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Celebrate 40 Years of Transformation

Metropolitan State University was launched 40 years ago in a small office suite in downtown Saint Paul with just a handful of employees. As faculty and staff were added in 1972 and beyond, the university began to grow quickly. Created by a mandate from the Minnesota State Legislature to bring higher education to people who were not being served by traditional institutions, we started out as a "University without Walls." Classes were held throughout the Twin Cities metropolitan area in such places as church basements, libraries, and other college campuses. Students pursued individualized programs of study and received detailed narrative transcripts instead of traditional letter grades.

Much has changed since those days. We now serve over 11,000 students a year with 50 baccalaureate majors, 11 master's programs, and applied doctoral programs in nursing and business administration. Today we have our own facilities, owned or leased, on four metro-area campuses (in Saint Paul, Minneapolis; the Midway area, and Brooklyn Park). We offer classes across the metropolitan area at 32 sites, including at two-year college campuses and professional sites, and we are considered to be a national leader in offering online learning degree programs.

We specialize in serving transfer students, diverse communities, and busy adults. Our average student is 32 years old; 32% are students of color; and our students' graduation rates and performance on professional certification exams are outstanding. Metropolitan State is constantly building on our national reputation for student-centered programs that enable students to achieve their goals in an atmosphere of rich diversity and civic engagement. We have transformed the lives of more than 31,000 graduates. They chose Metropolitan State because this is, indeed, "where life and learning meet."

40th Anniversary "Toolkit" items available:

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For additional information, contact Maureen Acosta at 651-793-1804 or by email, maureen.acosta@metrostate.edu

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