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Minnesota State University - Moorhead Data & Information Overview

313 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
72% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Minnesota State University - Moorhead Ranked?

#594 Best Colleges in Nation
#25 Best Colleges in MN
Social Work Highest Ranked Major

2024 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Minnesota State University - Moorhead was awarded 313 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is social work.

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Overall Quality

MSU Moorhead is ranked #594 out of 2,217 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2024 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when MSU Moorhead held the #618 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 52 colleges in Minnesota, MSU Moorhead is ranked at #25.

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Is It Hard to Get Into MSU Moorhead?

72% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
2% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Minnesota State University - Moorhead has an acceptance rate of 72%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 2% of students accepted to MSU Moorhead submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 580. Math scores were between 530 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Minnesota State University - Moorhead  ( 510 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for Minnesota State University - Moorhead  ( 530 to 600 )
MSU Moorhead received ACT scores from 69% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 25.

ACT Composite Scores for Minnesota State University - Moorhead  ( 19 to 25 )

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Minnesota State University - Moorhead Faculty

18 to 1 Student to Faculty
65% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Minnesota State University - Moorhead, this ratio is 18 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Minnesota State University - Moorhead is 65%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  65 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Minnesota State University - Moorhead

69% Freshmen Retention
34% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Minnesota State University - Moorhead is 69%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  69 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At MSU Moorhead this rate is 34%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  34 out of 100

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Minnesota State University - Moorhead Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,529 Full-Time Undergraduates
14.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
61.6% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 4,445 undergraduates at MSU Moorhead with 3,529 being full-time and 916 being part-time.

How Much Does Minnesota State University - Moorhead Cost?

$17,680 Net Price
65% Take Out Loans
$34,828 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of MSU Moorhead is $17,680. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for MSU Moorhead

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,675 $14,194 $15,809 $20,019 $21,064

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of MSU Moorhead, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At MSU Moorhead, approximately 65% of students took out student loans averaging $8,707 a year. That adds up to $34,828 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at MSU Moorhead is 3.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do MSU Moorhead Graduates Make?

$47,117 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from MSU Moorhead make around $47,117 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future MSU Moorhead graduates since it is 11% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


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Location of Minnesota State University - Moorhead

Minnesota State
3,529 Full-Time Undergraduates
Suburb Campus Setting
Minnesota State University - Moorhead is a public institution situated in Moorhead, Minnesota. The suburban atmosphere of Moorhead makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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Contact details for MSU Moorhead are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1104 Seventh Avenue South, Moorhead, MN 56563
Phone: 800-593-7246

Minnesota State University - Moorhead Majors

60 Majors With Completions
1,070 Undergraduate Degrees
233 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 60 majors graduated from Minnesota State University - Moorhead. Of these students, 1,070 received undergraduate degrees and 233 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Business Administration & Management 123 $45,318
Teacher Education Grade Specific 95 $37,338
Teacher Education Subject Specific 81 $38,418
Nursing 59 $64,801
Social Work 57 $39,480
General Psychology 46 $32,505
Accounting 43 $45,508
Health & Physical Education 41 $33,771
General Biology 38 $30,907
Communication Sciences 36 $23,835

Learn more about the majors offered at Minnesota State University - Moorhead along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at MSU Moorhead

76% Take At Least One Class Online
28% Take All Classes Online

Online learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

In 2020-2021, 3,852 students took at least one online class at Minnesota State University - Moorhead. This is an increase from the 3,361 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 3,852 1,426
2019-2020 3,361 1,242
2018-2019 3,126 1,329
2017-2018 2,977 1,213
2016-2017 2,625 1,151

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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