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Minnesota State University Moorhead is an opportunity-rich learning community where students are empowered to reach their highest potential academically and personally. Exceptional faculty teach, advise and mentor, engaging students in collaborative scholarly research and creative projects that provide the experience to excel professionally and to be accepted into competitive graduate and professional programs. MSUM offers 76 majors and more than 170 emphases, along with 125+ student organizations, laying the foundation for a robust intellectual community and an active student life.

Minnesota State University Moorhead is a student-centered University that treats students as individuals with different experiences and aspirations, whether they are first generation college students, full-time working adults or a variety of traditional and nontraditional students. Our tuition, which is among the most affordable in the region, and our instructional quality combine to create an outstanding higher education value. We help students succeed by providing strong academic experiences as well as a full range of support services and social and community opportunities. Through challenging programs and guidance from faculty and staff with high expectations, we help students to discover and then reach their potential. We provide opportunities for significant student research, leadership development, service learning, creative production, and athletic competition. Further, we have strong, cohesive curricula that prepare students not only to participate in the workforce of today but also to create and lead the workforce and society of tomorrow.

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Our faculty members take exceptional pride in their teaching, and creative work. MSUM has more faculty members who have received prestigious awards and recognition than faculties at comparable universities. For example, we have had more Carnegie Foundation State Professors of the Year than any other higher education institution in Minnesota or in any neighboring state. Only fourteen campuses in the nation have as many.

Most of our classes are small enough for students to know their professors. Faculty members in many disciplines have had good success in securing competitive grants for research and creative activity. Finally, many of our faculty committees actively examine and work to continually improve all aspects of the teaching and learning experience. Our staff members are similarly highly recognized for their service to the campus, our community, and our state.

Like our faculty and staff, our students seem to achieve more recognition than those of comparable universities. Our students expect to be challenged, and they rise to the occasion. For example, our students graduate with very high success rates in their chosen careers, as well high acceptance rates to graduate and professional schools.

Like our students, faculty, and staff, our alumni have achieved great heights. We have many CEOs and other executive leaders, K-12 teachers of the year, distinguished health care professionals, renowned writers, elected officials, non-profit and governmental professionals, and citizen leaders. Many of these individuals remain vital parts of our university through their ongoing participation and support.

Our faculty, staff, and students form a caring community. This is evident in how people treat each other as well as in the way our staff maintain our building and grounds. Students, faculty, and staff work together to promote not only the health and wellbeing of community members but also their enrichment and that of the surrounding community. Our campus welcomes and celebrates diversity and works actively to combat racism. Further, the campus and the surrounding community provide a safe, friendly, and convenient environment—a “small town” atmosphere with “metropolitan” amenities.

Fargo-Moorhead offers a bustling college town atmosphere in a metropolitan area with a population of approximately 200,000. With four major colleges (MSUM, M-State, Concordia, and NDSU) inside a five-mile radius and a welcoming community that boasts a vibrant art scene, a dedicated cycling community, a rich assortment of athletics, a variety of recreational activities and a growing economy, Fargo-Moorhead is an ideal place to learn, work and live. Often referred to as a ‘big-little city’, Fargo-Moorhead provides the cultural benefits of a metropolitan lifestyle, such as diverse dining options, excellent mass-transit, a rich arts community and frequent sporting events, along with the community feel of a smaller town. With one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country, a consistently low crime rate and affordable housing, Fargo-Moorhead is an attractive destination for college students as well as anyone looking to start or advance their career or begin a family. CNNMoney.com listed Fargo as one of the top 100 places to live for the last 3 years running. Men’s Journal selected Fargo as the best place in America to forget the recession, citing its low taxes and unemployment, budget surplus, and revitalized downtown in 2011. Forbes.com named Fargo-Moorhead the fourth least expensive place to live well in the US. Employment Review magazine and its affiliate, BestJobsUSA.com, ranked Fargo-Moorhead the seventh-best place to live and work in America. There is never a shortage of things to do in Fargo-Moorhead. Set against the diverse four seasons, outdoor recreational activities range from biking, swimming, fishing, golfing, camping, canoeing and disc golf in the warm, summer months to ice fishing, cross-country skiing, sledding and ice hockey in the winter months. Area attractions like the Fargo Film Festival, the Fargo Blues Festival, the Plains Art Museum and the Fargo Air Museum are just a few of the exciting venues that keep Fargo-Moorhead interesting year-round. An incredibly rich arts community offers a variety of cultural activities and events throughout the year with poetry slams, open mic nights, theaters, art galleries and ongoing performance opportunities. The Bluestem Center for the Arts, a multi-million dollar campus in Moorhead, is home to Trollwood Performing Arts School and special art events. For sporting events, the F-M area includes the Scheels Arena, a new state-of-the-art hockey arena that holds 5,000 people and hosts the Fargo Force, the local USHL team. In addition, the area also holds the FARGODOME and Newman Outdoor Field, home of the independent league Fargo RedHawks baseball team. Together, the three major colleges offer a host of social, cultural and athletic events on campus to entertain students as well as the surrounding community.department stores, 120 specialty stores and a spectacular food court!The Fargo-Moorhead area offers a variety of transportation options to get around the cities with ease. Downtown Fargo and Downtown Moorhead are separated by a rejuvenated Main Bridge that makes it an easy, scenic walk or drive to get from one center of the city to the other within minutes. Fargo-Moorhead has recently embraced a revitalized biking community and has established new bike lanes on many of the main roads in addition to the series of bike trails in and around the city. For those who would rather ride than pedal, the MATBUS System is a clean and efficient bus system that is free to all college students from NDSU, MSUM, Concordia College and M-State. Through the MATBUS U-Pass Program, college students receive unlimited free rides simply by showing their current college ID. For those needing help navigating their way around the city, the MATBUS Trip Plan will help you plan your route. For those traveling outside of the city, Jefferson Lines offers a daily busy service on the MSUM campus to and from Minneapolis. Jefferson Lines makes three daily stops just outside the Comstock Memorial Union and offers low walk-up fares, including a 15% discount for college students with a college ID. There are also numerous taxi services available to residents of Fargo-Moorhead whose services extend as far as 70 miles from the area. Lastly, Hector International Airport in Fargo has four main terminals and car rental services for long-distance destinations.