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Fall 2014 Freshman Admission

We very much respect that your application is important to you and we are working very hard to get admission decisions to students as soon as possible. Each application is reviewed individually to ensure that everything a student submits is carefully considered and that each student receives a fair and consistent admission decision. To date, applications have increased 4 percent over last year. We have received more than 44,000 applications for a freshman class of approximately 5,400 students. Because of the especially competitive nature of the applicant pool--as well as the individual, holistic assessment completed for each application--our review does take some time to complete.

We have prepared several Frequently Asked Questions below to provide detailed information about how we review applications and make admission decisions.

Updated April 10, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions about Fall 2014 Freshman Admission

When will I receive an admission decision?

We very much respect that you are eager to receive an admission decision. We carefully read each application individually to ensure each student receives a fair and consistent admission decision. We use a comprehensive and thorough review process that does take some time to complete.

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. At this point in time, all applicants who submitted a complete application by the December 16th priority deadline have received an admission decision. Decisions are posted on Application Tracker. Please be assured that your application will receive very careful, individual consideration.

What are the possible admission decisions an applicant could receive?

Students who submitted a complete application by the December 16th priority deadline have received one of the following decisions:

Please note: Applicants are automatically considered for admission to all U of M colleges that are a good fit with the academic interest(s) listed on their applications. Because of this, it is possible that a student may be admitted to a college that was listed as an alternate choice on the application, or to a college that was not listed as an academic interest on the application, but that we have determined best matches the student's academic interests and preparation, based on a very careful, overall assessment of the academic record and the additional information provided in the application.

What factors do you consider when making an admission decision?

We believe that selecting students from a highly talented group of applicants requires an individual assessment of all application materials submitted for each student; every application is read in its entirety.

Admission decisions are based on a very careful, overall assessment of each student's academic preparation and performance, as well as the additional information provided in the application, based on the primary and secondary factors listed below. The strongest consideration in the decision is given to the primary factors, and no single factor is the deciding factor in the decision. Applicants are automatically considered for admission to all U of M colleges that are a good fit with their academic interests and preparation.

Primary Review Factors

Secondary Review Factors

What are the minimum test scores or high school ranks needed for admission?

We do not use automatic criteria or formulas to make an admission decision. There is no score that automatically leads to admission. However, test scores and high school rank (if available) are still among our primary review factors. See the question above ("What factors do you consider when making an admission decision?") for more detailed information.

Academic profile of fall 2013 admitted freshman applicants by college

Overall, the average admitted freshman for fall 2013 had a 28 ACT composite and was ranked in the top 13 percent of his or her high school class. The table below provides the average high school rank percentile and standardized test scores of last year's admitted freshman applicants, by college. The data presented in the table are a composite picture of admitted freshman applicants, intended to give you an idea of where you fit in comparison to last year's applicants; they are not admission criteria. Admission decisions are based on an individual, overall assessment of each application.

Average High School Rank Percentile Average ACT Composite Average SAT Total
Biological Sciences 94.2 30.4 2039
Design 82.1 26.5 1830
Education and Human Development 83.4 25.1 1774
Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences 82.5 26.4 1803
Liberal Arts 83.7 27.6 1897
Management (Carlson School of) 90.5 29.5 1979
Science and Engineering 93.6 31.0 2053

I received the "Application Update from the University of Minnesota" email. I responded and requested that my application remain on the U of M waitlist. What happens next?

Thank you for your continued interest in the University of Minnesota. Over the coming weeks we will continue to closely monitor the number of admitted students who confirm their enrollment, and if space becomes available we will admit the overall strongest applicants who remain on the waitlist. Students who are selected for admission will receive an update in writing no later than June 15, 2014.

Important: Because we do not know how many spaces will become available in the University of Minnesota's freshman class, we must encourage waitlisted students to continue pursuing their other college options.

I received a letter indicating that I was not offered admission for fall 2014. Why was I denied?

We can assure you that your application was given very careful consideration, and we very much regret that we are unable to offer you admission to the University of Minnesota this fall. As we have shared previously, more than 44,000 students have applied for a freshman class of approximately 5,400 students. We are very grateful for the strong interest in the University from so many academically talented students, but it is very important that we stay within the University's enrollment limit to ensure that incoming freshmen have access to the classes, faculty, and advisers necessary to support their academic success and their timely graduation.

