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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato
New Students and Family Programs

Prospective Student Parents

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/newstudent/prospectivestudentparents.html

Choosing a college and all that comes with it can be overwhelming for students and their families.  Below you will find information about choosing a college, admissions requirements, costs of attendance and so much more.university banner

  • Campus Overview

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.

  • Admission Requirements   

Students are considered for admission to Minnesota State University Mankato based on high school courses (including Minnesota State University Preparation Standards), grades, class rank, and college entrance examinations (ACT required).

Click on the Admission Requirements link or visit the Admissions Office homepage for more specific and detailed information about admission to Minnesota State.                                  

  • Cost of Attendance

One of the most important factors in choosing a 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
    • Visit several colleges of interest in the junior year; re-visit the student's top picks in the senior year
    • 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
    • hang out in the student union or student center to find out what happens on campus outside of the classroom 
    • 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.

  • The College Checklist

Packing and preparing for college life requires thoughtful planning.  Here you will find a list of suggested items that student's will find useful while making the transition to college life.

    • Financial Information-student's should have or know their social security number, their college identification card, bank account numbers, and any financial aid information that was sent to them from the University.
    • Health Information-be sure your student has an up-to-date health insurance and prescription drug coverage card.  Be sure that all immunizations records have been sent to the Admission's Office.
    • Academic Information-upon completion of high school, students need to submit a final high school transcript.  If a student has Advanced Placement, College in the Schools, Post Secondary Education or College Level Examination Program credits that do not appear on the high school transcript, those grades/scores should be sent directly from that organization to the Admission's Office.
    • Housing Information-before purchasing items for a student's residence hall room, it is advisable to contact the student's roommate to talk about what each student plans to bring to college.  This helps eliminate roommates arriving with duplicate items.  Click here to find a list of suggested items for moving to college.
  • 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 through the college transition process.  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.

  • Veteran's Resource Center

Student's who are military veteran's should connect with the campus Veteran's Resource Center for assistance in transitioning to college and obtaining military benefits.