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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Academic Computer Center

117 Wissink Hall

The Academic Computer Center (ACC) has over 400 computers and several printers for student use. All computers are constantly being upgraded to keep current with technology. All labs and classrooms have access to the internet and to MavDisk, a server for students to save all their important documents. MavApps is an easy way to access software applications such as Microsoft Office, SPSS and others needed for course work without having to purchase.

Student workers are on duty during hours of operation to maintain the labs, provide safety and security, and offer technical assistance. For students who need to develop their computer skills, free one–on–one sessions are offered throughout the semester, all you have to do is ask.

Surrounding the open lab are six classrooms/labs for hands-on interactive instruction. In addition, a service area houses black and white and color laser printers.

Use of services provided in the ACC requires a valid Minnesota State University, Mankato username and password, which you can obtain at

Over 800 computers and many more printers are located in the library and around campus in specialized satellite labs.

Affirmative Action, Office of

112 Armstrong Hall
507-389-2986 (V), 800-627-3529, 711 (MRS/TTY)

The Office of Affirmative Action is responsible for developing and monitoring the University's Affirmative Action Plan as well as monitoring the recruitment and employment process. The Office also assists faculty, staff, and students who believe they have been harassed or discriminated against because they are a member of a protected group. The Office is charged with investigating complaints under MnSCU's 1B.1 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy and 1B.1.1 Procedure, 1B.3 Sexual Violence Policy and 1B.3.1 Procedure as well as Title IX sex discrimination complaints. The Office also provides assistance to Minnesota State Mankato administrators in their role as decisionmakers and communicators of the results of internal investigations.

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 MA 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, tennis, indoor/outdoor track, and volleyball.


The Minnesota State Student Association contracts an attorney who will counsel you on your rights. Call 507-389-2611, or stop by the office in CSU 280. The attorney can help you 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 calling or e–mailing. You can also get information and access many Campus Hub services through the web site.

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 throughThursday 8:00 AM–5:00 PM, and Friday 9:30 AM–5:00 PM. The summer hours are 8:00 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 – to participate in 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, swimming pool, a paved fitness trail, 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 fitness classes, one–on–one 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, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, 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. Student climbing nights will be scheduled throughout the Fall, Spring and Summer. The Indoor Rock Climbing wall, a roughly 2,000 square foot climbing facility, is in Myers Field House. It is available 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 fitness 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)

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 programs 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 Choosing or Changing Your Major." Additional online resources include: the "What Can I do with my Major?" guides, career information on recent Minnesota State Mankato graduates, and the online Career Success Guide for students. Focus, an electronic career assessment system, is free for students to use on any computer with internet access. 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 thousands of jobs online, research employers using the system's large employer database, join the resume database for employer searches, participate in on–campus interviews and job fairs and much more!

Job Search Assistance

In addition to one–on–one coaching and support to assist with internship/co-op and job search process, the Minnesota State Mankato Job Search Handbook is available in the CDC or can be accessed from the CDC website. This well-liked 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 services in this area include: extensive job listings and on–campus interviewing through Mavjobs, Quick Stop walk–in hours, career and job search 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 is your House of Serendipity where you discover pleasant surprises that invite, involve and inspire. The 214,000-square-foot CSU - one of the largest student unions in the Midwest - is the house that the students built. Supported through student fees, the CSU is dedicated to serving students as the social hub of the campus community. At the CSU, "serendipity" translates into fortunate discoveries that feed the body, mind and spirit. You are invited to grab a slice of pizza, a salad or sushi. Use down time for billiards, bowling or gaming in the newly remodeled Maverick Bullpen. Catch a movie, hear live music, build relationships or simply sit with your laptop in front of a cozy fireplace. At the CSU, you can get involved in student activities, Greek life or more than 240 student organizations. You are also inspired to achieve whether it be through student employment, leadership training or getting out into the greater Mankato community as a student volunteer. Countless nuggets of serendipity await you in the CSU. To find out more or to take a virtual tour of the building, visit our website at

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. Our 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.

