Admission General Information

Students are encouraged to apply early to ensure a smooth transition to MSU-Northern. If you have questions about admission requirements or the application process, please contact the Admissions Office at 800.662.6132 x3703. Check out the online checklist at to determine what other steps you still need to complete to become an MSU-Northern Student.

Each student is responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations regarding admission procedures. A student’s failure to be informed will not excuse a student from responsibility or from any penalty or difficulty which he or she may encounter. The falsification or omission of any information requested on the Application for Admission will be grounds for cancellation of registration.

Students may apply for admission at any time without all the necessary required materials. Applicants will be notified of missing or incomplete documents needed to complete the admissions process.

Campus Visits

VISIT US and see it for yourself! Visiting our campus while classes are in session allows you to experience life as a Northern student first hand. We are confident that you will appreciate the numerous advantages of a smaller university, including small class sizes, a community-oriented campus and quality academic programs that combine to create Northern's superior learning environment. During your visit, you will be able to meet with faculty and staff from your area of interest, view our facilities, and possibly have a meal in the dining hall or spend a night in a residence hall. You will also have the opportunity to discover our various special services, which range from learning assistance to financial aid counseling. This will allow you to get a feel for student life and Northern's campus environment. We invite you to schedule a visit to MSU-Northern by contacting Student Central Office at 800.662.6132 x3704 and we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Because family members play an important role in college planning, they are welcome to learn more about the university by participating in the campus visit with you. If you have a disability and desire assistance, please notify the Admissions Office.

When to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply at least six to eight months prior to the first semester of attendance. This will allow adequate time for the student to request any academic credentials needed to complete the application file, make housing arrangements, process financial aid materials, and participate in New Student Orientation and Registration.

Applications should be on file in the Admissions Office according to the following priority dates:

Fall Semester July 1
Spring Semester December 1
Summer Session May 1

Applicants will be notified of their admission status as soon as possible after all necessary credentials to determine a student's admissions status have been received by the Admissions Office.