Minnesota State University, Mankato (Minnesota State Mankato) (MSU) is a public four-year university located in Mankato, Minnesota, a community of 53,000 located 75 miles (121 km) southwest of Minneapolis-St. Paul. The school is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU). The university has two satellite campuses, one in the Twin Cities suburb of Edina and the other in Owatonna. As of Fall 2011, the student body was the third-largest in the state, with over 15,000 students. Students are served by 600 full-time faculty members creating a 28:1 student to faculty ratio. Minnesota State Mankato offers 158 undergraduate programs of study, 82 graduate programs. It is the first institution in the United States to offer a Master of Fine Arts degree in Forensics.
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