How to Apply

Applying to the Blue to Brown program begins when individuals who have applied to SMSU are referred to the B2B Connection Coordinator, Erin Kline, by SMSU’s Office of Admissions. Applicants are also welcome to contact Erin Kline directly at (507)-537-7223, (507)-829-5301 or The coordinator connects with each referral personally and assists potential students with their application from start to finish.

Students who have been referred to the B2B connection coordinator can click here to begin the application process to MN West and select Blue to Brown as your major. It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s free!

What Happens Next

When the MN West online application is complete, the applicants ACT/Accuplacer test scores are reviewed with a representative from MN West. The B2B program requires that students meet the minimum scores in both reading and math to be officially accepted into the program.

            Minimum Scores- Reading

            Accuplacer- Reading Comprehension (50)

            ACT- 14

            Minimum Scores- Math

            Accuplacer- Elementary Algebra (38)

            ACT- 15

Jump Start

In the event that an applicant does not meet the minimum cut scores, the B2B program affords students the opportunity to attend our summer Jump Start Program. The program offers students the chance to take courses designed to give them additional time and exposure to content areas, such as math and English.

The program runs for two weeks at the beginning of August. Students are housed in dorms on SMSU’s campus where they are invited to participate in free activities and campus events, meals are also provided. Mustang mentors are available to students throughout the programming as is the B2B coordinator and B2B faculty. Jump Start participants are responsible for tuition, fees and housing costs for the two-week program.

Successful completion of the Jump Start program is required prior to enrolling in B2B courses for the Fall semester.

Taking the Accuplacer Test

All applicants who have not completed the Accuplacer placement test need to complete the test in order to determine skill level in reading, English and math. In some cases, students ACT or SAT scores may exempt them from having to take the Accuplacer Test.

Go to the MN West website for more information about the Accuplacer Test and free resources to help you prepare. The test is free, it’s not timed and can be taken on either MN West or SMSU’s campus.

If you need accommodations due to a disability, please provide ADA documentation and make prior arrangements with the Disability Services staff at the campus where you are taking the exam.

Click here if you want to test on a MN West campus.
Click here if you want to test on the SMSU campus.


Last Modified: 1/17/19 11:12 AM