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Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Accessibility Resources

132 Memorial Library
507-389-2825 or 9-711 (MRS/TTY)

Accessibility Resources provides students with disabilities equal access to opportunities at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The office coordinates reasonable accommodations for eligible students and serves as a resource for faculty, staff and the University community to provide a high level of engagement.  Accessibility Resources can assist with advocacy, alternative format of printed materials, alternative testing services, assistive technology, early registration, note taking, and sign language interpreters.  Accessibility Resources also serves as a resource and referral agent for community contacts and disability related information.

Grievances, questions, or requests related to equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities should be presented to the Accessibility Resources Director at the numbers listed.

Art Galleries

The Conkling Gallery, named after emeritus professor Effie R. Conkling, is located on the north end of the corridor connecting the Nelson and Armstrong buildings. Students, faculty, and the community are invited to view exhibitions by artists of national and regional reputation, as well as work by graduating seniors and M.A. candidates.

The Department of Art also coordinates exhibitions in the Centennial Union Gallery located on the lower level. This stunning space is dedicated to solo or group student shows and exhibitions organized by clubs including the Student Art League, American Institute of Graphic Arts, Exposed (photography), Mudworks (ceramics) and Works on Paper (printmaking). Exhibitions and opening receptions are free of charge.

For additional information please contact the Department of Art at 389-6412 or


Minnesota State Mankato is a member of NCAA Division II and belongs to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Ice Hockey for men and women has NCAA Division I classification and plays in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. The Mavericks offer nine programs for men: baseball, basketball, cross–country, football, golf, hockey, indoor/outdoor track, and wrestling. The Mavericks offer eleven programs for women: basketball, cross–country, golf, hockey, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor/outdoor track, and volleyball.


280 Centennial Student Union
(507) 389-2611

Student Government contracts an attorney who will counsel students on their rights. The attorney can help with landlord/tenant issues, parking, personal and criminal matters, child support, small business, torts, and more.

Campus Hub

117 Centennial Student Union
Fax: 507-389-2227

The Campus Hub serves as the main information center for the campus and provides a variety of services to students, faculty, staff and campus guests. It is centrally located in the Centennial Student Union and can be visited in person, or reached by phone and email. You can also get information and access many Campus Hub services through the website.

The first point of contact for financial questions, the Campus Hub staff serves as customer service specialists for the Student Financial Services department. You can receive information about your account status as well as guidance on how to navigate through the steps of the financial aid process. In addition to answering questions about your financial aid or bill, the Campus Hub can help you set up an advising appointment, sign up for direct deposit, obtain free notary public service, purchase a temporary parking permit, submit your application for graduation, obtain a campus map, etc.

The Campus Hub is open during the academic year Monday through Thursday 8:00 AM–4:30 PM, and Friday 9:30 AM–4:30 PM. The summer hours are 7:30 AM–4:00 PM.

Campus Recreation

118 Myers Field House

Campus Recreation is open for all members of the University community – students, faculty, and staff – for participation on a voluntary basis, regardless of skill. Seven separate program areas are offered: Open Recreation, Intramural Sports, Fitness Activities, Sport Clubs, Equipment Rental, the Adventure Education Program, and Rock Climbing.

The Open Recreation program offers both indoor and outdoor facilities for recreation activities including basketball/volleyball courts, weight room, cardio area, track, fitness and martial art studios, racquetball courts, swimming pool, a paved fitness trail, disc golf course, and multiple outdoor fields and tennis courts. Equipment is available to be checked out with a current MavCARD. Locker rooms are available.

The Intramural Sports program offers competitive and recreational leagues, tournaments, and special events. Over 40 team and individual/dual sports are offered each year with sport champions receiving the coveted Intramural Champion t–shirt.

The Fitness Activities program offers individuals the opportunity for personal fitness through a variety of group exercise classes, one–on–one and group personal training, exercise testing and prescription, and other fitness and wellness services.

The Sport Clubs program offers a unique experience for students to participate and compete in local, regional, and national competition. Over 20 clubs exist, which are student led.

The Equipment Rental program offers canoe packages (canoes, life jackets and paddles), tents, and snowshoes for rent. Check out for more information.

The Adventure Education Program offers teambuilding and leadership development workshops to the University and surrounding community. MSU's extensive High Ropes and Challenge Course facility on the south side of campus is used throughout the warmer months as a tool for participants to challenge themselves both individually and together as a group. The AEP also provides indoor/traveling teambuilding and leadership development events year-round for groups of all ages.

Rock Climbing opportunities on campus are found on both indoor and outdoor rock climbing facilities. The Outdoor Climbing Tower is located on the south side of campus adjacent to the Ropes Course. Climbing days are scheduled throughout fall, spring and summer. The Indoor Rock Climbing wall, a roughly 2,000 square foot climbing facility, is in Myers Field House. It is open on scheduled nights on a year-round basis. Rock climbing equipment and instruction is available for climbers of all skill levels.

Student Employment opportunities include Intramural sport officials, Rec Center personnel, group exercise instructors, personal trainers, climbing wall staff, ropes course facilitators, and lifeguards. We also hire Graduate Assistants and interns for various programs.

Career Development Center (CDC)

Discover Your Passion.Develop Your Skills and Experience.Launch Your Career!
209 Wigley Administration Center

The CDC offers services to ALL Minnesota State Mankato students – no matter what their stage of academic and career planning. Career counselors and a wide variety of resources and services are available to assist students with choosing or changing their major, finding an internship or co-op, conducting a successful job search, and planning for graduate school.

