700 E Seventh St
Saint Paul, MN 55106-5000
p. 651-793-1212
w. www.metrostate.edu

Metropolitan State University

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Metropolitan State University, commonly known as Metro State, is a four-year public university located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis–Saint Paul. A member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system, the school serves over 10,000 students each year and enrollment is rising steadily.

The institute won the prestigious National Hesburgh Award for quality of teaching in 1995.


Founded in 1971 to offer academic degrees to working adults, the school was somewhat non-traditional in that students were able to design their own degree plans and professors provided written evaluations as opposed to letter grades. GPAs were not calculated until the 1990s, when the first freshmen and sophomore students were accepted. Until then, all students were upperclassmen.


Students may pursue more than 60 undergraduate majors and 10 different master’s degree programs, as well as various graduate certificates and two applied doctorates.

The most unique and one of the most popular courses of study at the university is the Individualized Degree, reminiscent to the school’s original curriculum of creating your own program of study.

Other fields of study are accounting, business administration, psychology, and information & computer systems.

Schools and Colleges:

The College of Individualized Studies is available to students who wish to customize their degree program for a specific purpose or to design a course of study that combines multiple fields, collaborative degrees with other departments. The university is also home to the College of Arts and Sciences; College of Health, Community, and Professional Studies; College of Management; College of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice; School of Nursing; and the School of Urban Education.

MSU Online:

Metro State is a leader in providing high-quality online courses and programs for the convenience of the students who are unable to attend a regular college due to several problems. It was the first state university with a business degree that students could earn completely online. Some of the popular online programs and courses include Organizational Administration (BAS), Human Resource Management (BS), Individualized Studies (BA), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP).

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The College of Individualized Studies gives students the opportunity to customize a course of study by fashioning a degree program for use in a specific industry, utilizing a combination of learning strategies (i.e. internships, seminars, laboratory courses) while building on existing areas of academic expertise or experience. The requirements to graduate with an Individualized Degree are the same for any other degree at the university. A set number of credit hours must be completed in both lower and upper level courses.


Prospective freshman seeking admission to Metro State must supply the school with a completed application form and official copies of all transcripts. Applicants are also required to submit official standardized test scores. Transferring to the university from another institution is considered a fairly easy process. In addition to the required application form, prospective transfer students must submit official transcripts from all previous institutes attended. International students are also encouraged to apply for admission. The International Student Organization (ISO) provides counseling and advice for the international students.

Financial Aid

All financial aid applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to be considered for financial assistance paying for college. Incoming students are advised to begin the financial aid application process as early as possible, as it can take several weeks to complete and process and many types of aid are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Students are also reminded to pay attention to tuition payment deadlines, as financial aid recipients must have received and submitted their payments by those same dates.

Eligible students may be able to receive scholarships, grants, and loans. Scholarships and grants are considered “free” money that does not have to be repaid. Merit- and need-based scholarships are available from a variety of sources, and students are encouraged to apply for them. Types of federal and state grants awarded to many students include the Pell Grant, Minnesota State Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and Minnesota Post-Secondary Child Care Grant.

Loans must be repaid with due interest. Some of the different types of loans include Federal Direct Stafford Loans, Federal Direct PLUS Loans, and Private Educational Loans.

Applicants are encouraged to take advantage of financial aid counseling on campus, which can help them get the right kind of assistance based on their needs and finances.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5809th for the average student loan amount.
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Clubs and Organizations

Student life is vibrant and fun. The campus is home to over 20 different student organizations, which include groups focused on extracurricular interests, specific majors, ethnic backgrounds, political affiliations, religions, and more. The Student Senate, composed of 15 degree-seeking students each serving a one-year term, provides the student body with official representation. Students who do not find a club that meets their interests or needs are encouraged to establish a new student organization.

Student Services

The Disability Services Center helps students with documented disabilities acquire any necessary accommodations and other assistance. There is a testing center and an academic advising center in the campus. The on-campus library houses a wide range of books, magazines, journals, and other publications and a librarian is on duty to help students. The advising and counseling center provides both academic and career counseling services to interested students.

