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Canadian Undergraduates

Students from Canada who have completed grade twelve or thirteen in secondary school are considered freshmen; those who have completed an equivalent of 12 credits or more of post-secondary university-level course work after secondary graduation are considered transfer students.

Academic Eligibility

  1. Freshman Students:

    Freshmen students will be considered for admission on the basis of their secondary school record and scores taken from the ACT or SAT tests. Applicants who have a minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or have an ACT score of 22 or an SAT score of 1540 will qualify for admission. If the applicant's native language is not English, a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (CBT 195, IBT 71), IELTS 6, or A.C.E. Language Institute Level 6 will be required.

  2. Transfer Students:

    Transfer students will be considered on the basis of their post-secondary education record. A minimum cumulative transferable grade-point average (GPA) of 2.0 or C on a 4.0 scale is required of all Canadian transfer students. If the applicant's native language is not English, a minimum TOEFL score of 525 (CBT 195, iBT 71), IELTS 6, or A.C.E. Language Institute Level 6 will be required.

Application Procedures

All application materials must bear the official school seal and signature and be sent directly from the institution or agency to the Office of International Programs. Transcripts and test scores received from students are unofficial and not acceptable. To provide time for evaluation and for notice of acceptance to reach the applicant in a timely manner, the application and required credentials must be received by the Office of International Programs according to the following dates:

Fall Semester - May 15
Spring Semester - October 15
Summer Session - March 1

Receipt of the following credentials in the Office of International Programs constitutes a complete application for admission. Requests to have final credentials sent to MSU must be initiated by the applicant. To apply for a semester other than the one originally intended, notify the Office of International Programs as soon as possible.

Office of International Programs • PO Box 172260 • 400 Culbertson Hall • Bozeman, MT 59717 USA • Phone: +1-406-994-4031 • Fax: +1-406-994-1619. Email:

Be sure to submit the following items:

  1. International Undergraduate Application for Admissions: A paper application can be downloaded and printed at: An on-line application may be submitted at

  2. Application fee (nonrefundable): US $36 on-line application fee or US $30 paper application. The fee must be in U.S. currency. Checks should be made payable to Montana State University and must indicate the U.S. banking codes. The application fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. The fee must be paid before the application will be processed.

  3. Evidence of Financial Support: MSU requires the International Student Financial Certificate from students with non-immigrant visas. The Financial Certificate guarantees that the required minimum amount of money, in U.S. dollars, will be available to the student during the academic year. A bank statement is also required. Admission will not be considered until the Financial Certificate is completed, with a signed statement of support, and is on file in the Office of International Programs. The Financial Certificate is included with the paper application or it can be downloaded with the online application and submitted separately.

  4. Secondary school academic records: Complete and official secondary school transcripts listing all courses and grades/marks earned are required of all students applying as first-time freshmen or those who have earned fewer than 12 college/university credits. The record must be sent directly from the secondary school to the Office of International Programs. Additional official certificates may be required to show completion of secondary school.

  5. ACT/SAT scores: All first-time freshmen are required to take either the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) Reasoning Test MSU does not accept the SAT Subject Tests (formally SAT II Subject Test) for admission purposes. The test results are used in determining admission status, awarding certain scholarships and in assisting with academic planning. Applicants who have graduated three or more years prior to the semester in which they intend to enroll are not required to submit ACT/SAT test results.

  6. College/university transcripts: Official transcripts from each international and U.S. college/university attended are required and must list all courses taken and grades/marks earned. The transcript must be sent from each institution to the Office of International Programs.

  7. Translation of academic records: An English translation must be received for all non-English academic credentials.

  8. Evaluation of foreign credentials: MSU reserves the right to require a professional evaluation of non-U.S. academic credentials from applicants who have attended colleges/universities outside the United States and Canada (where English is not the official language of instruction) unless MSU has a formal agreement with the postsecondary institution.

  9. English Language Proficiency: A TOEFL score of 525 (CBT 195,iBT 71), IELTS 6 or ACE Language Institute Level 6 or above is required of non-native speakers of English. If a student is coming for a limited period of time on another institution’s I-20, MSU will accept written permission from the instructor(s) of the MSU course(s) the student intends to take.

  10. Medical records/insurance: Submit required immunization records by logging onto the Student Health Service website at and clicking on the “On-line Student Health” link. Students must submit proof of required immunizations prior to registration for classes. Questions should be referred to the MSU Student Health Service, +1-406-994-2311.

  11. Foreign Student Eligibility to Transfer form: This form must be submitted to the Office of International Programs by all international students transferring from a U.S. college or university.

Notification of Admission

Applicants are reviewed for admission when all required final and official credentials have been received at the Office of International Programs. Successful candidates will promptly be issued a letter of acceptance and an I-20 form necessary for obtaining an F-1 student visa. A packet of information regarding orientation, the registration process and other important information will follow directly in a separate mailing.

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