Minnesota State University Moorhead
(MSUM) is a four-year, public university
located in Moorhead, Minnesota
. The school has an enrollment of nearly 7,500 students and 337 full-time faculty members. MSUM is a part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities
(MnSCU) system. MSUM is located on the western border of Minnesota on the Red River of the North
in Moorhead; across the river lies Fargo, North Dakota
and the region has a combined population of more than 160,000. Its athletic teams are called the Dragons.
The plans for what would become MSUM were laid down in 1885, when the Minnesota State Legislature
passed a bill declaring the need for a new state normal school
in the Red River Valley
, with an eye on Moorhead. The State Senator who proposed the bill, State Senator Solomon Comstock, donated six acres and appropriated the funds that would go to form the campus which opened in 1888. In 1921, the State authorized the school to offer the four-year Bachelor of Science
degree in Education and the school became Moorhead State Teachers College.
With the arrival of World War II, the college entered into a contract with the Army Air Corps to train aviation students. After World War II, enrollment swelled to more than 700 students and the school diversified and broadened into both a liberal arts and professional curriculum. The school began offering a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1946 and graduate programs by 1953. As a result of the broadened offerings, by 1957 the name was changed to Moorhead State College. In 1969, the school joined a cooperative cross-registration exchange with neighboring Concordia College and North Dakota State University, creating the Tri-College University. The school continued to increase its number of programs and by 1975, the State Legislature that year permitted the institution to change its name to Moorhead State University. In 1995, Moorhead State
became part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. On July 1, 2000, the school officially became Minnesota State University Moorhead.
- Moorhead Normal School (1887)
- Moorhead State Teachers College (1921)
- Moorhead State College (1957)
- Moorhead State University (1975)
- Minnesota State University Moorhead (2000)
Presidents of MSUM
- 1888-1899 Livingston C. Lord
- 1899-1919 Frank A. Weld
- 1919-1923 Oliver Dickerson
- 1923-1941 Ray MacLean
- 1941-1955 Otto W. Snarr
- 1955-1958 A.L. Knoblauch
- 1958-1968 John Neumaier
- 1968-1994 Roland Dille
- 1994-2008 Roland Barden
- 2008-present Edna Mora Szymanski
- Enrollment: approximately 7,500 students
- Top Majors: Elementary Education, Mass Communications, Business Administration, Art, Biology, Accounting, Psychology, Criminal Justice, Special education, and Graphic Communications.
- Student/Faculty Ratio: 21:1
- Average Scholarship: $950
- Alumni: Over 42,000
- MSUM offers in-state tuition for most students.
- 16% of freshman participate in intercollegiate athletics.
- More than 1,500 students live in campus residence halls.
- MSUM offers more than 120 Student Organizations.
MSUM offers more than 135 majors and 19 areas of pre-professional studies with 32 academic departments in its four Colleges: Arts & Humanities, Business & Industry, Education and Human Services, and Social & Natural Sciences. Graduate degree programs are offered in 15 academic areas.
MSUM is accredited by 14 national accrediting and certification agencies, including the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
MSUM operates the New Rivers Press, a not for profit literary press founded in 1968.
The campus newspaper is The Advocate, formerlyThe MiSTiC, which was closed by the administration in 1970.
The school also publishes a literary magazine, Red Weather , with the support of the English Department. The yearly publication is a journal of prose, poetry, interviews, photography and art by current undergraduates and graduate students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
MSUM produces a weekly faculty/staff newsletter called Continews and a quarterly publication for its alumni titled Alumnews.
The school's college radio
station is KMSC
, which airs on AM