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Procedure 3E.1/11 Admissions


Minnesota Resident Tuition Rate

Anoka-Ramsey Community College charges the same Minnesota resident tuition rate to residents and non-residents. However, South Dakota residents pay tuition equal to the Minnesota resident tuition rate, plus a surcharge that is determined each year.

Minnesota Resident Status

MN resident status is determined at the time of application according to the permanent residence of the student and is based on the following:

  • Residency must be established for at least one calendar year immediately prior to application.
  • Residency must not be primarily for the purpose of attending college or university.

Residency status is not automatically updated after you have been admitted to the college and have resided in Minnesota for one calendar year. However, except for residents of South Dakota, all other resident and non-resident students are still charged the Minnesota resident tuition rate, regardless of their state or country of residence.

Placement for Success

To ensure academic success, new students at the college are required to take College Board Placement test, Accuplacer. Accuplacer assesses skill levels in the areas of reading, English composition, and mathematics. Placement results are used to determine skill level and place students in appropriate courses. Accuplacer testing is offered on a regular basis throughout the year.  It takes approximately two hours to complete the entire test. There is no fee for the first set of tests.
Placement tests are required for:

  • New students registering for credit-based courses
  • All PSEO students
  • Returning students or transfer students who have not either:
    taken the Accuplacer placement test at another institution or
    successfully completed a college-level math and/or college-level English course with a grade of "C" or higher
    (Send an official copy of your valid placement scores and/or transcripts to the Records and Registration Office.)

Students are not required to take the placement test(s) if they have:

  • ACT sub-scores of at least 22 in math, at least 18 in Writing, or at least 21 in reading. Students whose sub-scores are lower in one of these areas must take the placement test in that area.


The placement test and/or ACT scores are considered valid if within three calendar years, inclusive of the current calendar year, for reading and writing and two calendar years, inclusive of the current calendar year, for mathematics. Although the placement tests do not determine admission to Anoka-Ramsey Community College, they do determine entry into some courses. If students are placed into an ELL course, they are required to enroll in that course during their first semester at Anoka-Ramsey.  Students who successfully complete ELL 0790 are required to take ELL 0850 the following semester unless otherwise determined through placement. Students who successfully complete ELL 0810 are required to take ELL 0850 the following semester unless otherwise determined through placement. If the Accuplacer reading score indicates placement into Reading 0910, students must enroll in that course during their first semester at Anoka- Ramsey. Reading 0990 must be completed during the next semester of attendance following successful completion (grade of C or better) of Reading 0910 unless otherwise determined through placement. Students are also encouraged to register for the indicated courses immediately when placement is other than into 1000-level courses. Students are expected to complete all courses numbered below 1000 prior to the completion of 30 credits as determined by placement. Students placing below the lowest pre-college level courses offered may be referred to Adult Basic Education (ABE).

A student's course enrollment may be cancelled if the student does not take the placement test or if the student registers for a course at a level above the cut-off score of his or her placement test(s).  Course refunds may not be issued for inappropriate registration. Students may retest once (per test section) within twelve (12) months of the first testing date regardless of where the test was administered for a fee.

A student’s course enrollment may be cancelled if the student does not take the placement test or if the student registers for a course at a level above the cut-off score of his or her placement test(s).  Course refunds may not be issued for inappropriate registration.  Students who are not satisfied with their placement results may retest for a fee.  

Individuals will be given reasonable time and opportunity to review prior to testing. Review materials will be provided by the college and will cover material to be tested. Materials will include a sample test. Access to study materials and practice tests are available on the website and in the Testing Center upon request. For additional information about placement testing, including our hours of operation, retests, or requests for testing accommodations, please stop by or call the Testing Center (Cambridge Campus at 763-433-1980 / Coon Rapids Campus at 763-433-1180).


Minnesota Statute (M.S. 135A.14) requires all students born after 1956 and enrolled in a public or private post-secondary school in Minnesota be immunized against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps and rubella allowing for certain specified exceptions. No proof of immunization is needed from students who are assumed to be up-to-date with their immunizations due to requirements imposed by their previous school enrollment, such as students who graduated from a Minnesota high school in 1997 or later. Immunization forms are sent out from the Office of Records and Registration. Students will not be able to complete registration a second time without this information.


Course schedules for both campuses are published before registration begins for each new semester. In addition, course information is available online at Schedule and Descriptions. Students are permitted to register only at times indicated in the published schedule.
Students are encouraged to register online. Online registration is limited to returning students who do not have holds on their records and new students attending orientation. A Star ID login is necessary for online registration. See the course schedule for details. Students may also register in person at each campus.
Students may register for a maximum of 22 credits per semester.
Fees must be paid by the payment deadlines unless deferred by financial aid. The college reserves the right to withhold registration privileges from students with unpaid college financial obligations. Tuition invoices are not mailed. Invoice statement and payment deadlines can be found at  

Adding and Dropping Classes

Students without holds on their records may add and/or drop classes according to the add/drop procedure listed in each semester course schedule. A Star ID login is necessary for online transactions. All students may add, drop or withdraw in person. Students are responsible for dropping courses if they register and later change their plans for attendance.