Choosing or Changing Your Major

Check out the popular online workbook "Handbook for Students Choosing or Changing Their Major." Additional online resources include: "What Can I Do With This Major?" guides, career information on recent Minnesota State Mankato graduates, career assessments, and an online guide to Career Planning Success. Focus, an online career assessment system, is free for students to use on any computer with internet access. 

Handshake (formerly Mavjobs)

Handshake is the University's extensive online suite of tools for connecting students and alumni of all majors and fields with part–time/seasonal jobs, internships and co-ops, and post-graduation employment. Features include: the ability to identify and apply for jobs online, research employers using the system's large employer directory,  join the resume database for employer searches, participate in on–campus interviews and career events, and much more!

Job Search Assistance

In addition to one–on–one coaching and support to assist with internship/co-op and job search strategies, the Minnesota State Mankato Job Search Handbook is available in the CDC or can be accessed from the CDC website. This popular resource covers the steps that comprise a successful job search including resume development, networking, planning an effective job search strategy, and interviewing. The Handbook also includes numerous samples of resumes and cover letters. Other helpful job search services include: extensive job listings and on–campus interviewing through Handshake, Career QuickStop drop–in hours, career events, classroom and group educational presentations, an extensive Career Resource Library, and career planning and job search information provided via the CDC's website.

Centennial Student Union (CSU)

The Centennial Student Union (CSU) is your House of Serendipity where all students can discover pleasant surprises that invite, involve and inspire. The 210,000 square-foot CSU - one of the largest student unions in the Midwest - is the house that students built. Supported through student fees, the CSU serves students' personal, social and leadership-building needs. At the CSU, "serendipity" translates into discoveries that feed the body, mind and spirit. You are invited to grab a burger, a salad, or international flavors. Students can use down time for billiards, bowling, gaming or lounging in the Maverick Bullpen. Catch a movie, hear live music, build relationships or simply sit with your laptop in front of a cozy fireplace. The CSU is home to Student Activities where you can be involved with planning Homecoming and other student events, be active in Greek Life or join in more than 200 student organizations. You are also inspired to achieve whether it be through student employment, leadership training or volunteer opportunities on campus and throughout the Mankato community. To find out more or take a virtual tour of the building, visit You can also join the Centennial Student Union Facebook site or Twitter at CSU @ MNSU Mankato.

Maverick Bullpen

With its inviting "industrial chic" design, the Maverick Bullpen on the lower level of the CSU offers recreation and relaxation. Enjoy a spacious game room with a 12-lane bowling alley, 15 billiard tables, 4 free gaming stations, a TV/karaoke lounge and a snack bar. Comfortable seating provides areas for studying, socializing or eating. The Bullpen is open most nights throughout the academic year until 11:00 PM and frequently offers free bowling and billiards as part of the monthly Mavericks After Dark events hosted by Student Events Team, the student programming arm of the CSU.  Semester passes are available at the Bullpen for unlimited bowling and billiards.  Reservations can be made to rent the game room for weddings, family gatherings and corporate events. The Bullpen is also the access point for a pedestrian walkway connecting the CSU to the Memorial Library.

University Scheduling and Conference Services

Handling over 28,000 activities a year, the University Scheduling and Conference Services office in CSU Room 219 is a "one-stop shop" for scheduling events for all facilities on campus. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to make University Scheduling and Conference Services their first stop when planning an event or activity on campus. The office works with local, regional and statewide groups in providing on-campus sites for meetings, conferences, programs and banquets. Sharing office space with University Scheduling is University Dining Services Catering Department, which offers a wide range of catering options to fit clients' needs.

Campus and Commercial Tenants

The CSU houses the following services and commercial tenants: Barnes & Noble Bookstore; Wells Fargo Bank; Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union; Campus Computer Store; Maverick Bullpen; MavAve Dining options include Jazzman's coffee shop, Taco Bell, Chick-fil-A,  Union Grill, Erbert & Gerbert's, Toss (salads & wraps), Sandella's, Garbanzo Mediterranean Fresh,  and Star Ginger Asian cuisine; Campus Hub; Student Activities; Student Government; Kearney International Center; Multicultural Center; the Reporter; LGBT Center; Women's Center; Veterans Resource Center; Counseling Center; and an art gallery.

Center for Academic Success

125 Memorial Library

The Center for Academic Success provides comprehensive academic support services for all Minnesota State Mankato students.

All students can improve academic performance when they use the services of the Center for Academic Success. Trained staff of graduate and undergraduate peer tutors can guide students through the process of writing an effective paper, preparing for an important exam, or completing a tough assignment. Along the way, students of all abilities obtain the skills needed to become more confident about succeeding in their academic endeavors.

Trained tutors are available to assist students with writing, languages, math, science, and more. Come visit the Center located in the lower level of the library, and learn how you can improve your study habits, acquire more effective academic skills and achieve better grades.

Child Care

The Children's House, in Wiecking Center, has licensed capacity for 90 children, ages six weeks to six years, on a year–round, regular basis. It does not provide drop–in care. Priority is given to Minnesota State Mankato student, staff, and faculty children. The cost is reasonable, but it is a busy place and always has a waiting list. If you are interested in gaining experience working with young children, Children's House offers (academic) student participation under several programs. Call 507-389-1645 for information regarding either child care or experiences available.

Counseling Center

285 Centennial Student Union

The Counseling Center offers confidential help to assist students in resolving personal, social, and educational concerns that may be interfering with their ability to succeed at the University. Services include short–term individual and group counseling, psychoeducational programming, crisis intervention, consultation, and referral to outside resources.

