Metropolitan State University generally will accept you as a first-year student if you can answer “yes” to at least one of these questions:
Check with the admissions office for details. Even if you don’t meet the minimum requirements, you may be considered for admission under special provisions.
What courses do I need to take in high school?
You should have completed these courses in high school:
When should you apply?
Apply early in 12th grade for the best chance of being admitted. Some programs do not have room for all qualified applicants.
Transfer admission information:
If you have attended another institution and earned attempted or earned at least 16 college-level semester credits, you will apply as a transfer student. Transfer applicants should have a minimum of 16 transferable college level semester credits attempted with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. Some programs may require a higher GPA.
For students who have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or less, please note that your application will require additional time for consideration. Your transcripts will need to be received at least one month prior to the application deadline.
Transfer applicants must supply all transcripts from previous institutions by the deadline to be considered for following semester. If you are transferring from another institution in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, Metropolitan State University will retrieve your transcripts for you via e-Transcript. However, if there are holds on your record from the institution, you must first resolve those holds before your transcripts can be retrieved.
Opportunity, choice, excellence
You’ll find lots of program choices and the top-quality education you want at an affordable cost. Personal attention from faculty and staff, real-world experiences and outstanding student support services all focus on helping you succeed. Be inspired and challenged as you prepare for your future career.
|Advanced Dental Therapy||MSADT|
|Alcohol & Drug Counseling||MS|
|Alcohol and Drug Counseling||BS|
|Arts and Cultural Heritage Management||GC|
|Computer Application Development||BAS|
|Computer Information Systems||BA|
|Computer Information Technology||BS|
|Continence Care Nurse||GC|
|Continence Care Nurse||CERT|
|Design of User Experience||GC|
|Early Childhood Studies||BAS|
|Healthcare Information Technology Management||GC|
|Human Resource Management||BS|
|Information Assurance (IA) and Information Technology (IT) Security||GC|
|Life Sciences Teaching||BS|
|MIS Systems Analysis and Design||GC|
|Management Information Systems||MMIS|
|Management Information Systems||BS|
|Management Information Systems (MIS) Generalist||GC|
|Nursing Leadership and Management||MSN|
|Ostomy Care Nurse||GC|
|Ostomy Care Nurse||CERT|
|Post-Baccalaureate in Dental Hygiene||CERT|
|Post-Master's Certificate: Family Nurse Practitioner||GC|
|Public and Nonprofit Administration||MPNA|
|Social Studies Teaching||BS|
|Special Education for Urban K-12 Settings - Learning Disabilities and Emotional/Behavioral Disorders||GC|
|Supply Chain and Operations Management||BS|
|Technical Communication and Professional Writing||BA|
|Urban Early Childhood Education||BS|
|Urban Elementary Education||BS|
|Urban Secondary Education Teacher Preparation||GC|
|Wound Care Nurse||GC|
|Wound Care Nurse||CERT|
|Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse||GC|
|Wound Ostomy Continence Nurse||CERT|
How to apply for financial aid
Your key to receiving financial aid to help pay your college costs is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA form. Many students don’t realize they could qualify for grant money and federally guaranteed loans, so be sure to find out by filling out the form.
Complete the FAFSA after Jan. 1 of your senior year. Find the form online at www.fafsa.ed.gov or pick up the form at your school counselor’s office. For help with completing the form, go to your high school counselor or the financial aid office at the college or university you plan to attend.
The FAFSA determines your eligibility for one or more of the following types of financial aid:
Scholarships are a great source of aid, and you do not need to pay them back. Many scholarships are available for students with special interests and backgrounds. Talk to your guidance counselor about what kind of scholarships you can get.
You may be eligible to receive federal and state grants of $300 to more than $7,000 per year. You do not need to pay these back.
Work study programs give you the opportunity to work on campus or with approved off-campus employers to earn money to pay for college. Work study jobs are often very flexible, allowing you to work around your classes and personal schedules.
You also may be eligible for student loans, which must be paid back. Student loans usually have a lower interest rate than other kinds of loans.
Other ways to save
Reduced out-of-state tuition
Students from other states don’t always have to pay higher tuition if they want to attend the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. If you live in Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Manitoba, Canada, you’re eligible for tuition rates similar to those paid by Minnesota residents. And 26 of the state colleges and universities allow students from other states to pay the lower in-state rates, so ask a college or university about its tuition charges.
Some college students also benefit from two federal tax credit programs, the American Opportunity Tax Credit and the Lifetime Learning tax credit. These may apply to you or your family, depending on your financial circumstances.
Veterans are welcomed at the state colleges and universities. If you’ve served in the armed forces, you might be eligible for help with paying for college. Stop by one of the on-campus veterans centers for information, support and assistance. Also, check with the campus financial aid office about benefits from the new Minnesota GI Bill. Or go to www.mymilitaryeducation.org.
College is more than textbooks, classes, labs and studying. Plenty of clubs and program-related organizations, sports and recreational activities help you meet new friends, develop leadership and team skills, stay fit and share the fun of working together on projects.