New Report Ranks Minnesota State Mankato 9th in International Students Enrollment

University Moves Up 3 Spots in National Rankings Among Master’s Institutions


Minnesota State University, Mankato moved up 3 spots and ranks 9th nationally in international student population among master’s institutions, according to the annual “Open Doors Report” released Monday by the Institute of International Education.

The rankings, which reflect data from the 2021-22 academic year, list Minnesota State Mankato as having 1,751 international students during the fall 2021 semester – the most ever by the University in the annual Open Doors Report.

The No. 9 national ranking – Minnesota State Mankato’s highest ever – is three spots higher than the University’s previous top ranking (12th in 2018, 2020 and 2021).

“We’re proud of reaching the No. 9 national ranking in international student population,” said University President Edward Inch. “An important part of our growth in international students is community support, as shown by the great attendance at the annual Mankato Area International Festival on campus this past Sunday. We thank everyone who attended that event. The festival is an important part of Minnesota State Mankato’s commitment to promoting global solutions and fostering global citizenship, and community support will help our international student enrollment continue to grow.”

The international student population rankings are available online here by selecting “Master’s Colleges & Universities” in the drop-down menu on the Web page graphic.

In the fall of 2021, Minnesota State Mankato had international students from 96 different nations, with the most students coming from Ethiopia, Nepal and the Republic of Korea. Lists of countries represented by international students at Minnesota State Mankato are available here:

Minnesota State Mankato has moved up steadily in the Open Doors Report rankings since 2012, when the University ranked 38th nationally in international student population. Minnesota State Mankato ranked 34th in 2013, 31st in 2014, 29th in 2015, tied for 23rd in 2016, 16th in 2017, 12th in 2018, 14th in 2019, 12th in 2020 and 12th in 2021.

Minnesota State Mankato’s international student population in recent Open Doors reports were 1,121 in the 2021 report; 1,554 in 2020; 1,583 in 2019; 1,614 in 2018; 1,374 in 2017; 1,281 in 2016; 1,228 in 2015; 1,044 in 2014; 885 in 2013; and 770 in 2012. (Note: Figures used in each report are from the preceding fall. For example, the November 2022 report reflects fall 2021 data.)

Minnesota State Mankato’s international student population and their families have made a positive economic impact, contributing $41.5 million that supported 191 jobs in the local economy, according to a 2021 NAFSA report available here:

Global Education at Minnesota State Mankato comprises the Office of the Dean and the University’s three Centers in Global Education: The Center for Global EngagementKearney International Center and the Center for English Language Programs.

More information about global education at Minnesota State Mankato is available here:

Those with additional questions about international student enrollment at Minnesota State Mankato may contact Interim Associate Provost and Dean of Global Education Anne Dahlman by email at

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