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Campus Quality

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3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Great sports teams and facilities but very small.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: We have the herd, transportation that's free for students, and its easy to make friends in the first few days of living on or off campus.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are tutoring centers, a big library, and a free athletic center for students and staff. I miss it so much and can't wait to go back for my sophomore semesters.

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: the climbing wall. It is the best thing on campus!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: I have no complaints on facilities.

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Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
125
Campus Size
303 acres
Student Centers
Centennial Student Union (CSU)
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
  • Memorial Library
  • Music Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Dorms
  • Mav Ave
  • River Hills Mall
  • What's Up Lounge
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
The Maverick Game Room in the Centennial Student Union has 12 lanes for bowling.
Coffeehouse on Campus
Jazzman's Café & Bakery
Movie Theater on Campus
Movies are shown in Ostrander Auditorium. They are free for students and $1 for non-students.
"Green" Initiatives
Minnesota State has a water refill station to reduce the use of plastic water bottles, and uses occupancy sensors that control the lights in many areas on campus. The University also has a list of ways students can help at www.mnsu.edu/greencampus.
School Slang
  • Carko: Carkoski Commons
  • CSU: Centennial Student Union
  • Mac: McElroy Residence Community
  • The Mall: Area between CSU, Armstrong, and the library
  • PA building: Performing Arts Center
  • Rec Center: Otto Recreation Center
Traditions
  • Homecoming: Homecoming is a whole week's worth of fun and excitement! There are so many things to do, from watching a comedian to going to a concert to bowling. Cheering on the football team is a big part of the school spirit here.
  • Men's Hockey Games: This might not be the best team on campus, but no one can resist the call of the Verizon Wireless Center on a Friday night. Plus, you can get some free swag if you're lucky enough to catch something.
  • Welcome Week: From the Wednesday before classes start to the day before, there are so many things for incoming and current students to do. Welcome Week kicks off with a freshman dance and continues with so many different activities that it will be hard to keep your head straight.
Urban Legends
  • A common myth is that sororities are not allowed to have houses because more than five girls living together is considered a brothel in the city of Mankato.
  • Allegedly, students can get back half of what they paid for books from the campus bookstore. This is SO not true.
Favorite Things To Do
Seeing free movies in Ostrander Auditorium is always a good time, and bowling and playing pool in the CSU is cheap entertainment and a good place to hang out with friends. Working out in the Otto Recreational Center is a favorite of many students. There are also random events all over campus, such as theater performances, concerts, and MavTunes, which is a Friday night concert that features many local bands. And that's just naming a few events!
Student Organizations Web Site
www.mnsu.edu/activities/rso
Student Newspaper
The Reporter
www.msureporter.com
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
All Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) must have at least five members and a stated purpose and constitution. Each RSO must be approved by a Student Senate vote. There are lots of RSOs at Minnesota State for a wide range of interests.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Symphony orchestra
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 52 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 29 responses

  • 26% Hit the gym
  • 23% Eat at the CSU
  • 11% Go bowling
  • 11% Look at artwork
  • 7% Jazzmans and Einstein Bagles
  • 6% The group fitness classes; like yoga and Zumba
  • 4% Get help with IT work at the tutoring center
  • 4% Browse the aisles at the library to chill out
  • 4% Attend the diversity events
  • 3% Go to the Greek Office

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 28 responses

  • 27% Homecoming
  • 22% Welcome Week
  • 21% Men's Hockey Games
  • 18% Football Games
  • 7% Job Fairs
  • 4% All of the individual cultural nights.
  • 1% Greek Week

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 29 responses

  • 48% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 48% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 3% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 46 responses

  • 41% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 50% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 9% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
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