If you have graduated from high school or completed the GED and not yet attended a post-secondary institution, you are classified as a freshman in the admission process. You are also classified as a freshman if you have attended a post-secondary institution while still in high school.
Students who have graduated from high school or completed the GED and who have not attended a post-secondary institution since completing their high school education are classified as freshmen in the admission process. Students who may have attended post-secondary institutions while still in high school are also classified as freshmen in the admission process. International/non-immigrants: see International Students/Non-immigrant Admissions.
Applying for admission and financial aid are two separate procedures. Prospective students MUST complete the appropriate applications for each office. Freshman applicants are required to submit the following to the Office of Admissions:
Applicants should request that their high school send an official transcript to the Admissions Office at the time of application. Students must also have a final transcript sent after graduation. FAX (facsimile) copies are not considered official. If transcripts are not in the same name as the application (due to a legal name change), it is the responsibility of the applicant to have the name corrected on the transcripts so that the application and transcripts can be matched. Students wishing to begin classes in the fall are encouraged to apply for admission as early as the previous fall. Once the application is complete, notification of the decision will be mailed within two weeks.
High school graduation or the GED and the following qualifications are necessary for admission to MSUM. Applicants not meeting these criteria are reviewed on an individual basis.
Appeals. View an appeal form and find out how to appeal a denial of admission.
Applying to Minnesota State University Moorhead is easy. You can submit your application online or by mail. We encourage you to apply for admission as soon as possible---preferably a year before the semester you plan to attend. The earlier you apply, the higher your scholarship and housing priority, (which you will need to apply for separately).
We will review your admission as soon as all of the following materials have been received in the Office of Admissions:
Please note that you must request that your high school send an official transcript to the MSU Moorhead Office of Admissions at the time of application; you also must have a final transcript sent after graduation. Transcripts send by fax cannot be accepted. If transcripts are not in the same name as the application because of a legal name change, you must have the name on the transcripts corrected so that the names on the application and transcripts match.
The financial aid application process consists of several steps. At each step we may ask for information or additional documentation. The entire process can take 6-12 weeks. Please keep this in mind and respond to any requests promptly. The information listed below is a summary of the steps in the financial aid application process.
STEP 1: Apply and be accepted for admission to MSUM in a degree program as early as possible, or be a continuing student in good standing
STEP 2: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for all types of financial aid (i.e., loans, grants, Work Study)
STEP 3: Receive your Student Aid Report (SAR)
STEP 4: Additional Documents
STEP 5: Receive Official Award Notice
STEP 6: Apply for Alternative Loans, if necessary
STEP 7: Disbursement of your aid
Once you’ve been accepted at MSU Moorhead, your next step is to register for classes. We make registration easy with Dragon Registration Day, a required one-day program in which you’ll:
Sign up for a Dragon Registration Day
Guests are welcome to attend! Be sure to bring your parents and guests so they can learn more about MSU Moorhead. They’ll attend a program designed specifically for them.
Please plan for a full day of activities from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You’ll receive additional information about scheduled events, parking and a map to campus two weeks before your Dragon Registration Day. If you’ve taken any classes for college credit while in high school, bring a copy of your transcripts to ensure that we create the right academic plan for you.
If you’re looking for accommodations while visiting the Fargo-Moorhead area, please visit www.fargomoorhead.org for hotel/motel information and options.
To ensure that you make a successful transition to MSU Moorhead, be sure you’re able to check the following activities off your to-do list:
Orientation is a four-day program that can help you become acquainted with campus, meet new friends and make smooth transition into college life. Typically held before classes begin, Orientation provides an outstanding opportunity for you to meet with academic advisors, faculty advisors and peer advisors and become familiar with faculty and staff. You’ll be able to tour campus, learn more about financial aid, discover ways to get involved in campus activities—and even get your student ID (if you haven’t already).
Attendance isn’t mandatory, but Orientation is a great way to kick-start your academic career. Learn more about Orientation.