Academics

Location
Mankato, MN
Undergrads
11,494
Tuition (in-state)
$15,010 ($7,531)
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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.

5 College Junior

Academics: Mechanical Engineering program is tough, but excellent

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The academics here are real good. I have only had one teacher I personally haven't liked. I've had very good experiences with classes.

College Freshman

Academics: Not sure because I'm transferring & switching majors

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Being prevet is very demanding and difficult,but you just have to get through it.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 89th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 177th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 513rd
    Best Course Variety
  • 542nd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 659th
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Britt Johnson
Hometown
Minnesota
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Due to the fairly small class sizes, a lot of the professors will know your name, and they seem to genuinely care about your future and you as a person. You may also see your professors around town, and they do not seem to mind if you say "hi." They also seem to enjoy the subjects they teach, which makes classes more interesting. The workload really depends on the professor for the class. Big lecture classes generally do not have more than a few tests a semester, but smaller classes have more assignments and are more likely to take attendance into consideration. Minnesota State Mankato is known for business, nursing, and education, but there are so many other programs you can apply for.

Many professors are extremely eager to help you succeed in their classes, individually, and as a class as a whole. Most professors are also really passionate about what they teach and are extremely interesting to listen to. Most of the professors here love their subjects, but some have problems explaining things. The foreign professors are sometimes hard to understand but that should not deter you from taking their classes, as you will most likely find them interesting as well.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
24:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
447
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
299
Total FT Faculty
447
Faculty with Terminal Degree
82%
Average Faculty Salary
$71,850
Full-Time Retention Rate
70%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Transfer-Out Rate
33%
Graduation Rate
52%
Programs/Majors Offered
129
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 32%
  • 20 to 49 students: 57%
  • 50 or more students: 11%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Allied Health and Nursing
  • College of Arts and Humanities
  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Extended Learning
  • College of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Master's degree
  • Other
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Elementary Education: 2%
  • Finance, General: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Other: Human and health performance
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • External degree program
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Minnesota State offers full degree programs, as well as individual courses online.
Best Places to Study
  • The quiet rooms in the library
  • Random couches on the upper levels of the Centennial Student Union (CSU)
  • Your room
Tips to Succeed
  • Bring a thick jacket.
  • Buy your computer at the Campus Computer Store (you'll get free computer fixes).
  • Do not go out drinking every night!
  • Get your intensive writing classes out of the way right away.
  • Homework is hard to adjust to in an unstructured environment, so dedicate a set amount of time just for schoolwork.

Student Polls

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 29 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 31 responses

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  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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