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Metropolitan State’s history and mission

Since 1971, Metropolitan State University has been committed to meeting the higher education needs of the people of Minneapolis–Saint Paul. We are a fully accredited, comprehensive university and a member of the Minnesota State higher education system.

Mission, vision and values
University history

From the President

Metropolitan State University affirms commitment to values and support for immigrant students, community

University president's response on U.S. Supreme Court overruling a lower court's decision blocking President Trump's September 2017 travel ban.

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Key facts at a glance

FY 2016–17 enrollment

  • 11,375 total students served (unduplicated head count 2016–17)
  • 6,302 full-year equivalent
  • 95% transfer and prior degree undergraduates

Fall 2016 student demographics

  • 91% undergraduate students
  • 63% part-time students
  • 4% first time full-time students
  • 58% female students
  • 42% male students
  • 45% students of color
  • 2% international students
  • 4% out-of-state students
  • Average age of students: 31 years
  • Age range of students: 15–84 years

Degrees granted

  • Bachelor of Applied Science
  • Bachelor of Arts (17 majors)
  • Bachelor of Human Services
  • Bachelor of Science (26 majors)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing
  • Bachelor of Social Work
  • Master of Advocacy and Political Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Psychology
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Liberal Studies
  • Master of Management Information Systems
  • Master of Public and Nonprofit Administration
  • Master of Science in Advanced Dental Therapy, Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Nursing, Technical Communication or Urban Education
  • Professional Science Master's in Computer Science
  • Doctor of Business Administration
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice

Top 10 majors

  1. Individualized Studies
  2. Business Administration
  3. MANE BSN (Nursing)
  4. Accounting
  5. Psychology
  6. Human Services
  7. Criminal Justice
  8. Computer Science
  9. Professional Communication
  10. Alcohol and Drug Counseling

Student Outcomes

  • 82% licensure exam pass rate (Class of 2015)
  • 85% first-time full-time Metro State undergraduate persistence (Fall 2014-2015)
  • 67% 6-year graduation rate (undergraduates entering Fall 2010)
  • 57% employed one year after graduation (Class of 2015)
  • 13% continuing education one year after graduation (Class of 2015)
  • 15% unemployed one year after graduation (Class of 2015)
  • 15% unknown status one year after graduation (Class of 2015)

Alumni (degrees awarded)

  • 44,134 as of August 2017

Faculty

  • 198 full-time (resident faculty)
  • 722 part-time (community faculty)