Metropolitan State University: Narrative Description

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700 East 7th St.
St. Paul, MN 55106-5000
Tel: (651)793-1212
Admissions: (651)793-1303
Fax: (651)772-7632
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State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees (offers primarily part-time evening degree programs). Founded 1971. Setting: urban campus. Endowment: $635,257. Research spending 2003-04: $170,129. Educational spending 2003-04: $3035 per student. Total enrollment: 6,516. Faculty: 422 (118 full-time, 304 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 15:1. 257 applied, 74% were admitted. Full-time: 1,948 students, 59% women, 41% men. Part-time: 3,953 students, 61% women, 39% men. Students come from 16 states and territories, 53 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 9% black, 7% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 71% 25 or older, 16% transferred in. Retention: 51% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; interdisciplinary studies; protective services/public administration. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at other colleges in the Minnesota State College and University System.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA. Required for some: SAT or ACT. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 6/15.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. State resident tuition: $4140 full-time, $138 per credit part-time. Nonresident tuition: $8280 full-time, $276 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $252 full-time, $8.39 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program and reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, program, and reciprocity agreements.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 21 open to all. Most popular organizations: Psychology Club, Lavender Bridge, International Student Organization, Student Senate, African-American Student Association. Major annual events: Fall Fest (Homecoming), Cultural Heritage Night. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: late night transport-escort service. College housing not available. Library and Learning Center with 29,385 books, 385 serials, 1,726 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.5 million. 525 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from off-campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See Bethel College.

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