Getting In

When you apply to Northern, each student will have to meet certain requirements in order for us to fully process your initial application. We need your transcripts from previous schools, immunization records for the MMR vaccine, test scores, and other information depending on your circumstances. Below you will find all of the information for our requirements to complete your application. If you need further clarity contact the Admissions Office.

Please refer to the International Students webpage for international transcript and TOEFL test information.

First Time Students: You will need to send us official copies of your high school transcripts to the Admissions Office. If you are still in school, we accept unofficial transcripts with your initial application and do not expect your final transcripts until after you graduate.

Transfer Students: You must insure that a complete and official transcript from each college and/or university or other post-secondary institutions attended is mailed to the Admissions Office. The student must submit official transcripts from ALL regionally accredited institutions attended, whether or not credit was earned. A transcript will be accepted as official only when sent directly from the Registrar of the previous institution(s) attended to the Admissions Office at Montana State University-Northern. For more information about transferring credits, please see the detailed Transfer Student Admission webpage.

All first-time entering freshman applicants who have graduated from high school less than three years prior to the first date of enrollment at Montana State University-Northern or are less than 21 years of age must submit a score report from the American College Test (ACT) or from the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

The Admission Standards requirements are as follows:

Enhanced ACT Composite Score of 20 or higher


SAT Combined Verbal and Math Standard Score of 1050 or higher


High School Grade Point Average of 2.50 or higher


Rank in the upper half of the student's graduating class.


For detailed First Time Undergraduate student admission standards, including college preparatory curriculum requirements**, please visit the Freshman requirements webpage.

In order to be in compliance with Montana state law, students born on or after January 1, 1957 who are taking seven or more credits OR are enrolled in a degree program must either:

Show proof of two vaccinations against measles and one against rubella. Immunizations must have been given after 1967 and after the student's first birthday and must have been administered at least thirty days apart. Current immunizations must have been administered in the form of the MMR vaccine. Immunizations must be documented by a physician, registered nurse or school official.


Show documentation of having contracted measles and rubella. Documentation by a physician is required including dates of illness.


File a medical or religious exemption.

International students have additional immunization requirements. Please refer to the section entitled International Students.

Applicants for Advanced Placement credit should ask the College Entrance Examination Board to submit official examination scores to the Office of Admissions. Grades of 3, 4, or 5 on College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement Examinations will result in the granting of credit upon completion of 12 semester credits of coursework at Montana State University-Northern. This credit will be awarded to degree seeking students for corresponding courses at Montana State University-Northern. Grades will not be awarded. A notation of the award will be placed on the student's transcript.

The Montana University System classifies all applicants for admission and currently enrolled students as either in-state or out-of-state. This classification affects admission decisions and fee determinations. The basic rules for making the classifications are found in Board of Regents' policy. If you have questions regarding your residency status, please contact the Admissions Office. A copy of the Montana University System Student Guide to Montana's Residency Policy will be forwarded to you. The Guide contains the policy and a Residency Questionnaire that may be submitted by individuals who believe they are eligible for in-state tuition and fees.