Personal and Social Issues

You do not have to be experiencing an emotional or academic crisis to use the Center. No concern is too small to bring in to discuss. Common concerns include adjustment to college, low self–esteem, relationships, sexuality, loss, indecision, stress, depression, test anxiety, and coping with difficult family situations.


A feeling of trust and safety is critical for persons to grow and learn about themselves. Visits to the Counseling Center are private and no one outside the Center is given any information without your written permission. No information becomes part of your academic record. There are some required legal and ethical exceptions to confidentiality; these exceptions will be discussed with you at your first appointment.


After an initial evaluation, a recommendation will be made to you regarding how best to proceed in order to help you with your concerns. This may be individual counseling at the Center or referral. We can assist you in connecting with other sources of help on campus or in the community if the difficulty in question is one that is outside our resources. Counseling is an active and collaborative process that requires open and honest communication. The goal of counseling is to listen and help you clarify your own thinking, deepen your self–understanding, and increase your self–reliance.


The Counseling Center is open from 8:00 A.M. to noon and 1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday, during Fall and Spring semesters. Summer hours vary. Please call regarding open times. To make an appointment, stop by the Counseling Center and complete the necessary paperwork. This information will help your counselor begin to understand your concerns and life situation. During the initial appointment, you and the counselor will discuss and clarify your counseling needs.


The professionals on the counseling staff are experienced in responding to a variety of personal and social issues typically encountered by university students, and include doctoral- level psychologists, and doctoral interns and/or master's–level interns.

Dental Clinic

120 Clinical Sciences Building

The Dental Clinic is dedicated to the community and our students who actively learn by providing comprehensive dental hygiene services. Services provided include dental cleaning, periodontal maintenance care, periodontal therapy, fluoride treatments, pit and fissure sealants, nutritional counseling, desensitization, antimicrobial therapy, radiographs (X–rays) and tooth whitening for nominal fees. Most insurance plans, MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance are accepted. Students and the public are encouraged to use clinic services. The clinic is handicapped accessible. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 507-389-2147.

Equal Opportunity & Title IX, Office of

014 Morris Hall
507-389-2986 (V)
800-627-3529, 711 (Minnesota Relay Service/TTY)

The Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX provides services to faculty, staff, and students who believe they have been harassed or discriminated against because they are a member of a protected class. The Office is also responsible for investigating allegations of discrimination, harassment, sexual violence and/or Title IX sex discrimination. Linda Alvarez is the Title IX Coordinator.

The policies and procedural guidance in which allegations are investigated are the following: Minnesota State system's 1B.1 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy and 1B.1.1 Procedure; 1B.3 Sexual Violence Policy (which includes sexual assault, dating, intimate partner, and relationship violence and/or stalking) and 1B.3.1 Procedure.

The Office is also responsible for developing and monitoring the University's Affirmative Action Plan as well as monitoring the recruitment and employment process.

Funding for Student Organization Activities

In support of programming by Recognized Student Organizations, money has been allotted by the Student Government. To be considered for funding by the Student Allocations Committee (SAC), student organizations must be recognized by Student Government and be classified as an independent student organization or a department affiliated organization. The Committee will hear presentations for funding requests. The Committee will then approve or disapprove program funding based in part on the following criteria:

  1. The event's ability to enhance the cultural, educational, social, or recreational development of students, not currently available through other areas;
  2. The ability of the organization to successfully sponsor the event based on past performance;
  3. The membership, viability, and demonstrated need of the eligible student organization;
  4. The number of people potentially served by the event;
  5. The ability of the event to attract an audience;
  6. The manner in which the program or activity addresses a unique situation in the student body.

For more information, contact Student Activities, SU 173, 507-389-6076.

Global Education

315 Wigley Administration Center

Global Education is comprised of the Office of the Dean, the Elizabeth and Wynn Kearney Center for International Student Services, the Center for Education Abroad and Away, and the Center for English Language Programs. Collectively these areas are responsible for planning, coordinating, and delivering the principal aspects of the University's international education efforts and global endeavors. These endeavors include the recruitment and retention of international students, development and coordination of education abroad and away programs, promotion of and support for faculty and student exchange opportunities, implementation and management of international partnership initiatives and agreements, and oversight and monitoring of the institution's compliance with all federal, state, and system requirements pertaining to international education.

International Departments

Center for English Language Programs (CELP). The CELP includes the Intensive English Program (IEP) which offers students English language training that prepares them to pursue academic studies in a U.S. university. Students receive 20 hours of English-based courses per week. The IEP also offers tutorial support to students. Tutors help students develop strategies for academic learning, completing homework, and preparing for the TOEFL test. Upon completion of the IEP and after satisfying the University's language proficiency requirement, an IEP student may enroll as a degree-seeking student. In addition to the IEP program, the CELP also offers short-term language programs based on the specific needs of sponsoring agencies and various institutional partners. At present, the CELP serves approximately 50 students per semester.

Center for Education Abroad and Away (CEAA). The Education Abroad and Away office is responsible for education abroad promotion, implementation, and risk management. At present, the Education Abroad and Away office coordinates the study abroad experiences of approximately 300 students annually and supports all faculty-led programs and students' participation in the National Student Exchange.

Kearney Center for International Student Services (KCISS). The Elizabeth and Wynn Kearney Center for International Student Services serves more than 1,300 students and scholars from more than 90 countries through a variety of Department of State approved exchange and visa programs. The staff members are committed to assisting students with their academic, immigration, financial, and personal needs as well as offering them opportunities to enrich their cultural and educational experiences.

