Minnesota State University at Mankato Reviews

3.66 out of 5 stars
(17 Reviews)
  • Mankato (MN)
  • Annual Tuition: $16,235
80% of 17 students said this degree improved their career prospects
88% of 17 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Alex Perrine - 11/16/2016
Degree: Geographic Information Systems
Graduation Year: 2017
"The college is a great university for the amount you pay for. Low tuition and good quality. The geography department has had a winner for in the GIS/LIS MN in each of the last three years. The GIS curriculum is very satisfying and teaches you what you need to succeed in the field."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Megan Kirby - 9/27/2016
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2012
"Great advisors and professors within this particular study. They are very helpful and hands on. My advisor helped me every step of the way. Without the help and support I know I would not have completed my degree successfully. Each professor was also able to help me apply my studies to community volunteer efforts and work, which in turn help me find my career."
2.2 out of 5 stars
Mario Forestal - 9/27/2016
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2010
"My department at Minnesota State University, was political science. Overall my experience there helped me somewhat become open to different perspectives, and understanding political views from International students that I became friends with on my own. If not for me being an extrovert, I doubt MSU programs would have provided sources for students to interact socially. The program teachings were sub-par. Many of the professors weren't engaged with students. In my opinion solely, I felt they were just there for a paycheck and not supporting the idea that they are in charge of inspiring and preparing students for life events and job placement. There is not a strong alumni support group for political science majors. It was/is difficult for students to network, and develop resources to help with job placement. The reality is that many students who have graduated before weren't given the necessary help to land careers in the poli-sci field. I do feel the department needs to develop better resources so that students graduating are able to secure careers in what they obtained the degrees on."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Emmie - 9/29/2015
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014
"I loved Mankato. I also recieved my undergraduate degree there as well. My professors were educated, professional, as well as genuine. My advisor especially was very supportive of my personal academic journey and was a great mentor to me. I felt the cost of MSU in general was great, it has great facilities and amenities. Living in Mankato was generally cheap, while the town has lots of great food, coffee shops, places to exercise, work , and study. Go Mavericks!"
4.6 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 9/23/2015
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015
"I felt my program fully prepared me for my chosen field. My professors were supportive and interested in my personal and professional growth. I would do it again."
3.1 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 9/4/2015
Degree: Cultural Studies
Graduation Year: 2015
"I enjoyed my time at MNSU. I liked my classes and all of my professors."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Jason - 8/28/2013
Degree: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 1994
"I attended Minnesota State University at Mankato when it was Mankato State University. It was 11,700 students at the time, most of which were full-time. The college I attended was the College of Math, Physics, and Engineering. Because its roots were the Mankato Teaching College, the most mature programs at the college are primary and secondary education teaching degrees. Their Electrical and Mechanical Engineering programs were Bachelor's only at the time, although they've added a Master's since then. Best opportunity: One of the reasons I chose this over U of M or other large engineering programs was the quality of the professors and the access you had to them. There were several former Honeywell engineering fellows in the faculty of the school, which brought a level of pragmatism that was hard to find at bigger schools. I planned to get a job when I graduated so actually having a program that valued the skills required to be successful in an engineering role was great. I had professors (associate or full) for every class in my four years, including the required business classes. My graduating class was 34 EE's, if I recall correctly. That's unheard of at larger schools. Challenge: Top employers often don't recruit at MSU because of the small program. At the time, both IBM and Microsoft were recruiting at the school but the rest of the companies that had job fairs and regular recruiter visits were local companies from southern Minnesota. That made connecting with a top-tier company a challenge, which means there's not a multi-generational network of graduates like a Stanford, Harvard, or Notre Dame has. It is more challenging to find your initial job as a result but the education was great so it works itself out over time. Great value: When I started, they were on the quarter system and the credits were $42/credit and you needed 160 to graduate. That was $800/quarter for tuition and $700/quarter for books or $4,500/year. It's $7,558/year in 2013-2014 now, according to their website. That's a REALLY good value for a great degree."
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