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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Establish lifelong connections and friendships. Connect with many friendly people ready to welcome you and help you succeed.

Students running and having fun on campus lawn


Lifelong Connections

Make connections with people from around the world and right next door

You'll find opportunities to meet others everywhere on campus. Whether it's through one of our popular Learning Communities—students who take some of their classes together and often live on the same residence hall floors—or by collaborating on a research project with a faculty member, there's no doubt that the connections you'll make here will last a lifetime.

Whatever your interest — sports, academic, ethnic, cultural, political, social or religious — you'll be able to easily connect with others who share your passions. With more than 200 student organizations to choose from, you're sure to find just the right fit.

Alumni Network

Just by attending Minnesota State Mankato, you'll also be making connections with a network of nearly 100,000 Minnesota State Mankato alumni. No matter if they are a world away or right in your community, you'll feel supported by graduates who remember what it was like to be in your shoes and are eager to contribute to your success.

"I've met so many great people, established amazing friendships, and have come to love Minnesota State Mankato even more than when I first came here."
    – Erik Heller, elementary education major.


Supportive Learning Environment

Services designed just for students offer support and encouragement

Although college is a time to set out on your own, it doesn't mean you have to do it alone. From the start, you'll be immersed in a supportive learning environment—one that will help you adjust to college, get comfortable with your new surroundings and prepare you for a lifetime of learning.

Wondering about class sizes and teaching styles? Want to know more about the community where you'll be living? Need to find out how flexible the academic programs are? Just let us know and we'll take care of the rest. You'll be able to get all your questions answered about college through open and casual conversation.

First-year student communities

You'll be able to learn the ropes and make friends easily through the First Year Experience and Learning Communities programs, both designed to smooth your transition to the University community. These fun and supportive programs will help you feel at home faster, learn about life outside of class and have a better connection with those who are committed to your success.

Supportive faculty and staff

If you've declared a major, you will have a connection to staff members who will help advise you on how to best reach your goals. And if you're still deciding what to major in, that's OK too—we have staff that will help you choose classes and explore your options.

Success in life and career

At Minnesota State Mankato, you'll receive encouragement every step of the way. From first-year seminar to graduation and beyond, we'll provide the resources and support you need to pursue your dreams. You'll be able to grow, to achieve the goals you've set for yourself and gain the skills you need to be successful in life and career.


Committed to Diversity

Minnesota State Mankato fosters an environment rich in ideas, beliefs and lifestyles

We know that students come to Minnesota State Mankato because they want to help create a better world. And we start local by making sure we are always creating a more inclusive campus community.

We take our responsibility to create an environment rich in a variety of ideas, beliefs and lifestyles seriously. We embrace the diversity of our academic programs as well as the diversity of our students. We welcome people just like you—highly qualified students from a mix of educational, social, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. And we are dedicated to making this a place where those from diverse backgrounds not only succeed, but thrive.

Diversity programs

Minnesota State Mankato has several campus-wide programs that are designed to celebrate and support the unique needs of our growing student population and a long-standing commitment to promoting understanding.

The Women's Center, founded nearly 30 years ago, was one of the first if its kind on a college campus. The Office of Institutional Diversity and Multicultural Center offers conferences, social events, celebrations and support services for the entire campus. And The Advocate College Guide named Minnesota State Mankato one of the nation's "100 Best Campuses for LGBT Students".

The newly renovated International Center is a point of connection and pride for the nearly 500 international students, representing 66 nations, enrolled at Minnesota State Mankato.

Read more about our commitment to diversity.