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You've taken countless steps to get here.

You've taken tests, you’ve stayed up studying, you’ve turned in projects and you’ve joined clubs. You’ve worked jobs on the weekend, you’ve volunteered and you’ve built strong community relationships.

Your college application is a record of all of the hard work you’ve already accomplished and a testament to what you still plan to do. Our hope is to learn more about who you are and how you’ll improve Mayville State while helping you through the process.

Who We Look For

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.

What We Need

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.

Admissions Links:

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Immunization Form
Housing Application
Next Steps
Purchasing a laptop computer from the MSU Bookstore
Download the 2020-2021 Viewbook

Why Apply?

Whether you’ve always known you would attend Mayville State or whether you’re applying to several universities, it all starts with a simple application.

Each year we search for students with diverse backgrounds, skills and perspectives to challenge and support each other on our campus. And that doesn’t mean just glancing at a test score and clicking a button.

We look at each application. Our biggest goal is to ensure your academic success, and we do that by viewing your application as a window into your life. The results of our review process and of the quality of our education speak for themselves, and we hope we can count you among the many that will do their best to be part of our community this year.

When To Apply

We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. But, we encourage students to get an early start to make sure the process goes smoothly. Applying doesn’t mean you’re saying “yes” to us. But it gives us the chance to say “yes” to you.

    ACT/SAT test score requirement waived

    March 19, 2020

    The North Dakota University System has waived the ACT/SAT test score requirement for admission for those enrolling for the fall semester of 2020 as well as the summer session of 2020.

    Why is this happening? This is a one-time waiver that is being implemented in light of ACT’s decision to reschedule its previously scheduled April 4 testing date to June 13 and the cancellation of the national SAT test on May 2. ACT and SAT have made these decisions in response to the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control with respect to the coronavirus pandemic.

    What does this mean? If you intend to enroll at Mayville State University this fall or summer, you will not need to provide ACT or SAT scores as a requirement for admission. If you have already submitted your test scores, they will be used to help determine placement in math and English courses.