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Minot State University: Narrative Description


500 University Ave.
West Minot, ND 58707-0002
Tel: (701)858-3000; 800-777-0750; Admissions: (701)858-3350; Fax: (701)839-6933; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, comprehensive, coed. Part of North Dakota University System. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1913. Setting: 103-acre small town campus. Endowment: $2 million. Research spending 2002-03: $224,754. Educational spending 2002-03: $4895 per student. Total enrollment: 3,825. Faculty: 221 (159 full-time, 62 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 720 applied, 86% were admitted. Full-time: 2,512 students, 62% women, 38% men. Part-time: 1,082 students, 60% women, 40% men. Students come from 44 states and territories, 18 other countries, 12% from out-of-state, 4% Native American, 2% Hispanic, 3% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 5% international, 22% 25 or older, 15% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 58% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT I or ACT. Required for some: minimum 2.75 high school GPA. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $35. State resident tuition: $2730 full-time, $113.75 per semester hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $7289 full-time, $303.71 per semester hour part-time. Mandatory fees: $498 full-time, $20.75 per semester hour part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load, location, and reciprocity agreements. part-time tuition and fees vary according to location and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $3274. College room only: $1200. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 60 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student ND Education Association, Minot State Club of Physical Education, Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, Residence Hall Association, National Student Speech and Hearing Association. Major annual events: Homecoming Week, Welcome Week, Final Frenzy Week. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: controlled dormitory access, patrols by trained security personnel. 643 college housing spaces available; 451 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Gordon B. Olson Library with 240,395 books, 680,052 microform titles, 805 serials, 11,073 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $1.1 million. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Minot, population 35,000, began as a tent town of the Great Northern Railroad and now contains the electronic freight classification Gavin Yard. It grew so rapidly that it was called the"Magic City." Today it is a trade center for an area including part of Canada and Montana, as well as northern North Dakota. The town lies within the eastern boundaries of oil-rich Williston Basin and is surrounded by a number of lignite strip mines. The area has good highways, rail, bus, and air lines. Minot has many churches and active civic and fraternal organizations. Part-time job opportunities are available for students.

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