Common Market

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The Common Market program allows a student who is already admitted at one institution to take courses at another, without going through the admission process.

The seven state universities participate in this program:

Bemidji State University
Metropolitan State University
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Southwest State University
St. Cloud State University
Winona State University

To qualify for the Common Market program students must:

  • have at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA.
  • be an undergraduate student.
  • be classified as at least a sophomore.

To take part in this program you must pick up and fill out a Common Market Passport form at the Office of the Registrar. Basically, the form asks for your name, the school you plan on attending, and the courses you plan to take there. Bring this form to your advisor to get their approval and signature. Finally, return the form to the Office of the Registrar. If you qualify, the form will be sent to the other school where you will be registered for the classes you listed.

Some items of importance to Common Market students:

  • Credits earned via Common Market are considered resident credits of the student's home university.
  • You will pay the school you attend for your registration.
  • If you are receiving Financial Aid, it will still be issued at your home school (Minnesota State University, Mankato). You should make special arrangements to have it sent to you.
  • Students are limited to taking courses on a Common Market basis for only two consecutive terms.

Minnesota State University, Mankato is also involved in a program similar to Common Market with Gustavus Adolphus College. The details of this Interchange Program mimic those listed above.

Questions concerning the Common Market Program should be directed to

the Common Market Coordinator

room:  WA 132; phone:  389-1134