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Step 1: Apply for Admissions

Your first step to studying at Southwest Minnesota State University (SMSU) is to apply and get officially admitted.  Follow the checklist below to complete this step.

International Admissions Application Checklist

You will start by creating a StarID to log in.

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A $200 Non-Refundable Application Processing and Shipment Fee is required once you are admitted. This fee is required to send you your Admission Packet. The fee will cover the cost of application processing and express shipping and tracking of your Admission Packet; which will include your Official Admission Letter and I-20 document required to apply for your F-1 or J-1 international student visa.   

Login to your Online Application account and click on the "Pre-payment" option, than click on the option to pay the "UNDERGRADUATE - International Student Application Processing & Shipment Fee".

If you are admitted but decide to defer your admission to come for a future term, please NOTE that there is a required Non-Refundable $100 Deferral Fee to process your admission paperwork to a future term, create an udpated I-20, and ship a new Admission Packet to you.  Login to your Online Application and click on make a "Pre-payment" than click on the option for "International Student Deferral Fee".       

All applicants must provide proof of high school or secondary education to be considered for admissions into SMSU. Please submit a certified copy of your secondary or high school transcripts in your application. Also include any national exit exam results. At SMSU, in order to qualify for admission, you must possess a minimum of a 2.5 secondary school G.P.A. on a 4.0 United States scale.   If you submit transcripts on a 4.5 or 5.0 scale, conversion will occur to align with the US system.   

Please submit an official English transcript credential evaluation of all your foreign high school and post-secondary transcripts.  We accept evaluations from SpanTran, WES, or ECE.

This category is specifically for individuals who are currently studying at a U.S. university on an F-1 visa. To be considered for admissions, applicants must have a Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher.

You must provide proof of your English Proficiency to ensure you will be successful at SMSU.  Many applicants come from countries whose educational system is taught in English.  If your home country is on this list, then you DO NOT need to provide proof of English Proficiency.  This requirement is waived.  

If your country is not on the list, please provide one of the following English proficiency.

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
    • Applicants must earn a score of 500 or higher for paper-based tests (PBT)
    • Applicants must earn a score of 173 or higher for computer-based tests (CBT)
    • Applicants must earn a score of 61 or higher for internet-based tests (iBT)
    • SMSU school code for TOEFL is 6703
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System):  Score of 5.5 or higher
  • TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication):  Score of 600 or higher (green range - high)  
  • CSAT English:  Score of level 3 or lower (lower means higher proficiency)
  • Michigan Test of English Proficiency:  Score of 80 or higher
  • ACT:  Score of 21 or higher
  • SAT:  Score of 1070 or higher
  • Pearson:  Score of 44 or higher
  • Successful completion of Level 109 at an English Language School
  • For international transfer applicants:
    • Successful completion of one semester of Freshmen English Composition with an earned grade of a "C" or better

A personal statement letter is recommended. This cover letter explains why you want to study at SMSU, what your goals are, and why you should be selected to study at SMSU.

Additional testing such as SAT or ACT is optional. However, if you have taken any of these standardized tests, please include a certified copy of your official results in your application. If your SAT combined critical reading and math scores are 1070 or higher, you may be waived from taking placement tests upon arrival.

This step takes the longest because you must gather all the required documents and submit them before you can receive an admission decision.  You may submit all of the required documents through your online application.  Once your application is complete, your application will be reviewed and an official Admission decision can be made quickly.

NOTE: All documents submitted with the application become the property of Southwest Minnesota State University and will not be returned under any circumstances.  

While you are waiting on your admission decision, please continue to Step 2 to get your I-20.

Last Modified: 12/11/20 2:34 PM