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Mayville State University

Mayville State University
Established 1889
Type Public
President Gary Hagen
Academic staff
61 (37 full time)
Administrative staff
Students 825[1]
Location Mayville, North Dakota, USA
Campus Urban 301 acres (1.22 km2)
Athletics 6 varsity teams
Nickname Comets
Affiliations NAIA
Dakota Athletic Conference

Mayville State University (MSU or MaSU) is a public institution of higher learning in Mayville, North Dakota, United States, part of the North Dakota University System.

The university has an attendance of 449[2] full-time students. The school athletic teams are called the Comets. The president is Dr. Gary Hagen.


  • History 1
  • Athletics 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Old Main, Mayville State University

Founded as a Legislative Assembly.

Classes began in 1889, with funds for the current Old Main a building provided by the Second Legislative Assembly in early 1891, where classes were initially held in 1894. In 1926, the State Board of Higher Education authorized Mayville State to grant a Bachelor of Arts in Education. The Mayville Normal School thus became a teacher's college, providing general education and offering a four-year degree. Successive additions strengthened the curriculum; and as enrollment grew, new buildings appeared.

In 1948, the B.A. in Education became a B.S. in Education and the first non-teaching Bachelor of Arts was offered in 1961. In 1973 and 1982, the college established programs in business administration and computer studies respectively. In the early 1980s, the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of General Studies became available. The present name, Mayville State University, was approved by the legislature in 1987.

On April 9, 2010, the university broke ground on "the first state funded building in more than 40 years". The university will be remodeling Agassiz Hall women's dormitory which will cost around $3.4 million converting it into a residence hall with apartments and suites. The university will also be remodeling the Science/Library building and adding 14,000-square-foot (1,300 m2) addition which will cost around $5 million.[3]


Mayville State teams, nicknamed athletically as the Comets, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing as an Independent of the Association of Independent Institutions (AII). Mayville State will be a charter member of the North Star Athletic Association in the 2013-14 school year. The Comets formerly competed in the now-defunct Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball and football; while women's sports include basketball, cheerleading, softball and volleyball.

The Mayville State University Comets finished runner-up at the NAIA Division II Men's Basketball National Tournament in 2007. This is the only men's basketball team in North Dakota history to play in a national collegiate championship game.

The Mayville State University Comets baseball program is coached by G. Scott Berry, who is a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame. He is the school's all-time wins leader and a 37-time DAC Coach of the Year.


  1. ^ North Dakota University System
  2. ^ NDUS Fall 2008 Enrollment Report
  3. ^ [2]

External links

  • Mayville State University website
  • Mayville State University athletics website

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