What You Need to Know

If you have already attained a degree at another institution or through Metropolitan State University, you will apply as a second degree seeking student.


  • You must complete 30 residency semester credits and any other requirement determined by the college granting the degree.
  • You must supply official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions where you were previously enrolled (even if no credit or clock hours were earned) and official transcripts for all post-secondary credits (including military, CLEP, and advanced placement).
  • If you received your first degree from another Minnesota State institution, Metropolitan State 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. 

Priority Application Deadline

  • 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 E-Services 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 undergraduate 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 Previous Institutions

    If you took additional courses after supplying previous transcripts or if transcripts were provided more than seven years ago, transcripts should be sent to:

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

    Official transcripts are required from every institution you have previously attended, including in other countries. In the case of foreign 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 confirming your completion.

  6. 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.