Housing (On and Off Campus)

Residential Life

111 Carkoski Commons

Living in a Residence Community benefits students in several ways. Residents can easily meet people and make friends, have timely access to information, and enjoy the convenience of living right on campus. On–campus residents also generally perform better academically and are more likely to graduate. Housing applications and contract information are available from the Department of Residential Life. 

Living options

While many students base their preference on the location of each of our communities, others will find attractive the many room types offered, including apartments, renovated spaces, and semi-suites with full bathrooms. There are multiple meal plans from which to choose, depending on your dining needs. All residence communities are open during academic year breaks.

Learning Communities

Groups of 15 to 25 students who take two to four fall semester courses together can live on the same residence community floor in a Learning Community. Participants have the opportunity to develop lasting friendships with students who share common interests and to interact with select campus faculty. Learning Communities are open to all first–year students.

Staff and Programs

Over 1,000 social and educational activities are offered by the staff and students in the residence communities each year. The opportunities for social interaction, recreation, and personal development allow residents to make the most of their University experience. Residence Community staff also assist residents with such things as academic and personal concerns, community development, and policy/procedural questions.

Residential Life Student Guide

Knowing the residence community policies can help you be successful at Minnesota State Mankato, so see the section, "Statement of Student Responsibilities" with Student Conduct Code, and read the Residential Life Student Guide. If you did not get a copy when you moved in, ask for one at your community front desk, or view it online at

Off–Campus Housing

Student Activities 

173 Centennial Student Union

Student Activities provides information for students who are interested in off–campus housing. Students may review a database of housing vacancies and students looking for subleasers/roommates. Currently enrolled students may list their housing vacancies at no charge, while non–students pay a $10 fee. There's also an apartment complex list that has information about various apartments that rent to Minnesota State Mankato students. 

Check before you rent

The City of Mankato – Department of Public Safety suggests you verify the following before signing a lease or entering into a rental agreement in the City of Mankato:

  • The house/apartment has a valid rental license – Every license holder or their agent, shall, upon request, provide a copy of the current license to any tenant or prospective tenant.
  • Verify the number of people that can live at the property – The occupancy of the rental unit must comply with City Zoning and Rental ordinances.
  • Check previous strikes on rental license – The license holder, or their agent, is required to inform all prospective tenants of the number of disturbance notices pending against their licensed property and the potential effect of additional disturbances. The license holder shall provide written notice to the tenant of the number of pending disturbance notices at the beginning of the rental period.

For more information on City Rental Ordinances, or to sign up for city e-news and alerts, check out or call Community Policing at 507-387-8795.

Institutional Diversity

228 Wigley Administration Center

Institutional Diversity supports a multicultural educational experience for students, faculty, staff and the greater community by encouraging access, opportunity and success. Institutional Diversity supports students and builds leaders for a global society. Diversity is who we are and what we do! Our staff provides direct services to students and hosts enriching educational programs, cultural activities and insightful conferences for area youth, students, faculty and staff. In addition, we recruit and retain underrepresented students. Institutional Diversity includes Opportunity, Access, Success, Intercultural Services (OASIS), Multicultural Center, LGBT Center and the Women's Center - all located in the Centennial Student Union.

IT Solutions

121 Wissink Hall

The IT Solutions Center is headquartered in Wissink Hall room 121. It houses more than 250 public access computers and computer labs with a wide range of software tools. It is also the home to the frontline IT Solutions support team for Minnesota State Mankato. MavPRINT black & white and color printers are available.

The space is open 7:15 A.M. to midnight Monday through Thursday, 7:15 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Friday, 10:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. on Saturday and 1:00 P.M. to midnight on Sunday.

SpectrumU TV App
Free - LIVE Charter TV on your phone or tablet - Students, faculty and staff can watch LIVE Charter Spectrum HD TV channels on their Android, IOS or Kindle devices while connected to the campus WiFi, or Residence Hall WiFi network.

Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change


The Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change (KISPC) is dedicated to advancing the understanding and the existence of peace at all levels, from the individual to the global community. The Institute defines peace in its broadest sense, denoting not only the absence of conflict, but also the interrelationship of the factors necessary to create or to enhance harmony within and among human beings and their environments.

The KISPC is named after Abbas Kessel, a Minnesota State Mankato Political Science professor for 19 years and lifelong peace activist. The Institute affirms Kessel's insistence that for peace to be possible the values, behaviors, and conditions essential for positive human relations must exist at multiple levels: personal, local, regional, national, and international.

An Advisory Council coordinates the activities of the KISPC. The Council raises funds through the KISPC Endowment, develops policy recommendations for the Institute, sets budgets, oversees activities, and evaluates outcomes. The Council works through the Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences on all matters pertaining to the operation and administration of the Institute.

The Institute encompasses four organizational components to support a variety of activities. These activities include the sponsorship of seminars and workshops, public lectures, artistic and cultural presentations, and other school and community–based activities.

LGBT Center, The

194 Centennial Student Union
Feel Safe. Be Proud. Find Community. Become a leader.

The LGBT Center provides support, advocacy, referral and sense of community to LGBTQQA* students, staff and faculty. Through education, programming, and activism, we heighten campus and community awareness of LGBTQQA concerns and strive to ensure every individual has equal opportunity to learn, work, and grow in a supportive and safe environment.

