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The U of M's focus on providing an unparalleled undergraduate experience--rich with meaningful experiences inside and outside the classroom--has led to record high retention and student satisfaction rates. Part of providing students with a high-quality experience includes making certain that they have access to resources that support their success, such as our incredible on-campus housing facilities and our Four-Year Graduation Guarantee program.

Freshman housing guarantee

As a University of Minnesota student, you can choose to live in a campus residence hall or apartment. By living on campus, you will find academic and social support to help you be successful. Currently, over 80 percent of new freshmen live in University housing.

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

We encourage you to apply early! Housing assignments are based on the date your housing application-contract is received. When you apply early, you increase your chances of receiving your first choice. You do not have to wait until you are accepted to the University of Minnesota to apply for housing.

Note: If you are interested in one of our special Living Learning Communities, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible but no later than March 1. Assignments are based on the date the housing application is received, space availability, and whether you meet program requirements.

Freshman four-year graduation guarantee

New freshmen can participate in the University of Minnesota's four-year graduation guarantee. The guarantee is a partnership between you and the University. If you meet our expectations for eligibility, planning, and performance, we promise you will have access to the classes and advising you need to graduate in four years.

If you are a participant in this program and cannot graduate in four years because a class is unavailable, we will approve a substitute course, waive the requirement, or pay the tuition.

Most of the degree programs at the University are designed to be completed in four years. If you choose a longer program, however, you will not be eligible to participate in this guarantee.

You will receive information about this program before freshman orientation. You may explore details and guidelines regarding this guarantee.


(500 student limit)

Working while you earn your degree is an excellent way to finance your education and gain valuable employment experience.

In the summer before freshman year, students who have confirmed their enrollment will receive an email about the Freshman Job Guarantee Program, a program that facilitates the search for campus jobs.

Participants in this program can explore options and conduct on-the-spot interviews. Jobs include positions in recreational sports, land care, food service, parking, and more. Participation in the program also includes designated support from the Student Employment Programs office in identifying opportunities to apply for positions.

The Freshman Job Guarantee Program is limited to 500 eligible participants. Due to the high demand for participation in this program, a lottery system is used to select these 500 students. Information about the program will be emailed in mid-July to incoming freshmen who have confirmed their enrollment. You don't have to participate in the job guarantee program in order to find a job on campus.

Freshman Job Guarantee frequently asked questions

Please note: This website is updated annually. The current information reflects Freshman Job Guarantee program details for the 2014-2015 academic year only, and the program is subject to change for future years.

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Office of Admissions, a Division of the Office of Undergraduate Education • 240 Williamson Hall • 231 Pillsbury Drive S.E. • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0213 • P: 1-800-752-1000 • F: 612-626-1693