Minot State University

Minot State University (MSU or MiSU) is a public university in Minot, North Dakota. Founded in 1913 as a normal school, Minot State University is the third-largest university in North Dakota, offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Minot State University
Minot State University shield.svg
PresidentSteven Shirley
Academic staff
Students2,279 (Undergraduate)
1,281 (Graduate)
Location, ,
United States
ColorsRed and Green[1]
AthleticsNCAA Division II
Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference
MascotBuckshot the Beaver
Minot State University wordmark.svg
Minot State University is located in the United States
Minot State University
Minot State University
Location in the United States

Minot State University was founded in 1913 and has evolved from a normal school to a university. Three colleges comprise the university's academic offerings: Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education and Health Sciences. Nine master's degrees and one education specialist degree are offered in such areas as communication disorders, management, and mathematics. There is a mix of liberal arts and professional programs offering more than 60 majors at the undergraduate level. MSU is a member of the North Dakota University System, which comprises eleven institutions representing doctoral, master, baccalaureate, and community colleges. The State Board of Higher Education consists of nine members and is the governing board of the System. Minot State University has a Board of Regents acting as an advisory board and champion for the institution.

Minot State's mascot is the beaver and the school colors are red and green (though Maroon has sometimes been used in the past). The campus newspaper is called the Red and Green. MSU's campus is at the base of North Hill, just west of Broadway.

Old Main acts as the centerpiece
for Minot State's main campus


MSU was established in 1913 as Minot Normal School, a two-year normal school devoted to preparing teachers for service in northwestern North Dakota. In 1924, the Normal School at Minot began issuing baccalaureate degrees, which necessitated a name change to Minot State Teacher's College. Over time the range of academic offerings expanded. The school's name was shortened to Minot State College in 1964 and it became a university sometime in the eighties.


Minot State University awards undergraduate degrees in more than 60 courses of study and graduate degrees in 10 fields of study.

MSU is composed of four main academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
    • 7 academic departments
  • College of Business
    • 3 academic departments
  • College of Education and Health Sciences
    • 4 academic departments
  • Graduate School

University rankingsEdit

It was ranked 976th on the 2013–2014 PayScale College Salary Report[2] and 1346th on the 2013 PayScale College Education Value Rankings.[3]


Minot State University is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Business Programs at MSU and in the College of Business Graduate School are fully accredited by the IACBE. The Bachelors & Master's degrees in Business Education are accredited by NCATE.

Other accreditation:

Gordon B. Olson LibraryEdit

Completed the spring of 1992, the Gordon B. Olson Library presently serves an enrollment of more than 3,000 students. The three story facility features seating for 800 students, room for more than 500,000 volumes, as well as computer labs, and a microforms area.

Dr. Gordon B. Olson came to Minot State University during the summer of 1967 and led the university through a period of growth and change. In 1967 enrollment was slightly more than 2,000. During Dr. Olson's tenure, MSU added a significant number of undergraduate and graduate programs. New undergraduate degrees included nursing, social work, and criminal justice. Graduate programs expanded from only one program in 1967 to 13 programs this year. Each of these programs addresses societal needs and the needs of students who pursue careers in these fields.[4]


The MSU Dome houses numerous athletic events and served as a shelter during the 2011 Flood

Minot State University athletics compete in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) which is a part of NCAA Division II[5]

MSU's sports program offers football, both men's and women's club hockey, basketball, cross country, indoor/outdoor track and field, golf, baseball, wrestling, women's soccer, volleyball and fast pitch softball.

Minot State's ice hockey team won the ACHA Men's Division I national championship in 2013.


Campus facilities include an amphitheatre, indoor theatre, recital hall, the Gordon B. Olson library, a football field, and the MSU Dome arena. The Student Union includes a bookstore, convenience store, dining center, and lounge areas. MSU has five student residence halls and two apartment complexes.

Minot State peopleEdit


  1. ^ "MSU – Graphic Identity". Minotstateu.edu. Retrieved 2015-12-19.
  2. ^ "2013–2014 PayScale College Salary Report". PayScale. Archived from the original on 2014-11-12. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  3. ^ "2013 College Education ROI Rankings: Does a Degree Always Pay Off?". PayScale. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  4. ^ "MSU – Gordon B. Olson Library". Minotstateu.edu. Archived from the original on 2013-12-13. Retrieved 2011-09-11.
  5. ^ "Dickinson, North Dakota". The Dickinson Press. 2011-01-20. Retrieved 2011-09-11.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Scott Deibert". justsportsstats.com. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  7. ^ Woman, Inspired (2011-01-14). "Mikey Hoeven Taking One Day at a Time |". Inspiredwomanonline.com. Retrieved 2015-12-19.

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Coordinates: 48°14′46″N 101°18′04″W / 48.246°N 101.301°W / 48.246; -101.301