Freshman Admission Requirements

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You are a freshman student if you have not attended a post-secondary institution since completing high school and you are planning to be a degree seeking student. You are still considered a freshman if you enrolled in college level coursework while still attending high school. Admission decisions regarding freshman applicants are governed by Policy M402.2-Admission Policies for Beginning Freshmen.

Mayville State University has a variety of scholarships available for students who show potential in the areas of academic achievement, leadership, and participation in other activities.


In order to be considered for admission, freshman applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • A cumulative high school grade point average of at least 2.0, an ACT composite score of at least 18 (or equivalent SAT), and completion of College Prep Core Requirements.

       The North Dakota University System College Preparatory Core Requirements include the following:

        4 units of English
        3 units of Mathematics (Algebra I and above)
        3 units of Laboratory Science
        3 units of Social Studies

       These are required for unconditional admission.

  • Applicants who do not meet the ACT/SAT requirements listed above, but who have met the 13 college preparatory course requirement may be considered for unconditional admission if they have a balance of ACT/SAT scores and GPA as indicated below:

        3.00-4.00/ACT 15
        2.50-2.99/ACT 16
        2.25-2.49/ACT 17

       These are considered guidelines and do not guarantee admission.

  • Students who do not meet the guidelines listed above because they have not completed the 13 college preparatory course requirements or because they do not have the required combination of ACT/SAT scores and GPA would still be encouraged to apply. Their applications will be reviewed individually and more comprehensively. Such applicants may be admitted with conditions that will be determined based on their specific situations.

A complete admissions file includes:

  • A completed MSU application for admission.
    (Complete online)

  • A non-refundable, one-time $35 application fee. No admissions decisions are made until the application fee is received.

  • An official high school transcript or proof of successful completion of the GED. Ask your high school to mail an official transcript. If you completed your GED exam, have the official results sent to MSU.

  • An official transcript showing any and all courses attempted and grades earned from another college or university.

  • Scores of the ACT or the SAT. This is required of students 24 years of age or younger. (MSU code number is 3212 for ACT and 6478 for SAT)

  • A completed university immunization form. For anyone born after 1956, proof of immunization against measles, mumps, and rubella must be supplied by official documents. Proof of the meningococcal disease (Meningitis) vaccination is required, as well, for students living on campus.

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