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Minot State University Overview

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

What Is Minot State University Known For?

614 Undergraduate Awards
$16,842 Avg Cost After Aid
69% Acceptance Rate
  • The post-master's certificate is the highest award offered at MSU.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 50% of the faculty were full-time.

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Minot State University Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, MSU is ranked #344 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

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

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#30 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#38 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#74 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

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

Rank Ranking Name Source
#13 Best Value Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#14 Best Value Colleges for Social Work College Factual
#39 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual
#44 Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#48 Best Value Colleges for Business Administration & Management College Factual
#59 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search

Where Is Minot State University?

Location of Minot State University

Contact details for MSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 500 University Ave W, Minot, ND 58707
Phone: 701-858-3000
Website: www.minotstateu.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/minotstateuniversity
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Minotstateu

How Do I Get Into MSU?

You can apply to MSU online at: www.minotstateu.edu/enroll/apply.shtml

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?

69% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
12% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 69%, MSU does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 70%, and the acceptance rate for women is 69%.

Average Test Scores

About 12% 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 510 and 693. Math scores were between 490 and 550.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Minot State University  ( 510 to 693 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Minot State University  ( 490 to 550 )
200
800
MSU received ACT scores from 83% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 24. Math scores were between 18 and 25. Composite scores were between 19 and 24.

ACT English Scores for Minot State University  ( 18 to 24 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Minot State University  ( 18 to 25 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Minot State University  ( 19 to 24 )
1
36

Can I Afford Minot State University?

$16,842 Net Price
55% Take Out Loans
8.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of MSU is $16,842. 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

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At MSU, approximately 55% of students took out student loans averaging $5,637 a year. That adds up to $22,548 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at MSU is 8.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Minot State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,921 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,836 undergraduate students at MSU, with 1,921 being full-time and 915 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  MSU

There are also 289 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,921 full-time undergraduates at MSU, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  MSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of MSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 21
Black or African American 61
Hispanic or Latino 147
White 1,292
International Students 251
Other Races/Ethnicities 149

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

986 Took All Classes Online
1,609 Took At Least One Class Online
-2.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 12 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at MSU. In 2017-2018, 1,609 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.

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This school is the 4th most popular in North Dakota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of MSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Minot State University was -2.7%. This is the #2,364 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at MSU regardless of major.

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

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Criminal Justice & Corrections 21%
Health Professions 3%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 21%
International Business 14%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 26%
Liberal Arts General Studies 26%
Management Information Systems 24%
Marketing 37%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at MSU 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 MSU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
International Business #41
Computer Software & Applications #81
Management Information Systems #84
Marketing #145
Business Support & Assistant Services #160
Special Education #200
Computer & Information Sciences #454
Nursing #486

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%.

Minot State University Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Basic Certificate Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 78 21 24 123
Communication Sciences 0 21 0 33 54
Nursing 0 50 0 0 50
Social Work 0 50 0 0 50
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 44 0 4 48
Management Information Systems 1 17 11 17 46
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 42 0 0 42
Marketing 0 38 0 0 38
Health & Physical Education 0 24 0 13 37
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 34 0 0 34
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 27 0 0 27
International Business 0 22 0 0 22
Finance & Financial Management 0 20 0 0 20
Special Education 0 8 1 9 18
General Biology 0 16 0 0 16
Accounting 0 16 0 0 16
General Education 0 0 0 13 13
Entrepreneurial Studies 6 5 0 0 11
General Psychology 0 11 0 0 11
Mental & Social Health Services 0 10 0 0 10
Computer Information Systems 0 9 0 0 9
Allied Health Professions 0 8 0 0 8
Mathematics 0 7 0 0 7
General English Literature 0 6 0 0 6
Communication & Media Studies 0 5 0 0 5
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 5 0 5
Fine & Studio Arts 0 5 0 0 5
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 4 0 0 4
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 4 0 0 4
Chemistry 0 4 0 0 4
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 4 0 0 4
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 3 0 0 3
American Sign Language 0 3 0 0 3
History 0 3 0 0 3
Other Communication Technology 0 2 0 0 2
Romance Languages 0 2 0 0 2
Sociology 0 2 0 0 2
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 1 0 0 1
Arts & Media Management 0 1 0 0 1
Drama & Theater Arts 0 1 0 0 1
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 0 0 0
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Programming 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0 0 0
Information Science 0 0 0 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 0 0 0 0
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 0 0 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Physics 0 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Music 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 7 607 38 113 765

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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