2018-2019 Academic Catalogs

Campus Buildings


Offices for the President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Vice President for Student Affairs, Center for Extended Learning, Business Office, Registrar’s Office, Academic and Institutional Projects, Institutional Planning, Financial Aid, Red and Green (student newspaper), Public Information, Human Resources, Dakota College at Bottineau, and Enrollment Services/Admissions are housed here. Also included are three Interactive Video Network (IVN) studios.


This outdoor facility was built by students, alumni, and other university supporters. Located in the hills in the northern part of the campus, it provides a beautiful setting for summer theatre, musicals, and other productions.

Astronomical Observatory

Established in 1967 and relocated to north of the Amphitheatre in 1988, the observatory houses a 16 inch diameter SchmidtCassegrain telescope used primarily by astronomy students. It is viewed on specified evenings.

Campus Apartments

Campus Heights Apartments

Completed in 1984, it houses 18 efficiency and 12 two bedroom apartments. Open to all students. Families have preference for the two-bedroom units.

Pioneer Hall

This is a family student housing facility. It contains 40 one bedroom apartments.

Cyril Moore Science Center

This building houses administrative offices for the life and physical sciences. A lecture-demonstration auditorium seating 233, and classrooms, laboratories, and research facilities for biology, chemistry, geoscience, physics, and science education are located here.


The administrative office of the Department of Athletics is housed in this building. This structure also provides facilities for a wide variety of activities such as handball, racquetball, basketball, volleyball, tennis, wrestling, and indoor track with seating for over 10,000 people. The building also has lockers, showers, classrooms, and offices, plus other use areas.

Facilities Management

This building houses the offices for physical plant, motor pool operations, central heating plant, carpenter and welding shop, and the offices for campus security.

Hartnett Hall

The administrative offices of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and the Division of Humanities are located in this building. There are classrooms and studios for art, broadcasting, communication arts, English, and foreign languages. A 200-seat theatre for lectures, recitals, and theatre productions and an art gallery displaying works of nationally recognized, contemporary American artists are also housed there. A computer lab is in this building.


The Gordon B. Olson Library houses basic library facilities and two computer lab centers. Containing over 420,000 volumes in books, bound periodicals, and government documents, it also houses special collections of North Dakota materials, a children’s collection, media materials (over 14,000  video recordings, filmstrips, slides, and other non print material) and microfilms. The library currently subscribes to over 600 periodicals and is a depository for United States Government and State of North Dakota publications. The library building provides study accommodations for 800 students.

Memorial Hall

In 1996, Memorial Hall was remodeled and expanded. It houses the Rural Crime and Justice Center, four academic departments, the Graduate School, and the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities. The four departments located in Memorial Hall are Communication Disorders and Special Education; Criminal Justice; Nursing; and Addiction Studies, Psychology and Social Work. A computer lab is in this building.

Model Hall

Completely renovated in 1990, this building houses administrative offices for mathematics and computer science. There are two instructional computer labs, four tiered multimedia classrooms, and numerous classrooms for lecture.

Old Main

This first building on campus underwent a $8.6 million remodel between 2001-2003. It provides classroom and office space for the College of Business, the Job Corps Executive Management Program, the Division of Social Science, and the Division of Music. It also houses the office of Information Technology, the Center for Engaged Teaching and learning (CETL), and the Severson Entrepreneurship Academy. Ann Nicole Nelson Hall provides facilities for the performing arts with seating capacity for 950.

Residence Halls

Cook Hall

A five-story co-ed residence for 188 women, it was completed in 1965.

Crane Hall

A $4.4 million remodel of Crane Hall was completed in 2006. It is now an ultramodern co-ed residence hall with two-room suites for four students with private bathrooms. The hall accommodates 88 students.

Dakota Hall

This is a conveniently located residence for upper-class men and women. It also houses the Residence Life/Housing Office and the Veterans Office on the lower level.

Lura Manor

A five-story co-ed residence hall. It houses 143 students in four-person suites, and the Student Health and Development Center.

McCulloch Hall

This is a co-ed residence for 145 students completed in 1960.

Student Center (SC)

The Student Center is located at the heart of the Minot State University campus. An information center/post office/central receiving/parking office was established at the east end of the Student Center to greet visitors to campus.

In 2007, a $1.1 million facelift of an antiquated ballroom in the Student Center created the new student activity center called the Beaver Dam. The sumptuous lounge contains pool tables, electronic shuffleboard, a digital jukebox, a 20-foot big-screen TV, plasma TVs, soft furniture and a fireplace.

New offices for the Student Government Association were also located near the Beaver Dam during the reconstruction.

Other amenities in the Student Center include laptop computer stations, a convenience store, a swimming pool and the MSU Bookstore, which is affiliated with Barnes & Noble. The residence dining center, Beaver Creek Cafe, is located on the second floor, along with the Student Success Center and the POWER Center.

Offices of the Student Center director, student activities coordinator, and career counseling are also adjacent to the Beaver  Dam.

Buckshot’s, a snack bar open to the public, is located on the lower level.

The Student Center also houses the Multicultural Center, Native American Cultural Center, and the offices of International Programs, Advancement, Alumni and Sodexo, the contracted food service provider.

While the Student Center has been designed to serve students, it also houses a functional conference center on the third floor that is used for numerous campus and community events.

Swain Hall

Swain Hall houses the Department of Teacher Education and Human Performance.

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center houses activity courts for basketball, volleyball, floor hockey and other activities. It also contains space for fitness classes, weight lifting, cardio equipment, spinning classes, intramural sports, personal training, student dances, and other student activities.