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Minot State University

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Located in the small city of Minot, North Dakota, Minot State University offers a wide range of courses of study in a beautiful part of the country. Although Minot State University is the third-largest university in the state, its enrollment is under 4,000 students, allowing students to get an individualized education experience. In addition to the college’s academic programs, the small city of Minot has a very active and vibrant arts community, giving creative students a community of like-minded individuals with whom they can interact.


Minot State was founded in 1913 as a normal school, a school for educating teachers. The school has grown to be North Dakota’s third-largest four-year school, and the only non-doctoral school in the state offering master’s degrees.


Minot State University offers a wide range of majors for students to study, and has some unique facilities not found in other North Dakota or Great Plains colleges or universities. The university has its roots as a normal school, or teacher preparation college, and that tradition remains strong, as many students come to Minot for its education programs.

The college offers bachelor’s and master’s degree programs as well as various certificates. Undergraduate degrees are offered in 49 areas of study. Minot State University has 10 graduate degrees, including master’s degrees in several education fields, criminal justice, communication disorders, management, and information technology-related fields.

Popular Majors

  • Business: 10 percent of enrollment
  • Criminal Justice/Public Safety: 8 percent of enrollment
  • Education: 8 percent of enrollment
  • Nursing: 6 percent of enrollment
  • Management information services: 5 percent of enrollment

Honors and Recognition

U.S. News and World Report ranked Minot State University as the No. 110 regional university in the Midwest and the No. 40 public institution in the Midwest.

GetEducated.com, a college consumer advocacy group, recently ranked the university’s graduate program in business as one of the best college values in the nation, coming in at No. 3.

Online Classes

The university has a strong online program, offering more than 200 courses, nine undergraduate degrees, four certificate programs and two graduate degrees via distance learning.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

One interesting program at Minot State University is the university’s Department of Labor Job Corps Fellowship, a one-of-a-kind program that has been running for about a decade. The program helps get Jobs Corps staff ready to assume senior level positions by awarding them master’s degrees in information systems or information management after an accelerated course of study.


Minot State University has a selective admissions policy, and about 74 percent of all applicants to the university are accepted.

Students applying to the university are required to submit high school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores, documentation of civic or community involvement, character references, class rank, extracurriculars and an essay. Standardized test scores are important to acceptance at MSU, and the university will not accept students with ACT scores lower than 17. Most Minot State University students have high school GPAs of 3.25 or higher.

The school has an admissions priority deadline of July 1. Students should complete the FAFSA and turn in high school transcripts as well as test score and other relevant information.

As of Sept. 2011, the university has a $35 application fee.


With less than 4,000 students, Minot State University is a small-enrollment university. First-year students are guaranteed college housing, but about half of first year students and 85 percent of all students live off campus.

Student Clubs and Organizations

The college offers about 50 student clubs and organizations, including professional and academic groups, political organizations, identity groups, religious groups and recreational clubs.

A major center of student activity at Minot State is the Beaver Dam, a recreational facility for students that offers performance venues, eateries, indoor recreational activities and more.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


Minot State University recently moved from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics to the NCAA Division II and is a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.

MSU offers men’s basketball, baseball, cross country, football, indoor and outdoor track and field and golf; and women’s basketball, cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field, golf, soccer, volleyball and softball. The university also has men’s and women’s hockey teams that play in the American Collegiate Hockey Association.

MSU teams are known as the Beavers. School colors are red and green.

Local Community

Minot State University is located in a small city in North Dakota, but what the area lacks in big city attractions, it makes up for in small town charm as the area is picturesque and quaint.

Minot has a vibrant arts community, including theater groups, a symphony orchestra, choral groups, a youth/punk concert organization and many other artistic endeavors. The city is also the site of the annual Norse Hoskfest, the nation’s largest Scandinavian festival. There are also ample hiking, camping and other outdoor activities in the area for students to enjoy.


Minot State University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The association also accredits schools for the Navajo Nation.


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Ranks 4th in North Dakota and 919th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 1 0.03
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.03
Arrest 1 0.03

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 99 0.24
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 6 0.01
Forcible Rape 7 0.02
Robbery 5 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 114 0.27
Larceny 593 1.43
Vehicle theft 66 0.16

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5050th for the average student loan amount.
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Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateProfessions focus, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3800

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2569th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,820 $4,820 $4,820
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,226 $1,226 $1,226
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $253 $253 $253
FT Graduate Tuition $6,375 $6,375 $6,375
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,266 $1,266 $1,266
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $318 $318 $318
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $16,196 $16,196 $16,196
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $18,746 $18,746 $18,746
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,456 $9,456 $9,456

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,763 $5,920 $5,763 $5,920 $5,763 $5,920
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,464 $5,381
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,300 $3,400
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A $7,931
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A $3,400
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A $2,210

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$35
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 959 (450 male / 509 female)
Admitted 543 (229 male / 314 female)
Admission rate 57%
First-time Enrollment 397 (152 male / 245 female)
FT Enrollment 349 (134 male / 215 female)
PT Enrollment 48 (18 male / 30 female)
Total Enrollment3,533

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

ACT Test Admission

933rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 85%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24

SAT Test Admission

1082nd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 10%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 428 / 500
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 438 / 543
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 866 / 1043

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 Capacity781
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$2,150
Board Fee$3,400

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 122 31 26 5 17 545 19 768
Accounting 1 2 1 15 1 20
Arabic Language and Literature
Art Teacher Education 4 4
Art/Art Studies, General 1 1 7 1 10
Athletic Training/Trainer 2 2 4
Biology Teacher Education 1 2 3
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 7 9
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other 1 1
Business Administration and Management, General 15 5 7 1 70 1 99
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1 6 7
Business Teacher Education 2 2
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry 3 1 1 9 14
Chemistry Teacher Education 2 2
Chemistry, General 1 5 6
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist 1 1
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 36 13 1 50
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services, Other
Computer Programming/Programmer, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 1 8 10
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 1 2 1 34 1 39
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 2 2
Economics, General
Education, General 1 1 22 1 25
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Mental Retardation 3 1 5 9
Elementary Education and Teaching 8 1 38 1 49
English Language and Literature, General 4 1 5
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 4 5
Environmental Studies
Finance and Financial Management Services, Other 1 1 7 9
Finance, General 4 1 7 12
Fine and Studio Arts Management
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies 4 2 1 2 13 1 23
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 4 6
German Language Teacher Education
German Language and Literature
History Teacher Education 3 3
History, General 7 7
Information Science/Studies
International Business/Trade/Commerce 3 4 7
Management Information Systems and Services, Other 1 2 3 6 12
Management Information Systems, General 11 8 22 1 43
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 3 12 15
Mathematics Teacher Education 16 16
Mathematics, General 1 3 4
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 1 3 4
Music Teacher Education 3 3
Music, General 2 2
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 3 2 7 1 13
Physical Sciences
Physics Teacher Education
Physics, General
Psychology, General 2 1 2 1 12 18
Radio and Television 1 2 9 1 13
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 4 1 1 3 51 3 64
School Psychology 1 2 3
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 2 2
Social Science Teacher Education 1 1
Social Sciences, General
Social Work 4 2 4 37 1 48
Sociology 1 4 5
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1 1
Spanish Language and Literature
Special Education and Teaching, General 2 1 23 1 27
Special Education and Teaching, Other 1 3 4
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 3 1 1 14 1 20
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 3 3
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 3 4

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2224th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $60,625 ($63,087 male / $55,545 female)
Number of FT Faculty 198 (97 male / 101 female)
Number of PT Faculty 293
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $4,322,947

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