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Minot State University Data & Information Overview

440 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
88% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Minot State University Ranked?

#729 Best Colleges in Nation
#6 Best Colleges in ND
Education Highest Ranked Major
Value Badge

2024 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Minot State University was awarded 440 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, MSU is ranked #729 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when MSU held the #741 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

MSU is also ranked #6 out of 12 schools in North Dakota.

See all of the rankings for Minot State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into MSU?

88% Acceptance Rate
55% Of Accepted Are Women
9% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

With an acceptance rate of 88%, Minot State University is easier to get into than many other schools. But that doesn't mean you can slack off on your application. Make sure to treat this school like any other when submitting requested materials and documents.

Average Test Scores

About 9% of students accepted to MSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 600. Math scores were between 510 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Minot State University  ( 480 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for Minot State University  ( 510 to 600 )
MSU received ACT scores from 73% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 17 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for Minot State University  ( 17 to 23 )

Learn more about Minot State University admissions.

Minot State University Faculty

11 to 1 Student to Faculty
59% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At MSU, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 11 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Minot State University is 59%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  59 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Minot State University

73% Freshmen Retention
24% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

Minot State University has a freshmen retention rate of 73%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  73 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at MSU is 24%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  24 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Minot State University.

Minot State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,836 Full-Time Undergraduates
20.2% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
62.0% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,656 undergraduates at MSU with 1,836 being full-time and 820 being part-time.

How Much Does Minot State University Cost?

$12,205 Net Price
55% Take Out Loans
$24,476 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of MSU is $12,205. 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

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$8,920 $9,060 $11,911 $13,989 $14,662

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, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At MSU, approximately 55% of students took out student loans averaging $6,119 a year. That adds up to $24,476 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at MSU is 6.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do MSU Graduates Make?

$45,458 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 make around $45,458 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future MSU graduates since it is 7% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Minot State University make the most money.

Location of Minot State University

North Dakota State
1,836 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
Minot State University is a public institution situated in Minot, North Dakota. The location of MSU is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

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Contact details for MSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 500 University Ave W, Minot, ND 58707
Phone: 701-858-3000

Minot State University Majors

47 Majors With Completions
561 Undergraduate Degrees
112 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 47 majors graduated from Minot State University. Of these students, 561 received undergraduate degrees and 112 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
Social Work 78 $41,171
Nursing 58 $61,254
Teacher Education Grade Specific 54 $38,581
Business Administration & Management 50 $42,233
Criminal Justice & Corrections 43 $35,612
Marketing 30 $43,645
Teacher Education Subject Specific 27 $41,637
Liberal Arts General Studies 21 $24,280
Health & Physical Education 20 $32,197
Finance & Financial Management 17 NA

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

Online Learning at MSU

62% Take At Least One Class Online
20% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2020-2021, 1,757 students took at least one online class at Minot State University. This is a decrease from the 1,966 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 1,757 564
2019-2020 1,966 697
2018-2019 1,328 552
2017-2018 1,609 986
2016-2017 1,594 997

Learn more about online learning at Minot State University.

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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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