Campus Buildings


Offices of the President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Vice President for Student Affairs, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Associate Vice President for Graduate/Online/Distance and Continuing Ed, Director of Academic Assessment, and Center for Extended Learning, Business Office, Registrar’s Office, Academic and Institutional Projects, Financial Aid, University Communications, Enrollment Services/Admissions, Dakota College at Bottineau, and Human Resources are housed here. Also included are three Interactive Video Network (IVN) studios located on the third floor.


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 Amphitheater in 1988, the observatory houses a 16-inch diameter Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope used primarily by astronomy students. It is open for viewing on specified evenings.

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 has lockers, showers, classrooms, and offices, plus other use areas. A seasonal air-supported bubble next to the dome enables the turf to be utilized for a number of additional events such as weekend tournaments in youth, adult and collegiate soccer and softball, and non-tournament usage such as MSU softball, soccer, baseball and football, area schools soccer, softball, baseball, football, public walking and jogging, community events, Minot Recreation Commission activities, a golf driving range, and much more.

Facilities Management

This building is the base of operations for campus maintenance, custodial, carpentry, electrical, heating and cooling, motor pool, security and horticulture.

Hartnett Hall

The administrative offices of the College 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 theater for lectures, recitals, and theater productions and an art gallery displaying works of nationally recognized, contemporary American artists are also housed there, as well as the office of the Red and Green (student newspaper) and a computer lab.

Gordon B. Olson Library

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. The lower level of the Library houses the Northwest Arts Center, Walter Piehl Gallery, the Native American Artifact Collection and the Academic Support Center which offers many services to ensure the success of our students. These include tutoring, advising, writing assistance, access services, career planning assistance, Starfish and POWER program.

Memorial Hall

In 1996, Memorial Hall was remodeled and expanded. It houses the Rural Crime and Justice Center, five academic departments, the Graduate School, and the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities. The five departments located in Memorial Hall are communication disorders; special education; criminal justice; nursing; and addiction studies/psychology/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, and the Divisions of Music and Social Science. It also houses the office of Information Technology and the Severson Entrepreneurship Academy. Ann Nicole Nelson Hall provides facilities for the performing arts with a seating capacity for 950.

Residence Halls

Cook Hall

Cook Hall is the largest residence hall on campus. This hall is co-ed by floor and provides a lively atmosphere which entices students to create life-long friends. Also in Cook Hall is the Wellness Living and Learning Community, which is designed to engage students through the 8 Dimensions of Wellness.

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. There are also full kitchens, laundry facilities, and recreational lounges are present on every floor.The hall accommodates 88 students.

Dakota Hall

Dakota Hall is the most historic residence hall on campus, as it was built in 1931. This hall is co-ed by floor and its amenities include microwave access, laundry facilities, and recreational lounges on every floor, community-style bathrooms, and kitchens on the third and fourth floors. Residence Life/Housing and the Veterans Center are located on the lower level.

Lura Manor

Lura Manor is a co-ed, gender inclusive suite-style residence hall where two rooms share a bathroom facility. There are also study nooks, recreational lounges, and microwave access on every floor, a kitchenette, and three laundry facilities throughout the building.The Student Health Center and University Counseling are located on the lower level.

McCulloch Hall

McCulloch Hall is a co-ed residence hall by floor, and located near the Student Center. McCulloch Hall’s amenities include a large laundry facility, community-style bathrooms, microwave access on every floor, two recreational lounges, and a kitchenette. 

Campus Apartments

Campus Heights Apartments

There are thirty student apartments in Campus Heights, two of which are designed for accessibility. Each floor has four two-bedroom apartments and six efficiency apartments. The efficiency apartments do not have a separate bedroom. Campus Heights apartments are unfurnished except for stove, refrigerator and drapes.

Pioneer Hall

Pioneer Hall features 40 one-bedroom apartments for married students, four of which are designed for accessibility. Priority for assignment in Pioneer Hall is for students over the age of 21 that are married. Pioneer apartments are unfurnished except for stove, refrigerator, and drapes.

Student Center (SC)

The Student Center is located at the heart of the Minot State University campus. A campus information center/post office/central receiving/parking office at the east end of the Student Center greets 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, an electronic shuffleboard, a 20-foot big-screen TV, plasma TVs, soft furniture and a fireplace.

Newly remodeled offices for the Student Government Association were located near the Beaver Dam during the project. The offices of the Student Center director, and student activities coordinator, are located nearby.

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, and Starbucks are located on the second floor.

The Student Center also houses the Multicultural Center, Native American Cultural Center, and the offices of International Programs, Advancement, Alumni and 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

Renovated and re-opened in 2010, it 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.