Please note: We carefully consider students for admission to the colleges of interest listed on their applications, in the order in which they are listed. If we are not able to offer admission to the first-choice college, we consider applicants for admission to another University of Minnesota college that best matches their academic interests and preparation.

Am I at a disadvantage because my high school does not provide high school rank information?

Students whose high schools do not provide high school ranks receive full consideration for admission. For a complete list of the factors that we consider to make an admission decision, see the question above. ("What factors do you consider when making an admission decision?")

Do you really read every application?

Yes! We know that your application is important to you and your family, and we are very grateful for your interest in the University of Minnesota. Each and every application is read very carefully by more than one staff member in the Office of Admissions before a decision is made.

Our comprehensive and individualized review process ensures that each application is given a thorough, fair, and consistent review. Because we are committed to ensuring that each application receives very careful consideration, our review does take some time to complete. We are working very hard, including nights and weekends, to ensure that we each student is given the time and attention needed to make a fair admission decision.

Why are some students placed on a waitlist?

Admission to the University of Minnesota is highly competitive. To date, applications have increased 4 percent over last year. We have received more than 44,000 applications for a freshman class of approximately 5,400 students. This strong interest in the University--combined with the academic qualifications of our applicants--has resulted in a very competitive admission situation.

Based on an individual, overall assessment of their application materials, some students will be placed on a waitlist. For these students, we have determined that they have the academic preparation necessary for success at the University of Minnesota. However, until we determine the number of admitted students who confirm their enrollment, we do not know whether space will be available in the freshman class.

Each of the colleges at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has an enrollment limit to ensure that students have access to resources and services necessary for their success. This enrollment limit is the specific number of students that the college can accommodate. To provide our enrolled students with access to the courses, academic advising, and other important services designed to support and enhance their success, it is important that we not exceed each college's enrollment limit. Because we do not know how many admitted students will confirm their enrollment, we do not know how many spaces will become available to students whose applications are on the waitlist.

If space does become available in the freshman class, we will automatically re-review the applications of students who have received a waitlist decision. The students with the overall most competitive applications will be admitted based on an overall assessment of primary and secondary review factors. Students with a waitlist decision received an update on the status of their applications on April 10, 2014. This update was provided in an email with the subject line "Application update from the University of Minnesota" and was sent from UofMAdmissions@uofminn.org.

Can I apply for housing if I am on the waitlist?

Any student who has applied for admission, including those whose applications have been placed on a waitlist, may apply for housing beginning in December at http://housing.umn.edu/apply/. As part of the application, students must submit a nonrefundable $25 application fee.

I was denied admission to the University of Minnesota. Can I transfer to the U of M in the future?

Each year, the University of Minnesota welcomes more than 2,000 transfer students to campus. Students are able to transfer after three or four semesters of full-time coursework, if they meet the admission requirements for the program in which they intend to earn a degree. To optimize the chances for successful transfer to the University, you should:

What is the Minnesota Cooperative Admissions Program (MnCAP)?

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has partnered with seven public two-year campuses around Minnesota to offer the Minnesota Cooperative Admissions Program (MnCAP). Students enrolled in MnCAP are guaranteed transfer admission to one of the participating U of M colleges and majors when they meet certain conditions. Students enrolling in this program work closely with dedicated staff at the community colleges and the University of Minnesota Office of Admissions to define the specific conditions for transfer.

Participating University of Minnesota colleges: College of Biological Sciences; College of Design (select programs only); College of Education and Human Development (select programs only); College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; College of Liberal Arts; College of Science and Engineering (select programs only).

Participating community colleges: Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Century College, Inver Hills Community College, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Normandale Community College, North Hennepin Community College, Saint Paul College

Visit http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/admissioninfo/mncap_intro.html for participating colleges and more information about this program.

I was admitted to the University of Minnesota. Will I receive an academic scholarship?

Please note that scholarship review was completed in mid-March and at this point in time, all fall 2014 admitted freshman scholarship recipients have already been notified of their awards.

Scholarship decisions are based on a very careful, overall assessment of each student's academic preparation and performance, as well as the additional information provided in the application. Our freshman scholarship review process ensures that each application is considered individually, based on primary and secondary factors. Although the strongest consideration in the scholarship review is given to the primary factors, no single factor is the deciding factor in the decision.

This year's fall 2014 freshman applicants are exceptionally strong. The competitiveness of the applicant pool for fall 2014 has made for a highly competitive scholarship situation. Unfortunately, we do not have enough funding to award scholarships to all students whose records demonstrate strong academic achievement.

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