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Admission Procedures

McNally Smith College of Music operates on a rolling admission system. Applications will be accepted until classes are full. If a program fills to capacity, the application may be transferred to the next available start date.

Undergraduate Application Procedure

Students interested in applying to McNally Smith should follow the steps outlined below. Any issues related to credit transfer, credit by examination, advanced placement exams, or credit or waiver for armed services training, may be explored through consultation with an Admissions Representative or appropriate faculty member. Scheduling a visit with the Admissions Department prior to or during the application process is recommended.

Step 1 – Apply

Complete the online enrollment application and submit the $75 application fee before the deadline to receive priority status for admission to the upcoming semester. (Not applicable for PSEO student applications.)

Step 2 – Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to submit materials and documentation specific to their major to be considered for acceptance. The undergraduate admission requirements are listed below:


The submission of required documents and the scheduling of auditions or entrance exams should be coordinated between the applicant and their Admissions Representative.

If an applicant has earned credits from another institution, an official copy of those college transcripts must be sent to the Registrar Office at McNally Smith to be considered for transfer eligibility.

Step 3 – Acceptance

Following submission and review of all required documents, an admission decision will be made and a formal letter of acceptance or denial will be sent.

Step 4 – Confirm Acceptance

Once the applicant receives an acceptance letter and offer of admission, he or she must return the attached confirmation letter accepting the offer of admission, along with the non-refundable $200 tuition deposit to secure the student’s seat in class and to enable course registration. The deadline for receipt of confirmation is May 1 for Fall applicants and 30 days in advance of semester start date for Spring and Summer applicants. The tuition deposit is not a fee and will be applied to the first semester tuition bill.

Note: Students may request a tuition deposit waiver from the Financial Aid Office if all financial aid monies have been approved and are scheduled to cover the entire amount of tuition and fees for the upcoming semester.

Standards for Admission

McNally Smith College of Music considers each applicant individually when determining admission. The following standards and requirements are important indicators of an incoming student’s potential, but are not the only factors controlling acceptance. McNally Smith takes a holistic approach to applicant review and makes offers of admission accordingly.

A minimum high school GPA is required for incoming students at the following degree levels:

  • Bachelor: 2.5
  • Associate: 2.0
  • Diploma: 2.0



Students wishing to return to McNally Smith College of Music must submit an Application for Re-Admission. Requirements for re-admission include having met Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), having no holds in place and securing approval from the Registrar, Bursar, Academic Coordinator and Department Head.

Students wishing to return to a different degree level and/or major may have to fulfill extra application requirements.

Acceptance Status Procedure

Students may be offered admission to McNally Smith College of Music at one of three acceptance statuses:

  • Full Acceptance: Student fulfills all requirements for acceptance and has no conditions attached to admission offer.
  • Conditional Acceptance: Student qualifies for admission but requires prescribed coursework during their first semester to remedy any areas of deficiency.
  • Probationary Acceptance: Student demonstrates potential for success at McNally Smith but does not meet minimum GPA requirements for chosen degree program. Student must earn a GPA of 2.0 or better their first semester or be subject to termination.


International Students

McNally Smith is authorized under federal law to enroll non- immigrant alien students. International applicants follow the same application procedures as other incoming students. In addition to the required application documentation, they must also prove they have college-level speaking, writing, and comprehension skills in the English language by submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores. Minimum required scores for those exams are 65 on the Internet Based TOEFL(iBT) or 5.5 on the IELTS.

Students who have completed study at a language Institute or demonstrate English language proficiency by other means, may be admitted without taking
the TOEFL.

Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO)

McNally Smith College of Music participates in the PSEO program and offers college courses to high school juniors and seniors in Minnesota. Admission requirements to the PSEO program at McNally Smith are the same as those for the Bachelor degree. PSEO students must complete the online enrollment application as well as fulfill all requirements for admission, by program. In addition to program requirements, PSEO students need to submit the Minnesota Department of Education PSEO form, signed by their appropriate school official. Visit PSEO Academics to see available course offerings.