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Career Development Center

Office Address: Wiggly Administration 209
Office Phone: 507.389.6061
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm

The Career Development Center (CDC) assists students in exploring academic majors, learning about careers and refining skills used in seeking internships and employment.  Students who are in the process of determining academic majors can attend sponsored events, utilize career assessment instruments and schedule individual appointments with staff.  The Career Resource Library, within the CDC, includes hundreds of books and a wide range of material for students to use when selecting careers, identifying academic majors or enhancing job search skills.  The CDC's online system ( is available to students who are seeking part-time employment, internships or full-time employment opportunities.

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Office Address: Memorial Library 125 (lower level of the Library)
Office Phone: 507.389.1791
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30pm
Tutoring hours: Monday-Wednesday 9am-8pm, Thursday 9am-4pm, & Friday 9am-1pm

FREE walk-in tutoring with a valid MavCard is available for Math, Chemistry, Biology, Statistics, English, Speech, ESL, and most General Ed courses. All tutors are intelligent and CRLA-trained.

Last year, our tutors conducted 16,000+ tutoring sessions, and more than 2,000 individual students utilized our services each semester, with more than half of the tutees reporting grades of A or B.

Take ownership of your education, of your academic success. Visit the CAS for academic support.

 Counseling Center

Office Address: Centennial Student Union 245
Office Phone: 507.389.1455
Office Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

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. 

The services include:
•    Short-Term Counseling
•    Educational Programming
•    Crisis Intervention
•    Consultation
•    Testing
•    Referral to Outside Resources

Office of Disability Services

Office Address: Memorial Library 132
Office Phone: 507.389.2825
Office Hours: Monday–Friday 7:30 am – 4:30 pm

The primary role of the Office of Disability Services is to ensure equal access and opportunity for students with disabilities to programs and activities offered through Minnesota State, Mankato.  The office also acts as a resource and referral agency for students, faculty, staff and administration. 
With supporting documentation, students may access a variety of individual accommodations. 

Some accommodations provided include:
Text in alternative format
Alternative testing
Sign language interpreters
Early Registration
Assistive Technology

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First Year Experience

Office Address: 10 Gage Residence Community
Office Phone: 507.389.5498
Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 8am – 4:30pm

Orientation and Transition: Orientation at Minnesota State University, Mankato provides students and their families the opportunity to familiarize themselves with campus, find answers to important questions answered and issues addressed, as well as providing students the opportunity to register for fall semester classes. Orientation makes a significant difference in a student's success and persistence in college, and therefore all new students are required to attend an orientation program before registering for classes. We look forward to helping you take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.

First Year Seminar: First Year Seminar is a course designed to assist you with your transition to the University. Class size is intentionally limited in each class section to allow you to make connections with other students, and get to know your instructor on a 1–1 level. Each First Year Seminar instructor is committed to First Year Student success and has specifically volunteered for the experience of working with you as a First Year Student! Through low student to faculty ratio and strongly committed faculty, you begin the year with an instructor who is committed to providing the tools necessary to find your road of personal success at Minnesota State University, Mankato!

Learning Communities: The Minnesota State University, Mankato Learning Communities Program provides an opportunity for incoming first year students to join a community that supports their academic success and transition to college life, as well as encourages students to involve themselves in the different opportunities we have to offer on campus!

Undeclared Academic Advising: The Office of First Year Experience operates on a developmental advising model that focuses on a wide range of personal and academic issues with students including academic progress, career and life planning, development of study skills, and appropriate course selection. The role of academic advising within the Office of First Year Experience is to supplement faculty efforts and to advise students who are undeclared. Academic advising also provides support to students experiencing academic or personal difficulties that interfere with their academic success.

Educational Outreach Workshops: Educational Outreach Workshops are designed to help students with their academic development during the transition to college.  The workshops utilize an interactive learning format to provide students with a combination of information and strategies for implementing skills into daily life.

Parent Services: The Parent Services Program seeks to provide a mutual understanding and forum for communication between the University and parents of our students in order to support student success, promote an appropriate role for parents within the campus community, and involve parents in the Maverick experience.

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Office Address: Alumni and Foundation Building 115
Office Phone: 507.389.2321
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm 

Provide information about Minnesota State Mankato graduate programs and admission requirements to prospective students
Process applications for graduate school
Process applications for graduation and facilitate degree completion
Provide funding for student research and travel
Assist students with admission, registration, financial aid, and other issues related to their status as graduate students

Institutional Diversity English Institute

Office Address: Centennial Student Union 269
Office Phone: 507.389.5594
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9am – 8pm, Friday 9am–2pm

The IDEI offers the following programs and services: The Writing Lab, The English for Academic Purposes Program, Academic Conversation Groups, Reading, Writing, and Study Skills Workshops, On line Writing Help.

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Jim Chalgren Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center

Office Address: Centennial Student Union 168
Office Phone: 507.389.5131
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

The Jim Chalgren LGBT Center offers a safe space for LGBT and allied students and provides advocacy and mentoring for students struggling with issues of sexual and gender identity. In addition, the Jim Chalgren LGBT Center offers educational programming intended to raise awareness and understanding of LGBT issues.

The Jim Chalgren LGBT Center is a hub for leadership opportunities, community building, safety, fun, friendship, pride and visibility for LGBT and allied students.

Minnesota State Student Association

Office Address: Centennial Student Union 280
Office Phone: 507.389.2611
Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4:30am 
Meetings every Wednesday at 4:00pm in Centennial Student Union 238

The MSSA is the official student government at MSU.  The MSSA represents and informs students regarding issues.  The MSSA holds weekly meetings and operates a variety of committees dealing with specific student life issues.  All students are represented by senators in there academic college and residence classification.  Elections are held annually in the Spring, with vacancies elections in the fall.  All students are eligible to participate. 

Student Activities Office

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Office Address:  Centennial Student Union 173
Office Phone: 507.389.6076
Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 8am – 6pm, Friday 8am -4:30 pm

Student Events Team:  Student Events Team is the campus activities board that plans Homecoming, concerts, lectures, movies, and other campus-wide special events.  If you are interested in the arts, music, marketing, or just want to get involved on campus, there is a place for you on the Student Events Team team.

Greek Life:  Greek students contribute to the community, engage in valuable leadership opportunities, and develop life-long friendships.  If these opportunities appeal to you, then Greek life is for you.  Greek members are campus leaders who provide a network of friendship and support.

Recognized Student Organizations:  At MSU, there are 200 student organizations waiting for you.  If you don’t see one you like, we will help you create your own.  Getting involved helps you build leadership skills, enhances your resume, and offers the opportunity to build lasting friendships.

Non-Traditional Students:  If you are a parent, married, widowed, divorced, over the age of 24, a veteran or commute over 15 miles, then you are a non-traditional student.  Enhance your college experience by utilizing the resources and support provided by the Non-Trad Center and leadership group.  Non-Traditional Student Group:  Rooted in Work, School, Family and Life.

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