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

ACT or SAT

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.

Application

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Freshman application priority deadline. Priority consideration for admission, Honors, and scholarships is given to students whose applications are complete by December 15th. After December 15th, admission is on a space-available basis and admission is more competitive.

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 2017

ACT or SAT

We recommend taking the ACT or SAT prior to your senior year if possible. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency.

The exams offered on October 22 (ACT) and October 1 (SAT) will be considered on time for the November 1st priority deadline only if you provide the U of M school code listed below when you register for the exam. We will consider your strongest composite score when we make your admission decision.

To send your official scores to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (U of M TC), use the U of M TC codes listed below.

ACT: 2156
SAT: 6874

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

Application

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

  • Freshman application priority deadline. Priority consideration for admission, Honors, and scholarships is given to students whose applications are complete by November 1st.
  • Note: Minnesota does not offer early action or early decision. Students who are admitted have a deadline to confirm their enrollment by May 1st.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

  • Freshman application regular deadline. Full consideration for admission. Honors admission is on a space-available basis and scholarship consideration is on a funds-available basis.

Admission Decision Timing

January 31, 2017
By the end of January, students who submit a complete application by the November 1st priority deadline will receive one of the following decisions.

  • Admit: The student has been admitted to the University of Minnesota.
  • Defer: A deferred admissions decision means that we need more time and more information about our applicant pool in order to make our final decision. The overall strength of our applicant pool and the number of spaces available in each freshman-admitting college will determine the admission decision. An update will be provided to the student by March 31st.
  • 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.

March 31, 2017
By the end of March, students who submit a complete application by the December 15 regular 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

February 1, 2017
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). The FAFSA application will be available in October 2016 and families can fill it out using their 2015 income tax information. Admitted students who have submitted a FAFSA will begin receiving estimated financial aid award notices in February.

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, 2017
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, 2017; and
  2. Confirm their enrollment with the Office of Admissions no later than May 1, 2017.

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

Enrollment Confirmation

May 1, 2017
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.

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