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101 - Application and Admission Requirements

The purpose of this policy is To provide clear, accessible information to students regarding admission requirements to the college as well as the appropriate level of academic preparation necessary for success in specific program of study.

Students may be admitted to Minnesota State College Southeast if they are high school graduates or have a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). A person who does not have a high school diploma or its equivalent and intends to enroll in an eligible career pathways program may be admitted if that person demonstrates passing scores on the approved Ability to Benefit (ATB) test.  A person who does not have a high school diploma or its equivalent may be admitted at the discretion of the college according to locally determined admissions requirements. All students seeking to enroll at the College must submit approved application materials including: (1) an approved MN State application form, (2) an approved MN State application fee, and (3) documentation to validate college degrees, high school graduation or attainment of a General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Some programs may require additional admission criteria and documentation.  Those applicants who are unable to present traditional documentation of educational preparation must be individually evaluated on the basis of guidelines consistent with the college's identity and mission. Some students may be admitted to Minnesota State College Southeast but denied admission to a particular program because of program requirements or limited class size. The lack of English skills is not a barrier to admission. 

International students may be admitted to Southeast if (1) they obtain a TOEFL score of 500 on the paper version, 173 on the computer-based version or 61 on the internet-based version of the test, (2) provide the college with documentation showing adequate financial resources to complete educational and living expenses without financial assistance from the college, (3) submit an approved F-1 or M-1 visa to the college's admission department prior to registration for any course, and (4) purchase Minnesota State approved international student health insurance policy or provide proof of a plan provided by the sponsoring agency or government.

Students on academic suspension from any college or university system shall not be admitted during the term of that suspension, unless the applicant is able to demonstrate potential for being successful in the particular program to which they apply by completing the Suspension Appeal Process and having their appeal granted. Students who have been suspended or expelled for disciplinary reasons from any post-secondary institution may be denied admission to Southeast. Students denied admission to Southeast may appeal this decision through College Policy 111, Admission Denied: Appeal. 

Visiting Student Status

  1. A student shall be allowed to enroll for the maximum number of credits allowed by its enrollment policy in any semester without submitting an application for admission. A visiting student is not required to submit an application for admission, and is not a candidate for a degree, diploma, or certificate at the college attended in visiting student status. 
  2. Visiting students shall satisfy course prerequisites of the college.
  3. The College may deny enrollment as a visiting student to any student who has an enrollment hold due to conduct or academic progress reasons at any college. A visiting student who has an enrollment hold due to conduct or academic progress reasons at the visiting institution shall complete the appropriate appeals process at the college or university where the hold is located.
  4. The College shall deny enrollment as a visiting student to any student who has an enrollment hold due to outstanding financial obligations at any other college or university.
  5. The College may limit enrollment of visiting students in courses that historically have enrollment requests exceeding available seats.   

Approved: April 10, 1997
Reviewed: December 28, 2010, October 23, 2013, May 2020
Revised: February 15, 2000; June 30, 2004; September 29, 2008; February 7, 2011; May 13, 2020 

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Minnesota State College Southeast is an affirmative action/equal opportunity educator and employer. ADA accessible. MSC Southeast is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in employment and education opportunity. No person shall be discriminated against in the terms and conditions of employment, personnel practices, or access to and participation in, programs, services, and activities with regard to race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or sexual orientation. In addition, discrimination in employment base on membership or activity in a local commission as defined by law is prohibited.


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