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On Campus:25%
  • Fall 08/22-12/14
  • Spring 01/09-05/10

Tuition & Payments
You will pay in-state/in province tuition/fees directly to your host campus.
OPEN - Host campus accepts ALL qualified applicants.

You will pay your normal tuition/fees to your home campus.
UNEVEN - Host campus accepts a few more students than it sends out.

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Plan A Tuition & Fees:

Estimated Per Semester
Costs For Room And Meals:

Additional Information
Receive From Canada

Campus Diversity
1%Native/First Nation
0%Hawaiian/Pacific Island
0%Two or more races

Campus Links
Home Page
Outgoing Students

NSE Links
Policies & Procedures
Campus Detail Info
Member Campus Links

How to Apply
Applications are submitted through your home campus coordinator.
Find Your NSE Office

Moorhead is the largest city in northwest Minnesota. With a population of more than 209,000 in Moorhead/Fargo, the area offers an exciting mix of activities including community theater, symphony orchestra, art galleries, the Blue Stem Center for the Arts, Trollwood Performing Arts School, nine golf courses and 100 city parks. The Hjemkomst Center, a museum containing a re-creation of a Viking ship of the same name also houses the Clay County Archives.

MSUM combines a strong liberal arts foundation with innovation. Students get hands-on experience by collaborating with faculty on research and creative projects. Classes are taught by professors, not TAs, and many lead their fields in research. Unique facilities include a planetarium, outdoor science center, electronic music lab, comprehensive arts center, radio & TV station and Wellness Center. Nationally accredited in Business, School Psychology Specialist program, music, art, chemistry, SLHS, education and social work.

Campus Location - Minnesota State University Moorhead's campus is on 119 acres in the middle of Moorhead, MN, on the western side of the state. We are bordered on the west by the Red River of the North and adjacent to the city of Fargo, ND. Moorhead/Fargo also houses an American Association baseball team and a USHL hockey team.

Helpful Information - Students will get hands-on experience by collaborating with faculty on research and creative projects and by working at a variety of on-campus facilities. Some unique facilities include an on-campus planetarium, an outdoor science center, an electronic music lab, comprehensive arts center and television and radio stations. MSUM is part of the Tri-College University which allows students to take one course per semester at Concordia College in Moorhead or NDSU without paying additional fees.

Closed Programs
Graphic Communications

Enrollment in Elementary Education courses requires a GPA of at least 2.75. Art courses are highly competitive.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Speech Pathology and Audiology
  • Art
  • Athletic Training
  • Communications
  • Social Work

Unique Academic Programs

  • Music Industry
  • Film Studies
  • East Asian Literature/Studies
  • Gerontology
  • Paralegal Studies

Special Options
Honors Access: Yes
Study Abroad Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

Anthropology: Anthropology, Archaeology

Area Studies: American Multicultural Studies, American Studies, East Asian Literature/Studies, Gerontology, International Studies, Native American Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art Education, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture

Athletics: Athletic Training, Coaching, Exercise Science, Physical Education

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Biotechnology, Botany/Plant Sciences, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology, Zoology

Business: Accounting, Actuarial Science, Advertising, Business Administration, Finance/Banking, International Business, Management, Marketing, Public Relations

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular Biochemistry

Communications: Broadcasting, Communication, Film, Journalism, Mass Communication, Multimedia, Photo Journalism, Print Media

Criminal Justice: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement/Police Sciences, Legal Studies, Paralegal Studies

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Earth Science, Geology, Geosciences, Physical Sciences

Economics: Economics

Education: Communications, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, English, Health Education, Junior High/Middle School, Kindergarten Education, Language and Literacy, Learning Disabilities, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Reading, Science, Secondary Education, Special Education

English: English, Film Studies, Literature, Writing

Environmental Studies: Ecology, Energy/Environmental Policy, Environmental Sciences, Sustainability Studies

Foreign Language: Language and Culture, Spanish

General Studies: Humanities, Individualized Degree Program

Health and Safety Sciences: Community Health, Gerontology, Health Science, Health Services Administration, Medical Technology

History: History

Industrial Studies: Construction Management, Production and Operations Management

Information Studies: Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Computer Technology

Mathematics: Actuarial Mathematics, Computation Science, Mathematics

Performing Arts: Acting, Directing, Music, Music Business/Merchandising, Music Education, Music Industry, Music Performance, Music Technology, Music Theater, Music Theory and Composition, Theater Arts/Drama, Theater Design Technology

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy

Physics: Chemical Physics, Physics

Political Science: International Studies, Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Sociology/Social Work: Social Work, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Speech Pathology and Audiology

Technology: Biological Technology, Industrial Technology, Operations Technology

Theater: Performance and Directing

Quick Links Registration Priority
  • According to class standing
GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
  • None.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 500 paper, 173 computer or N/A Internet
Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Students
  • No graduate or post-baccalaureate students
Summer Exchange
  • Plan A
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Plan A Students
  • Figures are current as of 8/1/2016.
  • Estimated cost: $4,058.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan A students.
Tuition and Fees - Plan B Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Plan B students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Plan A: 19 ($230 per additional hour)
  • Plan B: 19 ($230 per additional hour)
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 8/1/2016.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit: $150 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Recreation Fee: $115 Semester Plan B Optional
Health Service Fee: $6 Credit Hour Plan B Optional
Health Insurance: $650 Semester Plan A & B Optional
ID Card: $20 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Parking Fee: $90 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Orientation Fee: $100 Year Plan A & B Mandatory
Recycling Fee: $10 Semester Plan A Mandatory

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students do not need to purchase health insurance.

Financial Aid
Plan A
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • CWS
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002367

Plan B
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Plan A or Plan B, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.
  • Figures are current as of 8/1/2016.
  • Expect 5% or more increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on the average room and meal plan selected by NSE students. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your selected room type and meals.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • Double: $2,536
  • Full-year contract required for a full-year exchange
  • On campus living encouraged
Off-Campus Housing
  • Appoximate monthly cost: $675
  • Proximity to campus: 4 blocks
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Meal Plans Per Semester
  • Meal purchase is required for on campus living.
  • $650 declining balance plan.
  • $1576 per semester for 21 meals per week.
  • $1292 per semester for 12 meals per week.
  • $731 per semester for 3 meals per week.

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.