Colleges & Universities

More than 20,000 students are enrolled in degree and certification programs at  colleges, community colleges, technical and trade schools around the Greater Mankato Area.


MSU, Mankato has nearly 15,000 students enrolled, boasting 130 undergrad programs and over 85 master doctoral and certificate programs. It’s one of the major campuses of the Southern MN area.

Bethany Lutheran College provides Christian higher education in a challenging academic environment where personal mentoring guides students to pursue knowledge, truth, and discernment for productive and fulfilling lives.

Located in the scenic Minnesota River valley town of Saint Peter and with easy access to Minneapolis-St. Paul, Gustavus offers the best of both worlds—community living in a safe and supportive campus environment and connections with Minnesota’s thriving network of employers.

South Central College is a comprehensive community and technical college that is part of the Minnesota State system, with campuses in Faribault and North Mankato. Currently they have over 40 programs including automotive, dental programs, and welding.

Rasmussen University has over 50 career-focused programs in nursing, business, and technology and 23 campuses nationally.