Category Archives: Student Services

Aug. 14: One-Stop Enrollment Event

There’s still time to start classes this fall. Join us at Metropolitan State University’s One-Stop Enrollment Event.

Whether you still need to apply for admission or just need to finish the application and enrollment process, this event is for you, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Aug. 14 at the Student Center, Saint Paul Campus, 680 7th St E, St Paul.

This event is for prospective and interested students, students who have applied and still have to complete the process, and students who have been admitted and need to register for classes.

RSVP recommended, but not required. Contact Admissions at admissions@metrostate.eduor 651-793-1302 with questions or to reserve your spot.

You will be able to:

  • apply for admission
  • see how your credits may transfer
  • complete orientation
  • receive transfer advising
  • get registered for classes

NOTE:  Plan on being present for the duration of the event, although the length of your process  will depend on what is still needed to complete your admission/registration.

What to bring:

  • Photo ID
  • Official unopened transcripts from all previous, non-Minnesota State institutions. All official transcripts are required to be considered for admission, and we can pull Minnesota State transcripts on your behalf, provided there are no holds.
  • ACT or Accuplacer scores if available.

You must meet our published admission requirements in order to be admitted:

To make the process go even more quickly, apply for admission at metrostate.edutoday and apply for financial aid at, using school code 010374.

Career Center Videos Helpful Resources for Students’ Futures

Not sure what you are going to do after you get your degree? Are you wondering how to make yourself marketable to employers? The Career Center can help.

With help from Twelve Plus Media, a local production company, and Metropolitan State University alumni, the Career Center has created four Career Education videos: Career Readiness, Choosing A MajorDesigning Your Life, and Job Search Strategies. These videos, featuring colorful, lively animation and engaging alumni presenters sharing their own career paths, address misconceptions and give student viewers advice to prepare for the future. For example, choosing a major is just one decision among many, and career paths can take many unexpected turns before you reach the destination of your dream job.

Networking is crucial. Meeting and connecting with new people face-to-face will help you get noticed. Your key contact could even be sitting next to you in class.

“These videos are the tip of the iceberg in learning about the lifelong process of career management,” says Career Center Director Bill Baldus. “It can be frightening, and yes, there are a lot of unknowns, but there’s a community of support behind you. You can do it.”



Introducing Your New Student Senate

Metropolitan State University has a new Student Senate to represent the university’s students in the upcoming 2018–2019 school year. Elections were held in April and May, and the results ratified May 18.

Student Senators returning for another term are President Tina Martinez, Treasurer Jessica Maistrovich, Public Relations Director Richard Ketelsen, Engagement Coordinator Andres Boland, and Juan Gomez.

Newly-elected Student Senators are Vice President Leonel Mejia, Secretary Hamisha Alkamooneh, Angelica Yang, Bee Thao, Graciela Johanna Duran, Lauro Clara-Flores, Nyphen Sanders, Rianna Engel, and Shushan Woldu.

May 7 – May 20: Food for Thought and Student Parent Center closed during move

Food for Thought and the Student Parent Center will be closed from May 7 to May 20, as the facilities are being moved from the current location to the basement of St. John’s Hall.

The centers will be unable to serve students during the closure. Students who need food should visit Food for Though by Friday, May 4, or visit the neighborhood food shelf:

Rupa Pokherl awarded Mark M. Welter World Citizen scholarship

Rupa Pokherl, a Metropolitan State University student, received the Mark M, Welter World Citizen Scholarship for spring semester of 2018. She is one of 20 students to receive the $500 award.  The scholarship, which is offered exclusively to students attending one of Minnesota State’s colleges or universities, requires a vast understanding of how cultures across the globe are interlinked. Students who are nominated share some or all of the following beliefs/commitments:

  • All people are of a common species who share a common adventure in a common home.
  • The world shares common problems (pollution, terrorism, challenges) but views them through differing cultural and religious value perspectives.
  • All citizens of planet Earth mutually share an interconnected, fragile biosphere.
  • All people-all cultures, all creeds, all colors, and all countries-have been “depositors and with drawers at the world bank of knowledge.”
  • Our world is increasingly, inexorably, and undeniably interdependent.
  • No one nation, people, religion, or creed can unilaterally deal with contemporary challenges of pollution, population, poverty, pandemics, and peace.