Withdrawing from a Class

The final date for official course withdrawal is the last day on which students may officially terminate their enrollment in a course, and shall be the date on which eighty percent (80%) of the days in the academic semester have elapsed. For courses not on a standard academic semester schedule, the final date for official course withdrawal shall be established as the date on which eighty percent (80%) of the instructional days for the course have elapsed. To withdraw from classes, students must complete the Withdrawal procedure. Check the campus course schedule for procedures and published withdrawal dates.
Withdraw grades may subject students to academic probation or suspension. Review the College Costs and Financial Assistance section for pertinent refund information.
Important: If students stop attending class(es) but do not officially withdraw from the college or from a specific course, they will receive the grade that is earned in the course (very likely an “F”). It is the student’s responsibility to officially withdraw from the course; the college does not assign a “W” grade for students who fail to officially withdraw.

Evaluation of Transfer Credits
General Transfer Guidelines
GPA and Grades

Course-for-course equivalencies will be made toward the general education distribution requirements. MnTC goals will be followed from the transferring institution. Other credits accepted in transfer will be indicated as electives.
All college courses in which a student has received a grade of A, B, C, D or P will be considered for transfer evaluation. Transfer credit grades will not be used in computing the student’s GPA at the college. Only earned credits (not grade point credits or grade points) will be recorded on the official college transcript.

Comparability: Courses approved for transfer must be comparable in nature, content, and level and match at least 75% of the content and goals of the course for which the student is seeking equivalent credit.

Time Limit: General education, general studies, and elective credits shall have no transfer time limit. The timeliness of credits applied to career programs will be considered when evaluating transfer credits.

Equivalency/Conversion: The number of transfer credits granted per course shall not exceed the number granted by the originating institution. The conversion of quarter hours to semester hours is .66 semester hours for each quarter hour.

Repeated Courses: When a student transfers in courses and later successfully repeats a comparable course at the college, only credit from the college will be granted.
Credits achieved through military training will be considered for transfer. Students should submit a Military Transcript for evaluation.
Competency-Based Education credits will transfer as general electives unless approved for other distribution requirements.
Students who have questions about their transfer credits or wish to appeal the transfer evaluation may contact the Office of Records and Registration or an advisor or counselor at either campus.

Additional Technical College Credits

The college shall accept in transfer, for full credit, college-parallel general education courses offered by technical colleges to provide transfer-level general education courses leading to a certificate, an associate in arts degree, associate in fine arts degree, associate in science degree, or an associate in applied science degree.
The college shall accept for transfer, as electives, a maximum of 16 semester credits of college-level vocational or technical courses offered by technical colleges.



04.2005 Moved the following sections from this procedure into the admission policy: Minnesota Resident Admission, Midwest Students Exchange Program, Non-Resident Admission, International Student Admission, PSEO Admission, Special Highs School Admission, Senior citizen Admission.

05.2006 Added the following sections to this procedure: Application to Nursing Program, Priorities for Nursing Program Admission, Waiting List Procedure for the Nursing Program, Application Status Notification Nursing Program.

03.2008 Revised language in the Reciprocity Agreement and Admission section, Orientation section, Evaluation of Transfer Credits General Transfer Guideline GPA and Grades section, and the Nursing Program admission section. Moved the Reciprocity Agreement and Admission section to the beginning of the procedure.

05.2010 Removed Reciprocity section and replaced with Minnesota Resident Tuition Rate and Status. Updated test length for Accuplacer tests and removed qualifier for initial course placements. Clarified registration requirements for registering for 19 credits or more in a semester. Updated application to the Nursing Program procedure added Nursing Program Admission Procedure, Application to the PTA Program and PTA Program Admission Procedure.

10.2011 Updated PTA admissions requirements to comply with Office of Civil Rights.

11.2012 MnSCU updates for Withdrawing from a Class and Registration. Pharmacy Tech program Admissions additions and PTA updates.

10.2013 Changes to Placement for Success re: Placement Test requirements. Removed Orientation. 

12.2013 PTA updates - scoring rubric changes.

09.2014 Updated for ELL. Placement procedure changes.

04.2015 Nursing, PTA and Pharm Tech procedures moving to new departmental process.

07.2015 Remove retest limit and add study material and practice test availability to Placement for Success. 

07.2017 Technical changes



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