Minnesota State University

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato is a four-year university located in Mankato, Minnesota. The school has an enrollment of over 19,000 students and 600 full-time faculty members. MSU is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU).


The institution has the distinction of being the first public college in the United States to be headed by a woman, suffragette Julia Sears, in 1872.

Minnesota State University, Mankato has previously been named:

  • Mankato State Normal School 1868-1921
  • Mankato State Teachers College 1921-1957
  • Mankato State College 1957-1975
  • Mankato State University 1975-1998
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato 1998-present


  • George M. Gage 1868-72
  • Julia A. Sears 1872-73
  • Rev. David C. John 1873-80


  • Edward Searing 1880-98
  • Charles H. Cooper 1898-1930
  • Dr. Frank D. McElroy 1930-46
  • Dr. Clarence L. Crawford 1946-65
  • Dr. Melvin G. Scarlett 1965-66 (acting president)
  • Dr. James F. Nickerson 1966-73
  • Dr. Kent Alm 1973-74 (acting president)
  • Dr. Douglas R. Moore 1974-78
  • Edward McMahon 1978-79 (acting president)
  • Dr. Margaret R. Preska 1979-92
  • Dr. John B. Davis, Jr. 1992 (acting president)
  • Dr. Richard R. Rush 1992-2001
  • Dr. Karen Boubel 2001-02 (interim president)
  • Dr. Richard Davenport 2002-present

Academic programs

MSU currently offers 158 undergraduate programs of study, including 16 preprofessional programs, and 82 graduate programs. These are divided into six major academic areas:

MSU also confers Master's degrees in these areas, and is the first institution in the United States to offer a Master of Fine Arts degree in Forensics.

The university is accredited by 25 national accrediting agencies, including the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Student accommodations

MSU currently has four student housing complexes.

  • McElroy Center, consisting of five four-story halls. All the halls are connected to each other through a central hallway.
  • Crawford Center, consisting of four four-story halls. All the halls are connected to each other through a central hallway.
  • Gage Center, consisting of two thirteen-story towers. The two towers are connected through Gage commons.
  • Julia A. Sears, consisting of four four-story halls. All the halls are connected to each other through a central hallway.

Opened in June 2008, the new Julia A. Sears residence hall is named after the university's first female principal.


The athletic teams of Minnesota State are the Mavericks. The men's and women's ice hockey teams both compete in the Division I WCHA, along with four other Minnesota-based college teams. Other university athletic teams will compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference of NCAA Division II starting in 2008-09 due to the disbanding of the North Central Conference.

Minnesota State University is the current location of the summer training camp for the Minnesota Vikings National Football League team.

Former PGA Professional, and current PGA Champions Tour star Mike Zinni is the head coach of the MSU Men's Golf Team. In 1947 the Mavericks lost in the championship game to Marshall University 73-59. Minnesota State head men's hockey coach Troy Jutting was named the WCHA Coach of the Year for the 2007-08 season.

Minnesota State's wrestling squad finished the 2007-08 campaign with a second-place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships.

Minnesota State wrestlers Jason Rhoten and Andy Pickar each won individual national championships during the 2007-08 season.

Junior pole vaulter Kaitlin Rains claimed her second NCAA Division II Indoor Pole Vaulting championship and was named the USTFCCCA National Field Athlete of the Year.

Four former Maverick men's hockey players are playing in the NHL (Ryan Carter, Steve Wagner, David Backes and Tim Jackman).

Former Maverick Ryan Carter became the first former MSU hockey player to have his name etched into the Stanley Cup as he was a member of the 2007 Anaheim Ducks squad.

Minnesota State men's basketball player Atila Santos was named an All-American by the NABC and the Division II Bulletin this year.

Minnesota State finished third in the NACDA Director's Cup Division II 2007-08 rankings.

Maverick radio

The university operates a public radio station, KMSU 89.7 FM.

Notable Alumni

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