College Access Program (CAP)

243 Centennial Student Union

College Access Programs (CAP) identify and recruit students who show promise of success. CAP provides an intense transition from high school to college. The program assists students in mastering subject matter, building and improving basic skills for college success while still in high school. The CAP regular school year is supplemented by a four–week summer residential program.

CAP provides a structured program that addresses multiple concerns of underrepresented students attending Minnesota high schools. Participants develop multicultural knowledge and skills to live effectively in a pluralistic society.

What CAP does:

  • Works with underrepresented students of various ethnic, cultural and economic backgrounds.
  • Provides planned activities which address the unique needs of urban and rural underrepresented students.
  • Provides after–school college prep seminars with information on financial aid and college admission procedures.
  • May provide provisional admittance for high school seniors to Minnesota State University, Mankato.
  • Provides year–round advising and tutoring to all participants.
  • Maintains a two–year academic performance contract with its students.

Community Engagement, Office of

173 Centennial Student Union

Established in November 2008, the University's Office of Community Engagement (CEO) is the volunteer center for the campus, working with over 65 non–profit organizations in greater Mankato. Our volunteers, utilizing their time and talents, provide the needed assistance to enable these organizations to fulfill their missions. Students gain a knowledge of and appreciation for civic engagement. We also partner with the Academic Service–Learning Program to assist faculty and students to discover projects and complete the service–learning components in various academic courses. We're always looking for volunteers, so make a difference in someone else's life TODAY!

Campus Kitchen, Mankato

Established at Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2005, Campus Kitchens provides approximately 400 meals every week from food recovered from University dining halls and Mankato–area restaurants that help feed low–income families and individuals in our community. Minnesota State Mankato continues to create relationships with local agencies who work with individuals in need of healthy meals, including Blue Earth County, ECHO Food Shelf, H.O.P.E., Partners for Affordable Living/Theresa House, Salvation Army and Welcome Inn. Since its inception in 2005, the Campus Kitchens Project has served over 90,000 meals. Over 9,000 volunteers have assisted with this project, and, yet, we have a long way to go to eliminate hunger. Blue Earth County still has over 2 1/2 million missing meals after all of the various programs have contributed their provision of meals!

Mavericks READ

Mavericks READ is dedicated to improving children's language and literacy in the greater Mankato area. Over 49% of Mankato's children are not ready for Kindergarten. You can enrich a child's life with results that last forever by giving a few hours of your time! The mission of the program is to:

R – Read with and actively engage children in positive dialogue and creative activities in an environment which allows them to learn from and enjoy language and literacy–related activities;

E – Educate the campus and community about the importance of volunteerism and youth literacy;

A – Activate community partnerships that will work together to build strong educational foundations for children and create diverse volunteer and service opportunities for University students and staff;

D – Develop leadership, foster citizenship, and encourage community engagement in students, staff, and community members in order to assist with the development of life–long learners and stewards of service.

Counseling Center

245 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 counseling, educational programming, crisis intervention, consultation, national testing, 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 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, during Fall and Spring semesters. Call 507-389-1455 to inquire about summer hours. To make an appointment, stop by the Counseling Center, and complete a short form. This form will help the 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 and master's level psychologists, and doctoral interns and/or master's–level interns.

Dental Clinic

Morris Hall 3

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.

Disability Services, Office of

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

The Office of Disability Services facilitates accommodations for individuals with disabilities, which ensure equal access to programs, services, and activities offered by Minnesota State Mankato. The Office of Disability Services can assist with advocacy, alternative format of printed materials, alternative testing services, assistive technology, early registration, note taking and sign language interpreters. The Office also serves as a resource and referral agent for community contacts and disability related information.

Emergency assistance is available on a 24–hour basis through the University Security Office. Grievances, questions, or requests related to equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities should be presented to the Disability Services Director at the numbers listed above or the Affirmative Action Officer at 507-389-2986, (MRS 711), or 800-627-3529.

Elizabeth & Wynn Kearney International Center

250 Centennial Student Union

The Elizabeth & Wynn Kearney International Center is the information hub for all things international at Minnesota State University, Mankato. The Kearney International Center is made up of two divisions: Study Abroad/International Programs and International Student and Scholar Services.

