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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mankato, MN

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  1. Champion D1 Men's and Women's hockey teams!
  2. Globally Minded University with 1300+ Int'l students from over 90 Countries
  3. 2nd oldest LGBTQ+ office in the US

About This Campus

From the moment you arrive on our 350-acre campus overlooking the beautiful Minnesota River Valley, you'll be immersed in a dynamic, energetic environment that's friendly, welcoming and just the right size. You'll have access to all the benefits and resources of a large university, but with a small-campus feel. Whatever your interest – sports, academic, ethnic, cultural, political, social or religious – with more than 200 student organizations to choose from, you're sure to find others who share your interests and a variety of activities. On any given day, you'll find things to do and easy ways to fit in. Cheer on the Maverick sports teams, including Division I men's and women's hockey, or choose a more relaxed game of intramural sports. Attend lectures with world-class speakers researchers and writers. Find out why our theatre, music and dance performances rank in the top 1% of attendance nationwide. Or grab a coffee and relax by the fireplace in the student union.

Location Information

Located in south central Minnesota, Mankato is a fast-growing community of 53,000 just 80 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Mankato consistently ranks as one of the most livable communities in the country. In fact, Mankato is a 4 time winner of the designation "100 Best Communities for Young People."

Helpful Information

Free transportation around campus and Mankato with your MavCard. Furnished apartments are available for both one semester and academic year placements. If your major is in the science/engineering field have some flexibility when it comes to courses.

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Mankato
Population | 90,000
Enrollment | 15,719
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/22-12/9
Spring | 01/9-05/5

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 3%
Black | 5%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 3%
Two or more | 2%
White | 75%
Other | 11%
International | 11%


  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: Before seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Nursing and Dental Hygiene

Business, Social Work, KSP Education, IT, Graphic Design. Courses fill up fast for these majors, students need to have flexibility with courses.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Law Enforcement/Corrections
  • Business
  • Substance Abuse/Addictions
  • Native American Studies

Unique Academic Programs

  • Construction Management
  • Drug and Alcohol Studies

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Accounting, Adapted Physical Education, Agricultural Business... ++ show all


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500.00 paper, 173.00 computer or 61.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 06/28/22

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $4573.4.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 18 ($360.26 per additional hour)
  • Home Payment: 18 ($360.26 per additional hour)

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

    Use FAFSA CODE: 002360

    Financial Aid - Home Payment
    For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

    Financial Aid - Canada
    Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

    Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

    Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
    Housing Deposit $250.00 Year Home Mandatory
    Activity Fee $521.95 Year Host Mandatory
    Recreation Fee $30.00 Year Home Mandatory
    Health Service Fee $65.00 Year Home Mandatory
    Technology Fee $125 Semester Home Mandatory
    Parking Fee $285 Semester Home Optional
    Orientation Fee $70 Semester Home Optional

    Important Notes: A $250 housing deposit is required for on-campus housing reservations. Only students who take Business classes are subject to the $125 College of Business technology fee. NSE students who make ON-CAMPUS housing reservations can order a $70 "Welcome Package" from the Kearney International Center that provides basic sheets, blanket, pillow, towel, short-term toiletries and a small food bag upon arrival: http://www.mnsu.edu/international/arriving.html Some textbooks may be able to be in-library rented for all students using their mav cards

    Room / Meals

    Figures are current as of 06/28/22

    On-Campus Housing Per Semester
    • On-Campus Housing
    • 17% living on campus
    • Double: $4927 (includes meals)
    • Per semester unless otherwise noted
    Off-Campus Housing
    • Off-Campus Housing
    • Approximate monthly cost: $500
    • Proximity to campus: 1.0
    • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
    Notes About Housing
    One semester students: We recommend Summit & Jacob Height apartments for their short-term lease options. Summit & Jacob Heights also offer furnished units. Student may also live in the dorms. For any apartment complex in Mankato that does not offer furnished rooms, you can contact CORT Furniture Rental if you do not plan to bring your own furnishings: https://minneapolis.cort.com/storefront/student/c02_04.html Universities buses have routes to major apartment complexes that travel around Mankato and back to campus

    Meal Plans

    • Campus Meal Plans
    • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
    • $250 declining balance plan.
    Notes About Meal Plans
    Meal Plans Options - https://mnsu.sodexomyway.com/my-meal-plan Maverick AnyTime (unlimited meals): $1,502(F), $1,503(S), $3,005(AY)- includes $100 dining dollars (plus 3 guest meals) Maverick 14 (14 meals/wk): $1,550(F), $1,550(S), $3,100(AY) - includes $200 dining dollars (plus 3 guest meals) Maverick 160 (10 meals/wk): $1,403(F), $1,403(S), $2,806(AY)- Convert any of your 160 meals a semester to Dining Dollars at a conversion rate of $6 per meal. Maverick Flex: $250(F), $250(S), $500(AY)


    Figures per Semester are current as of 06/28/22

    Important Notes about Health Insurance
    Not required for US students

    Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
    Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,927 per semester.


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