Through our educational programs, speakers, pride events, and workshops, the LGBT Center aims to reduce the isolation experienced by the LGBT community, eliminate negative behaviors and attitudes towards LGBT people, and create a positive, welcoming and informed campus community. In addition, the Center offers multiple weekly support groups, helping students at all stages of their coming out process.

The Jim Chalgren LGBT Center was voted one of the top 100 lgbt-friendly campuses by the Advocate College Guide. Founded in 1977, it is the second oldest center of its kind in the nation.

*LGBTQQA stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and allied individuals.

Library Services
Reference Services: 507-389-5958
Library Hours:

Library Services supports the University curriculum by providing students and faculty with information resources available in the Memorial Library and online. Special collections include: Kiyo Suyematsu Music Library, Government Documents, Lass Center for Minnesota Studies, and more. Remote access to Library resources is available to students with their Star ID.

Library Top 10:

  • Best place to go for information - better than Google!
  • Use the Library online at anytime, anywhere at
  • Get research help from librarians (in–person, e–mail, phone, and 24/7 chat)
  • Great place to study (designated quiet study areas and group study rooms)
  • 300+ computers and wireless internet access
  • Open until 2 a.m. Sunday-Thursday Fall & Spring Semesters
  • Your MavCARD is your Library Card
  • Access to millions of books & journal articles
  • Check out DVDs, music CDs, novels, laptops, digital cameras, travel guides, & more
  • If we don't have it, we'll get it via interlibrary loan

MavCARD (University ID Card)

117 Centennial Student Union

Minnesota State Mankato students are required to obtain a MavCARD, carry it whenever present on campus, and provide it to authorized staff, upon request. If currently enrolled, your MavCARD allows you to check out Memorial Library books and materials, attend athletic events and various student activities for free admission or at reduced prices, and it is used by University Dining Services for your Residence Community meal plan. Your MavCARD also has additional functions such as MavCASH for electronic vending purchases and ATM/PIN–Debit features in conjunction with Wells Fargo, our MavCARD banking services provider.

If your MavCARD is damaged, lost or stolen there is a $15 replacement fee. Take your MavCARD wherever you go. Security will request assistance from the Mankato Department of Public Safety in cases of persons with identification and/or refusing to leave the premises.

The MavCARD office is open during the academic year Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. The summer hours are 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

Military Science (ROTC)

316 Wiecking Center

If interested in growing as a disciplined, adaptive, physically fit, and resilient lifelong learner, then joining the Maverick Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is for you! The Department of Military Science and Leadership offers an excellent opportunity to further develop leadership, managerial, and organizational skills. The skills developed will support both military and civilian career goals and dramatically improve marketability with employers. If service to the nation is important to you, Maverick Battalion offers two, three, and four-year programs enabling students/cadets to compete for a commission as an Officer in the United States Army. Cadets attend fully funded national leadership internships and can compete for other specialized training opportunities during the summer months. Contracted cadets receive living allowances each academic month of the school year. Army ROTC scholarships are available and cover 100 percent of tuition or $10,000 toward room and board and a designated amount per year for books, in addition to the living allowance. Call 507-389-6226/6220 or visit 316 Wiecking Center on campus for further information.

Multicultural Center

269 Centennial Student Union

The Multicultural Center - a component of Institutional Diversity - serves a focal point for cross-cultural exchange and learning through cultural diversity programs and activities. The Center provides a place in which students can exchange and reinforce their cultural existence, a foundation of diversity retention effort which helps reduce social cultural isolation and connects students from diverse backgrounds to the University. The Center houses four directors, who are skilled and knowledgeable on cultural diversity, to work with students from diverse backgrounds to identify and address concerns of their collegiate experiences at the University. The four directors oversee the four pillars of cultural diversity: African American Affairs, Asian American Pacific Islander Affairs, Latino Affairs, and American Indian Affairs, and they also serve as advocates for the representation of students of color at the University.

New Student and Family Programs, Office of

103 Preska Residence Community

The Office of New Student and Family Programs recognizes that students' first year of college can be challenging. The overall mission of New Student and Family Programs is to provide services and programs to help students make a successful transition to college life. The programs housed within New Student and Family Programs include: undecided academic advising, First–Year Seminar, Orientation, and Family Programs.

  • Academic Advising – Many students come to college unsure of their academic major. New Student and Family Programs staff serves undecided students as advisors by encouraging students to intentionally explore majors early in their college careers. Students struggling with difficult academic or other college transitions can visit New Student and Family Programs advisors for assistance and possible referral. 
  • First Year Seminar – Seminar is a one–credit general education course specifically designed for first–year students. The course strives to help students transition to college life by introducing them to campus resources and building expectations of academic success. For more information about course goals and specifics, visit the First Year Seminar website.
  • Orientation – Orientation is a comprehensive program to address student transition issues, inform students about resources available to them, and offer academic advising in preparation for students' first semester. Orientation concludes with class registration. 
  • Family Programs - The Family Program seeks to provide a forum for communication between the University and families of our students in order to support student success, promote an appropriate role for parents within the campus community, and involve parents and families in the Maverick experience.

Orientation Sessions
New Student Orientation

Each summer, the Office of New Student and Family Programs provides a series of comprehensive orientation sessions for new, first-year students to the University. The programs address student transition issues, campus services and resources, academic advising, and course registration.

Parent and Family Orientation

A separate family program is provided to address parental concerns and questions, assist parents with their transition experience, and educate parents about services the campus provides for students.

Transfer Orientation

An abbreviated program is provided for all transfer students. An introduction to services and student expectations is provided in conjunction with information regarding transfer credit evaluation, academic advising, and course registration.

