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Your chances of getting into Minot State University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

93.2%
Admission Difficulty for Minot State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Very Easy 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at MSU is 93.2%.  Its admission rate is the 8th lowest in North Dakota.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into MSU and can you get accepted?

Minot State University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 464 out of the 498 who applied were admitted.

Minot State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.42. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. Of those applicants who were admitted, 81% elected to enroll. This indicates that the school is the top choice for most students who apply.

Can you get into MSU?

93% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Minot State University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.42 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1090 on the SAT
  • Score 19 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

MSU GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.42

Typical High School Grades 

B+

What GPA do you need to get into Minot State University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into MSU are to have around a 3.42 high school GPA. You are required to have above average high school grades.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.42 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as MSU accepts 93% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at MSU is 3.42 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #3 in North Dakota for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since MSU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.4 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Minot State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 9.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 23.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 18.0% Avg +
3.25 to 3.49 16.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 15.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 14.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 5.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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MSU SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Minot State University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 6% of students submitted SAT scores and 73% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

992-1178

Applicants Submitting SAT 

6%
SAT Scores for Minot State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 510
Math 25th Percentile 482
Composite 25th Percentile 992
SAT Scores for Minot State University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 598
Math 75th Percentile 580
Composite 75th Percentile 1178
Average SAT Score 1090

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Minot State University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at MSU is 1090 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 992-1178. Students who get into Minot State University score in the top 100 percent of all SAT test takers..  MSU ranks #4 in the state of North Dakota for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1090 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. MSU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 992 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 992, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 890, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Minot State University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1090 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1085, you have around a 93% chance of being admitted. A 1178 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 96% chance of getting in.

Minot State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1178 and Above Good >96%
1085 to 1178 Avg + 93%-96%
992 to 1085 Avg - 87%-93%
899 to 992 Reach 79%-87%
Less than 899 Low <79%
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MSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

17-22 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

73%
ACT Scores for Minot State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 15
Math 25th Percentile 17
Composite 25th Percentile 17
ACT Scores for Minot State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 22
Math 75th Percentile 23
Composite 75th Percentile 22
Average ACT Score 19

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into MSU?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to MSU is 19, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 17 and 22.  The school ranks #8 in North Dakota for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 19. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 17 and score in the score in the top 69 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 14.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 73 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Minot State University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Minot State University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into MSU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 19 score has around 93% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 97% with a 22 ACT score.

Minot State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
22 and Above Good >97%
19 to 22 Avg + 93%-97%
17 to 19 Avg - 89%-93%
15 to 17 Reach 83%-89%
Less than 15 Low <83%
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High School Class Rank

64% of Minot State University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 34% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Minot State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 11%
Top 25% of class 34%
Top 50% of class 64%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Minot State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 294 204 498
Accepted 275 189 464
Acceptance Rate 94% 93% 93%
Enrolled 231 147 378
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 84% 78% 81%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jun 30, 2024

Days left to Apply

41

Applicants have 41 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jun 30, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Minot State University is $35.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Minot State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Minot State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Recommendations Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Minot State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Minot State University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.42 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1090 and ACT of 19 will almost guarantee your admission.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=200253 IPEDS survey data for Minot State University.

FAQs

Does Minot State University prefer SAT or ACT?

6% of students submit their SAT scores to MSU. 73% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Minot State University?

93% of those who apply are granted admission to MSU. Admission competition is and the college has very easy admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Minot State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 992 and 1178. The average SAT score is 1085. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Minot State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 17 and 22. The average ACT score is 19. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.