How to complete your freshman admission application

Frequently asked questions

What is the application deadline?

The priority deadline to submit a complete application for fall 2017 admission is November 1, 2016.

How do I know if my application is complete?

Application Tracker is a tool you can use to determine which application materials have been received, and whether a decision has been made on your application.

Admission applications and supporting materials, whether they are submitted electronically or through the mail, generally appear on Application Tracker within 10 days. (Please note that international student documents may take slightly longer.) Each document is individually reviewed and manually connected to your application file, so this process does take some time to complete. You will receive an email from the Office of Admissions when your student ID has been created and Application Tracker is available. Questions? Please contact us as soon as possible at 612-625-2008 or 1-800-752-1000.

What needs to be submitted with my freshman application?

We look at several pieces of information to make an admission decision. Be sure to use this application checklist to ensure your application is complete.

(If you are an international student, see your application checklist.)

Some of my application materials are not appearing in Application Tracker. Why?

Admission applications and supporting materials, whether they are submitted electronically or through the mail, generally appear on Application Tracker within 10 days. (Please note that international student documents may take slightly longer.) Each document is individually reviewed and manually connected to your application file, so this process does take some time to complete. The November 1 deadline is a postmark priority deadline, so any items postmarked by November 1 will be considered on time.

What should I do if my application is missing ACT or SAT scores?

We will always consider the best composite score submitted by each applicant, so we strongly encourage students to list the U of M as one of the schools to receive an official score each time they sit for an ACT or SAT exam.

Important: Students who have already taken the ACT or SAT should send current scores to us now to ensure their applications can be completed on time.

I took the GED. Do you need my scores?

Students who have earned or will earn a GED must have official scores sent to us.

I received a request to submit Minnesota Battery (MN Battery) or TOEFL scores. How do I submit them?

The MN Battery and TOEFL are English proficiency exams for students for whom English is not their native language. Students who have questions about registering for an English proficiency exam or sending scores should contact the Office of Admissions at 612-625-2008 or 1-800-752-1000.

How do I submit transcripts?

Applicants who are currently in high school must submit an official transcript through the end of junior year. Applicants who have already graduated from high school must submit an official final high school transcript that includes grades through the end of 12th grade and the date of graduation. Applicants who have taken college courses must submit official transcripts from those colleges as well, even if no credit was earned. Please note: We are not able to accept faxed or photocopied transcripts.

We accept transcripts via a variety of formats to make it easy for schools to send official transcripts in whatever manner is easiest for each school. Your school may choose to submit these documents using SendEDU, Parchment, Naviance, or another electronic service. Schools may also mail them to the address below, or fax them to 612-626-1693 (from the school's official fax number). If your school has a specific protocol for requesting transcripts, please follow your school's protocol.

What should I do if my application is missing the application fee?

If you applied online, you can pay your application fee online by credit card. Simply log into your admission application. Because you have already applied, you will be brought to the 'Thank You' page, which contains the link to pay your fee online.

If you applied using a paper application or if you would prefer to pay by check, view payment information.

Qualifying applicants may also submit an Application Fee Waiver Request form.

If an application answer is missing

Sometimes we receive an application that does not contain responses to all required questions. If Application Tracker or another communication from us indicates that an application is missing a response to one of these questions, please see below for details on how to submit that information.

Application for resident classification

If Application Tracker indicates that "Application for resident classification" is missing, applicants should complete and submit the residency form. This information will not be used to make an admission decision; it will be used to consider the applicant for Minnesota resident tuition.

Background Information

The University of Minnesota is committed to maintaining a scholarly, educational environment characterized by safety, respect, and integrity. As part of this commitment, the University requires undergraduate applicants to supply information about their conduct.

Applicants reporting academic dishonesty, criminal convictions, or pending criminal charges are never automatically barred from admission to the University. Before the information below is considered, we will complete a holistic, overall assessment of the application, and if it is determined that the applicant is academically admissible, only then will the responses be considered as factors in our review.

Please be sure to include your full name and date of birth.

If "background questionnaire" is noted on Application Tracker as missing, please submit your answer to the following required application questions:

  • I have been convicted of a felony or I have felony charges pending against me at this time.
  • As an adult or juvenile, I have been found legally responsible for a sexual offense or I have sexual offense charges pending against me at this time.

If "expulsion/suspension/probation question" is noted on Application Tracker as missing, please submit your answer to the following required application question:

  • I have been expelled from, suspended from, or placed on probation at any high school or college for academic dishonesty.

Applicants may also include an optional statement as to why they believe this information should not be cause for concern about the safety of the university community.

Note: Misrepresenting answers to these questions may result in the withdrawal of your application or admission. If your answers to the above questions change, you are required to notify the Office of Admissions and provide updated answers.

List of work, school, or other activities since graduating from high school, with dates included.

If this item is indicated as required on your Application Tracker, please provide a list of work, school, or other activities since graduating from high school, with dates included. Examples may include, but are not limited to, work experience, family responsibilities, exchange programs. Visit http://z.umn.edu/timeaftergrad to submit this requested information. This information is required to assist in the overall assessment of your application materials, and to ensure that any coursework since high school graduation is reflected in your application file.

Supplemental application is missing

Applicants to the following programs are required to complete a supplemental application: acting, dance, music, and nursing. If Application Tracker indicates that an applicant needs to complete a supplemental application, these applications may be found below:

Supplemental applications

Please submit all missing information to:

University of Minnesota Office of Admissions
240 Williamson Hall
231 Pillsbury Dr. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0213

Phone: 612-625-2008 or 1-800-752-1000 • Fax: 612-626-1693
http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/apply/complete.html

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