Writing Standards: Addresses and University Locations

General Information


  • How do I appropriately refer to the different university locations?

  • What are the approved addresses for each Metropolitan State location?


  • The full name of the university, Metropolitan State University, should be used in all headlines and for the initial reference to the university in body text. Subsequent references to the university should be Metropolitan State. The university is also an acceptable reference, but only if it is abundantly clear in the text which university you are referring to. In some marketing and less formal contexts, Metro State can be used as a subsequent reference, though this is not preferred.

  • In accordance with the Higher Learning Commission, only the main Saint Paul location can be considered a campus. All other Metropolitan State University locations would be referred to as a center or location (ex. Minneapolis location or Midway Center).

  • There are four university locations that may need to be specifically referenced on occasion:
    • Saint Paul Campus (main)
    • Midway Center
    • Minneapolis location (Management Education Center, or MEC)
    • Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Center (LECJEC)
  • The Saint Paul Campus consists of multiple buildings that may also need to be specifically referred to from time-to-time:
    • Founders Hall
    • New Main
    • St. John's Hall
    • Library and Learning Center
    • Fine Arts Building
    • Student Center
    • Jason R. Carter Science Education Center
    • Parking Ramp


  • Metropolitan State University's official mailing addresses include the zip-plus-four code. The correct campus addresses are:

Metropolitan State University
Saint Paul Campus
700 East Seventh Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106-5000

Metropolitan State University
Midway Center
1450 Energy Park Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55108-5218

Metropolitan State University
1501 Hennepin Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403-1897

Metropolitan State University
Midway Center-Energy Park Place
1380  Energy Lane
Saint Paul, MN 55108

  • Use the abbreviations Ave., Blvd. and St. only with a numbered address where space is tight. Spell them out and capitalize when part of a formal street name without a number: Seventh Street and Maria Avenue. Lowercase and spell out when used alone or with more than one street name: University and Snelling avenues.

  • Words like alley, drive, road and terrace are always spelled out in text. Abbreviations are acceptable when used in mailing addresses. Capitalize them when part of a formal name without a number; lowercase when used alone or with two or more names: Pinewood Drive, down the alley, Fort and Century roads.

  • Always use figures for the number of a building in an address: 9 Morningside Circle. Spell out and capitalize first through ninth when used as street names; use figures with two letters for 10th and above: 7 Fifth Avenue, 100 21st Street.

  • Abbreviate compass points used to indicate directional ends of a street or quadrants of a city in a numbered address: 222 E. 42nd St., N., E., SE, NW. Do not abbreviate if the building number is omitted-East 42nd Street, or if the direction forms part of a name-East River Road. Spell out East in the university's address.

  • State, federal and interstate highways are designated by numerals: U.S. 169; Interstate 494, but on second reference, I-494; and Highway 36, with second reference as Hwy. 36.

  • Locations also provides addresses for each campus along with maps and addresses of additional buildings on the Saint Paul Campus.
  • Saint Paul Campus building addresses include:

Library and Learning Center (LIB)
645 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106

Parking Ramp
400 Maria Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55106

Jason R. Carter Science Education Center
664 East Sixth Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106

Student Center
690 East Seventh Street, Saint Paul, MN 55106


Article ID: 49670
Tue 3/6/18 2:27 PM
Fri 3/9/18 1:52 PM