Undergraduate Admissions

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates - Admissions

Minnesota State Mankato will begin offering face-to-face tours and visits to campus again beginning on July 6, 2020. One of the key safety features you can expect is a requirement that all staff, students, and visitors wear face coverings during the visit. The University will provide cloth masks to all students prior to the start of the fall semester and our Admissions Office will have some available for visitors this summer. We will continue to offer virtual visits of our campus, but we are excited to begin welcoming people back to our campus carefully.

On Campus Visits Are Available Two Times Daily

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Virtual Visits Are Available Three Times Daily

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How are we serving students during Covid-19?

Return to learn

We are looking forward to welcoming you back in the fall for a mixture of face-to-face and online instruction, as well as a new model that we are calling FlexSync. FlexSync course delivery allows students to attend the same class in-person or remotely via Zoom. The flexibility allowed by FlexSync may be used throughout the semester to meet student needs and preferences as well as to adjust to evolving distancing guidelines related to the current health crisis. Please visit the Return to Learn website, where you can also find more information about the plan and how it will come together over the coming weeks.

No deadline to confirm enrollment for the fall of 2020

Given all of the uncertainty during the spread of COVID-19 virus, Minnesota State Mankato will provide as much time as necessary for students and families to make decisions about their college choice.

Flexibility on ACT/SAT scores

We will make admission decisions based on high school transcripts and GPA for students that do not have ACT or SAT scores and are unable to take the test this spring. Students applying for the fall of 2020 or spring, summer, or fall of 2021 will not be required to submit ACT or SAT scores to be considered for admission and missing test scores will not be required prior to attending.

Admission Requirements

You will be admitted to Minnesota State Mankato if:

  • You rank in the top 50% of your high school class OR
  • You have a GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) OR
  • You achieve a 21 or higher composite score on the ACT exam (with satisfactory GPA).

Accomodating pass/fail grade systems

Students will not be penalized in our admissions process if their school moved to a pass/ fail grading system for this spring term. We consider cumulative GPA in our admission decisions and will consider a "P" as a positive grade trend for the spring of 2020 in our consideration of admissions appeals.

We sincerely appreciate your interest in Minnesota State Mankato, as well as your patience and understanding as the situation evolves. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Admissions Office at 507-389-1822.

Summer Orientation for new students

All new first-year and transfer students for the fall of 2020 will be invited to complete an online orientation program. After completing the online orientation module, students will be eligible for registration. More details can be found on the orientation website. Individual and small group advising and registration to be completed virtually. 

Course placement for new students

Due to COVID-19 complexities, Accuplacer testing has been suspended. In the meantime, Minnesota State University, Mankato will be using a combination of information such as high school GPA, MCA, ACT, SAT, or existing Accuplacer scores to place students in their courses. If you are not satisfied with your current placement based on these scores, you may choose to wait until in-person Accuplacer resumes to take the course placement exam. Consult with your academic advisor or email testingcenter@mnsu.edu with questions and/or concerns. Find more information about placement into English and math courses at www.mnsu.edu/success/placement.

Summer 2020

All classes during Minnesota State University, Mankato's two summer sessions this year are offered online–and offer a great opportunity to complete a general education requirement or fulfill pre-requisites for your major. The registration window for summer sessions is now open. For more information on how to apply and register, visit www.mnsu.edu/summer.

Undergraduate Admissions

Minnesota State Mankato is a university where you can stand out. You will find comprehensive support services, a wide variety of majors to explore and opportunities to excel in and out of the classroom.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Applicants who are graduates of accredited high schools (or who hold a GED certificate) with no prior college work will be considered for admission to Minnesota State University, Mankato on the basis of high school courses (including Minnesota State University Preparation Standards), grades, class rank and college entrance examinations (ACT required).

If you are an applicant that has any military training (completion of basic training and after), you will be applying as a Transfer Student.


You will be admitted to Minnesota State University, Mankato if:

  • You rank in the Top 50% of your high school class (with satisfactory ACT score) OR
  • You have a GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) (with satisfactory ACT score) OR
  • You achieve a 21 or higher composite score on the ACT exam (with satisfactory GPA)

    If you do not meet the above admission requirements, your application will be reviewed on the basis of strength of college preparation course work, grade point average, probability of success, academic progression, class rank and ACT test scores. Supplemental information may also be requested before an admission decision is made.


Most students who are currently in high school or who are three (3) or less calendar years ago from high school are required by Minnesota State University, Mankato policy to take the ACT exam. The Office of Admissions suggests that students take the ACT at the end of their Junior year. Students can also take the ACT in their Senior year to try to improve their scores or take it for the first time if they did not take it Junior Year.

The ACT exam may also be required for Transfer students who have less than 24 transferable credits and have graduated from high school within the last three (3) years. Students who have earned a General Education Development (GED) equivalency and who are admissible to Minnesota State University, Mankato are exempt from taking the ACT.

Students must register for an ACT test date by going to ACT, Inc. or picking up an ACT registration packet from their high school guidance or career center. These are the current dates for the ACT exam. Further details are available at act.org.

Currently, Minnesota State University, Mankato is not requiring the optional Writing portion. The student's ACT composite scores (combined English, Math, Science, and Reading subscores) will be considered. Please contact the Office of Admissions for questions.


Students graduating from high school in the previous 3 years are subject to preparation requirements.

  • 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.


  • If you graduated from high school three or more years ago and have not had any formal schooling since high school, you will be admitted to Minnesota State University, Mankato upon application and proof of high school graduation or satisfactory GED scores.
  • If you have pursued some post-secondary education (college, university, technical school), have been out of school for at least one full year and are now interested in returning to college, you are encouraged to apply to Minnesota State University, Mankato. Your application and transcripts will be reviewed for admission purposes on an individual basis.

Minnesota State University, Mankato is committed to enrolling a diverse student body. Admission is granted without regard to race, color, sex, age, national origin or disability. The institution abides by the provisions of Title IX and by all other federal and state laws regarding equal opportunity.