Admissions Requirements

Freshman Checklist

  1. Submit application and pay the $35 USD application fee
  2. Submit an in progress high school transcript or a final, official transcript if already graduated.
  3. Recommended: Submit official ACT or SAT test results.

Freshman Student Admission Standards


Cumulative GPA
(on a 4.0 scale)

ACT (composite) or  
SAT*  (total) Score


Admission Decision



21+ ACT
1060+ SAT





20 ACT
1020-1050 SAT





19 ACT
980-1010 SAT





18 ACT
940-970 SAT





17 ACT
900-930 SAT





17+ ACT
920+ SAT


Admitted with provision

*If you took the SAT test before March 2016, the minimum SAT score required is 820.

*Additional High School Core Class Requirements
(A credit typically represents one year of study.)

Minimum Preparation
Subject Minimum Preparation Average preparation of an admitted first year Minot State applicant


including the development of written and oral communication

4 credits 4.04 credits


including Algebra 1 and above, excluding business, consumer, and general mathematics

3 credits 3.43 credits

Laboratory Science

including at least one unit each in two or more of the following: biology, chemistry, physics, or physical science.

3 credits 3.67 credits

Social Studies/History

including history and psychology, excluding consumer education courses

3 credits 3.53 credits

Foreign Language

No requirements 1.6 credits

Total Courses

13 credits 16 credits

*Freshman students who completed high school prior to 1993 are exempt from the high school core curriculum requirements. If you are at least 25 years of age on the first day of class, ACT or SAT scores are not needed.

  1. Curriculum description or transcript showing the following:
    1. Specific listing of classes completed by the student, identified and/or separated by class levels - Minot State 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
    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
    7. Diploma/Certificate issued by the local school district in which the student resides if the district provides such a document
  2. Recommended: Official results of the American College Testing (ACT) OR the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
    1. ACT School Code: 3214
    2. SAT School Code: 6479

Transfer students must have completed at least 24 credits and earned a 2.0 GPA to transfer to Minot State. The following is required to review the applicants file:

  1. If currently attending another college/university, an official in-progress transcript.
  2. Final, official transcripts from all other post-secondary schools previously attended. Transcripts must be sent directly from your school(s) to the Enrollment Services Office.

If transferring fewer than 24 semester credits

  • Applicants must to submit your high school academic records.
  • Make sure you meet the dual credit admission requirements:
    • High school G.P.A of 3.0 or higher
    • To enroll in English classes: ACT English section sub-score of 18 or higher or a higher placement test.
    • To enroll in math classes: ACT Math section sub-score of 21 or higher or a higher placement test.
  • Speak with your high school principal or guidance counselor regarding Early Entry (Dual Credit) courses offered at your high school.
  • If you wish to enroll in classes on campus at Minot State contact the Dual Credit Coordinator to discuss course options and the enrollment process.
  • Complete the online Minot State admission application include $35 nonrefundable application fee (first semester only)
  • Complete Early Entry (Dual Credit) Enrollment Form including parent and high school administrator signature.

For more information about Dual Credit/Early Entry at Minot State, please contact:

Amy Woodbeck Amy Woodbeck
Dual Credit Coordinator, Center for Extended Learning
Administration Building, Room 354