New Students

We're so happy that you are interested in becoming part of the Minnesota State Mankato community! You will be part of a thriving population of about 1,200 international students from over 90 countries. Minnesota State is proud of all that our international students contribute and accomplish to further our internationalization and diversity and inclusion initiatives.

When you arrive, and throughout your stay, you will find the Kearney Center’s friendly and knowledgeable staff ready and happy to assist you! We offer a variety of services from orientation assistance, immigration advising, cultural adjustment programming, scholarship guidance, academic success assistance, and events that empower our enthusiastic international students to share their countries and cultures!


With the current global pandemic, MNSU is busy preparing for Fall 2020 orientation, online course options and more. The Kearney Center sends out weekly emails to accepted students with updates and information specific to Fall 2020. If you think you have missed one of the email updates, please visit our COVID-19 FAQ page for new students. 

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There are a variety of preparations when beginning your exciting life journey at Minnesota State Mankato! Should you have questions along the way, please contact the Kearney Center for International Student Services at

  • Join Kearney Center staff and students on Facebook Live! See dates and times here. You will hear helpful information, be able to ask questions and see a few of the friendly faces who look forward to meeting you at Orientation!
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Arriving at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport signals the start of your next life adventure! You may feel excited, nervous or exhausted; not to worry, all of these feelings are normal, and the Kearney Center staff will be glad to help you feel at home. Read on to prepare for when you arrive.

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The Kearney Center provides a comprehensive Orientation Week of sessions and activities to help new students have their best start at Minnesota State, Mankato. Students are strongly encouraged to arrive on time. Attending orientation is mandatory for everyone, even transfer students who have already studied in the U.S.

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