We are looking for engaged students, not numbers. Our place. Our legacy. Our vision. Your destination.
At Minot State University, we focus on the success and quality of each student. We invite you to join Minot State's graduating class of 2018 by applying to our premier institution in the "great" Great Plains.
First Year Student Admission Standards
Minimum of 17 Composite ACT (810 SAT) AND a 2.0 Cumulative GPA
Transfer Student Admission Standards
Minimum of 24 completed semester credits with a 2.0 cumulative GPA (transfer students who do not have 24 completed semester credits will be required to submit high school and/or test score information)
Students who apply to MSU and do not meet the minimum admission requirements above will have the unique opportunity of enrolling in courses through Dakota College at Bottineau (DCB) on MSU's campus.
Note: All applicants are encouraged to apply even if they do not meet one of the above admission requirements or have incomplete core courses. Some students may qualify for Minot Stateís Enhanced Success program or Passport program. MSUís Admission Exemption Committee will assess additional criteria for students who do not meet one of the requirements. Enrollment provisions will be determined upon admission.
High School Core Requirements
NDUS Policy 402.2 states that admission to 4-year institutions requires completion of a specific high school curriculum* of:
- English (4 units**) Including the development of written and oral communication skills
- Laboratory Science (3 units) Including at least one unit each in two or more of the following: biology, chemistry, physics, or physical science
- Mathematics (3 units) Algebra 1 and above, excluding business, consumer, and general mathematics
- Social Studies (3 units) Excluding consumer education, cooperative marketing, orientation to social science, and marriage/family
* Only required of first-year students (U.S. only) under the age of 25 on the first day of class
** One (1) unit is equivalent to one (1) year
GED Applicant Admissions Requirements
- Completed online application for admission and the $35 non-refundable processing fee.
- A copy of the General Education Development (GED) certificate and test results. Students must have an overall average 450 and no score lower than 410 on any subparts in order to be considered for admission.
- Official results of the American College Testing (ACT) with a composite score of 17 or higher or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a combined score of 810 or higher. If you are at least 25 years of age on the first day of class, ACT or SAT scores are not needed. NOTE: If you have not yet taken the ACT or plan to have scores sent to Minot State University, our ACT code number is 3214. Our SAT code is 6479.
- Proof of two doses of immunization for measles, mumps, and rubella.
Freshman students who completed high school prior to 1993 are exempt from the high school core curriculum requirements. All international students (including Canadian students) are exempt from the high school core curriculum requirements. Students with questions on the college prep requirements and policies should contact the Enrollment Services Office at 701-858-3350 or 800-777-0750 ext. 3350.
Developmental Course Requirements
- All students attending a North Dakota public university with ACT English subtest scores of 17 or lower (SAT Writing 420 or lower) and/or ACT Math subtest scores of 20 or lower (SAT Math 500 or lower) are required to complete a developmental course(s).
- If you are over age 25, do not have ACT/SAT test scores, or feel your current ACT or SAT score(s) is not an accurate measure of your ability and would like the opportunity to improve your placement, you should take the COMPASS exam. If you score high enough on the exam you may bypass the developmental course(s) and save yourself time and money! Students should contact the MSU Testing Center at 701-858-3990 or visit www.minotstateu.edu/cel to find more information regarding the COMPASS exam. Remember that you will have the opportunity to take this exam when you come for CONNECT Orientation. If you would like to take it outside of orientation, you may schedule a test time by contacting the MSU Testing Center.
Home Educated Students
The following guidelines for specific home-educated admission policies are patterned after the recommended criteria suggested by the National Center for Home Education.
Home Educated applicants to Minot State University shall submit, in addition to the application for admission, application fee, and immunization records:
- Curriculum description or transcript showing the following:
- Specific listing of classes completed by the student, identified and/or separated by class levelsMSU may request a course syllabus or detailed description of course content
- Clear identification of those courses which meet the North Dakota University System College Preparatory Requirements
- Key explaining grading system, and successful completion of coursework
- Date of studentís graduation/completion of plan of study
- Signature of parent/instructor
- Identification of any other private or public high school the student has attended
- Diploma/Certificate issued by the local school district in which the student resides if the district provides such a document
- ACT composite score of 17 or higher; or SAT combined score of 810 or higher
New Admissions Standards for Fall 2015 Entering Class
The North Dakota University Systemís Pathways to Student Success plan establishes a set of admissions standards for the public post-secondary institutions. Our goal is to have a more efficient and transparent system of public higher education while making students educational goals our highest priorities. Students applying for the fall of 2015 will be the first class admitted under the new admissions guidelines.