Fast Facts About Minnesota State Mankato

From its founding in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, serving 27 students, this has been an institution where big ideas meet real-world thinking.

The school became Mankato State Teachers College in 1921, Mankato State College in 1957 and Mankato State University in 1975. In 1998, it took the name that stands today—Minnesota State University, Mankato. Although our first graduates earned one-or two-year degrees to become teachers, the University has been granting four-year degrees in a growing number of disciplines since 1927. The first master’s degrees were awarded in 1954, and the first doctorate was conferred in 2009.

Minnesota State Mankato is led by Dr. Richard Davenport, who became the 12th president of the University on July 1, 2002. President Davenport and the faculty, students and staff are committed to solving problems, finding solutions and making life better for people throughout our state, our region and our global society.

The Place

  • Approximately 85 miles southwest of the Twins Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota State Mankato sits atop 303 acres overlooking the Minnesota River Valley. The Greater Mankato area has a population of nearly 53,000.
  • Minnesota State Mankato also serves students in Minneapolis-St. Paul with more than 30 programs available in the metro area, including graduate education in business, educational leadership and nursing. At least 40 programs are also available either completely online or paired with some classroom study as well.
  • Minnesota State Mankato adds $452 million annually to the Mankato economy (2013 Economic Impact Study by Wilder Research, St. Paul).

The People

  • More than 15,000 students, including more than 1,100 international students from more than 90 countries.
  • More than 2,000 faculty and staff, including almost 750 teaching faculty. More than 80 percent of our full-time instructional faculty have terminal degrees.
  • More than 2,200 students of color, a diverse faculty and staff and an institutional commitment to welcoming underrepresented populations.
  • More than 119,000 alumni worldwide.

The Leadership:

The Programs

  • Other creative on-site learning opportunities through partnerships with Public Achievement and Dakota Meadows Middle School, the Department of Trade and Economic Development and Condux/MICO, Healthcare Education Industry Partnership, Mayo Clinic, Committee Against Domestic Violence, SpeechGear computerized voice recognition, and the Urban and Regional Studies Institute; competitive student teams including Forensics, Clean Snowmobile, and Formula SAE Collegiate Design; and professional-level student involvement in the award-winning EMuseum and Weather Analysis Laboratory.
  • 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, Fagin Pan-African Student Leadership, Native Nations, and Chicano-Latino conferences.
  • Three of the Minnesota Department of Education’s TRIO programs (Upward BoundStudent Support Services and Educational Talent Search) serving both underrepresented pre-college and college students.
  • NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey (Western Collegiate Hockey Association); NCAA Division II (Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference) men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, track and wrestling; and NCAA Division II women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and volleyball, all serving more than 600 student athletes.
  • Finished the 2014-15 season ranked 5th nationally in the final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings—the 14th straight year that the Mavericks have finished in the top 25 in the country.
  • A vibrant campus life with more than 300 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.
  • Strong ties to alumni through the online community, the quarterly e-newsletter the Alumni Link, the print and online editions of TODAY magazine and reunions, Homecoming and other gatherings near and far.

The Numbers

  • Estimated 2015-2016 operating budget: $216 million.
  • Annual tuition and fees: $7,836 (undergraduate in-state; room and board not included).
  • More than $127.6 million in scholarships, grants, work-study and other support received by more than 14,200 students in 2014-15; this includes federal, state and private loans and the opportunity to receive funds from federal and state work-study positions.