International Bachelor's Application Instructions

Having trouble figuring out our online application? We get it and are here to help. We have put together written, step-by-step instructions for you. 

  • If you are a new student and do not have a StarID, you will need to choose "Create StarID." Follow the instructions to create your StarID.
  • If you have already created a StarID (either at MNSU or another Minnesota State school), you can login with your StarID by clicking "Login."
  • "Personal - Legal Name and Email Address" screen:
    • Fill out your name exactly as it appears on your passport.
    • Give an accurate, working email address that you check regularly. We will use this email for all communications with you. 
  • "Personal - Social Security Number and Date of Birth" screen:
    • You are not required to put a social security number. You most likely will not have one and can leave this field blank.
    • Remember to fill in your birthdate with month first and then day. 
  • "Personal - Veteran Status" screen:
    • Answer these questions to the best of your knowledge.
  • "Personal - Parent Education" screen:
    • Answer these questions to the best of your knowledge. You may leave blank if you do not know. 
  • "Citizenship" screen:
    • Choose "International Visa Holder or Seeker."
    • Additional questions should appear.
    • Choose whether you currently hold a visa to study in the U.S. or if you will need to apply for one. 
    • Select your visa type. 
  • "Citizenship - International Demographics" screen:
    • Answer all questions to the best of your knowledge.
  • "Contact - Address" screen:
    • You will be required to provide your permanent address, which is the address you are currently living at.
    • You may leave local address blank. 
    • You will be required to provide your international address. Enter your address in the country that issued your passport. The documents you will need to apply for an F-1 visa cannot be produced without your home country address.
  • "Contact - Phone Number" screen:
    • Enter at least one phone number in this screen.
    • For international phone numbers, do not enter a "+" before your phone number.
  • "Education - High School Information" screen:
    • Answer the following questions to the best of your knowledge.
  • "Education - High School Attended" screen:
    • If you attend or attended high school outside the United States:
      • For High School State, choose "Non-US" (scroll to the bottom of list) 
      • For High School, choose "Other - International"
    • Answer the last two questions to the best of your ability.
  • "Education - Colleges/Universities Attended" screen:
    • Complete information on any post-secondary institutions you may have attended. 
    • If you have not attended any post-secondary institutions, leave blank. 
  • "Confidential - Demographic Information" screen:
    • Answer the questions to the best of your ability. 
    • This section is voluntary and you are not required to answer any or all of the questions. 
  • "Major - Application Term" screen:
    • Choose the term that you want to begin study at MNSU.
  • "Major - Education Intent" screen:
    • When describing your education goal, select "Earn Bachelor's (four-year) degree." 
    • As an F-1 or J-1 student, you are required by law to study full time. Therefore, you should select "full time student." 
  • "Major - Academic Program" screen:
    • Add the Major that you plan to pursue. Select the following option for preferred delivery method: "On Campus."
    • PLEASE NOTE: The major you selected on your application for admission is the major listed on your I-20. If you selected two majors, your I-20 will list both majors. Minors do no appear on I-20s. 
      • Your major is associated with its CIP Code (Classification of Instructional Programs Code). This code is predetermined and attached to your major course of study; the Kearney Center cannot edit the code. 
  • "Major - Application Campus" screen:
    • You intend to receive services at "Minnesota State University, Mankato." 
  • "Major - Application Information" screen:
    • Answer to the best of your knowledge.

You are not required to complete any part of this section, unless you want to.

When you move forward to submit your application, be sure to add the Promo Code "INTLMAV" and we'll pay the $20 application fee for you! Validate the promo code, input your StarID password and submit your application!

  • Applicants can submit application documents through the following methods:
    • Dashboard Upload: Upload documents through the application dashboard after creating a university username and password AND submitting an application.
    • Email: Certified copies of admission documents can be emailed to the Office of Admissions at
    • Postal Mail: Official application materials can be mailed to the following address:
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Minnesota State University, Mankato
122 Taylor Center
Mankato, MN 56001

Alternative Paper-based Application

If you cannot submit an application online, you may fill out the paper-based application to gain admission. You must only complete ONE application - either the online application OR the paper-based application. 

Please carefully read the instructions before completing the application. 

1. Download the application.

2. Save the PDF application to your computer so you can edit the document.

3. Fill out the application completely. PLEASE NOTE: Failure to provide required information will cause significant delays in your admission process. 

4. Save or scan the PDF application after you have completed it. 

5. Email the PDF and all other required documents listed on the checklist to

6. Receive confirmation and follow-up e-mails with further instructions and information based on the receipt date of your application.