Minnesota State University--Moorhead

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1104 Seventh Avenue S

Moorhead, MN 56563

Phone: (218) 477-4000
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Aug. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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#108 Overall Score: 33 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Minnesota State University--Moorhead is a public institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,426, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 119 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Minnesota State University--Moorhead's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 108. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,816 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,714 (2013-14).

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

Minnesota State University Moorhead, with an enrollment of more than 8,889 full and part-time students, offers 76 undergraduate majors with 141 emphases, and 12 graduate degree programs. Included in our majors are 31 areas of teacher licensure preparation. Our professional programs are grounded in the liberal arts, designed to provide a broad base of knowledge and cultural themes. As a part of the higher education system established by the State of Minnesota, the University provides the advantages of a quality education at the lower costs made possible by the support of Minnesota's citizens.

Moorhead, Minnesota and Fargo, North Dakota are education-minded communities with Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, and Concordia College on one side of the Red River, North Dakota State University on the other. The two cities support a symphony orchestra, a community band, area youth orchestra, community Jazz Arts Group, community opera, community theatre, and several art galleries. Minnesota State University Moorhead regularly offers a Performing Arts Series, monthly art exhibits, and a number of dramatic and musical programs.

The character of this metropolitan community of more than 174,000 is also determined by its rural traditions. Situated in the rich farming land of the Red River Valley, Fargo-Moorhead is the hub for wholesale and retail trade, communications, transportation, industry, and medical care in the Upper Midwest.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1887
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $9,576,000


When applying to Minnesota State University--Moorhead, it's important to note the application deadline is August 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Minnesota State University--Moorhead is $20. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 83.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 83.6%
Application deadline August 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Minnesota State University--Moorhead is 21:1, and the school has 40.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Minnesota State University--Moorhead include: Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Visual and Performing Arts; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 67 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 21:1
4-year graduation rate 21%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 18%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 16%
Health Professions and Related Programs 11%
Visual and Performing Arts 9%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7%

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Student Life

Minnesota State University--Moorhead has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,426, with a gender distribution of 40.9 percent male students and 59.1 percent female students. At this school, 26 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 74 percent of students live off campus. Minnesota State University--Moorhead is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,904
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--Moorhead offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Minnesota State University--Moorhead 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). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Minnesota State University--Moorhead.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Minnesota State University--Moorhead, 62.5 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $4,591.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,816 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $14,714 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,132 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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