Freshman Application Deadlines

We have provided this timeline to assist you in the application process. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Fall semester 2016

The fall 2016 freshman application is now available.

Admission Decision Timing

February 28, 2016
By the end of February, students who submit a complete application by the December 15 priority deadline will receive one of the following decisions.

  • Admit: The student has been admitted to the University of Minnesota.
  • Waitlist: The student's application has been placed on a waitlist. Although we have determined that the applicant is academically prepared to succeed at the University of Minnesota, we must make certain that we do not exceed the number of spaces available in each of the freshman-admitting colleges. Waitlisted applicants will receive an update on the status of their applications by April 15. If we determine that spaces remain available, the overall strongest applicants will be admitted from the waitlist.
  • Deny: We are not able to offer freshman admission. Students who are denied admission are encouraged to apply for transfer admission for a future semester. Transfer admission is also competitive so it is important that students achieve a strong academic record at another college or university.

Financial Aid

March 1, 2016
Financial aid application (FAFSA) priority deadline

To apply for need-based grants, scholarships, loans, work-study; and non-need-based student and parent loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Fall 2016 incoming freshmen that have not yet submitted the FAFSA should do so as soon as possible.

The FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for federal, state, and University aid. Even if you think you may not be eligible, we strongly encourage you to submit the FAFSA. For more information about the FAFSA, visit the Costs, Aid, and Scholarships section of our website.

Guaranteed Housing

May 1, 2016
Freshman Housing Guarantee deadline

The University of Minnesota guarantees housing to all admitted first-year freshmen who are willing to accept assignment to any space designated, and who:

  1. Submit the housing application-contract and $25 non-refundable housing application fee to Housing & Residential Life no later than May 1, 2016; and
  2. Confirm their enrollment with the Office of Admissions no later than May 1, 2016.

The housing application is now available. Admitted freshmen who apply for housing after May 1 are placed in housing on a space-available basis.

Enrollment Confirmation

May 1, 2016
Enrollment confirmation deadline

When students confirm their enrollment, they are declaring their intent to attend the University of Minnesota, and we will reserve a place for them in the incoming class.

Fall semester 2016


The exams offered on October 24 (ACT) and November 7 (SAT) are the last opportunity for high school seniors to take the ACT or SAT and have the official scores sent to us before the December 15th application deadline. To send your official scores to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, use the codes listed below. We will consider your best overall score when we make your admission decision.

ACT: 2156

SAT: 6874

Additional information about our ACT or SAT requirement is available on our test scores page.

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