Online Orientation

Online orientation is provided for students who are enrolling in one of our online degree programs, or who are taking Minnesota State Mankato courses at one of our partner locations. Students who are serving on active duty in the military may also qualify to complete the online orientation program.

OASIS - Opportunity, Access, Success, Intercultural Services

284 Centennial Student Union

OASIS is dedicated to recruiting underrepresented and first generation college students to attend Minnesota State Mankato. OASIS provides enhanced recruitment opportunities to reach out to diverse students in the state of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.  Services include: bilingual and bicultural services, assistance with college transition, ACT prep workshops, specialized campus visits for prospective students, Discover programs, and other recruitment and outreach activities.

Performing Arts


The Earley Center for Performing Arts houses the Department of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance.

The music area includes the 347–seat Elias J. Halling Recital Hall, large rehearsal rooms, practice rooms, studios, and a MIDI/Class piano room. The Kiyo Suyematsu Music Library offers 12 computer stations, a large collection of recordings, music scores, books, and other items.

Music Performing Groups include:

  • Chamber Singers
  • Concert Choir
  • Contemporary Instrumental Ensembles (Combos)
  • Contemporary Vocal Ensembles
  • Jazz Bands
  • Maverick 'Machine' Marching/Pep Band
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • University Chorale
  • University Orchestra
  • Wind Ensemble

If you are interested in becoming involved in any of the groups listed above, call 507-389-2118 and you will be put in touch with the appropriate director of the group.

The theatre area includes the newly renovated 479–seat Ted Paul Theatre (a fully equipped proscenium theatre with hydraulic pit, extensive fly system, computerized light and sound boards), with adjacent scene and costume shops. The Andreas Theatre complex includes the state–of–the–art flexible 250–seat black–box studio theatre, green room, dressing rooms, dance studios, design lab, costume and scenic storage, paint booth, and light maintenance facilities.

The Department of Theatre and Dance produces 17 major productions and scores of smaller ones in its Main Stage Season, Studio Season, professional Highland Summer Theatre, studio "ETC" theatre offerings, annual Children's Theatre Tour, and University Rep Dance Ensemble concerts. Auditions are open to everyone.

For the latest information regarding department activities or to purchase tickets online, visit For further information call 507-389-2118.

Photocopies/Printing/Facsimile Services

Copy Shops

The Copy Shops throughout campus produce over 15 million copies and prints per year. They also produce enlargements and reductions, as well as provide binding and fax services. Students may purchase class notes and packets at each shop. The Wiecking Copy Shop offers services such as laminating, color copying, printing, wide–format printing and thesis printing.

Printing and copying orders can now be submitted online. For details and job submission information, go to for which form to use.

University Printing Services

University Printing Services, in 309 Wiecking Center provides graphic design, printing, and bindery services for students, departments, and campus organizations who wish to produce posters, brochures, papers, programs, tickets, newsletters, etc. They also have high-speed full–color digital copiers and printers to produce quality prints and posters.

Have a specialty item you need for a promotion or a quality gift for a colleague? Through multiple vendors, Printing Services can find exactly what you need such as pens, pencils, clothing, stationery, magnets, mugs, and much more to help promote your department or event. For more information, call 507-389-1181 or visit

Radio Station KMSU

205 Alumni Foundation Center

For over 55 years, Minnesota State Mankato has held the license for radio station KMSU 89.7 FM, Independent Public Educational Radio. Located in the Alumni Foundation Center, the award- winning station offers news and a wide variety of music, with its primary service area in southern Minnesota and streaming on the World Wide Web.  More than 55 volunteers produce and host programs. Students can gain experience as reporters, writers, board operators, announcers, marketing/promotions assistants, and as interns under professional guidance. Call 507-389-5678 or visit for additional information.


293 Centennial Student Union

The Reporter is an award–winning, student–run newspaper dedicated to providing the University campus and Mankato community with news, sports, and entertainment coverage. The paper is published every Tuesday and Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. In addition to the regular newspaper, The Reporter also publishes several supplemental issues including SportZone (delivered to 27 area high schools), and MSYou, which features students, faculty, and staff from around campus. Also published are Futures, an orientation magazine for incoming University students, and Best of Mankato, which highlights many local area businesses. Copies of The Reporter can be found across campus -- including in the residence halls -- and around the greater Mankato community. In addition to the newspaper and supplemental issues, The Reporter has a website which can be reached at The Reporter also offers many job opportunities for students, including positions as writers, editors, photographers, advertising sales, and reception services. Call 507-389-1776 for additional information or check out our Facebook page.

Safe Walk Service


University Security provides a safe walk service on campus for individuals upon request. The service is available 24 hours a day throughout the year. If you are near one of the emergency phones (identified by a blue light), use it to access a direct line to University Security or call 507-389-2111.


222 Wiecking Center

University Security is an integral part of the campus community – a positive presence on our campus. All members of the department strive to be sensitive to the needs of all, while protecting the rights and property of the University community.

The Patrol Unit provides 24–hour vehicle and foot patrol, visitor and new student assistance, investigation into campus crimes, and serves as a liaison with the Mankato Department of Public Safety and Gold Cross Ambulance Service. Visit for personal safety and emergency preparedness information.

EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) are available to respond to medical emergencies and are in direct radio contact with Gold Cross Ambulance Service.

