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We’re glad you plan to attend Anoka-Ramsey! As a first-time college student, you’ll find we offer many services to help you succeed.

Here are the steps to become a student.

Important Notes

If you have ever been a student with Anoka-Ramsey, you do not need to re-apply.

If you have ever taken any college or university courses at another school, please enroll as a transfer student.

Admissions Checklist for New Students

  1. 1. Apply

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

    Once you’ve submitted your application, watch for a letter informing you of your enrollment status.

    When you are admitted, your letter will include important information: your Student ID and PIN information.

    Be sure to save your STAR ID and PIN.

    You’ll need your Student ID and PIN for placement testing (see Step 3 below) and to access your student email account and other campus information.

    Apply for Financial Aid

    Be sure to visit Cost & Aid for information on applying for financial aid, and dates and deadlines!

    Apply for Scholarships

    All new students are encouraged to apply before the April 15 scholarship deadline for Anoka-Ramsey Scholarships too!

  2. 2. Complete Placement Testing

    After you receive your acceptance letter to Anoka-Ramsey, your next step is to prepare for and then complete a placement test for reading, English composition and math at the Coon Rapids or Cambridge Testing Center.

    No appointment is needed for testing. Just check the Testing Center schedules for walk-in testing times or call to confirm space availability:

    Coon Rapid Testing Center: 763-433-1180
    Cambridge Testing Center: 763-433-1980

    You may be exempt from some or all of your placement test if you meet certain conditions. Previous college coursework, AP/IB, ACT, SAT and/or MCA scores may be reviewed for possible placement test waiver(s).

    See, "Alternative Placement Options" on the Accuplacer Placement Testing page for more information on possible exemptions.

  3. 3. Complete Orientation

    Orientation is required for new students before they can register for classes. It’s an opportunity to learn important information about your classes and the college – and you’ll have a chance to meet other students, too.

    Schedule an orientation session early so you have the best chance to take the classes you want – and then you may register for classes. Find important information about orientation here – including what to bring and how to sign up.

    Follow the general new student orientation process unless you are a transfer student, international student or PSEO/high school options student.

    After Registration

    After you have registered for classes, it’s time to pay your tuition and buy books

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