Metropolitan State University

700 E Seventh St, Saint Paul, MN 55106-5000

School Details

Metropolitan State University is a four-year public school located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Metro State was founded in 1971 as a college for working adults and is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. The school operates on the semester system.

Metropolitan State University offers certificates of completion, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees. Classes are offered during the daytime, evening, and weekend. Metro State offers 58 structured undergraduate degrees, a self-designed B.A. degree in liberal arts, and individualized B.A. degree. Schools at Metro State include: The College of Arts and Sciences, The College of Management, The College of Professional Studies, The College of Nursing and Health Sciences, The School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, and the College of Individualized Studies.

MSU offers 10 structured master’s degree programs and an interdisciplinary Master of Arts degree in liberal studies. The university also offers seven graduate certificate programs. Doctorates are available in Business Administration and Nursing Practice.

Metropolitan State University has 8,170 students (7,266 undergraduates) and 566 faculty members, giving the university a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 114 teach full-time and 452 teach part-time. About 36 percent of undergraduate students study full-time and 64 percent study part-time. Most graduate students (86%) study part-time and 14 percent study part-time.

The student body contains 56 percent female students and 44 percent male students. About 63 percent of all students are white, with the remaining students being black (20%), Asian (10%), and Hispanic (7%). About 28 percent of students are ages 24 and younger, with 72 percent of students being ages 25 and older. About 93 percent of students are from Minnesota and seven percent are from a foreign country.

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 64 percent and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 44 percent. The overall graduation rate is 29 percent and the overall transfer-out rate is 43 percent.

Students have access to services such as: remedial tutoring, academic counseling, and career counseling. Special learning opportunities include: teacher certification and distance education.

Tuition payment plans are offered.

Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, students must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 83 percent of those attending Metropolitan State University receive financial aid.

Metropolitan State University receives over 250 applications per year and accepts about 99 percent of those students. Consideration for freshman admission is based on the following criteria: ACT/SAT scores, a GED transcript, and a minimum GPA of 2.0. Application deadlines are due:

  • Summer session: March 15
  • Fall semester: June 15
  • Spring semester: November 15

Metropolitan State University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and the Council on Social Work Education.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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