The Safe Walk Service is designed to make the Minnesota State Mankato campus a safer, more enjoyable place for you. When you are on campus for any purpose, an officer will gladly walk with you to any other destination on campus. You can reach the Safe Walk Service by dialing University Security at 507-389-2111. An officer will come to meet you at your location and walk you to your campus area destination 24 hours a day.

The following warning systems may be used to notify the campus community, dependent upon the type of emergency/notification as follows:

  • Imminent, serious and ongoing threats - Star Alert text messages and email, University Public Address System.
  • Serious and ongoing threats (not imminent) - email, University Security website, Personal Safety Alert posters, Personal Safety Hotline (507-389-2594).
  • Weather Related Class Cancellations/University Closing - class cancellation hotline, MSU Public Information Officer (local radio and news), Star Alert.
  • Post Incident Communications - web pages, MSU Public Information Officer, campus wide email.

For instructions on enrolling in Star Alert go to

Speech & Debate Team

If you want to hone your communication skills to their highest level to give yourself the cutting edge in the competitive job market, or if you simply enjoy speaking in public, the Department of Communication Studies offers the opportunity to become involved in intercollegiate speech competition, better known as forensics. You will be challenged to develop strong communication skills, poise, and self–confidence. Minnesota State Mankato travels to tournaments both regionally and nationally. Forensics is open to all students, regardless of experience. For more information, call 507-389-5536 or 507-389-2213.

Student Activities

173 Centennial Student Union

Student Activities, in the Centennial Student Union, is packed with things for you to do and ways for you to get involved in the campus community! Join a fraternity, sorority or one of  200 recognized student organizations. Get involved with the campus program planning group, Student Events Team and help select concerts, comedians, lectures, movies and special events hosted on campus. Join the Homecoming Committee, get involved with a community service volunteer project, or become involved with Non-traditional Student Resources. If you want to be involved on campus, start here!! For an up-to-date list of all of the activities and programs offered on campus, check out

Here's a taste of the ways you can get involved at Minnesota State Mankato:

Community Engagement Office

The Community Engagement Office (CEO) connects students with community based, service-learning and volunteer opportunities. Through one-time and on-going projects, students improve their:

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Problem solving skills
  • Relationship building skills
  • Understanding of social justice issues
  • Ability to develop trust
  • And more

As students shift passion into action and make meaning of their experiences through reflection, they are better prepared to develop big ideas through real-world thinking. Visit our website to learn about service and engagement opportunities, learn how to report your service to comply with community-based or service-learning requirements for classes or scholarships, or learn how to volunteer with Campus Kitchen at Minnesota State University, Mankato. For more information, call 507-389-5789 or visit us in CSU Room 173.

Fraternities and Sororities

Minnesota State University, Mankato's fraternities and sororities provide many opportunities to get involved and develop leadership skills, succeed academically, grow as an individual, and serve the community. Membership allows you to expand your horizons by interacting with different people at events such as social exchanges, intramural sports, leadership conferences, service in the community, Homecoming, National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, and Greek Week. Our fraternities and sororities are made up of some of the most active and engaged students the University has to offer.  Membership provides great opportunities for networking, not only for current students, but alumni too! To learn more about fraternity or sorority involvement opportunities, visit Student Activities, check out or call 507-389-6076.

Student Events Team

The Student Events Team is a student-led organization that provides fun, interactive, educational events where students make lifelong memories and celebrate their Maverick pride. This organization brings the latest films, special events, concerts, speakers, performing artists, and plans Homecoming. Financed by Student Activity Fees, this group develops student leaders while providing entertaining and educational programs. Everyone can join the Student Events Team. The Student Events Team meets every Tuesday at 4:00 P.M. in the Centennial Student Union. Members decide which events come to campus and how to build campus pride. Examples of programs include CSU Haunted House, MAVFest outdoor concerts, Foam Party, Kato Ninja Warrior, nationally known speakers, and Stomper's Cinema. Stop and see us in Student Activities or visit for upcoming events.

Non–traditional Student Resources

A Non–traditional Student is:

  • A student who is a parent.
  • A student who is married, partnered, widowed, or divorced.
  • A student who is 24 years of age or older.
  • A student who is a military veteran.
  • A student who waited 3 or more years after high school to attend college.
  • A student who is returning to college after a leave of absence of 3 or more years.
  • A student who commutes over 15 minutes.

If you are in need of assistance with financial aid, child care services, veterans benefits, or would like to connect with other non-traditional students, this place is for you! Stop by Non-traditional Student Resources in the lower level of the CSU across from the Bullpen to meet others, grab a cup of coffee, use the microwave or refrigerator, participate in the monthly events, or the leadership board.

Recognized Student Organizations

Getting involved in an organization can become one of the high points in your college life as you meet other students with similar interests and shared experiences. Working on projects together, whether it is an environmental issue, raising funds for the group's favorite charity, or sponsoring a campus activity, builds lasting friendships and opportunities to gain and exercise leadership skills.

Student Activities serves as the focal point for all recognized student organizations, providing assistance in establishing recognition, as well as advice in planning and budgeting activities. There are over 200 Recognized Student Organizations (RSO's) at Minnesota State Mankato. Check out our website to view the Recognized Student Organizations directory --

Student Government

280 Centennial Student Union

Student Government is the official voice of the students to the University administration and community. Along with student advocacy, the Student Government provides involvement and consultation opportunities to its members to help shape University and community policy and services.

The Senate holds elections in the spring, electing representatives from each college, each residence community, off campus students, and two students with an undeclared major. Vacancy elections are held throughout the year. Check in the Senate office for a list of vacancies.

