Minnesota State University

Minnesota State University Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Mankato, Minnesota State University is a 4-year, public university that offers a range of programs in education, health professions and social sciences. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is Minnesota State University - Mankato the School for You?

Minnesota State University - Mankato (MSUM) is located 85 miles outside the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The campus sits on 303 acres, and students enjoy a remote town atmosphere. MSUM was one of only 11 universities to receive the 2009 Campus Technology Innovator award conferred by Campus Technology magazine. In 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked the college 70th among top regional universities in the Midwest. Weigh the facts below to decide if Minnesota State University - Mankato is the school for you.


  • Total cost (including tuition and fees and room and board) is nearly $3,000 lower than the national average
  • High number of academic programs


  • Graduation rate is 20 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is nine higher than the national average
  • High number of TAs teaching classes

Rankings & School Analysis

As a student at MSUM, you'll enjoy access to over 140 undergraduate programs. In addition to majors in fields as varied as aging studies, anthropology and aviation, MSUM offers 14 pre-professional programs, including dentistry, mortuary science, pharmacy and optometry.

While MSUM's 4-year graduation rate was only 20% for first-time students who graduated in 2009, the rate rose to 50% for students graduating in six years. In 2011, MSUM's student-to-faculty ratio was 25 to 1, and 38% of teachers were graduate assistants. Despite this, just over 10% of classes had more than 50 students, and nearly 27% of classes had less than 20, according to U.S. News & World Report.

In-state students at MSUM enjoy a lower total cost than their counterparts at other 4-year, public universities. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), Minnesota residents who attended MSUM paid $14,899 for tuition and fees and room and board in 2012-2013, compared to a national average of $17,860.

Getting In & Financial Aid at Minnesota State University - Mankato

Under MSUM's rolling application process, you can submit your completed application, along with a $20 fee, no later than five working days before classes start. MSUM guarantees admission to applicants who meet college prep requirements and rank in the top 50% of their high school class. Students who do not rank in the top 50% of their class are guaranteed admission if they achieve an ACT composite score of 21, meet the college prep requirements and have a satisfactory class rank.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2011) Rolling*
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline (No year given) March 15**
Application Fee (2012-2013) $20***
Acceptance Rate (2012-2013) 66%***
Tuition and Fees (2012-2013) $7,531 for MN residents; $15,010 for out-of-state residents***
Average Financial Aid Package (2011) $4,756*
Percent of Students with Need Met (No year given) 24%**
Average Student Debt at Graduation (No year given) $29,415**
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 5.4%***

Student Life at Minnesota State University - Mankato

MSUM offers students coed and fraternity/sorority housing in addition to accommodations for students with disabilities. Students reside in five residential housing locations that include the Stadium Heights Apartments. You'll have access to several meal plan options, including weekly meals and a flexible semester-based plan. Keep in mind the university does not offer meal plans for the summer session.

As a student at MSUM, you can choose from more than 100 student organizations and clubs. Recognized organizations for the 2012-2013 academic year included a range of religious, academic and honorary clubs. In addition, MSUM has 15 sororities and fraternities. Students enjoy a range of sports at the Division I and II intercollegiate and intramural levels, including baseball, basketball, bowling and football.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Remote***
Student Population (2011) 13,724 undergraduate; 1,985 graduate***
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 49% to 51%***
% of Full-Time Students (2011) 85%***
% of In-State Students (2010) 85%***
% of International Students (2010) 0%***
Retention Rate (2010-2011) 77%***
Campus Housing Available Yes***
% of Undergraduate Students Living On Campus 25%**
Number of Libraries 1****
Extracurricular Activities More than 100****

Article Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **College Board, ***NCES College Navigator, ****Minnesota State University - Mankato Website.

School Contact Information

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