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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

International Student Parents

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A different environment, a different language, different food, and family and friends who are thousands of miles away; all of these things and more can make for a challenging transition to college for international students.  Below you will find information pertaining to international students at Minnesota State including; admissions requirements, costs of attendance, and so much more.

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Minnesota State University Mankato was founded in 1868 and has a current enrollment of approximately 14,000 students.  Minnesota State offers 160 programs of study in six academic colleges; Allied Health and Nursing, Arts and Humanities, Business, Education, Science, Engineering and Technology, and Social and Behavioral Sciences.  Our campus is located roughly 85 miles southwest of  Minneapolis/St. Paul and sits atop 303 acres overlooking the Minnesota River Valley.  The Greater Mankato Area is home to about 50,000 residents.


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  • International Undergraduate Admissions for acceptance into a bachelor level progrgam will be evaluated by the Admission's Office.
  • International Graduate Admissions for acceptance into a Master's or Doctoral level program will be evaluated by Graduate Studies.  

International Center 

  • Once accepted by Minnesota State University, Mankato, international students are issued the F-1 or J-1 student visa document by the International Center.  The International Center provides orientation, advising services, and cultural programs for international students. 
  • Students and families are strongly encouraged to work with the International Center throughout their time at Minnesota State Mankato.

  • Cost of Attendance

One of the most important factors in attending college, particularly for parents, is cost.  Click on the Cost of Attendance link to learn more about University tuition and fees, housing costs, financial aid, and scholarships.

  • Visiting Campus

Visiting a college campus is the best way to determine if the school is a good fit for your student.  Click here to set up a Minnesota State Mankato campus visit for you and your student.  After you've scheduled an appointment, you can start preparing for the visit.  Here are a couple of tips for parents and students when it comes to college visits.

    • Take some time to do research about the school prior to arriving on campus
    • Ask to meet with faculty or staff related to your student's possible major
    • See a residence hall room
    • Eat the dining hall food
    • Take a campus tour, hopefully led by a current student
    • Encourage your student to spend some time exploring the campus without a guide
    • See the student union or student center to see an informal place for students to gather, eat, study, and converse
    • Ask questions, lots of them, and take notes after the visit help your student process the experience, possibly make a list of pros and cons to evaluate and compare campuses later

The amount of information you and your student receive while on campus can be overwhelming and what to ask a college admissions officer can be equally as challenging.  Click here for a list of recommended campus visit questions to ask when touring colleges.

  • Parent Services at Minnesota State University Mankato

Minnesota State University Mankato offers services and resources specifically for parents to assist them in helping their student as they transition to Minnesota State.  While your student is considering attending Minnesota State, parents may want to explore some of what's offered to parents by browsing the New and Current Student Parents portion of the Parent Services website.