Location
Mankato, MN
Undergrads
11,494
Tuition (in-state)
$15,010 ($7,531)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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Reviews 666 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far I have enjoyed Mankato, but coming from Wisconsin I kind of wish I would have chose to go to a wisconsin school because I would get more grants, and I enjoy the people more.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: I really enjoy going to 7 mile creek, and the shopping mall can be a time consumer but there isn't many good shops in there

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: All of the food is extremely unhealthy. Only a couple of places have limited choices for healthy food.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: It's okay, it could be a lot worse. Although there is a really bad drug going around Mankato right now that they believe is a synthetic LSD

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are only a select few people that I actually hang out with at the school. It's almost like everyone is the same and rude most of the time, and they care too much about what people think about them.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: Our athletic teams are overall pretty good, but there isn't very much school spirit with the athletics as I wish there was

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Doesn't go many place downtown

2 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Bust too many innocent people who are just having a good time in college, don't spend as much time on actual crimes as they should be.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: It is diverse but not as diverse as other minnesota schools

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: I don't like the people at the parties and they're too crowded

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are really nice and convenient

4 College Student

Academics: To be in the communications major is great. There are so many opportunities for scholarships and jobs. The workload is moderate, you can hold a job outside of school if need be. Facilities are decent but relatively new which is nice, you never have to worry about having a creaky desk or an old computer.

4 College Student

Nightlife: Lots of places to go out on the weekends including a number of bars in downtown Mankato. Underage nightlife typically includes visits to college town.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: Mankato isn't very strict about anything besides parking. If you don't have a parking pass for a specific lot, don't park there, they will ticket you. For underage drinking/drug use/noisiness, the faculty will give you three warnings if caught. After three warnings they will kick you out of the dorms.

3 College Student

Local Atmosphere: I'm a city girl who grew up most of my life 20 minutes away from the Twin Cities. Mankato is about two hours from the cities and doesn't have any towns relatively close that have much to offer for entertainment. Mankato is about it for southern Minnesota.

3 College Student

Greek Life: Greek Life does great things for the Mankato community, but is very quiet on campus. The student body doesn't gawk over them and they don't have any sort of social hierarchy on campus.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Mankato is known as a party school, but you don't have to make it that way if you don't want to. You won't see intoxicated people during the day but weekends are lively with parties.

4 College Student

Diversity: Lots of diversity and lots of change always happening on campus. It's great to see people passionate about so many different things.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: We have what's called "U-Square" here at Mankato. It's right across the street from campus, has Chipotle, Noodles and Co., Leann Chin, Cold Stone Creamery, Weggy's (a local sandwich shop, great for breakfast), Berry Blends, Jimmy John's, and Boomtown (a local bar). On the other side of U-Square there is also a movie theater.

5 College Student

Majors: I had no problems getting into my program as I am a communications major. However, our nursing program is highly competitive and difficult to get into. The most important thing to remember when getting into a program is to keep your GPA high and be involved with the programs clubs.

4 College Student

Majors: I love being in my specific program because I am on a faster track towards graduation. Of course with any college, once your in a program you CAN switch out to a different major if you choose to do so, however, that will probably mean that you will be a 5-year student. The communications program is great because my advisers are so willing to work with me and always looking out for my best interest. The workload is hard, but it will be worth it once I have a great job!

5 College Student

Athletics: Many teams go on to the NCAA tournament. Our baseball team was 2nd in the nation last year. Our soccer, football, and hockey programs are also very well known.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: There are plenty of campus security cars driving around campus 24/7 and plenty of security call boxes placed around campus in case of emergency.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: There are lots of choices to choose from for off campus housing. There are options that are more expensive that have more amenities and there are options that are pretty basic. Either are great. As any housing, there are certain nicks that could be better but it's college and you make it work. My favorite places that I've researched are The Summit and Jacob Heights, College Town, Highland, and The Lofts.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: It's great living on campus because I can get to and from class much easier with out having to worry about transportation. The best dorms to live in are Preska or Julia Sears because they are newer and have suite style rooms, with a bathroom that only 4 people share. The atmosphere is great, there are always activities to do, people to meet, there's no reason to be bored. The housing process is pretty easy as well. If you don't know who you will live with MSU - Mankato has linked up with RoomSync which is basically a match.com for roommates. It helps you decipher who you would be most compatible to live with based on bed-times, lifestyles, hobbies, etc.

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Britt Johnson
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MSU is definitely a school to look into if you want academics mixed with the typical college experience. Many students say they would choose to come here all over again if they had to make the decision again. The professors here love their subjects and are really understanding about any problems that may come up. The social scene is unimaginable, with something to do around every corner. The size of the campus is perfect for anyone from a small school because it allows you to be a person instead of a just a number.

MSU is known as a party school, but that's not necessarily the true reality. MSU doesn’t have bigger drinking issues than any other school, but the local residents and police call more attention to it than other places. Either way, this should not influence your decision about coming to Minnesota State. Overall, this University is a great place for everyone, the people and professors are extremely nice, and the experiences that students gain here are unforgettable. Any future Maverick will be welcomed with open arms!

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