Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University is a four-year, public university located in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, United States. It was established in 1971. Metropolitan State is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). The university enrolls more than 9,000 students per semester. It offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse fields of study. Metropolitan State is organized into the following:

  • First College
  • The College of Arts and Sciences
  • The College of Management
  • The College of Professional Studies
  • The School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
  • The School of Nursing

There are many student-run clubs and organizations on campus including the African American Student Association (AASA), Human Services Club, and TRIO Student Union. The Metropolitan is the award-winning student newspaper of Metropolitan State University.

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Metropolitan State University
700 E Seventh St
Saint Paul , MN 55106-5000
General Phone: (651) 793-1212

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Metropolitan State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management539business management, operations management, accounting, finance, human resources, international business, MIS, CIO training, marketing, ...
Liberal Arts346women's studies, minority and gender studies, English, English composition, technical and business writing, liberal arts and sciences, general studies, social services, economics, ...
Security and Law Enforcement127criminal justice and administration, criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and police
Nursing and Emergency Medicine107registered nursing, adult health nursing, nurse practitioner, various nursing
Therapy and Counseling107psychology, child psychology, substance abuse counseling
Family and Social Work105human services, public administration, social work
Computer Science and Engineering62information science, systems analyst, computer science, computer security
Media33communication studies, advertising
Education and Teaching30educational administration, elementary school teaching, kindergarten/preschool teaching, English teaching, math teaching, social studies teaching, biology teaching
Drama and Performing Arts7drama, playwriting and screenwriting
Transportation6aviation operations
Mathematics6applied mathematics
Religion and Philosophy3philosophy
Medical Support and Technology0dental hygienist
Medicine0dental public health

Number of programs and degrees for Metropolitan State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree1,30947
Postbaccalaureate certificate117
Master's degree1518
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years282

Metropolitan State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Metropolitan State had a total enrollment of 6,802 students (4,784 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 57%
Full-Time 74%
Part-Time 26%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 91%
Graduate 9%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 60%
Black 12%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 8%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 15%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 2%
20-21 7%
22-24 17%
25-29 23%
30-34 13%
35-39 9%
40-49 14%
50-64 6%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Metropolitan State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 59 %
Part-Time 54 %

Metropolitan State Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of St. Paul, Minnesota for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Minnesota Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Metropolitan State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programnot required
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Metropolitan State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,473
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 10,633
Books and supplies $ 1,500

Financial Aid:
Metropolitan State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 1037400)

Metropolitan State Faculty

Metropolitan State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1825
Non-tenured and not on tenure track56

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year18$90,24114$81,739
Associate professoracademic year21$66,98223$63,084
Assistant professoracademic year21$62,14525$61,578
Instructoracademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year60$72,26763$66,059

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Metropolitan State Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Finance, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Information Resources Management/CIO Training
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
Computer and Information Systems Security
Information Science/Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Playwriting and Screenwriting

Education And Teaching
Biology Teacher Education
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Composition
English Language and Literature, General
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
General Studies
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Social Sciences, General
Technical and Business Writing
Women's Studies

Applied Mathematics

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Support And Technology
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist

Dental Public Health and Education (Cert, MS/MPH, PhD/DPH)

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing, Other
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Religion And Philosophy

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Developmental and Child Psychology
Psychology, General
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

Aviation/Airway Management and Operations

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What Sets Metropolitan State Apart:

% of freshmen enrolled part-time
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Metropolitan State % of freshmen enrolled part-time
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 11%Metropolitan State Number of students
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Metropolitan State Number of degree programs
% of degrees in business and management
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Metropolitan State % of degrees in business and management
% students 40 years or older
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Metropolitan State % students 40 years or older
% of degrees in computer science and engineering
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 17%Metropolitan State % of degrees in computer science and engineering
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 17%Metropolitan State Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in liberal arts
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 17%Metropolitan State % of degrees in liberal arts
% of degrees in security and law enforcement
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Metropolitan State % of degrees in security and law enforcement
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%Metropolitan State % of full-time faculty on tenure track

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checked Grants credits for AP courses
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checked On-campus library
checked Tenure system for quality teaching

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