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  • MSUM Facts

About MSUM

  • MSUM Facts

    Minnesota State University Moorhead is an affordable, mid-sized, four-year public university with a private college appeal.

    Total Number of Students Served:

    Approximately 8,140

    Academic Programs:

    77 majors, 84 emphases and options
    Off-site programs, metro/Twin Cities outreach at Twin Cities area community and technical colleges
    17:1 student-to-faculty ratio
    23 average class size

    Largest Majors:

    Elementary Inclusive Education, Business Administration, Biology, Social Work, Nursing

    Unique Majors:

    Athletic Training, East Asian studies, Film Studies, Geosciences, International Studies, Medical Physics, Music Industry, Operations Management, Paralegal, Project Management, Speech/Language/Hearing Science, Sustainability


    MSU Moorhead is located in Moorhead, Minn., just across the Red River from Fargo, N.D. The campus is 3.5 hours from:

    • Minneapolis, Minn.
    • Sioux Falls, S.D.
    • Bismarck, N.D.
    • Winnipeg, Manitoba


    Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The MSU Moorhead Paseka School of Business has earned AACSB International Accreditation, which less than 5 percent of the world’s business schools achieve. The Nursing program is accredited at both the baccalaureate (BSN) and master’s (MS in nursing) levels by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Additional areas of accreditation include: Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences; Athletic Training; and Teacher Education.


    The MSU Moorhead Dragons are a NCAA Division II school and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC). MSU Moorhead has 14 varsity sports–5 men’s and 9 women’s–plus many club and intramural sports. Check out Dragon Athletics for schedules and rosters.

    A Smart Investment

    We’re one of the most reasonably priced four-year residential universities in Minnesota. And we’re proud of it. Our banded tuition allows you to take up to 19 credits a semester for the price of 12. Plus we provide a variety of automatic and competitive scholarships to help you pay your education.

    Automatic Freshman Scholarships – Over 4 years

    • President's Honors - top 5% graduating class & 28+ ACT: $8,000
    • Valedictorian - 100% class rank & 21+ ACT: $6,000
    • Dragon - Top half graduating class & 28+ ACT: $6,000
    • Achievement - Top half graduating class & 26-27 ACT: $5,000
    • University - Top half graduating class & 24-25 ACT OR Top 10% graduating class & 21-23 ACT: $4,000

    Competitive Scholarships

    •  Honors Apprentice - Top 5% graduating class & 28+ ACT: $20,000 over 4 years
    •  Academic Excellence - National Merit Finalists: $20,000 over 4 years
    •  Access, Opportunity and Success - Students from culturally diverse backgrounds or those from an environment limiting their college preparation skills: $4,000; renewable upon fulfilling scholarship requirements and availability of funds
    •  Transfer - 3.5+ GPA & 24 semester credits: $500- $1,500
    •  Talent - Art & Design, Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies, Music, Theatre Arts  f
    •  Athletic - NCAA Division II (

    Banded Tuition and Costs (2014-2015)

    *Tuition: $6,898
    Housing and Meals: $7,132
    Fees: $918
    Annual Total=$14,818
    *With banded tuition, students pay the same flat rate for 12-19 credits. Housing and
    meal costs are based on a double room, 19 meals per week; other housing and meal
    options available. Books are an estimated to be an additional $800 per year.
    Personal and travel expenses are approximately $2,200 per year. Actual cost may vary.