Prospective Parents & Families


Why Choose MSUM?

Put simply, MSUM graduates receive a world-class education at an unrivaled value.

Did you know Dragon graduates have the highest employment rate in their fields of any university in the region?

Students at MSUM pursue their passions with 128 in-demand and dynamic majors, emphases and options to choose from.

Is MSUM Affordable?

MSUM is committed to ensuring your student’s success by tackling the financial challenges of earning a degree. Here are a few of the ways the out-of-pocket cost of attendance is reduced.


No matter what your home state is, work towards a degree and you can save with in-state tuition rates.

Tuition will not increase through at least spring 2025.

Qualify for huge scholarships based on GPA or test scores.

Apply for hundreds of scholarships in minutes with $3.55 million awarded each year.

Tuition-free pathway for MN, ND and SD families earning less than $80,000 per year.

Take up to 18 credits per semester for the price of 12.

How Do First-time Students Apply?

Here’s what you need to know about MSUM’s application, so you can guide your student through the process:

  • Visit to access the undergraduate application.
  • Create StarID: The first step is for your student to get a StarID. This username will serve as a common login across the university. They may already have a StarID if they took PSEO courses or applied to another Minnesota State school.
  • Begin application: Once your student has a StarID, log in to the online application. It will take you step by step through the information needed.
  • Please note that only the application questions with a red star are required. The application will ask for high school coursework, but this can be skipped. Demographic information is also voluntary.
  • Review and submit. That’s it!
Admissions Blog
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