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    M State is a comprehensive public two-year college in Minnesota that serves more than 8,000 students in credit courses each year in more than 70 career and liberal arts programs online.

M State At a Glance

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Higher Learning Commission (1972 to present)

M State is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and proudly displays the accreditation affiliation statement on the M State Accreditation page. In 2009 the Higher Learning Commission Board of Trustees approved M State as an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) Pathway participant. M State also has numerous programs that are additionally accredited by boards, agencies, commissions or professional organizations in their field or discipline.

For more information about accreditation, program accreditation and the AQIP Pathway, visit M State's Accreditation page.

Student Demographics


The M State Story

M State is a comprehensive public two-year college in Minnesota that serves more than 8,000 students in credit courses each year in more than 70 career and liberal arts programs online and at its four campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena. M State is a member of the Minnesota State system, which is an organization of colleges and universities in Minnesota who strive to provide extraordinary education at an exceptional value.

M State was formed in July 2003 by the merger of Fergus Falls Community College and three campuses of Northwest Technical College in order to better serve the needs of the region through a combination of strong career and technical programs and liberal arts and science offerings within one comprehensive college. Each of the campuses has been meeting the educational and workforce needs of its community for a half century or more. The Fergus Falls campus was established in 1960 thanks to the initiative of community leaders determined to create a community college where students could complete the first two years of a four year degree. The Detroit Lakes, Moorhead and Wadena campuses were established when state leaders recognized the need to provide technical education and training to meet workforce demands. Wadena was founded in 1959, Moorhead in 1965 and Detroit Lakes in 1966. True to the goal of meeting workforce needs, each campus has added and enhanced programs as demands have changed. All four campuses offer blends of occupational programming and access to a liberal arts and science curriculum.


Affordable Education

M State provides a cost-effective higher education option for our stakeholders by focusing on stabilizing tuition rates and aggressively monitoring our spending and assets. Following a two-year tuition freeze that began in 2013, a 1 percent tuition reduction was approved by the Minnesota State Board of Trustees for the 2016-2017 academic year, which was followed with a freeze at that level for the 2017-2018 academic year. This appropriation of state funds by the Legislature further enabled M State to strengthen our commitment to provide assessable education for students.

  • Per credit tuition: $160.70 (resident or non-resident; rate is $198.95/credit for online courses). More detailed information can be found on the M State Tuition and Fees Rates page.
  • The cost of full-time attendance at M State is currently less than a full Pell grant
  • More than 51 percent of M State students attend tuition-free


Top Program Offerings (Based on Enrollment)

  • Liberal Arts/Transfer
  • Business
  • Nursing
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Dental Assisting
  • Electrical Line Worker Technology

*The Nursing and Dental programs have restricted enrollment, so the number of students on the waiting lists for these programs is taken into account for the list above.


Graduate Information

2016 Graduates: 1,355

2015 Graduates: 1,340

Average Placement Rate: 90 percent

Career Placement Data


Faculty and Staff Demographics

  • Total employees: 515
  • Faculty: 292
  • Staff: 205
  • Administrators: 18
  • Employees of color: 4 percent
  • Employees with disabilities: 3 percent


General Operations

M State is committed to informed financial planning and a shared vision for the continued efficient use of financial resources which create affordable educational options for students.

2018 Budget: $44,227,811

Last modified: January 16th, 2018 at 05:02pm