Updated on May 23, 2024
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Minot State University is unusual in one area. Despite being a four-year university, it also offers 2-year degrees to students enrolling in associate degree programs. This is a public state university within the small town of Minot, North Dakota. MSU offers campus housing, which makes it much easier for you to get used to your new home. If you live in the dorms, you’ll be much closer to other students on-campus and events that take place there, as well.

Overview of Minot State University

The student population is just over 3,100, with a low student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Along with associate degrees, MSU awards certificates for programs shorter than one year, bachelor’s degrees, postbaccalaureate certificates, master’s degrees, and post-master’s certificates.

If you come to the school for a visit, you’ll see a stadium in the middle of the academic buildings and, just to the east, the Lutheran Campus Ministry.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting Town: Remote
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 11:1
Graduation Rate 45%
Year Founded 1913

Student Enrollment

Total Students3,125


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,106
Female 1,730

Graduate Student

Male 113
Female 176

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Male 342
Female 456


Male 239
Female 292

Acceptance Rate67%

Male 70%
Female 64%

Enrollment 401

Male 177
Female 224
Application Fee $35
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The sticker price combines the total cost of attending Minot State University for a year. This includes tuition, books, supplies, room, board, and other charges. The total for the 2019-2020 year was $19,386.

Universities also track the average net price charged to families. This is the total cost to the student after financial aid is applied. For the 2018-2019 year, this was $11,635. However, because eligibility for financial aid is often based on a family’s income, you can find a breakdown of the average net cost for families based on their income. Families who earned between $30,001 and $48,000 paid a net price of $8,187, while families who earned more than $110,000 paid closer to $14,200.

At MSU, 90% of first-time students qualified for financial aid. Slightly less (84%) received an average of $4,246 in grants and scholarships and 75% received institutional grants and scholarships averaging $2,228.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $11,635
Average Total Aid $4,246
Students Receiving Financial Aid 90%
Room & Board $7,144

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $7,592
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $7,592
  • Books and Supplies - $1,100
  • Room & Board - $7,144
  • Other - $3,550


If you’re worried that you might have a time conflict, especially if you plan to work while you attend school, then you’ll be happy to know that there is the option of attending some classes online. While this isn’t an option for every class, it’s always good to know when a school can allow you a more flexible schedule. That’s one more worry off your plate.

However, you’ll also want to know if the school provides everything else their freshmen need. One way to find out is to check out some of the statistics that universities and colleges keep track of. Three of them, specifically, speak to how well these schools are carrying out their job. These are the retention rate, which measures the percentage of first-year students who return to the university in their second year and the graduation rates, which measure the percentage of students who graduate within four years and six years.

The retention rate at Minot State University is 72%, which is quite high. The 4-year graduation rate is 17% and the 6-year graduation rate is 37%, which are low but don’t take into account students transfers.

Student Population Total

Student Population 3,125

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 145 Total Graduates / 27%
Business Administration and Management, General 69 Graduates
Accounting 16 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 16 Graduates
Management Information Systems, General 15 Graduates
All Education Majors 93 Total Graduates / 17%
Elementary Education and Teaching 37 Graduates
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 13 Graduates
History Teacher Education 6 Graduates
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 5 Graduates
Mathematics Teacher Education 5 Graduates
Music Teacher Education 5 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 90 Total Graduates / 16%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 50 Graduates
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 18 Graduates
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 10 Graduates
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 5 Graduates
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 50 Total Graduates / 9%
Social Work 50 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 34 Total Graduates / 6%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 34 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 25%

Outcome & Salary

All students coming into college are hoping to graduate with a good job and make a decent income. While we can’t see into the future to know how your college experience will turn out, you can consider how other graduates have done when deciding if it’s worth it to attend a specific college. For example, Minot State University graduates have early-career salaries of $38,800 and mid-career salaries closer to $58,700.

Now, the average 4-year cost of education at MSU is $46,540, which you can use to discover what these graduate’s return on investment (ROI) looked like. Based on the numbers, their 10-year salary earning potential is $630,100 and their 20-year salary potential is $1,217,100. If you deduct the cost of their education, you’ll see that their 10-year projected ROI is $583,560 and their 20-year projected ROI is $1,170,560.

On the other hand, high school graduates who choose to go straight to work have different a different performance when it comes to earnings. Their 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 $38,800
College Grads Average Salary $63,010
College Grads Mid Career Salary $58,700
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $630,100
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,217,100
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $46,540
10 Year Projected ROI $583,560
20 Year Projected ROI $1,170,560
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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