The Senate meets every Wednesday at 4:00 P.M., CSU 238. Students are invited to come listen and have an opportunity to address the Senate during student forum.

Leadership Experience
Students who take an active role in campus affairs find that their college careers are enriched, and future employers recognize such experiences as good job training.

For involvement information, information on how to register a complaint, file a Grade Appeal, or general questions, call the Student Government Office, CSU 280 at 507-389-2611, or visit

For a list of committees see

Student Health Services

21 Carkoski Commons

Student Health Services (SHS) provides medical care, pharmacy, and health education services for all currently enrolled students. Student Health Services is located in the lower level of Carkoski Commons and is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., when classes are in session. Summer Session office hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. SHS is staffed by full–time physicians with a specialty in family practice and family and psychiatric nurse practitioners. SHS has an in–house laboratory and pharmacy. Students are encouraged to make appointments to ensure faster service by calling 507-389-6276. Walk–in patients are treated on a first–come, first–serve basis with emergencies given top priority.

Medical services include care for colds, coughs, injuries, skin rashes, STDs, birth control, mental health, and other medical problems. If needed, referrals can be made to specialists. There are charges for physicals, office visits, lab tests, prescriptions, and special procedures. Payment can be made with cash, check, credit cards or posted to your student account. Because insurance coverage varies, students should bring insurance information into Student Health Services at the time of their visit. Students may utilize SHS one semester after departing from Minnesota State Mankato, but will incur full costs, because they no longer pay student fees.

Health Education services include free use of the Relaxation Station (massage chair, aromatherapy, and audiovisual relaxation) and peer education programs.

TRIO Programs

The federally funded TRIO programs are designed to identify promising students, prepare them for college level work, provide information on academic and financial aid opportunities, and offer tutoring and support services once they reach campus to ensure college retention and graduation.

Minnesota State Mankato is one of over 1,200 colleges, universities, community colleges, and agencies in America now offering TRIO programs. TRIO funds are distributed to institutions through competitive grants. TRIO refers to eight programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965; the three listed here are offered at Minnesota State Mankato.

Educational Talent Search Program

Educational Talent Seach (ETS) is a pre–college program funded through the U.S. Department of Education serving low income, first generation potential college students. The mission of ETS is to assist students in completing high school and entering programs of postsecondary education. ETS serves 694 6th through12th grade students in thirteen area school districts. The Educational Talent Search program provides field trips, classroom workshops, small group activities, one–on–one advising, college visits, as well as many additional activities to increase career and college awareness. ETS is located in 356 Wiecking Center, (507) 389-5175. For more information check out

Student Support Services

Student Support Services is a federally funded program that helps students to deal effectively with all aspects of college life. It is the goal of Student Support Services to retain and graduate participants from Minnesota State University, Mankato. The eligibility criteria to participate in this program include income level (as determined by the United States Department of Education), first generational student (neither parent has a bachelor's degree) and/or a disability. The services provided by Student Support Services are free to participants and include tutoring, academic advising, personal and/or career counseling, career planning, workshops, seminars, and cultural activities. For more information, call 507-389-2797, go to or visit 355 Wiecking Center.

Upward Bound Program

The Upward Bound Program is funded through the U.S. Department of Education. Participants in the program are high school students who have potential to be good students, but need some help with academic skills and motivation. Upward Bound is designed to better prepare students academically, socially, and culturally for education beyond high school. It is a program for the student who has given little or no thought to attending college or vocational school or is uncertain of success in such a school. Located in 324 Wiecking Center, Upward Bound currently places 85 to 90 percent of its graduates in colleges, universities, and technical schools around the country.

Veterans Resource Center

167 Centennial Student Union

The mission of the Veterans Resource Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato is to provide assistance, peer support, and educational events for all students impacted by military service. The Veterans Resource Center is a comfortable, relaxing space where veterans, military members, and their families can grab a cup of coffee, share stories and support, or get some homework done. For general information about the Veterans Resource Center, please contact:
    Tim Adams
    Military & Veteran Success Coordinator
    168 Centennial Student Union

The Veterans Resource Center also provides comprehensive information and assistance. Veterans, current military members, and family members are encouraged to stop in for personalized information and assistance regarding resources available to meet their unique needs. For information and assistance regarding military and veteran benefits and resources, please contact:
    David Schrader
    Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
    173 Centennial Student Union

Women's Center

218 Centennial Student Union
Inspire. Empower. Achieve. Lead.

INSPIRE. The Women's Center offers a welcoming space where all students are encouraged to think and make choices in an accessible environment that enables transformation and change in themselves, in their community and beyond.

EMPOWER. The Women's Center provides a safe, affirming place in which students can find their voice, believe in themselves, and make decisions that are right for them.

ACHIEVE. Through educational outreach and programs, the Women's Center is dedicated to helping all students achieve their goals and dreams.

LEAD. The Women's Center provides high-impact programs, diverse opportunities and powerful collaborations, affording students with the skills and tools necessary to provide innovative leadership and activism.

Violence Awareness & Response Program
Here for you.

The Violence Awareness and Response Program (VARP) provides a safe, supportive space for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and family members or friends affiliated with Minnesota State University, Mankato. VARP's mission is to reduce the pervasiveness and effects of sexual violence, domestic/relationship violence, and stalking.

The VARP Assistant Director and graduate assistants can meet one-on-one with victims and survivors of rape, stalking, sexual assault, dating violence and abuse, and other forms of sexual and intimate partner violence. Staff can help you get in touch with the resources that fit best for you. All are welcome.