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Metropolitan State University Saint Paul

Metropolitan State University Saint Paul

Metropolitan State University Saint Paul


Metropolitan State’s history and mission

Since 1971, Metropolitan State University has been committed to meeting the higher education needs of the people of Minneapolis–Saint Paul. We are a fully accredited, comprehensive university and a member of the Minnesota State higher education system.

University mission statement

Metropolitan State University is a comprehensive urban university committed to meeting the higher education needs of the Twin Cities and greater metropolitan population.

The university will provide accessible, high-quality liberal arts, professional, and graduate education to the citizens and communities of the metropolitan area, with continued emphasis on underserved groups, including adults and communities of color.

Within the context of lifelong learning, the university will build on its national reputation for innovative student-centered programs that enable students from diverse backgrounds achieve their educational goals.

The university is committed to academic excellence and community partnerships through curriculum, teaching, scholarship and services designed to support an urban mission.

University vision statement

Metropolitan State University, a member of the Minnesota State College and University System, will be the premier urban, public, comprehensive system university in the Twin Cities metropolitan area and will provide high-quality, affordable educational programs and services in a student-centered environment.

The faculty, staff and students of Metropolitan State will reflect the area's rich diversity, build a culturally competent and anti-racist learning community and demonstrate an unwavering commitment to civic engagement.

University values


Your education has to be the best. Because you're not just investing money, you're investing time and passion. So, we make it a priority to provide innovative, high-quality educational experiences from instructors who are experts in their fields. We don't just help you earn a degree. We'll help you prepare for your future.


We're plugged into our community and take an active role in its success. We partner with area businesses and organizations to give our students real-world learning experiences. And we offer ourselves as a resource to local groups who work at improving our local community.

Diversity and inclusion

We celebrate and include all voices in our quest for quality higher education. We value all forms of diversity, no matter one's ethnicity, religious or sexual preferences, income level, learning style or area of academic focus. All are welcomed. All are valued.

Open, respectful climate

Students learn better in a safe, open and respectful environment. You'll find one here. We encourage students and faculty to engage in meaningful conversations that embrace differing viewpoints and perspectives. These provide rich experiences and a healthy communication model students can take into their careers.


Integrity isn't a one-way street. So as much as we expect our students to conduct themselves in an honest, ethical manner, we also demand the same from ourselves. We're transparent in how we operate. We make sure that all voices are heard. And we're accountable for our actions. You deserve nothing less.


  • Saint Paul

    East 7th Street,700, 55106, Saint Paul