Prospective Undergraduate Students

Choosing the right college or university is a crucial step towards building a successful future. Minnesota State has 33 colleges and universities across Minnesota to choose from. Whether you're looking for a small college in the deep woods, or a big university in the city — Minnesota State has something that will fit you just right.

Although each campus is unique, all of our colleges and universities believe in empowering our students to become the leaders of tomorrow. With diverse and inclusive campus communities, top-notch facilities, and dedicated staff and faculty, we offer an extraordinary education with exceptional value.


With such a wide variety of colleges and universities, we're sure to have a program that fits you just right. Our academic programs are designed to ignite your curiosity, expand your knowledge, and prepare you for a successful future. Whether you dream of exploring the mysteries of science, delving into the depths of literature, or shaping the world through technology, we have a program that will inspire your passion.

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Student Resources

We know Minnesota State students have complex lives — that's why we have put a focus on supporting the student as a whole. We're dedicated to providing you with all the tools and support you need to succeed during your time at Minnesota State. Whether that's basic needs support, or open education resources, our campuses have your back.

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Student Life

Your journey as a student goes beyond the classrooms and textbooks — it's a time of self-discovery, growth, and building lifelong friendships. Our campuses are hubs of exciting opportunities and unforgettable experiences, designed to make your time here truly remarkable. Choosing a Minnesota State college or university means you have access to a vibrant social scene on and off campus. Get involved with student government or be part of Students United or LeadMN. Check out the variety of student life clubs, organizations, and events on each of the campuses.

Credit for Prior Learning and PSEO

Credit for prior learning is academic credit that is awarded to students who can successfully demonstrate college or university-level learning achieved through informal or experiential learning outside of the classroom. You could have your learning evaluated for academic credit, saving you time and money towards earning your degree. Find out by contacting your advisor. Advisors and many faculty play a role in helping you recognize and identify your learning that might have potential for college-level assessment.

Minnesota State colleges and universities may have different guidelines and processes for granting credit for your prior learning through standardized CLEP examinations, military training or service, Advanced Placement exams, International Baccalaureate diplomas, and (in some cases) college course credit by examinations, individualized assessments, portfolio reviews, or competence demonstrations. Our Veterans Education Transfer System (VETS) shows how many academic credits you can receive for military occupations prior to admissions.

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) are college courses offered to high school students. The courses are taught by college or university faculty and allow students to earn both high school and college credit for successfully completing the course. Contact your local state college or university for eligibility requirements and information.

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Use our online application

Our online application allows you to apply to one or several Minnesota State colleges or universities.

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