Greater Mankato has a strong and responsive education system. From pre-school to college and beyond, learning is lifelong in Greater Mankato.

The region’s K-12 schools are among the best in the nation, with innovative educators partnering with area businesses and organizations to ensure students are well-prepared to meet the needs of employers and as a result achieve success for themselves. Mankato’s public high schools rank among the top 15-22% in the nation according to US News & World Report. The region is comprised of five colleges & universities, one trade school, more than 20 public schools and nine charter & parochial schools. Mankato is fortunate to have a community that prides itself on education and five higher educational systems that draw people nationally and globally contributing to a diverse culture. 

Mankato Area Public School District 77

Primary-Secondary Education

Mankato Area Public Schools

Post-Secondary Education

Minnesota State University


Minnesota State University is a comprehensive four-year university and the second largest public higher education institution in Minnesota. Minnesota State Mankato is comprised of more than 14,000 students, including more than 1,300 international students from 97 different countries. The university offers more than 130 undergraduate programs, 90 graduate programs, including master’s, specialist, and doctoral programs in Mankato, with locations in the Twin Cities and on the Iron Range, and online.

South Central College

North Mankato and Faribault

South Central College is a comprehensive community and technical college. Programs are offered on campus, online, or in a combination (hybrid) format. The college’s academic programs serve more than 4,000 students annually with degrees that prepare students to start or advance in a rewarding career after graduation or transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree. The college also has a Customized Workforce Education division offering short-term, career relevant training to 12,0000 professionals annually.

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter

Gustavus Adolphus College is a nationally recognized, private, co-educational liberal arts college affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) and host to the famed Nobel Conference. Gustavus is comprised of nearly 2,250 students representing 43 states and 23 foreign countries. Gustavus offers 71 majors and 15 pre-professional programs.

Bethany Lutheran College


Bethany Lutheran College is a Christian higher education institution providing a challenging academic environment where personal mentoring guides students to pursue knowledge, truth, and discernment for productive and fulfilling lives. Bethany serves over 800 students from 26 States and 31 foreign countries offering 25+ majors, 9+ pre-professional programs, a paralegal certificate program, and a graduate program.

Rasmussen University


Rasmussen University, established in 1900, specializes in Nursing, Medical Assisting and several professional careers with nearly 600 students. The university offers more than 50 programs in seven major areas of study on campus or online. A private college specializing in business and professional careers with nearly 700 students.


Minnesota State University, Mankato ranked No. 7 and Bethany Lutheran College ranked No. 17 in Best Colleges and Universities  Source 

Best College Towns To Live In After Graduation – Top 20 Source ranked Bethany Lutheran College #8 out of 10 Best Colleges, Universities in Minnesota Source