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You have questions. We have answers.

We want to make it as easy as possible for you to attend college. The questions and answers in this section are intended to help you gain a clearer understanding of what you need to do to get started at college. We encourage you to schedule a “Start Here” session for answers to your specific questions.

How do I apply for a specific program?

If you have not enrolled at Saint Paul College before, you must complete an
Application for Admission onlineThere is a non-refundable $20.00 application fee. However, due to challenging economic times Saint Paul College will waive your application fee if you apply after October 8, 2009. This application fee waiver will be applied to all applications until further notice. If you need more information about a degree, diploma or certificate program, you can do one of the following:

Other than turning in an application, what else will I need to do to be admitted?

Most students enrolling in degree, diploma or certificate programs are required to take a basic skills assessment prior to admission. This assessment is designed to determine your academic strengths and weaknesses, and help evaluate your interests. Additionally, as a degree, diploma or certificate-seeking student, you must provide official academic transcripts from your high school, GED completion or other colleges you have attended. Request your official transcript be sent to our Admissions Office.

What if I am not interested in a degree, but just want to take a few courses?

If you’re not seeking a degree, diploma or certificate, and you intend to enroll for 8 credits or less during your first semester, or you are pursuing courses for personal or professional development, you are not required to attend a New Student Orientation, Advising & Registration session. Simply apply for admission and register for classes at the Registration Office during Open Registration.

What if I am interested in a degree, diploma or certificate, but I don’t know what program I want to go into?

We’ll help you explore career interests and preferences through career inventories. In addition, the Career Assessment will help you explore your interests. Assessment services are available at no charge. Call 651.846.1600 for more information.

What if I’m not sure I can afford to attend Saint Paul College?

If you feel you need financial assistance, please contact our Financial Aid Office. You’ll need to allow 6 weeks lead time for processing your financial aid application. You can also apply online at and shorten the processing time by about 2 weeks. [More financial aid information is available online.]

How will I know if I’ve been admitted, and what happens then?

You will receive notification via email that you’ve been admitted to Saint Paul College, and you will also receive information about attending a New Student Orientation, Advising & Registration session. At Orientation, you’ll have an opportunity to register earlier with the assistance of an advisor.

Important Terms

You are admitted to the College once you have successfully met all of the College admission requirements which then allows you to take some classes and work toward a degree, diploma or certificate program. Some programs, however, require additional criteria before you are allowed to enter the program and take program classes.

Community College
This is a college that offers lower division instruction, usually two years or less, in academic and occupational programs which are typically used to transfer to a four-year university.

Once you have registered for courses and paid your tuition and fees, you are enrolled at a college.

Intake Assessment
Intake assessment involves finding out your basic skills in reading, mathematics and writing. Knowing your skill level in these areas will help you to determine which courses are best suited for your abilities and put you on the right track for academic success.

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal arts and science courses address knowledge of the important concepts and principles of the natural sciences, mathematics, history, social and behavioral sciences, arts and the humanities. These courses focus on developing student’s general knowledge and reasoning ability like thinking, communication, inquiry and an appreciation of diverse people, cultures and life roles. These courses, according to state statute, must transfer to a four-year university.

Technical College
This is a college that offers lower division instruction, usually two years or less, in technical and occupational programs which are typically used to acquire immediate employment.

Transfer Credits
This is an official process supervised by the College transfer specialist to apply college credits earned at one college or university to a degree, diploma or certificate program at a different college or university. Transfer of credit is determined by the receiving institution.​​