Elizabeth & Wynn Kearney International Center study abroad advisors provide information and guidance to students and faculty about the many different academic opportunities abroad. Students receive help at every step to facilitate their study in a different culture. The Center operates with proper procedures to comply with all legal requirements for the institution, sponsors and student participants. It is also the designated overseer for all institutional agreements between Minnesota State Mankato and programs abroad.

The Kearney International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) staff assists international students with advice about academic, immigration, personal, social and financial issues. There are approximately 750 international students representing more than 80 countries at Minnesota State Mankato. The Elizabeth & Wynn Kearney International Center serves as the official contact agent between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, other government agencies, and the University community. The ISSS also processes J-1 immigration documents for visiting faculty and scholars.

Funding for Student Organization Activities

In support of programming by Recognized Student Organizations, money has been allotted by the Minnesota State Student Association (MSSA). To be considered for funding by the Student Allocations Committee (SAC), student organizations must be recognized by MSSA 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.


On–Campus Living

Students who have not previously lived on campus at Minnesota State Mankato are strongly encouraged to do so. Living in a residence community is a benefit to 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, 111 Carkoski Commons, 507-389-1011, or online at The email address is

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.

Maverick Mentor Program

Universities all across America are designing special programs to enhance the success of first year students. Minnesota State Mankato has studied these efforts and created the Maverick Mentor Program. First year students choosing to live in Crawford will find themselves part of a vibrant academic community that combines specialized academic resources and rich educational opportunities. The Maverick Mentor program provides a friendly, supportive environment that helps students orient themselves to the University community.

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.

The Overnight Safety Monitor Program

The Overnight Safety Monitor program is designed to provide an added level of safety in the residence communities from 11:00 P.M. – 8:00 A.M. Overnight Safety Monitors keep a watchful eye on the residence communities by making interior and exterior rounds of the buildings and by ensuring appropriate personnel are contacted to respond to situations. Overnight Safety Monitors are in direct radio contact with University Security and can be contacted by residents via telephone.

Residential Life Student Guide

Knowing the residence hall policies can help you be successful at Minnesota State Mankato, so see the section, "Statement of Student Responsibilities," 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 Living

Student Activities provides information for students who are interested in off–campus housing. Students may review a computer 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 $10.00 fee. There is also an apartment complex list that has information about various apartments that rent to Minnesota State Mankato students. This information is also available online at

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 check out or call Community Policing at 507-387-8795.

City of Mankato Rental License Strike Process

Rental License Strike Overview

Party/Disturbance Violation = 1 strike

Yard/Weed Violation = 1/2 strike

Nuisance Violation = 1/2 strike

Each strike remains on the rental license for 12 months. Owners/agents are sent a copy of the strike notice and police report.

Problem Solving Conference – 2 strikes

A problem solving conference is conducted between owner/agent, tenant(s), and a Mankato Police commander when a total of two strikes have occurred within a twelve month period. The goal of the meeting is to develop, by consensus, a plan of action to reasonably ensure that a future incident will not occur at the premises. The unit may also be placed on the "zero tolerance list". Landowners can move back to one strike status only if all tenants are evicted.

Rental License Review by City Council – 3 strikes

After the problem solving conference has been conducted, if another strike occurs within the twelve months of the first strike, the rental license will be sent for review by the City Council. The Council has the power to suspend or revoke a rental license.

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. We support students and build 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 and administer the College Access Program. Institutional Diversity includes Opportunity, Access, Success, Intercultural Services (OASIS), the Intercultural Student Center/Multicultural Affairs, The Jim Chalgren LGBT Center and the Women's Center - all located in the Centennial Student Union.

Intercultural Student Center/Multicultural Affairs

269 Centennial Student Union

The Intercultural Student Center/Multicultural Affairs - 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 connect 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.

Jim Chalgren 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.

Kessel Institute for the Study of Peace and Change

Department of Government

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 life–long 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: including the personal, local, regional, national, and international communities.

