First Time General Student

What is a general student?

A general student is one who is attending college for the first time with no previous college experience.   Most plan to complete a degree or complete most of their general education coursework and transfer to another college.

Steps to apply as a general student:

Note:  We have moved to virtual service.  Please submit all application materials digitally (PDF preferred) as attachments to   You will be notified of your admission status by email to the email address you provide on your application your assigned Normandale student email address.

  1. Apply online . Applications are also available by calling the Office of Admissions at (952) 358-8201. The non-refundable online application fee [$20] must be paid by Visa or MasterCard. Paper applications must include a check or money order [$20] for the non-refundable application fee payable to Normandale Community College. Acceptance is pending until the application fee is received.
  1. Submit official transcripts (or GED certificate) confirming your high school graduation.
    If you are currently attending high school and anticipate graduating before your courses at Normandale begin, please submit an official high school transcript to the Office of Admissions immediately following high school graduation. Official transcripts must be prepared and sealed by the issuing institution in an envelope bearing the issuing institution's letterhead.
  1. Submit copies of score reports from any previous ACT, SAT, MCA (MN Comprehensive Assessments) or course placement testing you have completed. Previous score reports  may provide you waivers from Normandale's placement testing requirements.  
    Note:  High school GPA is now being used as part of the course placement process. 

Steps for enrollment:

  1. Apply and be accepted for admission to Normandale Community College per the directions provided above.
  1. Satisfy course placement.
    When your completed application for admission, application fee and required transcripts have been submitted, the Normandale Office of Admissions will send, within five business days, a letter verifying an admissions decision. If you are accepted for admission, you should immediately arrange to take any required placement tests in reading, writing and mathematics by making reservations as directed in your acceptance letter.
    Note:  High school GPA is now being used as part of the course placement process.  
  1. Schedule and attend an Orientation session.
    When your placement testing requirements have been satisfied, you should immediately reserve space at the earliest available Advising and Registration session by making reservations as directed in your acceptance letter or at your placement testing session.

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