Fall 2017 Waitlist Information

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. Because we do not yet know if space will be available, we must encourage you to continue pursuing your other college options in the event that we are unable to offer you admission for fall 2017. Students who are selected for admission will receive an update by email no later than June 15, 2017.

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.

Why was my application placed on a waitlist?

Based on an individual, overall assessment of their application materials, some students have been placed on a waitlist. Until we determine the number of admitted students who confirm their enrollment, we do not know whether space will be available in the freshman class.

All colleges at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have enrollment limits to ensure that students have access to resources and services necessary for their success. This enrollment limit is the specific number of students that the college can accommodate. To provide our enrolled students with access to the courses, academic advising, and other important services designed to support and enhance their success, it is important that we not exceed each college's enrollment limit. Because we do not know how many admitted students will confirm their enrollment, we do not know how many spaces will become available to students whose applications are on the waitlist.

When will I receive an update on my application?

Students with a waitlist decision received an update on the status of their applications on April 6, 2017. This update was provided in an email with the subject line "Application update from the University of Minnesota" and was sent from UofMAdmissions@uofminn.org.

Can students apply for housing if they are on the waitlist?

Any student who has applied for admission, including those whose applications have been placed on a waitlist, may apply for housing at http://housing.umn.edu/apply/. As part of the application, students must submit a nonrefundable $25 application fee.

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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