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You may be really interested in Metropolitan State University, but not so thrilled about the fact that it doesn’t offer campus housing. The balance between getting the full college experience (which for many includes living in the dorms) and the cost or available degree program is sometimes hard to attain. However, MSU is located in a large city and many students live near campus anyway. MSU is a public university in a large city. While it doesn’t offer campus housing, the faculty and quality of education are both high. MSU also offers online degree programs, hybrid programs (a mix of online and on-campus classes), and on-campus only classes. While you will need to live in St. Paul to attend, you’ll be surrounded by other students, activities, and shopping.

Overview of Metropolitan State University

MSU offers eight online bachelor’s degree programs, and yours may be one of them. This university is also ideal for working adults who are raising families. MSU has a student population of 7,592 and a solid student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Large
Campus Housing No
Student Faculty Ratio 15:1
Graduation Rate 34%
Year Founded 1971

Student Enrollment

Total Students7,592


Undergraduate Student

Male 2,776
Female 3,994

Graduate Student

Male 3,444
Female 485

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Male 366
Female 726


Male 194
Female 421

Acceptance Rate56%

Male 53%
Female 58%

Enrollment 172

Male   64
Female 108
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses NA
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline November 1
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Going to Metropolitan State University will cost you but, being a public rather than private university, it costs much less than private universities available in the state. The estimated total cost includes in- or out-of-state tuition, books, supplies, rent, food, utilities, and other various charges. This total cost is $30,442 for a recent academic year. However, depending on your eligibility for financial aid, you likely won’t have to pay the full amount.

The average net price refers to the cost to the student after financial aid has been applied to the total cost. As of a recent school year, this was $15,056. Still, since financial aid is allocated depending on your family’s annual income, you may still pay less (or more) than that. In a recent year, families earning less than $30,000 paid around $14,388, while families earning more than $100,001 paid around $21,590. About 86% of freshman students qualified for financial aid and slightly fewer (83%) received grants or scholarships averaging $6,828.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $15,056
Average Total Aid $6,828
Students Receiving Financial Aid 86%
Room & Board $10,832

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $8,114
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $15,428
  • Books and Supplies - $1,500
  • Room & Board - $10,832
  • Other - $9,996


Metropolitan State University offers a wide range of degree programs. The five most popular are business, management, marketing and related support programs; health professions and related programs; computer and information sciences and support services; multi/interdisciplinary studies; and public administration and social service professions.

No matter how you are accessing your classes, it’s going to take some time to get used to the faster pace of university classes. As a freshman student, this can be a bit frustrating; can you keep up? If you get past these hurdles and return for your second year, you’ll be part of the retention rate. A full 77% of students at MSU return after their first year, which is great and indicates that the school offers nearly everything the students need to succeed. The 4-year graduation rate is a bit low at 13% and the 6-year graduation rate more than doubles to reach 34%.

Student Population Total

Student Population 7,592

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 533 Total Graduates / 28%
Business Administration and Management, General 256 Graduates
Accounting 101 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 48 Graduates
Finance, General 46 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 274 Total Graduates / 14%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 208 Graduates
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 42 Graduates
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 24 Graduates
All Computer Information Science Majors 227 Total Graduates / 12%
Computer Science 91 Graduates
Information Science/Studies 64 Graduates
Information Technology 37 Graduates
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance 30 Graduates
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 217 Total Graduates / 11%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 217 Graduates
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 139 Total Graduates / 7%
Human Services, General 78 Graduates
Social Work 61 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 28%

Outcome & Salary

Graduates from Metropolitan State University earn early-career salaries of around $51,900 and their mid-career salaries increase to $84,300.

The average 4-year cost of education is $60, 224, which is going to be important in a minute. With those salaries as our base, we can see that graduates have a 10-year salary earning potential of $643,000 and a 20-year earning potential of $1,486,000. If you deduct your cost of education from both of these numbers, you can see your projected return on investment (ROI). Graduate’s 10-year projected ROI is $582,776 and their 20-year projected ROI is $1,425,776.

Comparatively, a high school graduate’s national average salary is $38,792. Their 10-year projected income is $387,920 and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $51,900
College Grads Average Salary $64,300
College Grads Mid Career Salary $84,300
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $643,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,486,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $60,224
10 Year Projected ROI $582,776
20 Year Projected ROI $1,425,776
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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