Minnesota State Mankato is test-optional for admissions. We will make admission and scholarship decisions based on high school transcripts and GPA for students that do not provide ACT or SAT scores. Students who apply will not be required to submit ACT or SAT scores to be considered for admission and missing test scores will not be required prior to attending. If students submit test scores, they will be used in the admissions process. For information on course placement, see the University Testing Center's course placement policies website.

Admission Requirements

Minnesota State Mankato is test-optional

You will be automatically admitted with any one of the following:

  • A cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher OR
  • A rank in the top 50% of your high school class OR
  • An ACT composite score of 21 or higher AND a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 2.7

If you do not meet the above admission requirements, you can submit additional information for us to consider when reviewing your application. Please provide:

Personal Statement addressing the following: college readiness and ability to be successful at university-level coursework, post-secondary plans, why you want to attend Minnesota State University, Mankato, and any other challenges that may have impacted your admissibility.

Letter of Recommendation from a teacher in a core-curriculum class. The recommendation should provide insight into a student’s academic performance and readiness for college. One recommendation will complete the file, but additional letters may be submitted.

Senior Year Grades to show academic achievement in senior year. These grades can be a progress report or an updated transcript that shows up-to-date grades from senior year.