A Program Committee coordinates the activities of the KISPC. The committee raises funds through the KISPC Endowment, develops policy recommendations for the Institute, sets budgets, oversees activities, and evaluates outcomes. The Committee 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 pursues 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.

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 Memorial Library and online. Special collections include: Music Library, Government Documents, Lass Center for Minnesota Studies, and more. Remote access to Library resources is available to students with their campus login.

Library Top 10 List:

  • 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 & 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, graphic novels, 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, to 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 partner.

If your MavCARD is damaged, lost or stolen there is a $15 replacement fee. Remember to 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 5:00 PM. The summer hours are 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Military Science (ROTC)

316 Wiecking Center

If you are interested in taking the "best leadership course in America," then join the Maverick Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC). The Department of Military Science and Leadership/Maverick Army ROTC offers an excellent opportunity to develop leadership, managerial, and organizational abilities. The skills acquired and practiced through Maverick Army ROTC support military and civilian career goals and dramatically improve marketability with employers. If service to the nation is important to you, Maverick Army ROTC offers two, three, and four year programs enabling students/cadets to compete for a commission as an officer in the United States Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard. Cadets attend fully funded national leadership internships and can compete for other specialized training opportunities during the summer months. All contracted cadets receive a living allowance each academic month of the school year. Army ROTC scholarships are also available which cover 100 percent of tuition and a designated amount per year for books, in addition to the living allowance. Call 507-389-6226 or 6229 for information, or visit 316 Wiecking Center.

Minnesota State Student Association (MSSA)

The Minnesota State Student Association is the official voice of the students to the University administration and community. Along with student advocacy, the Student Association 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, or general questions, call the MSSA Office, CSU 280 at 507-389-2611, or visit

For a list of committees see

New Student and Family Programs, Office of

(formerly First Year Experience)
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, learning communities, PSEO, Concurrent Enrollment, 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 providing thorough knowledge of the General Education curriculum, and 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. Undecided students should call ahead to schedule appointments with a New Student and Family Programs advisor (507-389-5498).
  • 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.
  • Learning Communities – Learning Communities help ease students' transition to the University by providing a fun and supportive start to college. Learning Community students co–enroll in courses their first year, and live on the same residence community floor. Each Learning Community has a Learning Community Coordinator (LCC) who assists students in setting/achieving academic goals, and plans academic and social events for Learning Community students. 
  • PSEO - The PSEO program offers an opportunity for eligible high school juniors and seniors who meet Minnesota State University, Mankato admissions requirements. PSEO students earn high school and university credit simultaneously. Classes can be taken at the Minnesota State Mankato campus or at one of the University's off-campus locations. Tuition and required textbook costs are paid by the Minnesota Department of Education; therefore there is no cost to the PSEO student.
  • Concurrent Enrollment - Concurrent Enrollment is a collaboration between Minnesota State Mankato and area high schools. This partnership offers qualified high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn university credit in their high school setting during regular school hours. Concurrent Enrollment courses are taught by qualified high school instructors who partner with faculty from the University. Students who successfully complete a Concurrent Enrollment course receive high school credit and Minnesota State University, Mankato credit. Concurrent Enrollment courses are paid for by the high school and there is no cost to the student.
  • Orientation – Orientation is a comprehensive program to address student transition issues, inform students/families about resources available to them, and offer academic advising in preparation for students' first semester. Orientation concludes with class registration. Orientation Peer Assistants (OPAs) are peer mentors who assist students/families throughout their orientation experiences. 
  • 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.

OASIS - Opportunity Access Success Intercultural Services

243 Centennial Student Union

OASIS is dedicated to recruiting underrepresented and first generation college students to attend Minnesota State Mankato. We provide 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 activties.

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:

  • Concert Choir
  • University Orchestra
  • University Chorale
  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Chamber Singers
  • Jazz Band & Combos and Pep Band
  • Jazz Singers

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 529–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 18 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.

