What You Need to Know

New students are high school graduates/students with no prior college classes or students who have attempted fewer than 16 college level semester credits. All transcripts for advanced placement courses, official test scores must be sent to Metropolitan State University from CollegeBoard prior to admissions.


Consideration for freshman admission will be based on one or all of the following criteria:

  • High school class rank in the upper 50th percentile
  • ACT, PSAT or SAT composite score at or above national median
  • A GED transcript with test scores
  • A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0

Applications from students who have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or less from all previous institutions will require additional time to process.  All transcripts will need to be received at least one month prior to the application deadline. 

Priority Application Deadlines

  • Jun 30
    Fall Semester
  • Nov 15
    Spring Semester
  • Mar 30
    Summer Session

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. By applying by the priority deadline, students will be given priority to allow completion of New Student Orientation, receipt of transfer credit evaluation (DARS), and completion of financial aid packaging in a timely manner.

You can check the status of your application through eServices to ensure that we have received your application and transcripts. Incomplete applications that do not include ALL of the required items will not be considered. Notification of a positive admissions decision may list certain conditions that you must satisfy before you can register for coursework, such as submitting a final high school transcript, assessments, or other credentials.

Important: Students must have a complete application on file 3 weeks prior to any given semester to be considered for admissions for that semester. Incomplete applicants will be reviewed for the following semester.

How to Apply

  1. Apply for Undergraduate Admission

    Complete the admissions application online.

  2. Send Transcripts from High School

    Transcripts should be sent to:

    Undergraduate Admissions
    Metropolitan State University
    700 E Seventh St.
    Saint Paul, MN 55106

    In the case of foreign high school transcripts, it often takes six to eight weeks to receive an evaluation report, so it is important to send transcripts well in advance so that the report is received by the application deadline date. Metropolitan State University is not responsible for any delays in receiving the reports.

  3. Apply for Financial Aid

    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Make sure to add Metropolitan State School Code: 010374

  4. Once Accepted, Learn About Student Services

    After you receive your letter of admission (typically within a week of application) Gateway Student Services is your contact for everything from registration to financial aid, as well as other services offered to students.

  5. Register for New Student Orientation

    After you receive your letter of admission, all newly admitted students must complete online New Student Orientation prior to course registration. Additionally, all students are encouraged to attend the on-campus group advising and registration session. Prior to attending the on-campus group advising and registration session, online orientation must be completed.

    Please note: Freshmen with 16 or less credits and students admitted on academic warning must complete both the online orientation and on-campus group advising and registration session options. It may take up to two (2) business days to verify the successful completion of online new student orientation.

    You will receive an email notification to your metrostate.edu email account (your StarID@metrostate.edu) confirming your completion.

  6. Complete Placement Assessments

    All incoming freshmen having no college credit at all are required to complete the placement tests that include basic measures of reading, writing, and mathematics.

  7. Plan for Your First Tuition Payment

    Your Offer of Financial Assistance explains the different types of financial aid we are able to offer you. If you receive other types of financial aid, such as scholarships, third-party benefits or non-federal student loans, your offer will be updated and possibly adjusted to reflect these additional financial aid funds.