Metro State Description

Metropolitan State University is a public university located in Minnesota’s Twin Cities. Established in 1971, MSU has always offered a unique learning environment by encouraging students to create their own degree plans and professors to write evaluations instead of giving letter grades.

While MSU adopted a more traditional style of academics during the 1990’s, their First College permits students to individualize their degrees, majors and focuses. Students that are uncomfortable creating their own academic plan have approximately 60 structured degrees to choose from.

MSU offers not only customizable academic plans, but also fully online programs for students looking to earn their degrees on their own schedule.

Metropolitan State University also houses one of the largest accounting programs in the state, and is widely recognized as one of the best Minnesota accounting programs.

It is also one of four schools in Minnesota to offer Doctor of Business Administration degrees, and the only public college in the state to offer that program.

For students concerned with the price of tuition, books and cost of living, MSU offers financial aid like federal Pell grants, Academic Competitiveness grants, and state and university grants, along with federal work-study programs and different scholarship opportunities.

Quick Facts about Metropolitan State University

Region

Midwest

Setting

Large City Setting

Type

Public

Affiliation

Not applicable

Size

Large (5,000 to 10,000 Undergrad)

On-Campus Housing Available

No

Selectivity

Open Admissions

In-State Tuition

$6,030

Out-of-State Tuition

$12,300

Retention Rate

60%

Enrollment

7,148

Year Established

1971

Metro State Students

Full-Time Undergrad Students
6,335
Freshman Class
325
Total Students (Undergrads & Graduate Students)
7,148

Undergraduate vs. Graduate

Undergraduate
89%
Graduate
11%

Full-Time vs. Part-Time Students

Full-Time
20%
Part-Time
80%

Gender of Students

Women
55%
Men
45%

Ethnic Diversity

Latino
5%
African American
13%
Caucasian
68%
Asian
9%
Unknown and Other
5%

International Students

International
2%
Domestic
98%

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