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It is a pleasure to welcome you to Metropolitan State University, a member of Minnesota State. Metropolitan State, a comprehensive public urban university, serves more than 10,500 people throughout the metropolitan area. We are a welcoming, diverse community dedicated to providing high-quality educational opportunity through extraordinary faculty to enrich and empower the people of the Twin Cities, the state of Minnesota, and beyond. 

One way that Metropolitan State’s impact has been measured is our strong rating by CollegeNet’s Social Mobility Index, measuring colleges’ and universities’ success in elevating students from low income strata into the middle class by five years after graduation. According to the index’s 2018 data, we rank twenty-first in the nation (or in the top 2 percent), and first in Minnesota. While we can do much to improve this outcome, this recognition is encouraging and life-changing for students, and their families. 

As I reflect on our core value of providing lifelong learning opportunities, I think of the words of acquaintance and colleague Jaime Casap, an education expert at Google, Inc., who notes that instead of asking students, “What do you want to major in?” colleges should ask them “What problem do you want to solve?” Then they should help each student create a program to support solving that problem. From our individualized studies programs to the practical, applied approach of our programs as a whole, I hope that Metropolitan State can be your partner in preparing you to solve the problems you find most important.


Virginia “Ginny” Arthur, JD

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From the President

Campus and community safety are of the utmost importance

Thursday, June 20, 2019

The safety of each and every member of our community are of the utmost importance to us and we are doing all we can to ensure your security.

Launching the Strategic Planning Task Force

Monday, October 8, 2018

Report on the 2018–19 strategic planning process launched on Oct. 2.

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

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

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

System update reflects clearer affirmative consent standards

Saturday, June 23, 2018

The Minnesota State Board of Trustees approved updated language regarding affirmative consent.