Post Secondary Admission Requirements


Minnesota State Universities

  • English - 4 years (Composition, Literature, Speech)

  • Math - 3 years (including Algebra, Geometry, or Integrated Math I - III)

  • Science - 3 Lab Sciences (including Biology and Physical Science)

  • Social Science - 3 years (1 yr. Geography, 1 yr. US History)

  • World Languages - 2 years

  • Electives (1 yr. World Culture, Cultural Ethnic Studies or the Arts)

Minnesota Community and Technical Colleges

Students must possess a High School Diploma, GED, or demonstrate the potential for being a successful college student.

The MN State University admissions requirements are strongly recommended. World Language is not a community college requirement.

Private Colleges

Minimum course requirements are the same as State Universities. More English, math, science, social studies and world language courses are required at many private schools. High ACT or SAT scores and high school class rank. Enrollment may be evaluated on an inpidual basis through personal interview or personal essay.

Students should carefully examine the entrance requirements for their specific college.

Military Service

  • High school diploma, GED, or advanced degree

  • Physical examination

  • ASVAB test is reqired


Students hoping to play college athletics will need to register through NCAA at

Students are encouraged to check the website early in their high school career to examine the high school courses, grades, and test scores that will be needed to play college athletics.


  • Good attendance in high school

  • High school diploma or GED

  • Work experience


PLAN: The Plan test is given to grade 10 students in the fall to help them match academic abilities with career interests

PSAT: Juniors who are planning to attend college should strongly consider taking the PSAT/NMSQT (Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test). This test is only offered in October.

ACT/SAT: These two tests are used as college entrance tests and for some specific scholarship programs. These tests are offered at various times throughout the year and include a firm registration deadline about four weeks prior to the testing date. Both tests take about four hours and are only given on Saturday mornings. Students that need to take the test should do so by late in the spring or summer of their junior year or in the early fall of their senior year so that exam scores can be recorded on transcripts needed for college application.

ASVAB: The ASVAB (Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery) test is available to juniors and assesses applied as well as academic skills in relation to career opportunities. This test is required for admission to any branch of the armed services.