Minnesota State University--Mankato

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228 Wiecking Center

Mankato, MN 56001

Phone: (507) 389-1866
2013-2014 Tuition
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#75 Overall Score: 43 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Minnesota State University--Mankato is a public institution that was founded in 1867. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,504, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 303 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Minnesota State University--Mankato's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 75. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,531 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,010 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Minnesota State Mankato seeks to be known as a University where people expect to go further than they thought possible by combining knowledge and the passion to achieve great things. Our foundation for this vision is our heritage of both dedicated teaching and direct application of knowledge to improve a diverse community and world.

Approximately 85 miles southwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota State Mankato sits atop 303 acres overlooking the Minnesota River Valley; Greater Mankato has a population of nearly 50,000. Minnesota State Mankato at 7700 France Avenue in Edina serves students in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area with classes in more than 20 areas of study, including graduate education in business, educational leadership and nursing.

The University community consists of more than 15,400 students including nearly 600 international students from 80+ countries, approximately 1,800 faculty and staff, including more than 640 teaching faculty, 86 percent with terminal degrees, more than 1,000 students of color and more than 100,000 alumni worldwide

The University offers more than 150 undergraduate programs and more than 100 graduate programs including four applied doctorates. These programs are offered through six academic colleges: Allied Health and Nursing; Arts and Humanities; Business; Education; Science, Engineering and Technology; and Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Academic quality as recognized by 24 national accrediting agencies including the North Central Association of Colleges and AACSB International (MBA program)
One of 11 U.S. universities to receive Campus Technology magazine's 2009 Campus Technology Innovator award.

Applied research opportunities through the Center for Applied Social Services; Center on Aging; Center for Continuous Learning; Center for School-University Partnerships; Force Science Research Center; International Renewable Energy Technology Institute; Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change; Minnesota Center for Automotive Research; Minnesota Center for Engineering and Manufacturing Excellence; Minnesota Rapid Prototyping & Production Center; Space Image Processing Center; Strategic Business, Education and Regional Partnerships; the annual Undergraduate Research Conference; and the Water Resources Center.

Opportunities for global learning through international partnerships with universities, businesses and organizations; and international lectures and cultural events including the annual International Festival and annual Asian-Pacific American, Pan-African Leadership, Native Nations, and Chicano-Latino conferences

Four of the Minnesota Department of Education's TRIO programs (Upward Bound, Student Support Services, Educational Talent Search and McNair Achievement) serving both underrepresented pre-college and college students
NCAA Division I WCHA men's and women's hockey; NCAA Division II men's baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, swimming, tennis, track, and wrestling; and NCAA Division II women's basketball (2009 National Champions), bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball.

A vibrant campus life with more than 200 academic student groups, intramural sports, leadership and religious organizations, honorary and professional fraternities and sororities, and special interest groups; a nationally recognized Service-Learning program with more than 2,000 students participating; a Women's Center and an LGBT Center that helped earn Minnesota State Mankato's status as one of the 100 Best Campuses for LGBT students by The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1867
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $34,742,000


When applying to Minnesota State University--Mankato, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 16. The application fee at Minnesota State University--Mankato is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 66.2 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 66.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 16

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Minnesota State University--Mankato is 27:1, and the school has 31.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Minnesota State University--Mankato include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Social Sciences; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 75 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 27:1
4-year graduation rate 22%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 24%
Education 11%
Social Sciences 9%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 7%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 5%

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Student Life

Minnesota State University--Mankato has a total undergraduate enrollment of 13,504, with a gender distribution of 49.1 percent male students and 50.9 percent female students. At this school, 19 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 81 percent of students live off campus. Minnesota State University--Mankato is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 15,441
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Minnesota State University--Mankato offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Minnesota State University--Mankato also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Minnesota State University--Mankato, 40 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Minnesota State University--Mankato.

Students who have cars on campus 40%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Minnesota State University--Mankato, 58.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,951.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,531 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $15,010 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,368 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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