MSU Moorhead: 2020 Requirements, Scores & GPAs

This is the go-to guide for getting into Minnesota State University Moorhead. We suggest you read until the end... Not only will we layout the exact GPA and test scores you should aim for when applying to MSU Moorhead, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown MSU Moorhead statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out Minnesota State University Moorhead on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. If you're interesting in transferring to MSU Moorhead, the read our transfer guide. You can also use the below calculator to help determine your likelihood of acceptance at MSU Moorhead

What are your chances at MSU Moorhead?

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    *gpa score is required

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    What GPA do you need to get into Minnesota State University Moorhead?

    Minnesota State University Moorhead’s average GPA is 3.35. Minnesota State University Moorhead does require GPA. This average GPA means Minnesota State University Moorhead is very selective. Often times, schools in this range are trying to increase their selectivity and “prestige”. We can’t read the minds of MSU Moorhead application readers, but they likely want to increase the average GPA from 3.35 to 3.52 this year - to play it safe, we recommend striving for the 3.52 GPA.

    *BEFORE CONTINUING PLEASE NOTE: GPA and “prestige” DO NOT mean a college is right for you. Minnesota State University Moorhead may seem amazing on paper, but you may hate it... That’s why 700,000 students transfer colleges every year - they end up going to the wrong school. It’s crucial to watch the videos on CampusReel and make sure you can envision yourself on MSU Moorhead’s campus. These MSU Moorhead admission statistics do not sufficiently tell you what a college or university is like.

    What is Minnesota State University Moorhead’s acceptance rate?

    Last year Minnesota State University Moorhead’s acceptance rate was 77.3. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.

    2016 2017 2018
    Acceptance Rate 60.0 % 60.0 % 77.3 %

    As you can see, Minnesota State University Moorhead is a little easier to get into than last year.

    Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into MSU Moorhead - it’s a very high level understanding of the true competition. Use the acceptance rate as a general guide for curating a list of 10-15 schools that fall into different ranges of competitiveness. Then, use the below data to get a deeper understanding of how your application will compare to the rest of the pool.

    What are your chances at MSU Moorhead?

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    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at MSU Moorhead or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

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    Does Minnesota State University Moorhead Require Test Scores?

    Minnesota State University Moorhead requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how Minnesota State University Moorhead’s accepted students have performed on both tests. You may be wondering how many test scores should you submit. Generally, don’t freak out about taking the test too often. Industry consensus is that you can submit up to 6 tests as a reasonable limit.

    Minnesota State University Moorhead SAT Requirements

    Minnesota State University Moorhead’s average SAT score is 1015 - this is the sum of the math and reading portions of the SAT (the 1600 scale). Check out the below table for a deeper look into how students performed - it’s also very interesting to look at the average test score over time. The trend over time helps give insight into whether Minnesota State University Moorhead is getting more or less competitive.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 490 580 535
    Reading 420 540 480
    2019 Total 910 1120 1015
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    Minnesota State University Moorhead’s average SAT score is 1015. To be a competitive applicant for Minnesota State University Moorhead your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 910, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Minnesota State University Moorhead a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 1120.

    Minnesota State University Moorhead ACT Requirements

    Minnesota State University Moorhead’s average ACT score is 66. To be a competitive applicant for Minnesota State University Moorhead your ACT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 58, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Minnesota State University Moorhead a “target” school (one that you have a good chance of getting into) you should aim for a score of 75.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 19 25 22
    Reading 19 25 22
    Writing 20 25 22
    2019 Total 58 75 66
    2018 Total - - -
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    Minnesota State University Moorhead Requirements

    Now you know where you need to be for getting into Minnesota State University Moorhead from a grade and test score perspective. Let’s quickly outline what else you’ll need to provide for your application to get reviewed, and then we’ll move onto the most important section: differentiating your app.

    Recommendations Status
    School Rank Required
    GPA Neither required nor recommended
    School Record Required

    How to get into MSU Moorhead

    Follow these steps to maximize your chances of getting into MSU Moorhead. Everything you read above will help prepare you for what you need to achieve to have a shot at MSU Moorhead, but these steps will take you even further in applying that knowledge and differentiating your application.

    Main Academic Excellence that is in line with MSU Moorhead admission standards.

    1. Score at least a 1015 on the SAT or 66 on the ACT.
    2. Maintain a GPA of at least a 3.35.

    Join Extracurriculars that Align with MSU Moorhead’s Values.

    1. Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If Minnesota State University Moorhead values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
    2. Volunteer in your hometown. Moorhead has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. Minnesota State University Moorhead wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader Moorhead area in general.
    3. Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. MSU Moorhead needs to see past your test scores and grades - they need to know that you will be a valuable and contributing member of their community. You are more than grades and test scores - your experiences should demonstrate that.

    Prepare Your Application

    1. Write a stellar essay that shows Minnesota State University Moorhead something they can’t figure out from the other parts of your application. For a detailed guide on writing the best college essay, check this out.
    2. Get teacher recs that speak to your character. If you know what you’re majoring in and include that in your MSU Moorhead app, try to have at least 1 recommendation from a teacher in that department.
    3. Apply Before the Deadline. Too many students wait until the last minute to submit their application, and too much can go wrong during this precious time window. Since many students are applying on the last day, it’s possible that MSU Moorhead’s own system crashes. Don’t risk the added stress this can cause - submit your app a few days early.

    What are your chances at MSU Moorhead?

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    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at MSU Moorhead or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

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