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Special University Attendance

Special university attendance allows a student of high school age who will not have graduated from high school to be considered for regular admission where a demonstrated extraordinary ability and general maturity warrant such acceptance. Admission will be very selective.

Academic Eligibility

To be eligible for special university admission, the applicant:

  1. Demonstrate exceptional ability to do university level work.
  2. Demonstrate a strong likelihood of success at university level work.

Application Procedure

  1. Receipt of the following credentials in the Office of Admissions constitutes a complete application for admission:

    1. Admissions Application: An application may be submitted online or printed out at The application form may also be obtained from Montana high school counselors or from the Office of Admissions.
    2. Application fee (nonrefundable): $36 application fee (online application): $30 application fee (paper application). Checks should be made payable to Montana State University. The application fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. The fee must be paid before the application for admission will be processed.
    3. High school transcript. An official transcript must be sent directly from the high school to the Office of Admissions. Courses completed and grade point-average must be posted.
    4. ACT/SAT scores. Scores from either the ACT or the SAT (if available) or appropriate documentation confirming student's academic ability must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
    5. Letters of recommendation. Letters recommending admittance must be submitted by the student's school principal, guidance counselor and/or teachers. Letters from teachers who work with gifted and talented students are particularly valued.
    6. Interview. An appointment must be made with the Registrar and Director of Admissions to discuss Special University Attendance.
    7. Evaluation of ability and social maturity. An evaluation of academic ability and social maturity may be requested through the MSU Counseling and Psychological Services.
  2. The request to have credentials sent to Montana State University must be initiated by the applicant. Requests should be made to the registrar at the high school or agency. Credentials must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

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