Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System
|Type||Public university system|
|Chancellor||Steven J. Rosenstone|
|Students||430,000 (credit and non-credit)|
|Location||St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.|
|Colors||Black and Gold
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (commonly abbreviated as "MnSCU") comprises 31 colleges and universities, including 24 two-year colleges and seven state universities. Its headquarters are in Suite 350 of the Wells Fargo Place in St. Paul. The system is separate from the University of Minnesota system.
The MnSCU system became active as a result of the action by the Minnesota Legislature to consolidate all of the public higher education institutions outside of the University of Minnesota system. Legislation was passed in 1991 that mandated the consolidation of the existing Minnesota State universities system, the State Community College system and the Technical College system. By 1995, this process was completed and a Central Office was created. The MnSCU system today is led by the Board of Trustees of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The University of Minnesota was not induced into the newly created MnSCU system because it was granted constitutional autonomy and the State Legislature could not legally compel it to comply with their plans. Thus today, there are two separate public higher education systems in Minnesota.
As it exists now, the system has 31 institutions on 54 campuses in 47 communities. It is the fifth-largest system of two- and four-year colleges and universities in the country, based on student enrollment.
- All of the system's two-year community and technical colleges have an open admissions policy, which means that anyone with a high school diploma or GED may enroll. 
- Tuition at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities is lower than tuition at private colleges, private trade schools or the University of Minnesota.
- MnSCU is the fifth largest system of higher education, educating over 430,000 students annually.
- About 93,300 students took online courses during the 2009-2010 academic year.
- An appropriation by the state of Minnesota was supposed to cover 66% of the cost to educate students, as of 2014 the state only provides about 50%.
- The job placement rate based on the last available data at two-year colleges is 88.0 percent in 2006, meaning that 88.0 percent of graduates find jobs quickly in their chosen fields.
- More than 80 percent of graduates stay in Minnesota to work or continue their education.
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system is the largest system of higher education in Minnesota. Annually it educates over 430,000 students in a variety of locations throughout the state. MnSCU members offer a range of collegiate programs from associates degrees to applied doctorates. Individual university and college members have, by comparison, significantly smaller endowments, and receive less state funding than comparable members of the University of Minnesota system. 
Member universities and colleges
4-Year State Universities:
- Bemidji State University
- Minnesota State University, Mankato
- Minnesota State University Moorhead
- Metropolitan State University
- Southwest Minnesota State University
- St. Cloud State University
- Winona State University
All of the above were formerly governed by the Minnesota State University System.
- Alexandria Technical and Community College
- Anoka Technical College
- Anoka-Ramsey Community College
- Central Lakes College
- Century College
- White Bear Lake Campus
- Dakota County Technical College
- Rosemount Campus
- Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
- Cloquet Campus
- Hennepin Technical College
- Inver Hills Community College
- Inver Grove Heights Campus
- Lake Superior College
- Duluth Campus
- Minnesota State Community & Technical College
- Minnesota State College – Southeast Technical
- Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC)
- Minnesota West Community and Technical College
- Normandale Community College
- Bloomington Campus
- North Hennepin Community College
- Brooklyn Park Campus
- Northeast Higher Education District
- Northland Community & Technical College
- Northwest Technical College
- Bemidji Campus
- Pine Technical College
- Pine City Campus
- Ridgewater College
- Riverland Community College
- Rochester Community & Technical College (University Center Rochester)
- St. Cloud Technical and Community College
- Saint Paul College
- South Central College
- Vermilion Community College
- Ely Campus
- Minnesota Online is a gateway to the online course offerings of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. More than 150 academic programs are available completely or predominantly online.
- "Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Amazing Facts." Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. October, 2010.
- MnSCU Identity Standards (PDF). MnSCU. 2003-07-08. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
- "Home." Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Retrieved on February 28, 2012. "30 7th St. E., Suite 350, St. Paul, MN"
- "Admission Requirements". State of Minnesota. 2015-11-01. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
- "College Cost Comparison". State of Minnesota. 2015-11-01. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
- "Go MN: Your 2013-2014 Guide to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities" (PDF). State of Minnesota. 2014-01-01. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
- "'iCollege' at $199 a class? Idea may appeal, but Pawlenty knows e-learning is neither cheap nor easy". MinnPost Paper. 2010-06-16. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
- (PDF). MNSCU. 2015-01-20 http://www.senate.mn/committees/2015-2016/3072_Committee_on_Higher_Education_and_Workforce_Development/Reporting%20Requirement%20and%20performance%20measure%20presentation%20Jan%2020%202015%20F%20%20%20.pdf. Retrieved 2015-11-18. Missing or empty
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- (PDF). MNSCU. 2015-01-20 http://www.finance.mnscu.edu/budget/docs/FY2013OperatingBudgetJuneBOTRepo.pdf. Retrieved 2014-09-26. Missing or empty
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- "2016-17 Governor's Budget, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities" (PDF) (Press release). State of Minnesota. 2015-01-27. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
- "2016-17 Governor's Budget - University of Minnesota" (PDF) (Press release). State of Minnesota. 2015-01-27. Retrieved 2015-11-15.
-  Archived December 12, 2005 at the Wayback Machine
- "MnSCU College Search: Begin your search". MnSCU.edu. Retrieved 2015-11-15.