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By the late 1950s work began on constructing an entirely new, modern campus atop the river valley bluff. A new experimental school called the Wilson Campus School was built on the Highland Campus to research and apply new teaching methods.By 1957, the mission of the institution had broadened to comprehensive 4-year college education, the state legislature changed the name of the college to Mankato State College.
Following this period was a movement toward increasing the number of available programs including science, technology, engineering, health sciences and others.
It is also the secord largest public university in the state, Minnesota State offers 130 undergraduate programs of study, 75 graduate programs and 4 doctoral programs.
Students are served by 750 full-time faculty members creating a 21:1 student to faculty ratio.
It was during this time that the institution began to refer to itself as Minnesota State.
In 2007, in another major milestone – the University was authorized to begin offering applied doctoral degrees.
In addition to the main campus, it operates two satellite campuses: one in the Twin Cities suburb of Edina and the other in Owatonna.