Radio Station

205 Alumni Foundation Center

Minnesota State Mankato has one radio station. KMSU 89.7 FM public radio, located in the Alumni Foundation Center, offers news, and a wide variety of music. Students can gain radio experience as reporters, board operators, announcers, and writers 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 campus and Mankato community with news, sports, and entertainment coverage. The paper is published every Tuesday and Thursday during the fall and spring semesters. The Reporter also publishes several special issues including Sports Zone delivered to 27 area high schools and MSYou, which features individuals around campus. In addition, a Vikings issue is handed out at training camp. Papers are placed at numerous locations on campus, in the residence halls, and around the community. In addition, the paper has a website at There are many jobs available at the Reporter including positions for writers, editors, photographers, copy editors, graphic designers, advertising sales, and reception services. The Reporter is located at 293 Centennial Student Union.

Safe Walk Service

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


222 Wiecking Center

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 Division 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 their website at for various 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 and surrounding apartment complexes. You can reach the Safe Walk Service by dialing Security at 507-389-2111 on any on–campus telephone. 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 will be used to notify the campus community, dependent upon the type of emergency/notification as follows:

  • Imminent Danger - STAR ALERT, Voice over IP
  • Personal Safety/Crime Alert - Personal Safety Hotline, Personal Safety Posters, Web Page, Campus Wide Email (personal safety related only)
  • Off-Campus Incidents - Personal Safety Posters, Web Page
  • Weather Related Class Cancellations/University Closings - Class Cancellation Hotline, MSU Public Information Officer (Local radio and news), STAR ALERT
  • Post Incident Communications - Web Pages, MSU Public Information Officer, Message Boards, Campus Wide Email.

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 over 25 tournaments each year both regionally and nationally. Forensics is open to all students, regardless of experience. For more information, call 507-389-5534 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 our campus community! Join a fraternity or sorority or one of our 240 student organizations. Get involved with our campus program planning group, IMPACT 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 the Non-traditional Student Center. If you want to be engaged, start here!! For an up-to-date list of all of the activities and programs offered on campus, check out For more information about our programs, feel free to contact us by phone or visit our website. We look forward to meeting you!!

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

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 exchanges, intramural sports, leadership conferences, service in the community, Homecoming, National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, and Greek Week. The fraternities at Minnesota State Mankato are Sigma Chi, Delta Chi, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Nu, and Tau Kappa Epsilon. Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Sigma Alpha, Gamma Phi Beta, and Sigma Sigma Sigma are the four sororities at Minnesota State Mankato. To learn more about fraternity or sorority involvement opportunities, visit us in Student Activities or call 507-389-6076.


Minnesota State Mankato's student–run programming board brings in the latest films, comedians, hypnotists, speakers, concerts, week–long events, and more! Financed by student activity fees, the goal is to develop student leaders while providing entertaining and educational programs. The IMPACT Team consists of a student executive board and a variety of student–run committees. Every student can be a member of the IMPACT Team and help decide what events come to campus. Call 507-389-6076, stop and visit us in Student Activities or visit to find out about currently scheduled events.

Non–traditional Student Center

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 nontraditional students, this place is for you! Stop by the Non-traditional Student Center in CSU 173 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.

Our office 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 240 Recognized Student Organizations (RSO's) at Minnesota State Mankato.

Student Health Services

21 Carkoski Commons

Student Health Services (SHS) provides medical care and health education 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. SHS is open limited extended hours as well. 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 nominal 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 graduation from Minnesota State Mankato, but will incur full costs, because they no longer pay student fees.

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 six programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the four listed below 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 fourteen 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 us out at

McNair Achievement Program

The McNair Achievement Program is a federally supported program designed to provide first generation, low income students, and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education the opportunity to effectively prepare for graduate studies. The program aims to provide participants with high–quality and relevant research opportunities, access to technology, and concrete assistance in order to ensure their success in graduate programs. For more information, call 507-389-1188 or visit 302 Wiecking Center.

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 our website at 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 their 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 his/her 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
Phone: 507-389-5726

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. 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.

In addition to providing assistance, 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.

Women's Center

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

INSPIRE. The Women's Center offers a welcoming space where 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 our 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 our students with the skills and tools necessary to provide innovative leadership and activism.

Violence Awareness & Response Program

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.