Location MankatoPage address: https://www.mnsu.edu/whymankato/community/mankato.html
Big-city advantages, small-town comfort
Our 350-acre campus overlooks the Minnesota River Valley and the busy streets of Mankato. Located in south central Minnesota, Mankato is a fast-growing community of 50,000 just 80 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Mankato, a progressive and student-friendly community, consistently ranks as one of the most livable communities in the country. #3 in the nation on Forbes 1014 “Best Small Places for Businees & Careers” and as one of the top 100 communities for young people by America’s Promise four consequetive times.
The community, like the campus, is large enough to offer all the opportunities and advantages you'd expect from a larger city — top-notch recreational opportunities, sporting events, shopping, festivals, restaurants, diverse cultural attractions and a vibrant nightlife — but in a convenient, accessible and easy-to-navigate setting.
A growing international reputation distinguishes the University, as does the unique quality of life that marks the proud community of Greater Mankato.