Admission Requirements and Checklist

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1. Preparation

  • B.A./B.S. degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 for entrance into the college
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 for entrance into the program
Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission. The College may still consider applicants with a lower GPA through a special status committee; contact an admissions counselor to learn more.

A returning student is a student who was admitted and enrolled in a program at St. Scholastica, but has been absent from the program for at least three continuous semesters, including summer. Our goal is to make this process smooth and easy for your return to St. Scholastica.

Apply for readmission

To return to the same program at St. Scholastica, a returning student must be in good academic standing and must apply for readmission to the College.

  • Click on Undergraduate/Transfer Application
  • Log in with your email address, or Create a New Account
  • Be sure to answer “Yes” to the questions “Are you a returning student?” and “Are you returning to the same program?”, and this will cause the application to skip any essay or recommendation requirements.
  • There is no fee for applying for readmission.

Taken classes elsewhere? We'll need transcripts.

If a returning student has taken courses through other colleges during their absence from St. Scholastica, official transcripts from those colleges will be required for readmission.

Please consult with your admissions counselor regarding the steps in the process for the following situations:

Readmission to the College under Academic Probation or Dismissal

A student who left the College on academic probation or enforced withdrawal, must, in addition to fulfilling the requirements listed above, apply at least one month before the application deadline for the term which the student expects to enroll and should show evidence of positive life change or academic progress in support of the application. Applications for students who withdrew under these circumstances will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, which will make a recommendation to the VP for Academic Affairs. The decision made by the VP for Academic Affairs is final.

Returning Student Fresh Start Program

After readmission, a student returning to The College of St. Scholastica after a minimum non-enrollment period of five years may petition to the fresh start program. The fresh start program allows for a restart on a student’s grade point average. The student must petition the Registrar for the deletion of his/her former GPA. The new record will show all past courses, grades and credits, without indicating honor points. The GPA would then be calculated only on the credits earned upon return to The College of St. Scholastica.

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2. Application

Please order the following official transcripts:

  • College transcripts from all colleges that you have attended, including military, trade, technical, unaccredited or differently accredited schools
  • College transcripts from all colleges from which you have received financial aid
  • International transcripts: Please see the International Admissions Policy for additional requirements

All transcripts are required even if credits do not transfer. Transcripts must be received on or before the application deadline. Order early in the application process!

Email official transcripts to transcripts@css.edu. Electronic transcripts must be from a certified electronic official transcript provider such as Parchment, Docufide, Scrip Safe, National Clearinghouse or other certified, online transcript services.

Mailed transcripts must be in the original sealed envelope from the school. Mail to:

The College of St. Scholastica
Transcript Processing
1200 Kenwood Avenue
Duluth, MN 55811

  1. Complete the Online Application. You will need to use an updated browser, preferably Firefox, Chrome, or Safari (please do not use Internet Explorer).
  2. Prepare your essay. (Word or PDF. Please use 12-point font with 1-inch margins.)

    As part of your online application, you will be asked to upload a 250-500 word essay (Word or PDF. Please use 12-point font with 1-inch margins.) that addresses the questions below. It should represent your highest level of academic writing and demonstrate your ability to participate in a rigorous, fast-paced, accelerated academic program. Revisions will be requested if these requirements are not met.
    • What life and/or work experience leads you to pursue a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Health Information Management?
    • Why choose an online program for your Post-Baccalaureate certificate?
    • What are your career goals and how will a Post-Baccalaureate certificate in HIM support your goals?
  3. Enter contact information for two references who have observed and evaluated your leadership competencies and abilities. At least one recommendation should be from someone who can speak to the applicant's academic qualifications. These individuals will receive an email request to complete an online recommendation form, with an optional letter upload. The subject of the email will include "Please submit your recommendation for *First Name *Last Name".

If you have international transcripts or non-citizen status, you will need to send additional documentation. Please see the International Admissions Policy for complete details.

There are many financial aid options available to help you pay for your education. Contact the OneStop Student Services office early in the application process  at (877) 287-8716 or onestop@css.edu.

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3. Post-Completion

After you are notified a decision has been made regarding your application, log into your application portal to accept or decline using the Decision Response form.

As a college student at St. Scholastica, you get to take the lead in your own education and assume responsibility for your success. Please use our accepted students information page to help you along the way, and remember, your advisors and instructors are here to guide and support you as you proceed through your journey toward a degree.

Program Start Dates

Application deadlines: early submission is encouraged; applications are reviewed as they are completed. Applications completed after the following deadlines will be submitted for the subsequent term.

Fall: Aug. 5
Fall mid-term: Sept. 30
Spring: Dec. 9
Spring mid-term: Feb. 17
Summer: April 21

Contact Us

Kris CarlsonKristine Carlson
Online Admissions Counselor
(218) 723-7062
(866) 478-9277 
kcarlson@css.edu