ACT and SAT information for freshman admission

A complete application to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities requires an official score from either the ACT or SAT. Each exam offers an optional writing exam, which we recommend that students take. The writing test results are considered as a secondary factor. Admission decisions are based on an overall assessment of the primary and secondary review factors.

Both ACT and SAT will send your scores free of charge to the first four schools you list when you register for the test. We will always consider the best composite score (from a single test) you submit, so we strongly encourage you to list the U of M as one of the schools to receive your official score each time you sit for an ACT or SAT exam.

ACT and SAT registration information

Your official test scores must be sent directly to the University of Minnesota, using one of the codes listed below:

ACT

Website: www.actstudent.org
Phone: 319-337-1270
U of M test code: 2156

SAT

Website: www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/reg.html
Phone: 866-756-7346
U of M test code: 6874

ACT Writing

The ACT Assessment includes an optional 30-minute Writing Test. More information about the ACT Assessment and the Writing Test is available at http://www.actstudent.org/index.html.

  • The University of Minnesota Twin Cities recommends taking the writing exam with the ACT, but will consider the application complete without the writing score.

About the New SAT and SAT Writing

Beginning in March 2016, College Board is offering "the new SAT" in place of its previous SAT exam. The new SAT offers the essay portion as a separate component, and scores will change to a scale of 1600 instead of the previous 2400. College Board offers a detailed comparison of the old and new exams.

  • The University of Minnesota Twin Cities recommends taking the writing exam with the SAT, but will consider the application complete without the writing score.
  • If you took the "old" SAT, you do not need to retake the exam under its new format; we accept scores from either format.

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