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Admission Standards

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First Year Student Admission Standards

Composite Score
 Cumulative GPA
(on a 4.0 scale)
Admission Decision
22-36 ACT
(1020-1600 SAT1)
OR 3.25 Admitted
20-21 ACT
(940-1010 SAT)
AND 2.0-3.249 Admitted with Provision A2
18-19 ACT
(860-930 SAT)
AND 3.0-3.249 Admitted with Provision B3
18-19 ACT
(860-930 SAT)
AND 2.0-2.99 Admitted with 15 credit limit Provision B w/ Enhanced Success/POWER support4
17 ACT
(820-850 SAT)
AND 2.0-3.249 Admitted with 15 credit limit (Provision B) w/ Enhanced Success/POWER support
16 ACT and below
(820 and below SAT)
AND 1.99 and below Admitted to Passport Program5 in conjunction with Dakota College at Bottineau

1 SAT Composite calculated using SAT Critical Reading + SAT Mathematics scores
2 Admitted with 17 credit limit for first semester
3 Admitted with 15 credit limit for first semester
4 Admitted with the requirement of participating in either our Enhanced Success Program (ESP) or POWER Program

Enhanced Success Program
Minot State University has introduced the Enhanced Success Program, which is designed to give students direct assistance and support during their first year of enrollment. The Enhanced Success Program is a collaborative program with services provided by the Center for Engaged Teaching and Learning and the Student Success Center. Students will meet regularly with their academic advisor, attend three Student Success Workshops per semester, and participate in a First Year Experience Learning Community.
POWER Program
College presents unique concerns for many students. Sometimes the secrets to college success have not been shared and TRIO is here to help students discover their potential as a successful individual. TRIO Student Support Services is a federally funded program through the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of our program is to help students achieve academic, personal, and professional success. We offer one-on-one tutoring, academic advising, career exploration, financial aid and budgeting education, seminars and workshops to help promote better study skills and ward off test anxiety, referrals to other resources on campus, and also provide motivation to keep students involved and engaged. Students qualify if they are a resident of the United States, a full-time student, and are working towards a bachelor’s degree from MSU AND meet the criteria for a least one of the following:
  • The student is a first generation college student (neither parent nor guardian has received a four-year degree).
  • The student is income eligible (family income is at or below federally determined guidelines).
  • The student has a documented disability.
Passport Program 5
A program designed for students who do not meet the minimum admission requirements. These students have the unique opportunity to attend DCB on MSU's campus, complete 24 semester credits in good standing and seamlessly transfer to MSU upon credit completion.

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 State’s Enhanced Success program or Passport program. MSU’s Admission Exemption Committee will assess additional criteria for students who do not meet one of the requirements. Enrollment provisions will be determined upon admission.

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)

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

  1. Completed online application for admission and the $35 non-refundable processing fee.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 820 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.
  4. 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
Developmental courses are required as prerequisites for higher level English and Math courses, they do not count as credit toward graduation, and they do not impact college GPA. Students in developmental courses must earn a "C" or higher in order to take the next level course. The developmental courses qualify for Financial Aid.

What Scores Require Developmental Courses?

  • An ACT English score of 17 or lower or SAT Writing of 420 or lower
        *If age 25 or older at the start of the term or if transferring 24 or more credits you are exempt from the English developmental requirement
  • An ACT Math score of 20 or lower or SAT Math score of 510 or lower

What should I do next?
If you feel your current ACT or SAT score(s) is not an accurate measure of your ability, you will want to consider taking the COMPASS (Math/English Placement) exam. If you do not have an ACT/SAT score, you are required to take this exam. You will have the opportunity to take the COMPASS exam when you come to CONNECT Orientation; however, if you would like to take the exam in advance, you may schedule an appointment by contacting the MSU Testing Center at 701-858-3990.

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:

  1. Curriculum description or transcript showing the following:
    1. Specific listing of classes completed by the student, identified and/or separated by class levels—MSU may request a course syllabus or detailed description of course content
    2. Clear identification of those courses which meet the North Dakota University System College Preparatory Requirements
    3. Key explaining grading system, and successful completion of coursework
    4. Date of student’s graduation/completion of plan of study
    5. Signature of parent/instructor
    6. Identification of any other private or public high school the student has attended
  2. Diploma/Certificate issued by the local school district in which the student resides if the district provides such a document
  3. ACT composite score of 17 or higher; or SAT combined score of 820 or higher