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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 more than 80 graduate programs are offered in Mankato as well as at locations in the Twin Cities and online.

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 more than 1,100 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 halls, state-of-the-art chemistry building and alternative energy complex. A new Clinical Sciences Building and a new dining center will open in 2017.
  • 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.

Student Enrollment and Demographics

  • Total number of students served: 17,981
  • Full-time students: 76%
  • Part-time students: 23%
  • Percent female: 53%
  • Percent male: 46%
  • Percent students of color: 13%

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


• On Campus • Off Campus
Five residence communities provide accommodations for 3,000 students with an emphasis on academic and personal success. Suite-style living is available in both Preska and Julia A. Sears residence communities. 3-, 4- and 5-person apartment-style housing is available at Stadium Heights Residence Community, including Transfer Student Housing. Traditional double rooms include sinks in each room; air-conditioning is provided in renovated rooms in Crawford and McElroy.


• Bus
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


• On Street • Off Street
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


Admission 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 Title Award
Accounting MS
Accounting MACC
Accounting BS
Aging Studies MS
Aging Studies GC
Alcohol and Drug Studies BS
American Indigenous Studies BS
American Indigenous Studies BA
American Indigenous Studies CERT
Anthropology MS
Anthropology BS
Anthropology BA
Applied Organizational Studies BS
Applied Statistics MS
Art MA
Art BA
Art History BA
Art Teaching BS
Athletic Training MS
Athletic Training BA
Autism Spectrum Disorders GC
Automotive Engineering Technology MS
Automotive Engineering Technology BS
Aviation BS
Biochemistry BS
Biochemistry BA
Biology MS
Biology BS
Biology Education MS
Biotechnology BS
Business Administration MBA
Business Analytics CERT
Chemistry BA
Chemistry - ACS Approved BS
Chemistry Teaching BS
Choral Conducting MM
Civil Engineering BSCE
Clinical Psychology MA
Cognitive Science BS
Communication Arts and Literature - Education BS
Communication Arts and Literature - Education, English BS
Communication Education GC
Communication Studies MA
Communication Studies MS
Communication Studies GC
Communication Studies BS
Communication Studies BA
Communication and Composition MS
Communications Disorders MS
Communications Disorders BS
Communications Disorders BA
Community Health Education MS
Community Health Education BS
Computer Application Development BAS
Computer Engineering BSEC
Computer Engineering Technology BS
Computer Information Technology BS
Computer Science MS
Computer, Keyboard, and Related Technology GC
Construction Management BS
Corrections BS
Counseling and Student Personnel MS
Counselor Education and Supervision EDD
Creative Writing MFA
Creative Writing BA
Critical Thinking CERT
Cultural Diversity GC
Culturally Responsive Teaching GC
Dance BA
Dance BS
Dance BFA
Dance Education (K-12) BS
Data Informed Decision Making to Improve Student Learning GC
Database Technologies CERT
Database Technology GC
Dental Hygiene BS
Digital Educator GC
Early Childhood Special Education MS
Earth Science BS
Earth Science BA
Earth Science Teaching (5-12) BS
Economics BA
Economics BS
Education MAT
Education Technology MS
Education Technology GC
Educational Leadership EDD
Educational Leadership SPEC
Educational Leadership MS
Educational Studies MS
Educational Technology in the Classroom GC
Electrical Engineering MS
Electrical Engineering BSEE
Electronic Engineering Technology BS
Elementary Education MS
Elementary Education BS
Elementary Education STEM CERT
Engineering MS
Engineering Management PSM
English MA
English BA
English Literature BA
English Studies BA
English: Creative Writing BFA
Environmental Geology CERT
Environmental Science MS
Environmental Science BS
Ethnic Studies BS
Ethnic and Multi-Cultural Studies MS
Exercise Physiology MS
Exercise Science BS
Experiential Education MS
Experiential Learning Leadership GC
Experimental Psychology CERT
Family Consumer Science BS
Family Consumer Science Education BS
Film and Media Studies BA
Film and Media Studies BA BA
Finance BS
Food Science Technology BS
Forensics MFA
French MS
French BA
French BS
French Education MS
French Teaching BS
Gender and Women's Studies MA
Gender and Women's Studies MS
Gender and Women's Studies GC
Gender and Women's Studies BS
Gender and Women's Studies BA
General Psychology GC
Geoarcheology CERT
Geographic Information Science PSM
Geographic Information Science (GISc) GC
Geographic Information Science (GISc) CERT
Geography MS
Geography BA
Geography BS
Geography: Professional BS
Geography: Professional BA
Geology BS
Geomorphology and Earth Surface Processes CERT
German BS
German BA
German Teaching BS
Global Solutions in Engineering and Technology GC
Health and Physical Education BS
History MS
History MA
History GC
History BS
History BA
Humanities BA
Improving Student Learning GC
