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First Time Students

If you're new to college life, navigating the enrollment process can seem a bit intimidating. Normandale makes it easy to submit your application online and open the next chapter of your education.

It only takes a few minutes – and there's no application fee. Let's go!

Save the Dates!

Be sure to get your application submitted before the deadline for the term you wish to start. And remember – the earlier you apply, the more time you’ll have to sort out financial aid and plan your courses.

Fall 2023: Apply by August 8, 2023


The Application Process

You'll apply to Normandale as a "general student." This is the official designation for those who have no previous college experience.

If you plan to complete your Associate's degree, or transfer to another college to get a Bachelor's degree, you're a "general student."

Step 1: Apply Online

To get started, you create a "StarID.” This will be your username throughout your college career.

Once you're logged in, the application form will guide you through the easy questions and submission process.

Watch the Tutorial Start Your Application

Step 2: Send Your Transcripts

Ask your high school guidance counselor to send your official transcript to Normandale. They'll know when and how to send it to us.

Step 3: Send Your Test Scores (Optional)

Tests such as ACT, SAT or MCA are not required for admission. But these scores may help to determine your course placements for reading, writing and math classes.   

Learn more about course placement

And...that's all you need to apply!

Your Acceptance Letter

After we've received your application, you'll receive your acceptance letter via email from the Normandale Office of Admissions. Be sure to check the personal email account you provided on the application frequently!

Information you provided on your application determines your course placements. If additional information is needed, you will receive email instructions on next steps.

Once your course placements are complete, you will be invited to the New Student Orientation. Part of the orientation process will include meeting with an advisor and registering for courses.

And...that's it — you're an admitted student now!



Not a First Time Student?

If you’ve had previous college experience, or one of these descriptions are a better fit for you, check out these alternate guidelines for applying to Normandale.

A Normandale student

Transfer Students

If you’ve taken classes at other colleges or universities.

A Normandale student

International Students

If you're applying as a non-immigrant or seeking an F-1 student visa.

A Normandale PSEO student

PSEO Students

If you're in a Minnesota Post Secondary Enrollment Option Program.


If you have served – or are serving – in the U.S. Armed Forces.

A Normandale adult student

Returning Students

If you’re returning to Normandale, with or without a finished degree.

A Normandale student

Visiting Students

If you're currently enrolled at another college or university and plan to return.

Undocumented Students

Regardless of your citizenship status, Normandale is here to support your higher education goals. 

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