Minnesota State University, Mankato
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: 18,229
- Full-time students: 78%
- Part-time students: 22%
- Percent female: 54%
- Percent male: 46%
- Percent students of color: 13%
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.
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.
The following degrees are available from Minnesota State University, Mankato
- 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
- Doctor of Education
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Doctor of Psychology
- Graduate Certificate
- Master of Accounting
- Master of Arts
- Master of Arts in Teaching
- Master of Business Administration
- 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
Tuition & finance
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. When filling out the FAFSA from, you will have the opportunity to designate a code for schools you are interested in attending. Minnesota State Mankato's FAFSA code is 002360.
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 can also visit www.mnsu.edu/scholarshipfinder to find a searchable database of scholarships available for first-year and transfer students, as well as department- and college-specific scholarships.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
- 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
- New Student and Family Programs
- Scholarship Foundation
- Student Advising
- Student Employment Services
- TRIO Student Support Services
- Technology Center
- Transfer Assistance
- Veterans Services
- Honors Program
- Speech Team
- Dance Line
- Community Service
- Ethnic or Cultural Group
- Leadership Development
- Student Government
- Intramural Sports
- Lacrosse Club
- Soccer Club
- Religious Organizations
- Science Fairs or Project
- Student Events Team
- Concert Band
- Jazz Ensemble
- Marching Band
- Small Vocal Groups
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Track and Field
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