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Freshman Application Checklist and Timeline

We look at several pieces of information to make an admission decision. Be sure to use this application checklist to ensure your application is complete.


If you take courses at a college while in high school, even if no credit is earned, submit official transcripts (with an official signature or seal, or printed on security paper) from all colleges or universities attended. Each transcript must have been issued within the last year. We cannot accept faxed or photocopied transcripts.

If you did not graduate from high school but earned a GED (or other high school equivalency), submit official test scores.

If you attended or graduated from a secondary school in another country, submit official transcripts along with official English translations and any test results required to enter a university in that country.

If English is not your native language and if your ACT English and/or reading scores are 17 or lower (or SAT critical reading/verbal score is 420 or lower), you may be asked to submit scores from the MN Battery or Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Contact the Office of Admissions for details.

If any additional information is required, we will request it as needed.

After You Apply

Within two weeks of submitting an application, students will receive an acknowledgement that their application was received.

Within four weeks, students will be notified if any items are missing (transcripts, application fee, etc.). Missing items will also be listed in the online Application Tracker.

When the application is complete, students will receive an email indicating that the application is complete and when they will receive a decision. Students with complete applications will also receive a letter from the University inviting them to also consider the University of Minnesota's other campuses (Crookston, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester.)

Admission decisions

By the end of February, students who submit a complete application by the December 15 priority deadline will receive one of the following decisions.

Please note: The Office of Admissions will be closed from Wednesday, December 24, 2014, through Friday, December 26, 2014. The office will reopen on Monday, December 29, 2014.

Need help finding something?

Office of Admissions, a Division of the Office of Undergraduate Education • 240 Williamson Hall • 231 Pillsbury Drive S.E. • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0213 • P: 1-800-752-1000 • F: 612-626-1693