrees, and 16 graduate-prep programs. MSU programs are supported by six academic colleges: Social and Behavioral Sciences, Science, Business, Allied Health and Nursing, Engineering and Technology, and Education. MSU offers doctorate degrees in psychology, nursing practice, and education.

General Information

Admission Office

122 Taylor Center

Mankato, MN 56001

(507) 389-1822

(800) 722-0544

Fax: (507) 389-1511

Contact: Walt Wolff

Director of Admissions
Main Address

122 Taylor Center

Mankato, MN 56001

(507) 389-1822


Total undergrads: 12,815

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,360

Degree-seeking undergrads: 12,251

Graduate enrollment: 1,700


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $20

Online application fee: $20
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 73%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 80%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Food Science B
Plant Sciences B

Architecture & Related Programs

City/Community/Regional Planning B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

French Studies B
German Studies B
Scandinavian Area Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Arts – General B
Ceramics B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Drawing B
Fiber/Textile/Weaving Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Management/Merchandising B
Painting B
Sculpture B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Anatomy B
Bacteriology B
Biochemistry B
Biology B
Biotechnology B
Botany B
Ecology B
Genetics B
Toxicology B
Zoology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Banking/Financial Services B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Financial Planning B
Human Resources Management B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Management Science B
Operations Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B

Construction Trades

Building/Property Maintenance B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Computer Teacher Education B
Curriculum/Instruction B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
German Teacher Education B
Health Occupations Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Speech Teacher Education B
Teacher education, multiple levels C
Technology/Industrial Arts Education B


Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Automotive Engineering Technology B
Computer Engineering B
Electrical Engineering Technologies B
Manufacturing Technologies B
Mechanical Engineering Technology B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B
Technical/Business Writing B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Family/Community Services B
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B
Housing Studies B
Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Communication Disorders B
Cytotechnology B
Dental Hygiene B
Health System Administration B
Nursing (RN) B
Nursing – Preoperative/Surgical B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Public Health B
Public Health Education B
Recreational Therapy B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A


Mathematics – General B

Mechanic & Repair Technologies

Automotive Technology B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Gerontology B
Mathematics/Computer Science B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Human Services B
Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Corrections B
Law Enforcement Administration B,C
Police Science B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B
Urban Studies B

Transportation & Materials Moving

Aviation Management B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Minnesota State University-Mankato Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (507) 389-1866
Website: https://mankato.mnsu.edu/
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: https://mankato.mnsu.edu/future-students/apply/
Address: South Rd and Ellis Ave, Mankato, MN 56001
Setting: City: Small
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 14,325
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 47%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 22 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 7,977 (56% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $8,438
Out-of-state Tuition: $16,730
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 88%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $5,537

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Minnesota State University-Mankato Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Minnesota State University-Mankato.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 1
Architecture and Related Services 11
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 352
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 32
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 682
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 121
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 533
Education 1623132
Engineering 162
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 142
English Language and Literature/Letters 442
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 111
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 132
Health Professions and Related Programs 3771
History 111
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 221
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 22
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 132
Natural Resources and Conservation 11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 34
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 241
Psychology 2131
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 113
Social Sciences 586
Transportation and Materials Moving 2
Visual and Performing Arts 104
Grand total 571112684

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Minnesota State University-Mankato and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,438
Out-of-state $16,730
Books and supplies $1,042

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,474
Out-of-state $8,474

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 2,074 88%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,383 59% $5,537
Student loan aid 1,509 64% $8,728

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 6,768 54% $5,624
Federal student loans 6,359 51% $6,238

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Minnesota State University-Mankato. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Minnesota State University-Mankato students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 10,349 4,541 5,808
Percent admitted 100% 61% 64%
Percent admitted who enrolled 22% 22% 22%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Minnesota State University-Mankato Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 14,325
Undergraduate enrollment 12,490
Graduate enrollment 1,835

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Minnesota State University-Mankato Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
  • American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation
    • Dental Hygiene (DH)
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

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