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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Location Mankato

Page address: https://www.mnsu.edu/whymankato/community/mankato.html

Mankato, Minnesota

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. In fact, Mankato was recently designated a "dreamtown" by Demographics Daily, named the 14th most livable micropolitan city, 16th in the nation for quality of life, and one of the top 100 for young people. Rolling Stone magazine even ranked Mankato as one of the top 50 college towns for "schools that rock" for the area's rich and diverse music scene.

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.

With a spectacular natural environment as a backdrop, Minnesota State Mankato and the community come together to create an ideal environment for living, growing, working and learning.

"The city is large enough to offer variety," says Rachel Busch, a student from Mason City, Iowa, double majoring in Chemistry and Secondary Chemistry Education with a minor in Mathematics, "yet small enough to offer community."