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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
New Students and Family Programs


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The learning communities being offered for 2014-2015 are as follows:

  • Alpha Engineering
  • Anatomy of Nursing
  • Choosing and Changing Majors (for undecided students)
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Diverse Cultures and Global Communities
  • Elementary Education
  • Elements of Nursing
  • Exploring Health Careers
  • Exploring Psychology
  • Government Service
  • Honors
  • Introduction to Science, Engineering, and Technology
  • Pre-Professional Sciences
  • Sophomore Elementary Education
  • Sophomore Essence of Nursing


2015-2016 LC proposals will be due October 2014

Learning communities are a proven way to support students in their transition to the University, retain them to their major, and assist them in making social connections. Proposals for learning community programs are due in October of the year prior. First-year learning communities are funded by Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and the Office of New Student and Family Programs. Generally, of the proposals submitted, 13 first-year learning communities will be selected based on the quality of the proposal, anticipated interest to students and marketability, and history of the program (if applicable). Sophomore learning communities are funded by the college or department, and generally only support students who participated in a learning community during their first year. Notifications of decisions will be made by mid-November.  If you have any questions or would like assistance in proposal development, please contact Kate Hansen in the Office of New Student and Family Programs; or 507-389-5498.

As you consider proposing a learning community, you are welcome to review proposal documents from 2014-15, but please note that they are subject to change for the coming year:

[PDF] 2014-15 proposal documents (424 KiB)

Common Reading Program

We are in the midst of planning for the fourth year of the Minnesota State Mankato common read. The book for fall 2014 is Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody. Our intention is that this program will:

  • connect students between different learning communities and provide a connection between different disciplines;
  • add depth and meaning to the Make a Difference service project;
  • give students something to talk about beyond hometown, major, etc. right from their first day on campus;
  • and provide opportunities to connect the students and families with the Mankato and University communities.

For a list of events and activities associated with the common read, please visit the common read website.

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