Inclusive Strategies GC
Industrial/Organizational Psychology MA
Information Security CERT
Information Security & Risk Management PSM
Information Technology MS
Instructional Media in the Classroom GC
Instructional Technology and Design GC
Integrated Engineering BSE
Interdisciplinary Studies BS
International Business BS
International Relations BA
Internet of Things CERT
Law Enforcement BS
Learning Communities and Leadership GC
Liberal Arts and Sciences AA
Life Science Teaching (5-12) BS
Local Government Management GC
Long-Term Care Administration GC
Long-Term Care Administration CERT
Management BS
Management Information Systems BS
Manufacturing Engineering Technology MS
Manufacturing Engineering Technology BS
Marketing BS
Marriage and Family Counseling GC
Mass Media BA
Mass Media BS
Mathematics MA
Mathematics BS
Mathematics BA
Mathematics Education MS
Mathematics Teaching BS
Mathematics and Statistics MS
Mechanical Engineering BSME
Medical Laboratory Science BS
Modeling and Simulation GC
Museum Studies GC
Museum Studies CERT
Music MM
Music BA
Music Education BS
Music Industry BS
Music Industry, Audio Production BS
Networking Technologies CERT
Non-Profit Leadership CERT
Nonprofit Leadership GC
Nurse Educator MS
Nurse Educator GC
Nursing BS
Nursing Practice (from BSN) DNP
Nursing Practice (from MSN) DNP
Nursing Science MSN
Philosophy BS
Philosophy BA
Philosophy, Politics and Economics BA
Philosophy, Politics and Economics BS
Physical Education MA
Physics MS
Physics BS
Physics Education MS
Physics Teaching BS
Political Science BS
Political Science BA
Post-Baccalaureate School Health Education GC
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure GC
Post-Nursing Master's Certificate - Clinical Nurse Specialist GC
Post-Nursing Master's Certificate - Family Nurse Practitioner GC
Professional Pilot CERT
Project Management GC
Project-based Engineering CERT
Psychology BA
Psychology BS
Public Administration MPA
Public Health Education GC
Public Management GC
Quality Management Systems GC
RN Baccalaureate Completion BS
Reading MS
Reading GC
Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services BS
Rehabilitation Counseling MS
Renewable Energy CERT
Renewable Energy Certificate Program CERT
Scandinavian Studies BA
School Health Education MS
School Health Education BS
School Library and Information Studies MS
School Psychology PSYD
Social Studies BS
Social Studies Teaching BS
Social Work MSW
Social Work BSSW
Sociology BS
Sociology BA
Sociology Corrections MS
Sociology Human Service Planning and Administration MS
Sociology: Globalization Studies BA
Sociology: Globalization Studies BS
Sociology: General MA
Software Development CERT
Spanish MS
Spanish BA
Spanish BS
Spanish Education MS
Spanish Teaching BS
Spanish for the Professions MS
Spanish for the Professions BS
Special Education MS
Special Education- Autism Spectrum Disorders MS
Special Education: Academic and Behavioral Strategies BS
Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders GC
Special Education: Developmental Disabilities GC
Special Education: Early Childhood Special Education GC
Special Education: Emotional/Behavioral Disorders GC
Special Education: Learning Disabilities GC
Sport Management MA
Sport Management BS
Sport and Exercise Psychology MA
Statistics BS
Student Development and Learning GC
Taxation GC
Teaching English as a Second Language GC
Teaching English as a Second Language GC
Teaching Interdisciplinary Humanities GC
Teaching Writing GC
Teaching and Learning MS
Technical Communication BS
Technical Communication CERT
Technical Communications GC
Technical Integration & Design CERT
Technologist GC
Theatre Arts MFA
Theatre Arts MA
Theatre Arts BFA
Theatre Arts BS
Theatre Arts BA
Urban Planning MA
Urban Planning GC
Urban and Regional Studies MA
Urban and Regional Studies BS
Wellness Coaching and Disease Prevention MS
Wind Band Conducting MM

The following degrees are available from Minnesota State University, Mankato

  • Associate of Arts
  • Bach Sci-Mechanical Engineering
  • Bach of Science-Computer Engineering
  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts
  • 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 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
  • Specialist

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

Tuition & finance

Tuition and Fees USD7,859.00
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 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 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
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

Campus Life

Intercollegiate Sports: Women's NCAA Division I hockey, Division II basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, 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. Almost 2,000 students participate in our nationally recognized service-learning program.

  • 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
  • TRIO Student Support Services
  • Technology Center
  • Transfer Assistance
  • 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
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato
122 Taylor Center
Mankato, MN 56001
Toll-Free: (800) 722-0544
Local: (507) 389-1822
TTY: (800) 627-3529

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