• 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 6,280

    Academic Programs: 

    77 majors, 84 emphases and options
9 pre-professional studies programs

    12 graduate degrees, 19 certificate programs
    31 areas of teacher licensure preparation 
    Online and off-site programs in the Twin Cities
    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 RN-BSN and Master’s in Nursing programs at MSUM are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 887-6791. 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
    • Ignite - Top half graduating class & 21-23 ACT: $500

    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
    •  Founders - 3.0+ GPA & seeking first undergraduate degree: Need-based scholarship
    •  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
    •  James & Yvonne Condell Endowed Scholarship -
    •  Talent - Art & Design, Cinema Arts & Digital Technologies, Music, Theatre Arts  f
    •  Athletic - NCAA Division II (www.msumdragons.com)

    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.