Mari State University was founded in 1972.
The academic year begins on September 1 (or on the first working day of September). Lectures and classes are held six days a week according to the time-table.
Today Mari State University consists of 6 faculties and 5 institutes that train well-educated specialists for most sectors of the Russian national economy. Mari State University is one of the five founder members of the International Association of Finno-Ugric universities, one of the forty-one members of Russia’s Association of Classical Universities.
Mari State University plays a key role in training qualified specialists. Education is carried out in 55 areas and 3 specialities. More than 8,000 students study at the university. Around 2,500 students live in halls of residence.
The teaching staff includes about 100 doctors of sciences and professors and 400 candidates of sciences and associate professors. The University campus comprises 7 educational buildings and 8 halls of residence and occupies a total area of 128 000 m2.In Mari State University there is an effective feedback system which helps the university authorities to take into account the students’ opinions about important decision-making. About 100 contracts with future employers have been concluded; the University is broadening and strengthening relations with its strategic partners, such as "Sberbank of Russia", the "Akashevo" company, "Marbiofarm" and others, which provides major opportunities for the job placement of students and graduates of Mari State University.