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Minot State University Overview

Minot State University is a public institution located in Minot, North Dakota. Minot is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

What Is Minot State University Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$17,351 Avg Cost After Aid
88% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at MSU is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The highest award offered at MSU is the post-master's certificate.
  • For the <nil> academic year, 64% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from MSU makes roughly $47,001 a year. This is 15% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

Where Is Minot State University?


Contact details for MSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 500 University Ave W, Minot, ND 58707
Phone: 701-858-3000

How Do I Get Into MSU?

You can apply to MSU online at:

Admission Requirements for MSU

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

How Hard Is It To Get Into MSU?

88% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
9% Submit SAT Scores
MSU has the high acceptance rate of 88%, which means it is fairly easy to gain admittance as long as you submit a complete application with requested materials.

Approximately 45% of accepted students are men and 55% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 87%, and the acceptance rate for women is 89%.

Average Test Scores

About 9% of students accepted to MSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 600. Math scores were between 510 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Minot State University  ( 480 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for Minot State University  ( 510 to 600 )
MSU received ACT scores from 73% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 15 and 22. Math scores were between 16 and 24. Composite scores were between 17 and 23.

ACT English Scores for Minot State University  ( 15 to 22 )
ACT Math Scores for Minot State University  ( 16 to 24 )
ACT Composite Scores for Minot State University  ( 17 to 23 )

Can I Afford Minot State University?

$17,351 Net Price
55% Take Out Loans
2.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of MSU is $17,351. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

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 MSU, approximately 55% of students took out student loans averaging $6,119 a year. That adds up to $24,476 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at MSU is 2.3%. 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.

Minot State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,840 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,576 undergraduate students at MSU, with 1,840 being full-time and 736 being part-time.


There are also 260 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,840 full-time undergraduates at MSU, 38% are male and 62% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 21
Black or African American 53
Hispanic or Latino 148
White 1,221
International Students 238
Other Races/Ethnicities 159

Geographic Diversity

North Dakota students aren't the only ones who study at Minot State University. At this time, 28 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 58 countries are represented at MSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Canada, Nigeria, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Minot State University

564 Took All Classes Online
1,757 Took At Least One Class Online
-7.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 9 bachelor’s degree and 9 master’s degree programs available online at MSU. In 2020-2021, 1,757 students took at least one online class at the school.

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


This school is the 7th most popular in North Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of MSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Minot State University was -7.3%. This is the #1,965 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at MSU regardless of major.

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%.


*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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