Mankato, MN
Tuition (in-state)
$15,010 ($7,531)
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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

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.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Hockey is wonderful and the best. Also love the BB and football. Follow the teams and go to the games as much as possible.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Our team performance is awesome as a Division II school and Division I for hockey. There could be more fan support at the games. Attending sporting events definitely improves and brings more school spirit. Our athletic facilities are average and I have not heard any complaints about them.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I personally normally only go to football games because my boyfriend's bestfriend is on the football team and I attend homecoming. I'm not a cheerleader like I was in highschool. From what I've seen it's normally packed in the stadium. Other sports I wouldn't know but sports aren't the most important thing on campus. The athletic facilities are AMAZING.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 178th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 298th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Britt Johnson
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Athletics of all kinds are very popular here. There is a multitude of intramural teams on campus that students can join, and many do. A lot of students can also be seen working out in Otto Recreation Center, most commonly called Otto Rec or just the Rec Center. Overall, school spirit is very big here, and all sporting events are free to students with their MavCard. Students can go to any home game and expect to get in, except hockey. Since hockey is so popular, there are specific times that students can go to get a ticket. The women's basketball team has been very successful and won the NCAA Division II national championship in the 2008-09 season.

Overall, there are many ways to get involved with sports here, whether it’s playing intramural basketball to joining a game of Frisbee football on the Performing Arts building lawn. Getting involved on campus has never been more fun, easy, and great for your body, mind, and soul.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
Basketball: Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
School Colors
Purple and gold
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
271 - 5%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
239 - 4%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 70
Basketball: 26
Baseball: 26
Cross Country/Track: 52
Other Sports: 187
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 67%
Basketball: 33%
Baseball: 83%
Cross Country/Track: 50%
Other Sports: 56%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Cricket
  • Fencing
  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Jiu Jitsu
  • Lacrosse
  • Mixed martial arts
  • Paintball
  • Rugby
  • Shotokan karate
  • Soccer
  • Triathlon
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Basketball
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Broomball
  • Dodgeball
  • Duathlon
  • Flag football
  • Free throw contest
  • Golf
  • Hot shot
  • Ice hockey
  • Punt, pass, and kick
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball (sand and court)
  • Wallyball
  • Wrestling
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • All Seasons Arena
  • Blakeslee Stadium
  • The Diamond at Gage Towers
  • Highland Center
  • Highland Center Pool
  • MSU Baseball Complex
  • Myers Field House
  • Otto Recreation Center
  • Pennington Hall
  • The Pitch at Gage Towers
  • Racquetball courts
  • Taylor Center
  • Verizon Wireless Center
Most Popular Sports
Hockey and men's and women's basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Swimming, rugby, and lacrosse
School Spirit
Students show a lot of spirit and you'll see MSU apparel every day. Minnesota State students also bond together over their dislike of the University of Minnesota.
Getting Tickets
There are free tickets to every game. Students can normally just show up to games, except hockey. If you want to go to a hockey game, you'll actually have to stand in line to get tickets for those games, and they go fast.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 47 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 36% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 60% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 4% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 46 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 33% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 41% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 26% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 46 responses

  • 7% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 20% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 63% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 11% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
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