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Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Metropolitan State University is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

561 Undergraduate Degrees
68 Graduate Degrees
56% Acceptance Rate

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Metropolitan State University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Metro State has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#72 Most Popular Online Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#239 Most Popular Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Metro State.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Public Relations & Advertising Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Management Information Systems Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#21 Best Value International Business Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Value Entrepreneurial Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Best Value Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Value Human Resource Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#41 Best Value Finance & Financial Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#93 Best Value Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#94 Best Value Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#123 Most Popular Business Administration & Management Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Metropolitan State University?

Location of Metropolitan State University

Contact details for Metro State are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 700 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106-5000
Phone: 651-793-1300

How Do I Get Into Metro State?

You can apply to Metro State online at:

Admission Requirements for Metro State

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program neither required nor recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Metro State?

56% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
With an acceptance rate of 56%, Metro State does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 36% of accepted students are men and 64% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 56%, and the acceptance rate for women is 56%.

Can I Afford Metropolitan State University?

39% Take Out Loans
6.0% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Metro State, approximately 39% of students took out student loans averaging $4,833 a year. That adds up to $19,332 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Metro State is 6.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Metropolitan State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,999 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
56% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 6,770 undergraduate students at Metro State, with 2,999 being full-time and 3,771 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Metro State

There are also 822 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,999 full-time undergraduates at Metro State, 42% are male and 58% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Metro State

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Metropolitan State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Metro State Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 580
Black or African American 708
Hispanic or Latino 220
White 1,188
International Students 132
Other Races/Ethnicities 171

Geographic Diversity

Minnesota students aren't the only ones who study at Metropolitan State University. At this time, 4 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 61 countries are represented at Metro State. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Taiwan, China, and Vietnam.

Online Learning at Metropolitan State University

1,580 Took All Classes Online
3,815 Took At Least One Class Online
3.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 8 bachelor’s degree and 6 master’s degree programs available online at Metro State. In 2017-2018, 3,815 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Metro State has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 4th most popular in Minnesota for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Metro State

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Metropolitan State University was 3.1%. This is the #1,611 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Metro State regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Metro State majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Finance 2%
Finance & Financial Management 2%
General Management Information Systems 62%
Management Information Systems 62%
Marketing 8%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 8%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Metro State ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Metro State.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Technical & Scientific Communication #1
Operations Management #26
Public Relations & Advertising #30
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management #37
Finance #38
General Management Information Systems #49
Management Information Systems #59
Finance & Financial Management #61
General Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration #74
Marketing/Marketing Management, General #99
Marketing #106
Human Resource Management #112

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Metropolitan State University Business Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
General Business Administration and Management 263 0 28 2 293
Accounting 101 0 0 0 101
Finance 49 0 0 0 49
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 48 0 0 0 48
General Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration 43 0 0 0 43
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management 4 0 24 0 28
Supply Chain Management 25 0 0 0 25
International Business/Trade/Commerce 12 0 0 0 12
General Economics 11 0 0 0 11
General Management Information Systems 0 8 0 0 8
Project Management 0 5 0 0 5
Entrepreneurship 4 0 0 0 4
Operations Management 1 0 0 0 1
Technical & Scientific Communication 0 1 0 0 1
General Hospitality Administration/Management 0 0 0 0 0
Advertising 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 561 14 52 2 629


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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