What You Need To Know

If you've attended another institution and attempted at least 16 college-level semester credits of transferrable (non-developmental) post-secondary course work, you will apply as a transfer student.

Determine Which Credits Transfer

Most of our students started their education at another college or university. Determine ahead of time if your credits transfer to Metropolitan State using the Transferology online tool.

Transfer admission information

  • Minimum of 16 transferable college level semester credits attempted with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0. Some programs may require a higher GPA.

  • If you have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or less, your application will require additional time for consideration. As a result, your transcripts will need to be received at least one month prior to the priority application deadline.

  • Transfer applicants 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 are transferring 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 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 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 Official Transcripts from Post Secondary

    If you took additional courses after supplying previous official 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. Complete Placement Assessments

    All other new students, including transfer and readmitted students will be evaluated through the degree auditing process to determine whether exemption should be granted. You should wait until you get the Degree Auditing Reports (DARS); you should take action immediately if you see Student Holds: 0006 - Assessment Test in the right-hand column on Page 1 of your DARS.

  7. Evaluate Your Transfer Credits

    You’ll receive a transfer evaluation 12 - 14 business days after receiving an acceptance letter. This evaluation (called a Transfer Audit) explains how your transfer credits have been accepted and applied to General Education and Liberal Studies (GELS), including the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

  8. Ensure a Seamless Transfer

    If you’re transferring from a local 2-year college, we have resources that can help ensure a seamless transfer of your credits towards your Bachelor’s degree.

  9. 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.

  10. Contact Us

    Here at Metropolitan State University we want to make sure that you are getting all of your questions and concerns answered in a timely manner! Please feel free to contact us, via admissions@metrostate.edu, phone 651-793-1302, or Live Chat