A freshman student is starting at a university for the first time or is transferring with fewer than 12 university credits. Usually the student enrolls directly out of high school/secondary school with no previous university experience.
You must provide evidence that you have completed your secondary education within your home country (usually 12 years) and be entitled to acceptance into the universities in your home country. As a result of the extreme differences in educational systems among countries, admission requirements vary depending on the country you are from.
Your academic performance will be evaluated for acceptance to MSU Moorhead. If your grade reports are not issued with a U.S. 4.0 grading system, our Director of International Student Services will evaluate your grade reports or mark sheets to determine eligibility.
You are required to have English proficiency as evidenced by a TOEFL score (500 on paper test, 173 on computer test or 61 on internet test), IELTS score (5.5 or better), MELAB score (80 or better), completion of ELS course 109 or higher or completion of Kaplan course.
You must prove to be financially self-sufficient and able to provide proof of your funds.
A student who has obtained the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree and is planning on pursuing education beyond the Bachelor's degree at the Master's level should apply as a graduate student. (Previous degree students who wish to add an additional undergraduate major should apply as a transfer student.)
A student who is coming to MSUM from another university (whether based within the United States or not) and is transferring in 12 university credits or more is considered a transfer student.
Both Secondary and Post-Secondary transcripts will be used to determine general admissibility. A student's overall academic performance will be taken into consideration. Students whose post-secondary transcripts fail to show a satisfactory performance on the college level may be considered if their secondary transcripts were of outstanding caliber.
International students who have been accepted to Minnesota State University Moorhead who wish to transfer credit from colleges or universities outside the United States must provide Minnesota State University Moorhead with a course-by-course evaluation from Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc at www.ECE.org or World Education Services at www.wes.org. The costs of the evaluation will be paid by the student. This process should be started as soon as the student receives his or her visa.
If a student has already completed a course-by-course evaluation from another National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member, he or she can submit this evaluation to the MSUM Registrar's Office.
If the credit evaluation is not done during the application process, students will be admitted as transfer students and will be given 3 years for a program length on their I-20. Class standing will be determined once MSUM has received the credit evaluation. Students should be aware that failure to submit an credit evaluation in a timely manner could have a negative impact on their academic advising. The sooner a credit evaluation has been completed, the sooner your advisor will have a proper understanding of what courses will transfer to MSUM and how those courses will be applied to your degree.
We encourage you to complete the credit evaluation before you arrive. Comprehensive Course-by-Course Report can cost students between $135-$185.
International students in this category must meet the same criteria as our U.S. Transfer Students. Students must have an accumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher. Students who have earned less then 24 credits will need to supply us with official secondary transcripts. Courses that are not considered "college level" courses (such as English as a Second Language) will not be included in the accumulative GPA when determining admissibility.
Students transferring from a U.S. college who also possess credits from an institution outside the U.S. will need to follow the credit evaluation guidelines outlined in the section above.