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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
New Students and Family Programs

Benefits & Requirements

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Why should I join a learning community?

Students who choose learning communities are more likely to enjoy school, to succeed, and to graduate.

From your first day of classes to Commencement, you'll find it easier to take an active role in your learning and your future when you participate in a learning community during your first year.  Participants have significantly higher cumulative grade point averages, stay in school longer, have more meaningful interactions with faculty, and report a greater satisfaction with their overall college experience.

There are day-to-day benefits as well, like co-enrollment in core courses together with your floormates, ready-made study groups right on your floor, service opportunities, and social events just for learning community participants.  You'll have the advantages of a small college learning environment with all of the resources of one of Minnesota's outstanding larger universities.


To enroll in a learning community, you must be admitted to Minnesota State Mankato as a first-year student and have a residence hall reservation.  Some learning communities also have specific program requirements you'll need to meet.

All learning community students are also expected to sign an Excellence in Citizenship Agreement.  This agreement ensures that all students in the Learning Communities Program will show respect for one another, create a positive environment for community members and place their priority on a successful academic and social transition to college.  This agreement is available with the online and printed Learning Community Enrollment Form.

Questions? Contact:

Ginger L Zierdt, Ph.D.
Interim Assistant Vice President for Undergraduate Education
315 Wigley Administration Center
Minnesota State University
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-1333