Minnesota, United States
Minnesota State University or Minnesota State as it is popularly known started off in 1868 in present-day Mankato. Known as the Mankato Normal School initially, it rapidly grew to become the second biggest public university and college system in the entire state. It has a wide range of subjects for undergraduate, graduate and doctorate courses.
It currently offers over 100 undergraduate courses, four doctoral programs and 80 graduate programs. It also has two other campuses in the cities of Owatonna and Edina.
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MSU is located around 85 miles southwest of Minneapolis and St. Paul and it sits over 300 acres and overlooks the beautiful Minnesota River Valley. The college itself is nestled in the city of Mankato which is a part of Blue Earth, Nicollet, and Le Sueur counties.
Having the right and essential infrastructure for students, not only for learning but for extracurricular activities as well, is something that MSU clearly believes in. There is infrastructure to accommodate just about every interest one may want to pursue as a student.
There are two main libraries that exist, the first one being the Memorial Library where one has a vast amount of resources at their disposal for their studies. Their second main library is solely dedicated to music which is a boon to anyone pursuing music or even if you are just a simple music lover.
The university also has its auditorium on campus that doubles up like a movie theater. The students can watch the best movies for free; nonstudents however are charged $1 for entry.
Sports enthusiasts also have a wonderful sports center called the Otto Recreation Center. Coupled high levels of school spirit the sports arena is where all the sporting magic happens.
The campus has four residence communities which are Crawford, Gage, Julia Sears and McElroy. Most of the freshmen stay in these communities. The campus housing consists of 12 dorms with a housing capacity of 2,784. There are off-campus housing facilities available as well.
Almost 80% of the total student population of the Minnesota State University resides off campus within 2 miles from the main university campus. Seeing the increasing demand for off-campus accommodation, the Minnesota State University, Mankato now offers its students with a large number of off-campus accommodation facilities as well. Some of the areas which become convenient for students to commute are 301 James Avenue, 160 Waynesborough Way Mankato, 326 E. Walnut Street, 1219 E. Main Street, 2212 Marwood Drive, 324 James Avenue, 219 Bunting Lane, 1633 Monks Avenue, 2217 Links St, etc. The average cost of the accommodations in these areas is approximate $500.
Weather in Mankato is beautiful for most of the year, with winter being the only season where people might find it rather cold. This however is to be expected because of the Minnesota climate.
The lowest temperature that is reached is around 7 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter and highest being 87 degrees in the summer. Therefore the weather is very accommodating for students.
MSU currently has a student-faculty ratio of 23:1. Most of the class sizes are between 20-49 students. There is a large portion of classes, 31.7%, that have fewer than 20 students. This allows for more interaction between faculty and students. Around 1,193 are available to teach in the University.
The faculty focuses on learning without wasting time and can be very flexible to attend to your studies and growth. If you want a university with passionate faculty that is willing to make sure you are accomplished in the field, then look no further.
54% of the freshmen in MSU are on grant aid through scholarships and grants. The average amount awarded to students in the University is being $4,691. There is a total of $6,220,002 given in grants and scholarships.
Within a year of graduating, 64.8% of the students are employed or continuing their education. The highest earners from the University are in the field of anthropology, physics, and biology.
MSU is known to be one of the most fun campuses in the country. However fun does not compromise education. Passionate faculty and a great learning environment ensure great careers for graduates as well as a whole book full of fun memories. If you want the perfect mix of fun, learning and experience then MSU is the place for you!
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