• Freshmen Admission


  • Freshmen

    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.

  • Freshman Admission Requirements

    Freshman Admission

    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.

    Freshman Application Procedures

    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:

    • Application for Admission
    • $20 non-refundable Application Fee
    • Official High School Transcript or Official GED Scores
    • ACT or SAT scores

    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.

    Freshman Admission Requirements

    High school graduation or the GED and the following qualifications are necessary for automatic admission to MSUM.

    1. A composite ACT score of 21 or higher
      A composite ACT score of 17-21 (inclusive) and either:
      • A high school class rank at the 50th percentile or higher, or
      • A high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

    2. Complete Preparation Standards as described below. New entering freshmen who have met preparation standards for university admission in their respective states will be deemed to have met Minnesota preparation standards.
      • 4 years of English (including composition and literature)
      • 3 years of mathematics (two years of algebra, of which one is intermediate or advanced algebra, and one year of geometry)
      • 3 years of science (at least one year of a biological and a physical science and at least one course including significant laboratory experiences)
      • 3 years of social studies (including American history and at least one course that includes significant emphasis on geography)
      • 2 years of world language
      • 1 year of world culture or the arts 

    Students who do not meet the requirements for automatic admission will still be considered for admission under our individual review process. Under individual review, a student’s application is evaluated based on the strength of the student’s high school academic record. Additional information may be requested before an admission decision is rendered.

    Students who are denied admission have the opportunity to appeal the decision by completing the Admission Appeal Form.


    How to Apply

    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:

    • Application for admission
    • $20 non-refundable application fee
    • High school transcript
    • ACT or SAT scores

    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.



    Once you’ve been accepted at MSU Moorhead, your next step is to register for classes. We make registration easy with New Student Orientation, a required one-day program in which you’ll:

    • Meet with faculty and student advisors
    • Register for your classes
    • Receive your MSU Moorhead photo ID
    • Get answers to your financial aid questions
    • Tour campus, visit residence halls and learn about courses and student services

    Sign up for New Student Orientation


    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 New Student Orientation. 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.



    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.