Fall 2018 Waitlist Information

Thank you for applying to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities for fall 2018. 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 2017 admission, we received more than 42,000 applications for a freshman class of approximately 5,800 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, 2018. We sincerely appreciate your interest in the University of Minnesota. Additional information and frequently asked questions are listed below.

Freshman Admissions Overview

Additional information about your decision, including the factors that we consider when making admission decisions, is included below.

How are admission decisions made?

Freshmen accepted to the University of Minnesota are admitted to one of the following colleges:

  • Carlson School of Management
  • College of Biological Sciences
  • College of Design
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Science and Engineering

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 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.

What factors do you consider when making an admission decision?

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.

Primary Factors

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.

  • Coursework through high school graduation. (Admitted students typically exceed the University's high school requirements. See course requirements)
  • Grades in academic coursework
  • Class rank/Grade point average)
  • ACT or SAT scores

Secondary 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:

  • Outstanding talent, achievement, or aptitude in a particular area
  • An exceptionally rigorous academic curriculum (i.e., honors, AP, IB, or college-level courses) through the senior year
  • Strong commitment to community service and leadership
  • Military service
  • Contribution to the cultural, gender, age, economic, racial, or geographic diversity of the student body
  • Evidence of having overcome social, economic, or physical barriers to educational achievement
  • First-generation college student
  • Significant responsibility in a family, community, job, or activity
  • Family employment or attendance at the University of Minnesota
  • Personal or extenuating circumstances
  • Information received in open-ended questions

What is the academic profile of students who are admitted?

Please note that admission decisions are based on an individual, overall assessment of each application, using the primary and secondary review factors listed above. The table below provides a general overview of the high school rank percentile and standardized test scores of freshman applicants admitted for fall 2017. Overall, admitted freshmen scored an average of 29 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)
Biological Sciences 93.5 30.6 1391
Design 82.0 26.9 1284
Education and Human Development 82.7 25.6 1273
Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences 82.3 27.1 1299
Liberal Arts 85.0 28.1 1336
Management (Carlson School of) 90.7 29.9 1374
Science and Engineering 94.2 31.9 1438

When will I receive an update on my application?

Students who are admitted from the waitlist will receive notification no later than April 15, 2018.

Am I at a disadvantage because my high school does not provide high school rank information?

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?")

Do you really read every application?

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.

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