Freshman Admission Requirements

Are you ready to be a Dragon? We’re ready for you to join us! This is the place to get started on your admission to MSU Moorhead. Our automatic admission requirements are pretty straightforward, but if you have any questions, please contact your Admissions Representative or the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Automatic Admission Requirements

High school graduation or completion of the GED and one the following are needed to be automatically admitted to MSU Moorhead:

  • Cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) OR
  • Rank in the Top 50% of your high school class OR
  • Achieve a 21 or higher composite score on the ACT (SAT score equivalent: 1060)

College Preparation Standards

Students graduating from high school in the previous 3 years are subject to preparation requirements. Students missing a preparation standard may still be admissible, but may be advised to make up the respective deficiencies within the first year of enrollment. 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

How do I apply to MSUM?

Don’t Meet Automatic Admission Requirements?

If you don’t meet the automatic freshman admission requirements, we strongly encourage you to apply anyway. Academic aptitude is more than test scores and high school rank, so your admission will be considered under our individual review process.

The Admissions Committee will individually review your application if you have a composite ACT score of 17-20 (SAT score equivalent: 900-1050) and a GPA of 2.70-2.99. We will evaluate the strength of your high school academic record and may request additional information, such as an updated transcript, before an admission decision is made.

Students Denied Admission

Sometimes life simply gets in the way. If you are denied admission, we encourage you to appeal the decision to help us put your life circumstances in perspective. Please fill out the appropriate Admission Appeal form.

Undergraduate Applicants Seeking Consideration by the Appeals Committee

*You will need to login with your MSUM Self Service Center login. Utilize the "Forgot Username/Password?" option if needed, or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 218.477.2161 with problems.