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General or Transfer Student


We’re glad you plan to attend Anoka-Ramsey! Here are the steps to become a student if you have earned your high school diploma or equivalent, attended a previous college/university or have earned college-level credit.

If you are planning on applying for financial aid, make sure to begin that process as well.

Schedule a Remote Appointment

Schedule a remote appointment with an Admissions Advisor:

Cambridge Campus

Coon Rapids Campus

Important Notes

If you have ever been a student with Anoka-Ramsey, you do not need to re-apply. Please follow the Returning Student steps.

Admissions Checklist for General or Transfer Students

  1. Apply to Anoka-Ramsey

    Apply online for admission to the college. There is no cost to apply.

    Be sure to save your StarID and Password where you can find it. You’ll need your StarID and password to access your student email account and other campus information.

    Once you have submitted your application, watch for an email informing you of your enrollment status.


    If you are a current Minnesota State student and only want to take one or two courses with Anoka-Ramsey, follow the Visiting Student: Minnesota State steps.

    If you are a current Minnesota State student and want to transfer to Anoka-Ramsey to earn a degree, use your current StarID and password to log into the application and most of your information will auto-fill.

  2. Request Official Transcripts (if applicable)

    If you have earned college-level credits through AP, IB, PSEO, or another college/university, you need to request an official transcript be sent to Anoka-Ramsey. See below for information on how to send official transcripts to Anoka-Ramsey.


    If you have attended another Minnesota State college or university, the Records Office at Anoka-Ramsey will retrieve your official transcript for you at no cost. You must complete the Minnesota State Transcript Retrieval Form.


    Students with prior coursework at another college, university, or vocational school should submit official transcripts from each institution to the Records Office.

     Have official transcripts sent to:

    Anoka-Ramsey Community College
    Attn: Records
    11200 Mississippi Blvd. NW
    Coon Rapids, MN 55433

    Official transcripts may also be delivered to from educational institutions who use an electronic secure, certified PDF option.


    Students with military credits can get information here: Veterans Services


    Students wishing to transfer credit from a university outside of the U.S.A. to Anoka-Ramsey must have their transcript evaluated by an approved academic credentialing agency. The following companies provide acceptable evaluations for a fee (order a "Course by Course" evaluation and Anoka-Ramsey as a recipient):

    Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)
    P.O. Box 514070
    Milwaukee, WI 53203
    Phone: 414-289-3400
    Fax: 414-289-3411

    World Educational Services (WES)
    P.O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station
    New York, NY 10113
    Phone: 1-800-937-3895
    Fax: 212-739-6100

    To learn more about how credits are evaluated, you may read the Minnesota State transfer policy here.

    You may also read the Minnesota State Transfer Rights and Responsibilities policy here.


  3. Determine Placement

    Valid assessment test scores on the Accuplacer, ACT, SAT, MCA, etc., previous high school GPA and coursework, and previously earned college-level credit can be used to determine a student's placement level in English/Reading/Math. To view your placement level, log into eServices, then select Courses & Registration, and then Course Placement.

    If you do not have a valid placement level/score on file in eServices, please visit for next steps.

  4. Begin Orientation and Registration Process

    Orientation and Registration is required for new students. It’s an opportunity to learn important information about your classes and the college.

    Students will be able to start the Orientation and Registration process once they have completed Steps 1-3.

    Visit for more information on the Orientation and Registration process.

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