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Minnesota State University-Mankato: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn what degree programs Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN, offers. Research its academics, and read about its admission and financial aid info to make an informed education decision.

About Minnesota State University in Mankato

Minnesota State University in Mankato is a 4-year, public school located about an hour south of Minneapolis. In 2011, U.S. News and World Report ranked the university number 70 on its list of 'Regional Universities (Midwest)' and number 20 on its list of 'Top Public Schools (Midwest).' The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


Minnesota State University in Mankato operates eight colleges: the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; the College of Science, Engineering and Technology; the College of Graduate Studies and Research; the College of Extended Learning; the College of Education; the College of Arts and Humanities; the College of Business and the College of Allied Health and Nursing. Overall, the university offers one associate's degree program, about 134 bachelor's degree programs and over 70 master's, doctoral and specialist degree programs. In addition to in-person courses, the school offers online classes as well as fully online undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Students may participate in research through one of the school's many research institutes. The institutes focus on areas such as peace and change, transportation, energy technology and aging. Students may also study abroad in locations like Japan, Germany and Norway, and may also intern, work and volunteer abroad in countries such as Spain, Vietnam and the Dominican Republic. The school operates an exchange program with 14 overseas universities in which participating students pay Minnesota State University tuition rates to study abroad.


Undergraduate students may apply online or by mail using a school-specific application; the school does not accept the common application. Applications for fall entrance are due by August 17. The school has a rolling admission notification policy. Graduate students may apply for admission online. Graduate applications are due July 1 for fall admission and November 1 for spring admission.

In 2011, the school enrolled about 16,000 students, approximately 14,000 of which were undergraduates. In that year, the school received 6,179 applications and accepted 5,422 of applicants, resulting in an 89% admissions rate. The school's population derives from 75 countries and includes about 600 international students.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, undergraduate in-state students paid $262.34 per credit hour in tuition, while out-of-state students paid $564.04 per credit hour. Students eligible to participate in the Midwest exchange program paid $393.51 per credit hour in tuition for the 2012-2013 school year.

The school accepts loans, but also offers grants, scholarships, work-study programs and childcare programs. Some scholarships are merit based. In the childcare program, the school provides low-cost childcare to students in need.

School Type 4-year, public**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Terms*
School Setting Remote town**
Student Body About 14,000 undergraduate and 2,700 graduate students**
Student Housing 5 on-campus residence halls are available*
Schools and Programs 8 schools, 134 bachelors degree programs and 70 graduate degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 25:1**
Most Popular Fields of Study In 2011 -
Associate's: Liberal Arts and Sciences (48)
Bachelor's: Business, Management and Marketing (428)
Master's: Education (169)
Doctoral: Education (68)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 50% overall graduation rate (fall 2011)**
Admissions Rate 89% (fall 2011)**
Entering Class Size 2,407 full time students***
First Year Retention Rates 77% of full-time students and 35% of part-time students**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% ACT composite: 20-24 (fall 2011)**
Application Due Date August 17 for fall entrance*
Decision Notification Date Rolling admission*
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition $262.34 per credit hour for undergraduate students (2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available In 2010-2011 for all undergraduate students -
Grants or scholarships: 47%
Federal student loans: 62%**
Percent of Students Receiving Aid 89% of first-time undergraduate students**

Sources: *University of Minnesota in Mankato, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Info

  • Main Address: Office of Admissions, 122 Taylor Center, Mankato, MN 56001
  • Phone: (507) 389-1822
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