University of Southern Minnesota(Rochester): In 1983, legislators from Rochester ask Govenor Rudy Perpich into creating a university for the city. Controversially, the govenor and the legislature opt to merge Mankato and Winona State Universities along with the teaching portion of the Mayo Clinic at a new site in suburban Rochester.
Starts in Division II North Central, but moves up to Division IAA Missouri Valley Conference/Gateway or Mid Continent/Great West at the same time as North Dakota State and South Dakota State.
Collegeville University(Collegeville, MN): New name of St. John's University and College of St. Benedict's after 1987 merger.
Division II Northern Sun or NAIA Heartland Conference
University of Western Minnesota(Morris): 1990 merger of University of Minnesota, Morris; University of Minnesota, Waseca and Southwest State University(Marshall).
Division IAA Missouri Valley/Gateway
By legislative action in 1992, University of Minnesota, Duluth becomes University of Eastern Minnesota, University of Minnesota, Crookston becomes University of Northern Minnesota and St. Cloud State University becomes University of Central Minnesota.
Northfield University(Northfield, MN): Rival colleges Carleton and St. Olaf merge in 1997 and take the name of the city of Northfield. Name changed to Paul Wellstone University in 2003.
Division II Northern Sun or North Central conference
Mankato University: Name change of Gustavus Adolphus College after moving from New Ulm to Mankato in 1998(Campus is old Mankato State University).