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Minnesota State University
MSU logo
Motto Go further than you thought possible
Established 1867
Type Public
Endowment $24.4 million[1]
President Richard Davenport
Faculty 600 full-time
Staff 1,300
Students 16,856 (Fall 2009)
Undergraduates 14,921
Postgraduates 1,805
Doctoral students 130
Location Mankato, MN, USA
Campus Small city / >300 acres (1.2 km²)
Colors Purple & Gold
Nickname Mavericks
Mascot Stomper
Athletics Mens: 11 varsity teams
Womens: 12 varsity teams

Minnesota State University (MSU) is a public four-year university located in Mankato, Minnesota, a community of 50,000 located 75 miles southwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul. As of Fall 2009, the student body is the third-largest in the state of Minnesota with nearly 17,000 students, with the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus ranking first. There are two satellite campuses, one in the Twin Cities suburb of Edina and the other in Owatonna. It is the top university in the state when it comes to raising private funds. Students are served by 600 full-time faculty members creating a 28:1 student to faculty ratio. The school was founded in 1867 with only 27 total students enrolled and is now part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU). The current President is Dr. Richard Davenport, who began his term in 2002. The athletic teams are known as the Minnesota State University Mavericks with school colors of purple and gold. Teams primarily compete at the NCAA Division II level in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The exceptions are the Men's and Women's ice hockey teams who compete at the NCAA Division I level, in the highly regarded Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). Minnesota State University currently offers 158 undergraduate programs of study, 82 graduate programs and is the first institution in the United States to offer a Master of Fine Arts degree in Forensics. Each student attending MSU pays a .43 cent per credit fee to sustain the Minnesota State University Student Association, a student lead non-profit that advocates on behalf of all Minnesota State University students.



The institution has the distinction of being the first public college in the United States to be headed by a woman, suffragette Julia Sears, in 1872.

The Ostrander-Student Memorial Bell Tower stands in the MSU campus arboretum. Its construction was made possible by a donation from Lloyd B. Ostrander, a 1927 MSU graduate, his wife, Mildred, and donations from the MSU Student Association and other contributors. The Bell Tower was completed in 1989.

Minnesota State University has previously been named:

  • Mankato Normal School 1867–1921
  • Mankato State Teachers College 1921–1957
  • Mankato State College 1957–1975
  • Mankato State University 1975–1999
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato 1999–present


  • George M. Gage 1868-72
  • Julia A. Sears 1872-73
  • Rev. David C. John 1873-80


  • Edward Searing 1880-98
  • Charles H. Cooper 1898–1930
  • Dr. Frank D. McElroy 1930-46
  • Dr. Clarence L. Crawford 1946-65
  • Dr. Melvin G. Scarlett 1965-66 (acting president)
  • Dr. James F. Nickerson 1966-73
  • Dr. Kent Alm 1973-74 (acting president)
  • Dr. Douglas R. Moore 1974-78
  • Edward McMahon 1978-79 (acting president)
  • Dr. Margaret R. Preska 1979-92
  • Dr. John B. Davis, Jr. 1992 (acting president)
  • Dr. Richard R. Rush 1992–2001
  • Dr. Karen Boubel 2001-02 (interim president)
  • Dr. Richard Davenport 2002–present
Minnesota State University

Academic profile

MSU currently offers 158 undergraduate programs of study, including 16 preprofessional programs, and 82 graduate programs. These are divided into six colleges:

  • Allied Health and Nursing
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Business
  • Education
  • Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

MSU also confers Master's degrees in these areas, and is the first institution in the United States to offer a Master of Fine Arts degree in Forensics. Doctorate degrees are offered in Nursing Practice, Education and Psychology.

The university is accredited by 25 national accrediting agencies, including the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Master of Arts Program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Minnesota State University, Mankato offers one of the most prestigious I/O Psychogy Master's Programs in the United States. It has been consistently ranked high in both academic resources along with student rankings. In SIOP's (Society for Industrial and Organization Psychology) last rankings of MA/MS programs, MSU's program ranked first in students' ratings, fifth in program resources, and 7th in program culture [2]. The program uses a scientist/practitioner training model and prepares graduates for a variety of occupations in management consulting, human resources, and market research. Students are able to present their research at the annual Midwest Psychology Conference in Owatonna, MN along with various other presentation opportunities around the United States [3]. The I/O Department also runs their own consulting company entitled The Organizational Effectiveness Research Group. Students are able to gain first hand experience working in this consulting firm while completing their degree.

Graduate Students present their master's thesis research to peers at the annual IOOB Conference in Chicago, IL

Such esteemed academic work has resulted in a high ratio of graduates being placed in various prestigious consulting jobs [4].

