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Minnesota State Mankato leads in college week applications

Minnesota State Mankato leads in National College Week recruitment.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office news release [12/7/2011]

More students applied to Minnesota State University, Mankato than to any other school in the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system during last month’s first-ever National College Application Week.

Minnesota State Mankato received 2,118 manual and online applications during the college application week initiative Nov. 14-18, according to the MnSCU Office of the Chancellor. No other MnSCU school topped 2,000 applications, and only two others saw more than 1,000 applications.

During that week applications to Minnesota State Mankato more than quadrupled from the same period in 2010, when 501 students applied. (Minnesota State Mankato also led the system in applications during that period.)

The announcement reinforces a recent U.S. Department of Education study revealing that Minnesota State Mankato was the system’s top recruiter of in-state students in 2010. Last year the school recruited 2,070 first-year students from Minnesota – second only to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (with 3,450). The University of Minnesota-Duluth ranked third (with 2,012), and St. Cloud State University was fourth (with 1,973).

Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport said the National College Application Week results and the Department of Education study come as no surprise. “For years we’ve been helping our students transform their big ideas into real-world solutions, and students recognize that,” Davenport said.

System-wide, applications during National College Application Week also skyrocketed. Nearly 10,000 high school students submitted 15,600 applications to the 31 MnSCU colleges and universities, compared to 4,900 students who submitted about 5,500 applications during the same week in 2010.

National College Application Week is intended to increase access to college, particularly for students from underrepresented groups. Each college and university waived its $20 application fee from Nov. 14 to Nov. 18.

“This initiative was tremendously successful,” said MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone. “Collaboration clearly encouraged more high school students to apply to college, and we look forward to welcoming them to our campuses as freshmen this fall.”

More information about National College Application Week – including statistics for each MnSCU school – is at More information about Minnesota student recruitment and the U.S. Department of Education study is at

Minnesota State Mankato’s fall 2011 headcount – the number of both full- and part-time students – was 15,649, up 1.7 percent from last year, making it the state’s second-largest institution for full-time students. The number increased despite the fact that there were fewer high school graduates in 2011 than in 2010.

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