January 27, 2017: Thank you for applying to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities for fall 2017. We have completed a very careful, individual review of your application. Based on an overall assessment of your application, including your coursework, grades, standardized test scores, and the additional information you provided, we find that we must place your application on a waitlist.
Admission to the University of Minnesota is highly competitive. For example, for fall 2016 admission, we received more than 49,000 applications for a freshman class of approximately 5,700 students. While we are very grateful for the strong interest in the University of Minnesota, the number of applications submitted and the strength of the applicant pool have created a competitive admissions situation.
Please know that when we make admission decisions, we are not trying to keep applicants out of the University. Rather, we must ensure that the number of new freshmen is reasonably in line with the resources and services designed to support student success (e.g., course availability, academic advising, and campus housing).
If space becomes available in the freshman class, we will automatically re-review your application and consider you for admission. The number of students who will be offered admission from the waitlist will be based on the number of admitted students who confirm their enrollment. 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 by email no later than April 15, 2017.
We sincerely appreciate your interest in the University of Minnesota. Additional information and frequently asked questions are listed below.
Additional information about your decision, including the factors that we consider when making admission decisions, is included below.
Freshmen accepted to the University of Minnesota are admitted to one of the following colleges:
Applicants are considered for up to two colleges listed on the application in the order the interest is indicated. If we are unable to admit the student to one of the colleges listed, the applicant is automatically considered for admission to all other U of M colleges that are a good fit with the academic interests, academic preparation, and other information included in a student’s application materials. Admission decisions are based on a comprehensive, individualized review of the a student’s application, the overall strength of the applications received, and the number of spaces available in each of the University’s freshman admitting colleges.
We believe that selecting students from a highly talented group of applicants requires a very careful, individual assessment of each student's application materials. Each application is reviewed in its entirety and all application materials are carefully considered. Each application is reviewed at least twice before an admission decision is made.
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 is given to the primary factors, and decisions are not made based on a single deciding factor.
Because academic preparation is key to student success in college, the strongest consideration in the decision is given to student’s academic preparation, or primary review factors.
Our holistic review also takes into consideration the individual circumstances that make each individual student unique. We consider the following secondary factors in our decision review:
Please note that admission decisions are based on an individual, overall assessment of each application, using the primary and secondary review factors listed on the previous page. The table below provides a general overview of the high school rank percentile and standardized test scores of freshman applicants admitted for fall 2016. Overall, admitted freshmen scored an average of 28 on the ACT composite and were ranked in the top 13 percent of their high school classes. Please note the data presented in the table are a composite picture of admitted freshman applicants; they are not admission criteria.
|Average High School Rank Percentile||Average ACT Composite||Average NEW SAT Total (out of 1600)|
|Education and Human Development||85.2||25.8||1294|
|Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences||83.5||27.0||1307|
|Management (Carlson School of)||91.8||30.0||1392|
|Science and Engineering||95.6||32.0||1462|
Students who are admitted from the waitlist will receive notification no later than April 15, 2017.
No. Students whose high schools do not provide high school ranks receive full consideration for admission, through an individualized and overall assessment of the application. 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?")
Yes! Each and every application is read very carefully by more than one staff member in the Office of Admissions before a decision is made. We know that your application is important to you and your family, and we do not take your interest in the University of Minnesota for granted.
Because we are committed to ensuring that each application receives very careful consideration, our review does take some time to complete. We work very hard to ensure that we each student is given the time and attention needed to make a fair admission decision. Our comprehensive and individualized review process ensures that each application is given a thorough, fair, and consistent review. 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.