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Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) is a public higher education institution located in Moorhead, Minnesota. Founded in 1887, the school is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and University system.

Overview of Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM)

The university is dedicated to transforming the community by transforming lives – they do this by providing students the opportunity to discover their passions, develop intellectually, and help shape a changing world. Core values include being scrappy and resourceful, as well as committing to big goals and possessing the tenacity to achieve them. The institution is also passionate about instilling in others the courage to always do what is right.

The total student population is 5,547. Of those, 4,445 are pursuing undergraduate degrees. Additionally, the university employs 209 full-time and 94 part-time faculty members, all of whom are responsible for instruction. This makes the student-to-faculty ratio 18:1.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Suburb: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 18:1
Graduation Rate 57%
Year Founded 1888

Student Enrollment


Total Students5,088


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,530
Female 2,496

Graduate Student

Male 404
Female 658

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MSUM Acceptance Rate and Admissions



Male 1,176
Female 1,967


Male 776
Female 1,475

Acceptance Rate72%

Male 66%
Female 75%

Enrollment 611

Male 202
Female 413
Application Fee $20
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Considered But Not Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Considered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted No

MSUM Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Minnesota State University Moorhead is known as one of the lowest priced academic institutions in Minnesota. The school is committed to delivering affordable, high-quality education. One way this is achieved is by allowing undergraduate students to take up to 19 credits per semester for the price of 12.

For Minnesota residents enrolled in undergraduate classes, the typical tuition is $4,270 per semester or $8,540 per year. Minnesota State University Moorhead also offers this rate for reciprocity residents of North Dakota and Wisconsin. Reciprocity residents of South Dakota will pay $4,300 per semester, or $8,600 per year. Residents of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Ohio pay less as well, with a tuition of $6,404 per semester or $12,808 per year. Non-Minnesota and non-reciprocity students, however, are charged $8,540 per semester and $17,080 per year.

Graduate students pay different rates, depending on the program selected. The price per credit ranges from $474 to $673. Additionally, students will be assessed a fee of $54 per credit.

Undergraduates must also pay a student fee of $688, regardless of residency, as well as housing and meal expenses. Minnesota State University Moorhead’s most expensive room and board plan costs $5,031 per semester or $10,062 per year and includes a renovated room and unlimited dining. Other options are available, however. Additionally, students should plan to spend approximately $500 per semester on books. Notably, these projects do not include any personal expenses, which can vary but may be as much as $2,500 each year.

Minnesota State University Moorhead offers numerous resources to assist students and their families in paying for education. Those enrolled may take advantage of a wide variety of financial aid options including scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study from federal, state, and institutional sources. All students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is used to determine eligibility for financial aid funds. The average aid package is $12,000. Additionally, during the 2020-2021 academic year, 94% of students enrolled at the institution received some form of financial assistance. While the majority of aid awarded was in the form of grants and scholarships, 65% of students still required some amount of assistance in loans.

Average net price 2020-2021
Net Price $17,254
Average Total Aid $5,127
Students Receiving Financial Aid 94%
Room & Board $9,830

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $9,468
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $17,564
  • Books and Supplies - $1,000
  • Room & Board - $9,830
  • Other - $3,586


While Minnesota State University Moorhead is a mid-sized, four-year, public institution, it has a private college feeling. The campus is active, yet homey, which creates a welcoming and friendly community of learners that makes it easy to work toward a variety of academic pursuits. Students can choose from 213 majors, minors, and emphases, as well as 14 graduate degrees, 12 online programs, and various certificates and licensures. Minnesota State University Moorhead also has a robust distance learning program, with at least 200 online courses offered per semester.

The school’s largest majors include:

  • Elementary Inclusive Education
  • Business Administration
  • Biology
  • Social Work
  • Nursing

As of fall 2020, Minnesota State University Moorhead had first-year undergraduate retention rate of 70% for full-time students and 63% for part-time students. The national average is 68%. This data, provided by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), indicates that most students enrolled at the university were happy with their academic and extracurricular experiences and chose to return for a second year.

Of full-time, first-time students who began their studies in 2015, 57% graduated within 150% of normal time, which is six years. The transfer-out rate was 24%. Additionally, 39% were able to graduate within four years. Notably, only 55% of entering students were counted in these statistics.

As a whole, Minnesota State University Moorhead is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which is recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. The institution is also a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is capable of awarding baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Additionally, many of the university’s programs are accredited and members of many academic and professional associations. Some of the most notable examples include the American Bar Association (ABA), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), and National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Student Population Total


Student Population 5,088

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 202 Total Graduates / 20%
Business Administration and Management, General 62 Graduates
Accounting 43 Graduates
Project Management 32 Graduates
Operations Management and Supervision 18 Graduates
All Education Majors 174 Total Graduates / 17%
Elementary Education and Teaching 66 Graduates
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 29 Graduates
Social Studies Teacher Education 22 Graduates
Communication Arts and Literature Teacher Education 15 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 110 Total Graduates / 11%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 59 Graduates
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 36 Graduates
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 10 Graduates
Athletic Training/Trainer 5 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 60 Total Graduates / 6%
Film/Cinema/Media Studies 14 Graduates
Art/Art Studies, General 12 Graduates
Graphic Design 7 Graduates
Digital Arts 7 Graduates
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 56 Total Graduates / 6%
Social Work 67 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 40%

Outcome & Salary

The Minnesota State Legislature requests that all Minnesota State Colleges and Universities gather information on the status of their graduates. Minnesota State University Moorhead provides this information on their website, although individual responses are confidential.

Data from the 2019-2020 class shows that over 60% of graduates have related employment full-time and that over 16% are participating in continuing education of some kind. Just under 2% are employed part-time in a related field, while about 3% are in unrelated jobs while seeking more appropriate employment. Less than 3% are available for work but currently unemployed.

It is also worth noting that over 88% of Minnesota State University Moorhead graduates are employed in their chosen fields after graduation.

Graduates Salary  
College Grads Early Career Salary $48,800
College Grads Average Salary $66,000
College Grads Mid Career Salary $86,000
Return on Investment (ROI)  
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $660,000
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,520,000
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $69,016
10 Year Projected ROI $590,984
20 Year Projected ROI $1,450,984
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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