Admission Process

Nestled amidst the lakes, forests, and scenic landscapes of Minnesota are the 33 state colleges and universities of Minnesota State.

More than 300,000 students choose your state colleges and universities each year, creating a brighter future to become the talent needed for Minnesota businesses and communities to grow and prosper. Minnesota State offers thousands of superior academic programs at the lowest tuition in the state.

Next Steps:

  1. Learn more about Minnesota State. Click around this website, order a free guidebook, or ask us questions about your 26 state colleges and 7 state universities. 
  2. Contact the campuses you are most interested to schedule a tour (including virtual tours) and/or to receive more information (including specific admission requirements).

    Each of the 26 colleges has an open admissions policy, meaning you need only have a high school diploma or GED to enroll. If you do not have a high school diploma or GED, you may qualify to be admitted through an approved Ability to Benefit test and may apply to enroll in a career pathway program.

    The seven universities will generally accept you as a first-year student if you graduated in the top half of your high school class, received a combined score of 1,000 or higher on the SAT, or scored 21 or higher on the ACT. Some universities may have slightly different admissions requirements. If you do not meet the minimum admission requirements, you may be considered under special circumstances.

    International students, visit the International Students webpage for specific information related to your application process. Veterans and services members, visit Resources for Veterans and Service Members for information about military credit transfer, transcript, education benefits, and policies. 
  3. Submit your application online or you may complete an application on campus if you need assistance.

    The 26 colleges generally accept applications up until the start of the new semester and the seven state universities typically accept applications in the fall. The application fee for each college or university range from no charge to $20. Contact the campuses regarding any special application requirements and/or application fees or promotions. 
  4. Apply for financial aid by accessing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Also look for scholarship opportunities by contacting the campus you plan to attend.
  5. To help you plan, review the academic calendar of the college or university you wish to attend and get to know the staff who can assist you throughout your time on campus. They can help schedule your placements tests, orientation, classes, and more.  

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

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