Part 1. Purpose
Admission refers to a student's initial entrance into Minneapolis College.
Part 2. Definition
Admission: A student's initial entrance into Minneapolis College.
International Student: A non-U.S. citizen or non-U.S. immigrant who has been granted F-1 visa status from the U.S. Department of State to pursue a full-time course of study.
Visiting Student: A Minnesota State student registering for Minneapolis College courses through their eServices account at another Minnesota State college or university.
Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) Student: A high school sophomore, junior, or senior, who may qualify to enroll in and attend college-level courses and apply earned credits toward high school graduation requirements and a college degree.
Non-Degree Seeking Student: A student not seeking a degree, diploma, or certificate at Minneapolis College, and not eligible for financial aid.
Senior Citizen: A person who has reached 62 years of age before the beginning of any term, semester, or quarter in which a course of study is pursued, or a person receiving a railroad retirement annuity who has reached 60 years of age before the beginning of the term. Minnesota Statutes 2004, section 135A.51, provides for senior citizens who are legal residents of Minnesota to enroll in audit credit courses on a space-available basis without payment of tuition and activity fees.
Part 3. General Admissions
Minneapolis College considers all applicants for admission regardless of, race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status regarding public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, familial status or membership, or activities in a local commission as defined by law.
The College follows an open-door admission policy which means that any individual who has graduated from an accredited high school or successfully completed a General Education Development (GED) examination or an adult diploma is eligible for admission.
Admission to Minneapolis College does not automatically qualify a student for all college-level courses and programs. Some programs may require special prerequisites and requirements.
Additional or other admission requirements may apply to other categories or programs, some of these include but are not limited to: Minnesota non-residents, international, post-secondary enrollment options (PSEO), and special high school.
Students on suspension from another college or university may be admitted to Minneapolis College but must have a successful transfer suspension appeal to enroll in classes at Minneapolis College. All previous suspensions based on conduct must be reviewed and approved by the Minneapolis College student conduct officer. Students with a financial hold at another college or university may be admitted to Minneapolis College but will need to resolve the financial hold before being allowed to enroll in classes.
Persons of foreign countries interested in studying at Minneapolis College as F-1 visa international students must complete the international student application process. Upon admission, international students will be issued an I-20 document so they may be granted F-1 visa status by the U.S. Department of State, through a U.S. consulate. International students must pursue full-time study unless a Designated School Official grants permission to drop below full-time student status. International students are also required to be registered under the federal Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).
Students admitted at another Minnesota State system college or university may take courses at Minneapolis College, but are not admitted into Minneapolis College. These students are considered visiting students. Visiting students may enroll for up to eight credits per semester at Minneapolis College. A visiting student's total number of enrolled credits at all system colleges and universities shall not exceed 22 in any semester. Students not admitted to Minneapolis College or another Minnesota State institution must submit an application before registering for classes. Visiting students must satisfy course prerequisites for Minneapolis College.
A post-secondary enrollment option (PSEO) student is a Minnesota high school sophomore, junior or senior who meets the qualifications to enroll in and attend college-level courses. PSEO students can apply earned credits toward high school graduation requirements and toward a college degree once admitted to a program. Applicants to the college's PSEO program who do not meet the qualifications may appeal the admissions criteria through the Admissions Office.
Secondary students who are not enrolled at the college through the PSEO program may be admitted to enroll in courses outside of the PSEO program for any term, including the summer term. Students must satisfy course prerequisites for Minneapolis College to register. Students are responsible for the payment of tuition, fees, and books.
Part 4. Appeal
Applicants denied admissions to the College may appeal an admissions decision to the Vice President of Student Affairs.
Owner(s) Title: Vice President of Student Affairs
Date of Adoption: Original date not currently documented.
Date of Implementation (if different from adoption date): N/A
Date Last Amended: 6/9/2022 (Comprehensive)
History and Subject of Revisions: 6/9/2022 (Comprehensive), 5/20/2021 (Comprehensive review, clarification of processes and updates to reflect current practices), 7/12/2018 (General updates)
Regulatory Authority (e.g. Minnesota State policy, federal or state law): Minnesota State Board Policy 3.4 Undergraduate Admissions, Minnesota State Board Procedure 3.4.1 Undergraduate Admissions, Minnesota State Board Policy 3.5 Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program, Minnesota State Board Procedure 3.5.1 Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Program