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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Prospective Students

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Program Benefits

Honors courses and co-curricular activities will increase the students' capacity to gain cross-cultural skills in leadership, research, and global citizenship. The students have the option of living on an honors floor. Honors students choose from a variety of honors courses, and they experience many exciting activities and events.

A Learning Community

Fun people and serious academics who introduce honors students to the benefits of life and study at Minnesota State Mankato. Students can also choose to live together on an honors floor.


The Honors Program provides access to the research resources and facilities of a university with the personal attention of a small liberal arts college. Mentoring relationships are developed with faculty, staff, and advanced students through socials, seminars, co-curricular activities, and formal meetings. The honors mentoring network is a great resource and provides students with general guidance, help in problem-solving, and assistance with future planning.

Courses and Seminars

In honors classes, professors demonstrate that knowledge is not something merely to master, but also to wield. There are no closed discussions, no memorization lists. Rather, information is uncovered, shared, and used as a tool by students in their ongoing journey of discovery.

Priority Registration

Honors students who have earned less than 64 credits enjoy early registration privileges at Minnesota State Mankato. This allows students to schedule courses for their major around honors courses and activities, and supports the most efficient path toward graduation.

Spaces in Residence Halls and Classroom Buildings

First-year students can call Preska-I Hall their home when they arrive on campus. The Honors student lounge (MH 265) features group and individual study, reading, and socializing spaces, computers with specialized programs, scanning, free printing for honors students, coffee and other light snacks. In cooperation with the Undergraduate Research Center, the program also loans out netbooks, presentation clickers and books.

Co-curricular Activities

As soon as they arrive on campus, honors students are invited to special co-curricular activities that foster their personal and professional development. Events may include dinners at faculty homes, special lectures and events on the Mankato campus or other regional campuses, personal discussions with national leaders, and service and consulting projects for regional non-profits and businesses. All of these opportunities are organized and paid for by the Honors Program.


Honors faculty members are selected for their excellent reputation as scholars, teachers, and mentors. They enjoy creating innovative educational experiences and are dedicated to student success in and out of the classroom.

Honors Designation upon Graduation

Solid evidence of real accomplishments in leadership, research, and global citizenship.