Media and Publications:

The Metropolitan is the award-winning student newspaper serves as an independent student voice informing students, faculty and staff of events and issues related to the university.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Established in 1971, Metro State is a fairly “new” university with a non-traditional student base. However, it has established the rich tradition of community involvement, student-centered instruction, and creating lasting relationships between its students and instructors.

Local Community

Minneapolis, the largest city in Minnesota, is adjoined by the state’s capital, St. Paul and together they are known as “the Twin Cities.” With over three million residents, it is the nation’s 16th largest metropolitan area. Due to its geographic location, Minneapolis-St. Paul residents take pride in being “halfway to the North Pole.”


Notable alumni include:

  • Char Samuelson, former MN state Representative
  • Martin Musatov, screenwriter
  • Leo Foley, Minnesota state Senator
  • Sandy Pappas, Minnesota state Senator


Metro State is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on College Nursing Education and the Council on Social Work Education.

Information Summary

Ranks 76th in Minnesota and 3016th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.02
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.06
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 6 0.07

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Saint Paul, MN 55106-5000
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population54,296 (54,296 urban / N/A rural)
Households18,531 (2.89 people per house)
Median Household Income$36,560
Families12,007 (3.61 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate comprehensive
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2704

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2887th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,329 $6,329 $12,914
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $313 $313 $313
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $211 $211 $430
FT Graduate Tuition $6,727 $6,727 $13,453
FT Graduate Required Fees $209 $209 $209
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $336 $336 $673
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $8,142 $8,142 $14,727
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,930 $25,930 $32,515
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $14,546 $14,546 $21,131

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,341 $6,642 $6,341 $6,642 $12,612 $13,227
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $12,232 $11,602
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $6,300 $6,526
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $6,300 $6,526

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application Fee$20
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 306 (138 male / 168 female)
Admitted 306 (138 male / 168 female)
Admission rate 100%
First-time Enrollment 100 (53 male / 47 female)
FT Enrollment 64 (40 male / 24 female)
PT Enrollment 36 (13 male / 23 female)
Total Enrollment8,510

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 62 253 86 187 10 1,411 53 2,151
Accounting 6 30 8 20 1 103 3 178
Advertising 3 3
Applied Mathematics, General 1 7 1 10
Biology Teacher Education 3 3
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 3 3 10 27 45
Business Administration and Management, General 25 37 12 36 1 232 10 364
Communication, General 1 2 19 23
Computer Science 5 5 4 6 22 43
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 1 2 1 3 24 32
Creative Writing 8 10
Criminal Justice/Police Science 2 2 16 93 2 118
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 13 6 8 1 66 98
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration 1 1
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 4 4
Dental Public Health and Education 1 3 4
Developmental and Child Psychology 1 1 1 3 10 1 18
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 1
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 3 1 8 12
Economics, General 1 1 5 7
Elementary Education and Teaching 3 2 1 7 14
English Language and Literature, General 2 1 15 1 21
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 2 2 3 7
Ethnic Studies 1 1 4 6
Finance, General 1 6 2 3 26 1 39
History, General 16 16
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 2 2
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 1 3 8 30 1 43
Human Services, General 13 5 1 41 1 67
Information Science/Studies 2 7 13 24
International Business/Trade/Commerce 4 3 2 4 1 14
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 1 3 2 1 25 1 35
Management Information Systems, General 3 9 1 7 17 1 39
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 1 2 1 6 26 1 39
Mathematics Teacher Education 3 4
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 3 32 13 13 3 197 3 277
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 7 1 1 26 10 46
Nursing Science 2 1 2 22 3 32
Operations Management and Supervision 1 2 3
Philosophy 2 2
Playwriting and Screenwriting 11 13
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 29 4 33
Project Management 1 1 2
Psychology, General 5 11 5 4 80 2 112
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 6 30 5 12 81 4 143
Social Sciences, General 2 16 19
Social Studies Teacher Education 2 1 3 6
Social Work 13 2 5 17 1 42
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 4 4 1 2 28 1 44
Urban Education and Leadership 2 2
Women's Studies 1 1 5 7
Writing, General 2 20 24

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1113th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $73,156 ($74,308 male / $68,325 female)
Number of FT Faculty 129 (60 male / 69 female)
Number of PT Faculty 607
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $4,284,000

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