Minnesota State University, Mankato

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Coordinates: 44°08′48″N 93°59′53″W / 44.146617°N 93.998117°W / 44.146617; -93.998117

Minnesota State University
MSU logo
Motto Go further than you thought possible
Established 1868
Type Public
Endowment $41.6 million[1]
Budget $140.0 million[2]
President Dr. Richard Davenport
Academic staff 600 full-time
Admin. staff 1,300
Students 15,409 (Fall 2013)
Undergraduates 13,461
Postgraduates 1,865
Doctoral students 83
Location Mankato, Minnesota, USA
Campus Mid-size city /
300 acres (120 ha)
Colors Purple & Gold         
Athletics NCAA Division II
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Sports Men's: 11 varsity teams
Women's: 12 varsity teams
Nickname Mavericks
Mascot Stomper
Affiliations American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Campus Compact
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Website mnsu.edu
University rankings
Forbes[3] 616
U.S. News & World Report[4] 69
Master's University class
Washington Monthly[5] 398
Minnesota State University

Minnesota State University, Mankato (Minnesota State, MSU or MNSU) is a public comprehensive university located in Mankato, Minnesota, a community of 54,000 located 75 miles (121 km) southwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The university is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System and is the second largest public university in the state.[6][7] Students are served by 600 full-time faculty members creating a 28:1 student to faculty ratio. Minnesota State offers 158 undergraduate programs of study, 82 graduate programs. The university also operates two satellite campuses, one in the Twin Cities suburb of Edina and the other in Owatonna. It is noted as the first institution in the United States to offer a Master of Fine Arts degree in Forensics.[8]


The school was founded in 1868 with an enrollment of only 27 students. It was the first public college in the United States to be headed by a woman, suffragette Julia Sears, in 1872.

The University has previously been named:

  • Mankato Normal School 1868–1921
  • 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

Academic profile[edit]

Minnesota State University 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

Reputation and rankings[edit]

It 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.[citation needed] Doctorates 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.

Minnesota State University also has an online learning program with undergraduate and graduate programs of study that can be completed fully online.[9] The university’s online program ranked 13th in the United States among online university programs on Guide to Online Schools’ 2013 Online College Rankings.[10]

The Ostrander-Student Memorial Bell Tower stands in the 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 Student Association and other contributors. The Bell Tower was completed in 1989.

Notable programs[edit]

Doctorate of Psychology in School Psychology[edit]

Minnesota State University offers a doctoral degree in school psychology (Psy.D.). The program accepted its first cohort in fall of 2008. Doctoral students in this program are trained in both psychology and education. This training emphasizes preparation in mental health and educational interventions, child development, learning, behavior, motivation, curriculum and instruction, assessment, consultation, collaboration, school law, and systems. Students with this degree can work in a variety of settings.

Master of Arts Program in Industrial and Organizational Psychology[edit]

Minnesota State University offers an I/O Psychogy Master's Programs. In SIOP's (Society for Industrial and Organization Psychology) last rankings of MA/MS programs, the program ranked first in students' ratings, fifth in program resources, and 7th in program culture.[11] 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.[12] 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.

Masters Degree in Experiential Education[edit]

The Masters Degree in Experiential Education at Minnesota State University is the oldest graduate degree program in experiential education in the United States.[13] 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 the University and Minnesota Outward Bound School (now a part of Outward Bound Wilderness).[14] In addition to their classroom experiences, the program offers students an opportunity to develop experiences away from school through practicums, internships, field-based and project-based activities.

Student life[edit]

There are five student housing complexes on or near campus:

  • McElroy Residence Community, 800 residents, consists of four four-story halls. All the halls are connected to each other through a central hallway and to Crawford, Preska and Carkoski Commons Dining Hall.
  • Crawford Residence Community, 800 residents, consists of four four-story halls.
  • Margaret R. Preska Residence Community, 500 residents, consists of four four-story halls.
  • 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.
  • Stadium Heights Residence Community, 300 residents in 84 apartment style units.


Stomper, Minnesota State University - mascot

The athletic teams are known as the Minnesota State Mavericks with school colors of purple and gold. More than 500 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, women's swimming, track, cross country, women's tennis, wrestling, soccer, golf, volleyball, and softball. The men's and women's ice hockey teams both compete in the NCAA Division I Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), along with four other Minnesota-based college teams. Other university athletic teams began competing in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference of NCAA Division II in 2008-09 following the disbandment of the North Central Conference.

Minnesota State University has been the location of the summer training camp for the Minnesota Vikings National Football League team for over 45 years.

The women's basketball team won the 2009 NCAA Division II national championship with a 103–94 win over Franklin Pierce University on March 27, 2009 in San Antonio. The combined score of the game (197 points) established a championship tournament record for most points in a game by two teams.

The university's baseball team is known for consistently performing at the top of their conference, they finished the 2011-2014 seasons with average winning percentages points at 0.750 or above. Specific players are known for their performance are Connor McCallum and pitcher Mathias Butala, who lead the team to 2nd place at the Division II Baseball World Series in 2013.

2008 Minnesota Vikings training camp at Blakeslee Stadium.
The Taylor Center opened in fall of 2000, and was made possible by the donations of alumnus 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.

MSU-Mankato is also the home of the Maverick 'Machine' Athletic Band program. This group was reformed in the Fall of 2013 and includes a Marching Band, Drumline, Colorguard, and Pep Bands. The Maverick 'Machine' Marching band performs a corps style pregame show for each home game along with a single contemporary halftime show each year. For more information visit www.mnsu.edu/music/athleticband

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ As of February 12, 2013. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2011 to FY 2012" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "MNSCU Annual Allocations Fiscal Year 2013 Summary" (XSLX). Minnesota State Colleges & Universities Finance Division. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  3. ^ "America's Top Colleges". Forbes.com LLC™. Retrieved October 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Regional Universities Rankings". America's Best Colleges 2012. U.S. News & World Report. September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ "The Washington Monthly Master's University Rankings". The Washington Monthly. 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ http://www.mnscu.edu/board/materials/2013/may22/fin-04-supplement.pdf
  7. ^ "MInnesota State University overtakes St. Cloud as MnSCU enrollment continues decline". Mankato Free Press. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ "MFA-Forensics Degree Approved". Minnesota State University, Mankato Public Relations. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Online Learning - Minnesota State University, Mankato". Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "2013 Online College Rankings". Guide To Online Schools. Retrieved 5 April 2013. 
  11. ^ http://www.siop.org/tip/backissues/July04/06kraiger.aspx
  12. ^ http://www.mnsu.edu/iopsych/yearreview.html
  13. ^ http://grad.mnsu.edu/programs/bulletin/edleadership.html
  14. ^ http://ed.mnsu.edu/edleadership/msexperientialed/
  15. ^ Dennis Miller, CEO
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ Al Franken

External links[edit]