In addition to these required commitments, the student must be in good academic standing and must be nominated by academic or student affairs vice president, dean, or director at one of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

 For more information regarding the Walter M. Welter World Citizen scholarship, visit LeadMN

April 2: Integrity Day

Recognize Metropolitan State’s distinction as a Campus of Integrity. Enjoy a snack as we celebrate Integrity Day noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m., Monday, April 2 at the Student Center, Saint Paul Campus.

Do you know what plagiarism is and how to avoid it? When is it OK to use a picture you found on the Internet? Is it OK for a tutor to help you with your class assignments?

Easily avoid the pitfalls that could jeopardize your university experience. Ensure and protect your academic success by learning about resources to help support academic integrity. Speak with advisors and get a free copy of the “Student Guide to Academic Integrity” to familiarize yourself with the expectations of academic honesty at Metropolitan State University. Get to the Student Center to obtain your copy of the “Student Guide to Academic Integrity.”

The celebration recognizes Metropolitan State’s recent award as a Campus of Integrity.President Ginny Arthur signed an executive order last year establishing an Integrity Day to be observed each semester. Integrity Days are to remind the university community of the high honor, that integrity matters, and acknowledges that most students don’t cheat themselves out of their educations.

March 16: Career Ideas Festival

The annual Career Ideas Festival is considered the Career Center’s signature event. This year the festival will be 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., Friday, March 16 in the Founder’s Hall Auditorium, Saint Paul Campus.

The first 200 students to register will receive a free copy of The 20-Minute Networking Meeting and can register by clicking the link here:

Staff and faculty are also welcome to attend and may register here:

Check in is 8:30 to 9 a.m., grab a cup of coffee and network. Author Marcia Ballinger will give a keynote presentation from 9 to 9:45 a.m., speaking on her new book The 20-Minute Networking Meeting. The keynote is followed by an employer panel of leading executives from some of Minnesota’s top companies. Attendees are invited to stay the duration of the event to mingle and network.

Ballinger is a co-founder and principal at Ballinger|Leafblad, Saint Paul-based executive search firm focused on serving the civic sector.  She conducts executive search projects for top executives in non-profit organizations, higher education, foundations and professional associations. She also has extensive background in corporate searches.  A frequent presenter to groups of executives, Ballinger is known as a no-nonsense representative of the executive search industry.

“Over 80 percent of people who land jobs do so through connections and word of mouth. Yet, few people focus on networking,” Career Center Director Bill Baldus said. “Ballinger is an expert and will give a crash course. Her book is a simple enough program that students can pick up and implement right away.”

March 11: Winter Clothing Drive

The Social Work Student Association is hosting a winter clothing drive. Donate your clothes at bins located in the Student Center, Founders Hall, and Library and Learning Center now through Sunday, March 9.

Donated items will be available for pickup at a free “shopping” event from 1-4 p.m., Monday, March 11 in the Student Center, room 101.

The event is open to the public.

Contact Rachel Hanson at for more information.

Mamava pods provide private, clean, and comfortable nursing stations on campus

 Metropolitan State University Healthcare Services is proud to announce the arrival of the Mamava Lactation Pods.
The pods are located on the Saint Paul campus on the first floor of the Student Center and in the commons area at the Midway Campus.

Mamava is a business dedicated to changing the culture around breastfeeding by giving women clean and private facilities to use a breast pump or nurse an infant.

Mamava Pod
 (Image of the Mamava pod at the Saint Paul Campus.)

The pods are used in conjunction with the Mamava app which can be downloaded via the Adroid or Apple store. Women can use the app to find Mamava stations on campus and at other public places, as well. The pods will also allow the campus community to access additional space for lactation needs.

In addition to the pods, the standard lactation rooms on the Saint Paul Campus (room 140C) and Midway campus (room R) will be maintained. Look for updates to these rooms throughout spring semester. Students, staff, and faculty will also have the ability to schedule room 140C and room R through Healthcare Services.

Those needing access to the lactation rooms are asked to register at

Winter Clothing Drive & Free Shopping Event

Photo of donation bin inside of Founder’s Hall

Fifteen percent of Americans living in poverty consider a coat an out-of-budget expense, according to

The Social Work Student Association is doing its part by hosting a winter clothing drive from now until March 9.

You can make your donations at Metropolitan State University’s Saint Paul campus in the bins located inside of the Student Center, Founder’s Hall, and Library and Learning Center.

Donated items will be available for pickup at the free shopping event on Sunday, March 11, from 1 to 4 p.m. in room 101 of the Student Center.

This event is open to the public.