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Admission Criteria

What am I applying into SMSU as?

For most, applying into a U.S. university can be complicated and confusing. It is understandable for there are tons of classifications, options and paperwork for one to take it all in at once. So, we are here to help you.

Admission Criteria

International Freshmen Admissions

If you are not currently in the U.S. studying or do not have an U.S. permanent residence or U.S. citizen status, then you would be in this category. Most i international students who are applying from outside the U.S fall into this category. This would mean you would have to complete your entire application online and to send your documents to us either by mail or electronically upload them. Applicants must provide evidence that they have completed their secondary education within their home country (usually 12 years) and be entitled to acceptance into the universities in their home countries. As a result of extreme differences in educational systems among countries, admission requirements vary depending on the country from which the applicant originates. Also, you would have to complete your visa application from your home country. It will seem very hard at first but we will be here to guide you through the entire application process.

International Transfer Admissions (from a U.S. university)

This category is specifically for individuals who is currently in the U.S. studying in a U.S. university with a F-1 student visa. Individuals in this category has a separate application process whereby you would have to complete a domestic application. Also, international applicants in this category has similar criteria as our U.S. transfer students. To be considered for admissions, applicants must have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 (out of 4.0) or higher. Applicants who have earned less than 24 credits will need to supply us with official secondary transcripts as well. Please note that courses that are not considered college level courses (such as English as a second language) will not be included in the GPA when determining admissibility.

International Transfer Admissions (from a foreign university)

Applicants seeking transfer credit from a university outside the U.S. are required to submit post-secondary transcripts with an English translation. Your transcripts will be evaluated by SMSU faculty/staff to determine course transferability. Southwest Minnesota State University requires the following documents to complete the evaluation:

  1. Official Transcripts with an English translation
  2. Course Description for courses listed on the transcript
  3. Syllabi for each course listed on the transcript

Southwest Minnesota State University may require additional information to complete the evaluation process. Once the credits are evaluated a report will be sent to the applicant with the detailed course equivalency results.

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