Program encourages college students to attend school within Minnesota

MSU Moorhead is participating in the Minnesota State “Elevate Minnesota Scholars” program. The program offers students a streamlined application process, guaranteed acceptance of all credits earned from an accredited out-of-state institution*, and access to the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum Package so credits earned at a Minnesota State college or university can easily transfer to other institutions. 

According to the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Minnesota loses about 20 percent of its high school graduates to out-of-state colleges and universities each year.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us all to adapt, and many students who had been planning to attend college out-of-state are now rethinking their plans, realizing that now may not be a good time to venture far from home,” said Devinder Malhotra, chancellor of Minnesota State.

About one-third of MSU Moorhead students are transfer students from other schools.

“MSUM prides itself on being a transfer-friendly university,” said Tom Reburn, director of undergraduate admissions. “Within our transfer center, we have transfer specialists dedicated to assisting students in their enrollment process, and we have a physical presence with regular visit options at some of our top transfer schools.”

MSU Moorhead waives its application fee during virtual and on-campus visits. Visits can be scheduled in person or virtually at

More information on the Elevate Minnesota Scholars program is available at

*  Credit must have been earned with a grade of C or better. Depending on the college or university, credits may be applied to general education courses, not necessarily applied to a major program.

Minnesota State includes 30 community and technical colleges and seven state universities serving approximately 350,000 students. It is the third-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States.