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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mankato, MN

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About This Campus

From the moment you arrive on our 350-acre campus overlooking the beautiful Minnesota River Valley, you'll be immersed in a dynamic, energetic environment that's friendly, welcoming and just the right size. You'll have access to all the benefits and resources of a large university, but with a small-campus feel. Whatever your interest – sports, academic, ethnic, cultural, political, social or religious – with more than 200 student organizations to choose from, you're sure to find others who share your interests and a variety of activities. On any given day, you'll find things to do and easy ways to fit in. Cheer on the Maverick sports teams, including Division I men's and women's hockey, or choose a more relaxed game of intramural sports. Attend lectures with world-class speakers researchers and writers. Find out why our theatre, music and dance performances rank in the top 1% of attendance nationwide. Or grab a coffee and relax by the fireplace in the student union.

Location Information

Located in south central Minnesota, Mankato is a fast-growing community of 53,000 just 80 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Mankato consistently ranks as one of the most livable communities in the country. In fact, Mankato is a 4 time winner of the designation "100 Best Communities for Young People."

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Home Payment (B)

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Mankato
Population | 53,000
Enrollment | 17,419
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/13
Spring | 01/13-05/8

Campus Diversity

White | 75%
Black | 5%
Hispanic/Latino | 3%
Asian | 3%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Two or more | 2%
Other | 11%


-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • Before seniors
Closed Programs
Nursing, EEC Education classes

Education, Business

Notable Academic Programs

  • Corrections
  • Business
  • Substance Abuse/Addictions
  • Native American Studies

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Aerospace Sciences: Aviation Studies

Anthropology: American Indian Studies, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies

Area Studies: Art Studies, Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies, Latin American Studies, Native American Studies, Scandinavian Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Applied Art, Art, Art Education, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Media Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture

Athletics: Athletic Training, Coaching, Exercise Science, Physical Education, Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Biotechnology, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cytotechnology, Human Biology, Microbiology, Physiology, Zoology

Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, International Business, Law and Public Policy, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry

Communications: Communication

Consumer and Family Studies: Child Consumer and Family Studies, Consumer Sciences/Services, Family Science/Services, Home Economics

Criminal Justice: Corrections, Law Enforcement/Police Sciences

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Earth Science, Science

Economics: Economics

Education: Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Child Development, Elementary Education, Secondary Education

Engineering: Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Software Engineering

English: Creative Writing, English, Literature, Technical Writing

Environmental Studies: Environmental Sciences

Food Science: Food Science and Technology

General Studies: Gender Studies, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Regional Analysis/Planning, Urban Studies

Health and Safety Sciences: Communication Disorders, Community Health, Dietetics, Exercise Science, Gerontology, Health Education, Health Science, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Technology, Rehabilitation Sciences, Substance Abuse/Addictions

History: History

Industrial Studies: Construction Management

Information Studies: Information Science, Information Systems

International Studies: International Relations

Languages: French, German, Spanish

Mathematics: Mathematics, Statistics

Performing Arts: Acting, Dance, Design/Technical, Music Performance, Music Theater, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Design Technology

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Physics

Political Science: International Affairs/Relations, Political Science

Pre-Professional : Engineering Pre-Professional, Law Pre-Professional, Medicine Pre-Professional, Optometry Pre-Professional, Pharmacy Pre-Professional, Veterinary Medicine Pre-Professional

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Leisure Studies, Outdoor Recreation Management, Recreation, Recreation Therapy

Sociology/Social Work: Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies

Technology: Automotive Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Electronics Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500.00 paper, 173.00 computer or 61.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 18 ($332 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 06/14/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $250.00 Year Plan B Mandatory
Recreation Fee $30.00 Year Plan B Mandatory
Health Service Fee $65.00 Year Plan B Mandatory
Technology Fee $125 Semester Plan B Mandatory
Parking Fee $280 Semester Plan B Optional
Orientation Fee $70 Year Plan B Optional

Important Notes: A $250 housing deposit is required for on-campus housing reservations. Only students who take Business classes are subject to the $125 College of Business technology fee. NSE students who make ON-CAMPUS housing reservations can order a $70 "Welcome Package" from the Kearney International Center that provides basic sheets, blanket, pillow, towel, short-term toiletries and a small food bag upon arrival: http://www.mnsu.edu/international/arriving.html

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,050 per semester.

Financial Aid

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 06/14/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 17% living on campus
  • Double: $4927 (includes meals)
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $500
  • Proximity to campus: 1.3
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
One semester students: We recommend Briargate Apartments, and Summit & Jacob Heights for their short-term lease options. Summit & Jacob Heights also offer furnished units. For any apartment complex in Mankato that does not offer furnished rooms, you can contact CORT Furniture Rental if you do not plan to bring your own furnishings: https://minneapolis.cort.com/storefront/student/c02_04.html

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $250 declining balance plan.
  • $1326 per semester for 10 meals per week.
  • $1508 per semester for 14 meals per week.
  • $1459 per semester for 21 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
Meal Plans Options - https://mnsu.sodexomyway.com/my-meal-plan Maverick AnyTime (unlimited meals): $1,459(F), $1,531(S), $2,990(AY)- includes $100 dining dollars Maverick 14 (14 meals/wk): $1,508(F), $1,557(S), $3,085(AY) - includes $200 dining dollars Maverick 160 (10 meals/wk): $1,232(F), $1,232(S), $2,464(AY)- includes $25 dining dollars/convert meals to dining dollars Maverick Flex: $250(F), $250(S), $500(AY)

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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