Undergraduate Admissions

How to Apply

How to Apply: The Basics

Whether you're planning to attend college for the first time or transferring from another institution, we're excited that you're considering St. Cloud State. If you are ready to explore your passions, challenge yourself and take advantage of an exemplary education, we invite you to apply for admission.


Step One:
Complete an online application or download and complete a paper application and return it by mail by the appropriate deadline. Make sure to familiarize yourself with our deadlines in order to guarantee admission and scholarship consideration.  And remember – it's always best to apply early!

Step Two:
Put in a request with your high school counseling office to send an official transcript to SCSU.

If you’re transferring from another institution (or completed college-level coursework while in high school), review our  transfer transcript information.

Step Three:
We are completely test optional, so the submission of an ACT or SAT score report is up to you! While it’s not required to complete your application file, you are welcome to submit one if you feel it will enhance your admission and/or scholarship consideration. (Check out our merit-based scholarships!) 

Step Four:
Great news – we no longer require an application fee to complete your application file! Applying to SCSU is free all day, every day.


What we look for

We admit students based on a thorough evaluation of each candidate. In our evaluation, we consider GPA, curriculum and other academic indicators. Extra-curricular activities may also be considered, and personal statements and recommendations, which are optional, may be considered if you opt to submit them.

For students with no college level credit completed after HS graduation, you are GUARANTEED ADMISSION if:

  • You have a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) OR
  • You have a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) with a class rank in the top 50% OR
  • You have a 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) with a 21+ ACT/1060+ SAT


Recommended College Preparation Standards:

  • English: 4 years.
  • Mathematics: 3 years. Requires two years of algebra and one year of geometry.
  • Science: 3 years. At least one course must be in a biological science and one in physical science. All courses should include laboratory experiences. Examples of appropriate courses are anatomy and physiology, biology, botany, zoology, astronomy, earth science, chemistry, physics, physical science and geology.
  • Social Studies: 3 years. At least one course or its equivalent in US history and one in geography are required.
  • World Language: 2 years of the same language. Any language, including American Sign Language (ASL) is acceptable.
  • World Culture or The Arts: 1 year. World Culture courses are non-language courses which teach about other cultures, provide a global perspective, and foster an understanding of other cultures. Appropriate art courses include music, drama, survey, and visual arts courses.


Admissions Considerations - COVID-19/Coronavirus

We understand that precautionary measures being taken in response to Covid-19 are affecting the normal processes for applying to college. To assist you, we are amending some of our usual practices to make it easier for you to complete your application file and stay on track for fall.

Flexibility on Application Items:

  1. Test Scores: For Fall 2021 applications and beyond, we are completely test optional.
  2. Transcripts: With K-12 schools operating remotely without access to all their resources, school counseling staff can email transcripts (or any other supplemental application items) directly to our Records and Registration Office at registrar@stcloudstate.edu. Anything emailed directly from the school to SCSU will be considered official.
  3. Application Fee: For Fall 2021 applications and beyond, there is no application fee. 

Accommodating S/U or Pass/Fail Grades:

S/U or Pass/Fail grades will not negatively impact a student’s admission decision or scholarship consideration.  We will look at a student’s cumulative GPA and will consider “S” or “Pass” grades as a positive trend in the overall record. We are committed to serving students, families, and schools throughout this period and will be flexible in our approach.

If you have any other questions about the Admissions process or submitting your application, please contact our Office of Admissions at scsu4u@stcloudstate.edu or 320-308-2244 or 1-877-654-SCSU (toll free).

Application Deadlines

International Undergraduate
Applications Deadlines

Deadlines for best consideration

July 1
If you are OUTSIDE the U.S.
July 15
If you are INSIDE the U.S.
Nov. 1
If you are OUTSIDE the U.S.
Dec. 1
If you are INSIDE the U.S.
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Domestic Student Application Timelines

New, first year students and transfer students may enroll at the beginning of any term. Applications are accepted and acted upon until the enrollment class is full.

Sept. 15
Applications open for review
March 1
Students admitted prior to March 1 will automatically be considered for academic scholarship awards. If eligible, they will be notified in their acceptance letter and will receive a Presidential Scholarship contract in the mail. This contract should be returned by May 1
March 15
Foundation-Sponsored scholarships deadline
May 1
Preferred admission deadline
Applications open for review
Jan. 7
Preferred admission deadline
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