Along with strong education training, graduates embark on an international trip every other year to gain real world experience around the globe. Past trips have included, South Africa (2008), Vietnam (2007), South East Asia (2005), and Spain & Portugal (2003).

Masters Degree in Experiential Education

The Masters Degree in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University is the oldest graduate degree program in experiential education in the United States. The program is located in the Educational Leadership department and offers continually-increasing options for graduate students to explore their passions in experiential education. This program was originally started in 1971, as a joint venture between Mankato State University (now Minnesota State University) and Minnesota Outward Bound School (now apart of Outward Bound Wilderness). Much of the program's foundation is based on the principles of John Dewey's philosophy of education. In addition to their classroom experiences, the program offers students an opportunity to develop meaningful experiences away from school through practicums, internships, field-based and project-based activities. Although there is a strong and still viable tradition of involvement in outdoor oriented activities, the department is committed to the idea that experiential education is broad and can be integrated into multiple facets of education.

The Master's program holds to the fundamental assumption that cognitive understanding must be coupled with educative experiences for learning to occur. Therefore, graduate students in the program are encouraged, and even required, to leave the classroom and develop meaningful learning experiences for themselves. Whether their interest is outdoor programming, classroom teaching, administration, psychological interventions or others, the program gives students academic credit for practicing and implementing what they have learned. The program is designed for strongly self-directed individuals who want to research, test, and investigate different approaches to experiential education. The goal of this multi-faceted program is to unite practical skills with scholarly pursuits in the interests of the individual student.

Student accommodations

MSU has four student housing complexes.

  • McElroy Residence Community, 1000 residents, consists of five four-story halls. All the halls are connected to each other through a central hallway.
  • Crawford Residence Community, 800 residents, consists of four four-story halls. All the halls are connected to each other through a central hallway. Crawford and McElroy are connected by Carkoski Commons.
  • Gage Residence Community, 1200 residents, consists of two thirteen-story towers. The two towers are connected through Gage commons.
  • Julia A. Sears Residence Community, 600 residents, consists of four four-story halls. All the halls are connected to each other through a central hallway.


Stomper, Minnesota State University - mascot

The athletic teams of Minnesota State are the Mavericks. More than 600 students participate each year in athletics each year for the university. It offers teams in men's and women's hockey and basketball, football, baseball, golf, swimming, track, cross country, tennis, wrestling, soccer, golf, volleyball, and softball. The men's and women's ice hockey teams both compete in the Division I WCHA, along with four other Minnesota-based college teams. Other university athletic teams will compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference of NCAA Division II starting in 2008-09 due to the disbanding of the North Central Conference.

2008 Minnesota Vikings training camp at Blakeslee Stadium.

Minnesota State University has been the location of the summer training camp for the Minnesota Vikings National Football League team for over 40 years.

Former PGA Professional Mike Zinni is the head coach of the MSU Men's Golf Team. In 1947 the Mavericks lost in the championship game to Marshall University 73-59. Minnesota State head men's hockey coach Troy Jutting was named the WCHA Coach of the Year for the 2007-08 season.

Minnesota State's wrestling squad finished the 2007-08 campaign with a second-place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships.

Minnesota State wrestlers Jason Rhoten and Andy Pickar each won individual national championships during the 2007-08 season.

Junior pole vaulter Kaitlin Rains claimed her second NCAA Division II Indoor Pole Vaulting championship and was named the USTFCCCA National Field Athlete of the Year.

Five former Maverick men's hockey players are playing in the NHL (Ryan Carter, Steve Wagner, David Backes, Tim Jackman and Jon Kalinski).

Former Maverick Ryan Carter became the first former MSU hockey player to have his name etched into the Stanley Cup as he was a member of the 2007 Anaheim Ducks squad.

Minnesota State men's basketball player Atila Santos was named an All-American by the NABC and the Division II Bulletin this year.

Minnesota State finished third in the NACDA Director's Cup Division II 2007-08 rankings.

The Minnesota State Lady Mavericks won the 2009 Division II Women's National Basketball title over Franklin Pierce University, 103-94 on March 27, 2009.

Over 500 students participate every year in intramural athletic teams in such as flag football, basketball, soccer, softball and volleyball.

Notable alumni

Opened in fall of 2000 – Made possible by donations of alumni, Glen Taylor, The 4,800-seat facility houses Maverick basketball, volleyball and wrestling teams. The MSU Admissions office is also located here and the 5,000 square-foot Hall of Champions showcases the University's proud history. In addition to MSU athletic events and other sporting activities, Taylor Center also hosts MSU commencement ceremonies, major concerts and lectures.


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Coordinates: 44°08′49″N 93°59′57″W / 44.147048°N 93.999281°W / 44.147048; -93.999281


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