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Minnesota State University Moorhead
Motto Sacrifice, Service, Loyalty
Established 1887
Type Public
Endowment $7.18 million
President Edna Mora Szymanski, Ph.D.
Faculty 337
Staff 789
Students 7,779 (Fall 2009)
Undergraduates 7,339
Postgraduates 440
Location Moorhead, MN, USA
Campus Suburban
140 acres
Colors Red and White
Mascot Dragon
Affiliations NSIC, NCAA D-II

Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) is a four-year, public university located in Moorhead, Minnesota. The school has an enrollment of nearly 7,500 students and 337 full-time faculty members. MSUM is a part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MSUM is located on the western border of Minnesota on the Red River of the North in Moorhead; across the river lies Fargo, North Dakota and the region has a combined population of more than 160,000. Its athletic teams are called the Dragons.



Weld Hall, the oldest building on campus.
Lommen Hall, home to Elementary & Early Childhood Education, the Secondary Education, and the Special Education departments.

The plans for what would become MSUM were laid down in 1885, when the Minnesota State Legislature passed a bill declaring the need for a new state normal school in the Red River Valley, with an eye on Moorhead. The State Senator who proposed the bill, State Senator Solomon Comstock, donated 6 acres (24,000 m2) and appropriated the funds that would go to form the campus which opened in 1888. In 1921, the State authorized the school to offer the four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Education and the school became Moorhead State Teachers College.

With the arrival of World War II, the college entered into a contract with the Army Air Corps to train aviation students. After World War II, enrollment swelled to more than 700 students and the school diversified and broadened into both a liberal arts and professional curriculum. The school began offering a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1946 and graduate programs by 1953. As a result of the broadened offerings, by 1957 the name was changed to Moorhead State College. In 1969, the school joined a cooperative cross-registration exchange with neighboring Concordia College and North Dakota State University, creating the Tri-College University. The school continued to increase its number of programs and by 1975, the State Legislature that year permitted the institution to change its name to Moorhead State University. In 1995, Moorhead State became part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. On July 1, 2000, the school officially became Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Minnesota State University Moorhead was rated the 18th top liberal arts college in the midwest by TIME magazine in 2008

Name Changes

  • Moorhead Normal School (1887)
  • Moorhead State Teachers College (1921)
  • Moorhead State College (1957)
  • Moorhead State University (1975)
  • Minnesota State University Moorhead (2000)

Presidents of MSUM

  • 1888-1899 Livingston C. Lord
  • 1899-1919 Frank A. Weld
  • 1919-1923 Oliver Dickerson
  • 1923-1941 Ray MacLean
  • 1941-1955 Otto W. Snarr
  • 1955-1958 A.L. Knoblauch
  • 1958-1968 John Neumaier
  • 1968-1994 Roland Dille
  • 1994-2008 Roland Barden
  • 2008-present Edna Mora Szymanski


  • Enrollment: approximately 7,500 students
  • Top Majors: Music, Elementary Education, Mass Communications, Business Administration, Art, Biology, Accounting, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Special education, and Graphic Communications.
  • Student/Faculty Ratio: 21:1
  • Average Scholarship: $950
  • Alumni: Over 42,000
  • MSUM offers in-state tuition for most students.
  • 16% of freshman participate in intercollegiate athletics.
  • More than 1,500 students live in campus residence halls.
  • MSUM offers more than 120 Student Organizations.
  • In 2008, it formally banned smoking on all University property.
  • Each student attending MSUM pays a .43 cent per credit fee to fund the Minnesota State University Student Association, a student lead non-profit that advocates on behalf of all Minnesota state university students.

Academic Programs

MSUM offers more than 135 majors and 19 areas of pre-professional studies with 32 academic departments in its four Colleges: Arts & Humanities, Business & Industry, Education and Human Services, and Social & Natural Sciences. Graduate degree programs are offered in 15 academic areas.

MSUM is accredited by 14 national accrediting and certification agencies, including the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


MSUM operates the New Rivers Press, a nonprofit literary press founded in 1968.

The campus newspaper is The Advocate, formerlyThe MiSTiC, which was closed by the administration in 1970.

The school also publishes a literary magazine, Red Weather[1], with the support of the English Department. The yearly publication is a journal of prose, poetry, interviews, photography and art by current undergraduates and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

MSUM produces a weekly faculty/staff newsletter called Continews and a quarterly publication for its alumni titled Alumnews.

Dragon Radio

The school's college radio station is KMSC, which airs on AM 1500.

Notable alumni

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