Campus Buildings


Offices of the President, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Administration and Finance, Vice President for Student Affairs,  Vice President for Enrollment, Marketing and Outreach, Director of Academic Assessment, Center for Extended Learning, Business Office, Registrar’s Office, Academic and Institutional Projects, Financial Aid, Enrollment Services/Admissions, Dakota College at Bottineau, International Programs, Marketing, Design and Print Services, Graduate School, and Human Resources are housed here. Also included are two 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. 

Dakota Hall

Dakota Hall is the most historic residence hall on campus, built in 1931. It is located to the south of the Student Center.


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 School of Arts and 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 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 five academic departments, and the North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities. The five departments located in Memorial Hall are communication sciences and 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. The Military Resource Center is also located in Model Hall.

Old Main

This first building on campus underwent a $8.6 million remodel between 2001-2003. It provides classroom and office space for the School of Business, and the Divisions of Performing Arts and Social Science. It also houses the office of Information Technology, Honors Program, Looyenga Leadership Center, 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 can accommodate 187 students. It is located on the east side of campus. Its amenities include cardlock entry, internet, kitchen, microwaves on each floor, community style bathrooms, free laundry facilities and a large lounge with a TV, pool table, and table tennis.

Crane Hall

Crane Hall is a modern co-ed residence hall with suite-style housing, where two rooms share a bathroom. The hall is coed by suite and can accommodate 88 students. Amenities include full kitchens, free laundry facilities, and recreational lounges on every floor.

Lura Manor

Lura Manor is a co-ed suite style residence hall and can accommodate 144 students. Other amenities include study nooks, recreational lounges, microwave access on every floor, a few kitchen options, and free laundry facilities throughout the building.

Located on the lower level are The Student Health Center and University Counseling.

McCulloch Hall

McCulloch Hall is a co-ed by floor residence hall that can accommodate 154 students. It is located very near the Student Center. Amenities include free laundry facilities, community-style bathrooms, a kitchenette, microwave access on every floor, and two recreational lounges with a TV, a pool table, and table tennis.

Campus Apartments

Campus Heights Apartments

There are 30 student apartments in Campus Heights, two of which are designed for accessibility. Each floor has four two-bedroom apartments and six studio apartments. Campus Heights apartments are unfurnished except for stove, refrigerator, and drapes. Amenities include cardlock access to the building and coin operated laundry facilities.

Pioneer Hall

Pioneer Hall features 40 one-bedroom apartments for students, four of which are designed for accessibility. Pioneer apartments are unfurnished except for stove, refrigerator, and drapes. Amenities include cardlock access to the building and coin operated laundry facilities.

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.

Offices for the Student Government Association are located near the Beaver Dam. The offices of the Student Center Director, Student Activities Coordinator, and Residence Life are located nearby, as well as meeting space for student clubs and organizations.

Other amenities in the Student Center include laptop computer stations, a convenience store, 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 Native American Cultural Center, and the offices of Advancement, Alumni, University Communications, the campus post office, men's and women's wrestling floor and lockers, the Flat Tail Press Art Gallery, 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

Swain Hall is named in honor of Carl Swain, the fourth president of MSU. Swain Hall houses the Department of Teacher Education and Kinesiology with program options in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Physical Education, Athletic Training and Corporate Fitness.

Wellness Center

The Wellness Center houses activity courts for basketball, volleyball, floor hockey and other activities. It also contains space for fitness classes, weightlifting, cardio equipment, spinning classes, intramural sports, personal training, student dances, and other student activities. Campus ministries and the campus food pantry are also housed in the Wellness Center.