How Do I Become A Dragon?

  • Senior Year

    Senior year is time to really figure out what you want from your college experience. Here’s how you’ll know if MSUM is the right fit for you.

  • MSUM has excellent visit options including Preview Days over MEA weekend in October. Check out our options to pick the visit that’s best for you.

    • Visit with your Admissions Representative in your community. Attend college fairs near you.
      • Minnesota College Fairs (MACAC, MnAC)
      • North Dakota and South Dakota College Fairs (DACAC)
      • Wisconsin College Fairs (WACAC)
      • National College Fairs (NACAC)

    Connect with your Admissions Representative to learn more about our campus community, academic programs and why we have #DragonPride at MSU Moorhead. See who your representative is by logging into the Self Service Center.

    The earlier you apply to MSUM, the better. We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Summer 2020 and Fall 2020. We do not have an application deadline, however, we encourage you to submit an application as soon as you are ready or at least three months prior to the start of the term you’re applying for.

    High school graduation or GED completion and the following qualifications are necessary for automatic admission to MSU Moorhead. In order to be automatically accepted you must meet one of the following:

    1. Composite ACT score of 21 or higher

    2. Composite ACT score of 17-20 and either:
      • High school class rank at the 50th percentile or higher, or
      • High school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher

    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. We will evaluate the strength of your high school academic record and may request additional information before an admission decision is made.

    In order for your application to be processed please submit the following items:

    • Application for admission
    • $20 non-refundable application fee (pay at time of online app submission or over the phone at 218.477.2221 ext. 1)
    • Official High School Transcript
    • ACT or SAT scores

    Talk to your high school counselor if you have questions about how to send official high school transcripts and ACT or SAT scores. We reserve the right to revoke admission to students who, after final grades are received, do not meet the minimum admission criteria. Once applied, check the status of your application by logging in to the Self Service Center.

    Some students retake the ACT/SAT in order to meet our admission requirements or to earn an automatic academic scholarship. Check out our automatic admission requirements and scholarship criteria to determine if you should retake the ACT or SAT.

    Upcoming ACT dates (register at or

    • 2019 ACT: September 14, October 26, December 14
    • 2020 ACT: February 8, April 4, June 13, July 18

    Send your scores to MSUM! ACT Code: 2134, SAT Code: 6678

    SAT Conversion Chart

    We do not include the writing portion in SAT conversion calculation. You must subtract your writing score from the composite score before conversion.

    Once we have received all application materials, your application will be processed within 10 business days. You’ll be notified via email and mail once a decision has been made.

    Congratulations! What an exciting time to know where you’ll be attending college next year. We have everything you need to get you off to a good start.

    • Check out the New Student Checklist
    • Complete a Housing and Dining Contract
    • Sign up for New Student Orientation, where you’ll register for your first semester of classes. Be sure to send us updated official transcripts with your final grades before you attend your registration session. This includes your high school transcript and any transcripts from PSEO or college coursework. If you are unsure, speak with your school counselor.

    We encourage you to appeal the decision so we can get to know a little more about you and to help us put your life circumstances in perspective.

    • Complete the Admission Appeal Form
      If you’re denied admission you can appeal your decision by submitting two letters of recommendation and an appeal form though the Self Service Center. If you have any questions about this process, please contact your Admissions Representative.
    • Get Started at M State
      We encourage students who are not yet admissible to MSU Moorhead to attend Minnesota State Community and Technical College, (M State) or another community college to begin your academic program.

      Our partnership with M State provides a seamless transfer process and the opportunity to live on MSUM’s campus as you’re attending M State, Moorhead.

    Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)


    Apply for scholarships

    Still deciding on which university is the best fit? Experience the Dragon family by scheduling another campus visit! Sign up to meet with financial aid specialists, faculty, and your Admissions Representative.