Special Programs

Audition-based programs (music, dance, acting)

Students interested in pursuing a variety of performance majors as either Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees through the College of Liberal Arts may be required to audition for those programs.

BA/MD Joint Admissions Scholars Program

The BA/MD JAS program is an invitation-only, seven-year BA/MD (Bachelor of Arts/Medical Doctor) program in which freshman students admitted to the University of Minnesota spend three years taking undergraduate coursework in the College of Liberal Arts and four years of coursework at the Medical School. This program was created to accelerate the medical careers of students and to retain Minnesota's high-achieving students from broadly diverse backgrounds who will become physicians committed to serving Minnesota's diverse communities.

President's Emerging Scholars program

The President's Emerging Scholars (PES) Program is a four-year program focused on supporting the academic success of students with diverse backgrounds and characteristics including: urban students, rural students, first-generation college students, student parents, students with disabilities, students of color, older students, students who have overcome barriers that have impacted their success, and students for whom English is not their first language. The PES Program includes a financial award.

The PES Program includes several college-specific programs for selected and/or eligible students:

College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences Land-Grant Legacy Scholars Program

The Land-Grant Legacy Scholars (LGLS) program aims to improve access to students from Greater Minnesota (students outside the seven-county metro area) who have been a historically underrepresented population on the U of M Twin Cities campus. Students admitted to the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) are automatically considered for the LGLS Program. The LGLS provides a four-year scholarship in place of the usual PES award.

TRIO Student Support Services

Students in the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) may be admitted to the TRIO SSS program which is focused on supporting the academic success of first-generation college students, low-income, students with disabilities, or students for whom English not their first language (CET program). Students admitted to CEHD TRIO also participate in the PES program.

College English Transitions Program

The College English Transitions (CET) Program is a facet of TRIO SSS designed to help non-native English speaking students (see exemption requirements) build academic English skills while taking a sequence of typical President's Emerging Scholars Program courses. All courses offer college credit and fulfill U of M requirements.

Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program

The Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program is a unique program that identifies students for entry into the School of Nursing at the point of freshman admission. The Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program is the primary path to enrollment in the University's School of Nursing.

University Honors Program

The University Honors Program is designed to help students achieve their personal, academic, and professional goals. There is no separate application to be considered for the University Honors Program. Admitted freshmen are automatically considered for admission to the University Honors Program based on individual assessments of their admission applications.

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