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Metropolitan State University Overview

Metropolitan State University is a public institution located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The city atmosphere of Saint Paul makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Metropolitan State University Known For?

1,959 Undergraduate Awards
56% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Metro State.
  • In 2017-2018, 25% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Metro State bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $48,200 a year. That's about 18% more than their peers at other schools.

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Metropolitan State University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Metro State has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#154 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#284 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Metro State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Human Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Mental & Social Health Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Management Information Systems Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Value Biological & Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Public Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Value Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#73 Best Communication & Media Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Metro State has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#4 Best Mental & Social Health Services Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#9 Highest Paid Communication & Journalism Graduates College Factual
#24 Best Psychology Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#46 Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#58 Best English Language & Literature Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#82 Best Psychology Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Metropolitan State University?

Location of Metropolitan State University

Contact details for Metro State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106-5000
Phone: 651-793-1300
Website: www.metrostate.edu
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Choose_Metro

How Do I Get Into Metro State?

You can apply to Metro State online at: https://www.metrostate.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for Metro State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Metro State?

56% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
The acceptance rate at Metro State is 56%, which is a sign that the school is fairly selective. While it may not be as hard to get into as other colleges, you should not take admission for granted.

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 56%, and the acceptance rate for women is 56%.

Can I Afford Metropolitan State University?

39% Take Out Loans
6.0% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Metro State, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $4,833 a year. That adds up to $19,332 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Metro State is 6.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Metropolitan State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,999 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,770 undergraduate students at Metro State, with 2,999 being full-time and 3,771 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Metro State

There are also 822 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,999 full-time undergraduates at Metro State, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Metro State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Metropolitan State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Metro State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 580
Black or African American 708
Hispanic or Latino 220
White 1,188
International Students 132
Other Races/Ethnicities 171

Geographic Diversity

Minnesota students aren't the only ones who study at Metropolitan State University. At this time, 4 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 61 countries are represented at Metro State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Taiwan, China, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Metropolitan State University

1,580 Took All Classes Online
3,815 Took At Least One Class Online
3.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at Metro State. In 2017-2018, 3,815 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Metro State has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 12th most popular in Minnesota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Metro State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Metropolitan State University was 3.1%. This is the #1,807 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Metro State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Metro State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Communication & Journalism 4%
Computer & Information Sciences 16%
Computer Software & Applications 33%
Finance & Financial Management 2%
Information Technology 23%
Management Information Systems 62%
Marketing 8%
Public Administration & Social Service 22%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Metro State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Metro State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Public Relations & Advertising #30
Computer Software & Applications #51
Management Information Systems #59
Finance & Financial Management #61
Public Administration #78
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #88
Information Technology #96
Marketing #106
Human Resource Management #112
Communication & Journalism #127
Public Administration & Social Service #175
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #180
Computer & Information Sciences #329
Nursing #398
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #434
Liberal Arts General Studies #434

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Metropolitan State University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 293 5 52 2 352
Nursing 0 208 0 28 14 250
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 217 0 0 0 217
Criminal Justice & Corrections 11 123 0 0 0 134
General Psychology 0 108 0 0 0 108
Accounting 0 101 0 0 0 101
Computer Science 0 91 0 1 0 92
Human Services 0 78 0 0 0 78
Information Science 0 66 0 0 0 66
Computer Information Systems 0 38 0 25 0 63
Social Work 0 61 0 0 0 61
Communication & Media Studies 0 55 0 0 0 55
Finance & Financial Management 0 49 0 0 0 49
General Biology 0 48 0 0 0 48
Marketing 0 48 0 0 0 48
Mental & Social Health Services 0 42 0 3 0 45
Human Resource Management 0 43 0 0 0 43
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 33 0 0 0 33
Writing Studies 0 22 0 10 0 32
Information Technology 0 30 1 0 0 31
Dental Support Services 0 24 0 0 0 24
Child Development & Psychology 0 22 0 0 0 22
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0 21 0 21
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 18 0 0 0 18
General Social Sciences 0 16 0 0 0 16
General English Literature 0 13 0 0 0 13
International Business 0 12 0 0 0 12
Philosophy 0 11 0 0 0 11
Chemistry 0 11 0 0 0 11
Economics 0 11 0 0 0 11
Drama & Theater Arts 0 10 0 0 0 10
Educational Administration 0 0 0 9 0 9
Ethnic Studies 0 9 0 0 0 9
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 7 0 2 0 9
Management Information Systems 0 0 8 0 0 8
Applied Mathematics 0 8 0 0 0 8
History 0 7 0 0 0 7
Computer Programming 0 5 0 0 0 5
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 0 5 0 5
Public Administration 0 0 0 5 0 5
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 4 0 0 0 4
Fine & Studio Arts 0 4 0 0 0 4
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 3 0 0 3
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 2 0 0 0 2
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 1 0 0 1
Hospitality Management 0 0 0 0 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 11 1,948 18 161 16 2,154

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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