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 2015


The exams offered in October are the last opportunity 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 for Admission

December 15, 2014
Applications that are postmarked or become complete after December 15 are considered on a space-available basis. After December 15, space is limited and admission is more competitive.

Please note: We anticipate that we may have space available for qualified applicants with an interest in the College of Design, College of Education and Human Development, or College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. If you are interested in applying, please contact us to speak with an admissions counselor.

Admission Decision Timing

February 28, 2015
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, 2015
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). This application will become available in January 2015.

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.

Until the fall 2015 FAFSA becomes available, we encourage you to use our Net Price Calculator to receive an estimate of your need-based financial aid.

Guaranteed Housing

May 1, 2015
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, 2015; and
  2. Confirm their enrollment with the Office of Admissions no later than May 1, 2015.

The housing application will become available in December 2014. Admitted freshmen who apply for housing after May 1 are placed in housing on a space-available basis.

Enrollment Confirmation

May 1, 2015
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. The enrollment confirmation deadline for fall 2015 admitted students will be May 1, 2015.

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