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Admission Requirements and Checklist

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1. Preparation

  • Associates Degree or equivalent
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.8
  • Applicants must have taken, or be registered to take, the MN-NES Essential Academic Skills. This requirement can be waived for students who completed the ACT or SAT with sufficient scores.

    Score requirements are:
    • ACT - Composite score of 22 or greater and Combined English/Writing score of 21 or greater
    • SAT+ Writing - Score of 510 or greater and a math score of 520 or greater

Note: Meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee admission. 

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 question "Were you previously enrolled in this program at St. Scholastica, and now applying for re-admission?", 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.


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
  • High School transcripts, if you have no college credit
  • International transcripts: Please see the International Admissions page for additional requirements
  • Closed school transcripts: Check the OHE website to see who to contact for an official transcript

All transcripts are required for admission and to determine the number of credits you may transfer to St. Scholastica. Transcripts must be received on or before the application deadline. Order early in the application process!

Email official transcripts to 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.
  2. Upload your completed Elementary Education Degree Completion Program Essay (word or pdf format). 
    • The essay should represent your highest level of academic writing and demonstrate your ability to participate in a rigorous academic program. 
    • Prepare a two-page essay, typed and double-spaced, using 12-point Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins, addressing the following topics.
      1. Describe a teacher from your K-12 experience who impacted you in either a positive or a negative way.
      2. Describe their interactions and teaching style in the classroom.
      3. Describe the effect they had on your learning and K-12 experience.
  3. Enter contact information for a minimum of two references (no family members) from individuals who have observed and evaluated your leadership competencies, dedication to education, or experience in teaching children. 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 "First Name" "Last Name" has requested a recommendation from you.

    These should include:
    • One reference from a faculty member
    • One reference from an agency/employment supervisor/community member who has observed your interactions with children or can speak to your commitment to education
  4. Upon receipt of all application materials, your application will be forwarded to the Admissions Committee for review and the admission decision. If your application is approved to move forward, a background check must be passed in order to be considered for full program acceptance.

Please see our International Admissions page for information on additional documentation that may be required.

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


3. Post-Completion

After you are notified a decision has been made regarding your application, log into your application portal, view your decision letter, and click "Reply to Offer".

  • 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.
  • A background check will be performed in your first semester of courses.

Program Start Dates

Program Start: Fall

Application Deadline

Aug. 15

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