Minnesota State

Minnesota State University, Mankato
For more than 140 years, the people of Minnesota State University, Mankato have been pairing bold aspirations with practical applications that have the power to change the world. That tradition of big ideas and real-world thinking continues to be carried out by current students and faculty, who are working to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, improve the sustainability of construction methods, and explore new artistic techniques, for example.

Such projects illustrate Minnesota State's commitment to transforming the typical college experience into one that is more meaningful and more connected to the rest of the world. So do the achievements of our illustrious alumni, who have helped bring Minnesota and Mankato national recognition.

Minnesota State is proud of its impact - locally, nationally and around of the world. The University remains committed to tackling the challenges facing our world and developing solutions that can make a real difference in the lives of real people. That is our heritage, and it will be our future as well.

A destination for those seeking quality higher education, Minnesota State's student body hovers around 16,000 students with 1,300 faculty and staff; approximately 500 international students who represent 68 countries; and more than 99,000 alumni from around the world are proud to be a part of the Maverick tradition.

Founded in 1868, MSU is a four-year, comprehensive university in south central Minnesota approximately 85 miles from the Twin Cities. The University provides high-quality education with 24 programs accredited by national professional organizations.

In addition to quality, variety is one of the many attractions at MSU which offers more than 150 programs in six undergraduate colleges, and 82 programs in the College of Graduate Studies. The school's most popular majors are: Business, Education, Health Professions, Computer and Information Science, and Criminal Justice/Corrections.

Student organizations are abundant at MSU including more than 200 department clubs, political organizations, recreation clubs, intramural athletics, social clubs, service and religious organizations.

The University also offers 20 intercollegiate men and women's sports activities including: hockey, volleyball, soccer, softball, tennis, golf, swimming, football, cross country, basketball, track and field, wrestling,and baseball. The University has exciting opportunities for freshmen to enhance their academic and social experience on campus through Learning Communities, First-Year Experience program and residence hall living/learning environment.

Located on 354 acres overlooking the Minnesota River Valley, MSU is the second-largest higher educational institution in the state and is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.

Verizon Wireless Center
Opened in 1995, Verizon Wireless Center is a state-of-the-art building located in the heart of downtown Mankato.

With seating of nearly 5,000 for men's hockey games (and 8,000 for concerts), the Mavericks played to more than 4,500 fans per game in 2008-09 and have had more than 20 sell-outs over the course of the past two decades.

While currently set up at 100 X 200, VWC's ice surface is being converted to 85 X 200 for the beginning of the 2013-14 season.

The facility, which has also played host to several musical acts including Aerosmith, Tom Petty, Brooks & Dunn, Styx, Kiss, Def Leppard, REO Speedwagon, Poison, Sammy Hager, Bob Dylan, ZZ Top, John Fogarty, Kenny Rogers, John Denver, Steve Miller, John Mellancamp, Sugarland, Alan Jackson and Elton John.