University Honors Program Review And Selection Process

There is no separate application. Admitted freshmen are automatically considered for admission to the University Honors Program based on an individual assessment of their admission application.

Admission to the University Honors Program is highly competitive. Each admission application is carefully reviewed and admission is based on an overall assessment of the applicant's academic record (primary review factors), the additional information provided in the application (secondary review factors), and the applicant's academic interests. A complete list of factors is included below. The greatest consideration in the decision is given to the applicant's academic record. Honors admission is offered to the overall most competitive applicants from each freshman-admitting college.

Primary Factors

  • Coursework through high school graduation. (Admitted students typically exceed the University's subject requirements. See subject requirements)
  • Grade point average
  • Class rank (if available)
  • ACT or SAT scores

Secondary Factors

Individual circumstances such as those listed below are also considered as part of the overall assessment of each application and may factor into individual decisions.
  • Outstanding talent, achievement, or aptitude in a particular area
  • An exceptionally rigorous academic curriculum (enrollment in honors, AP, IB, or college-level courses)
  • 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
  • Extenuating circumstances

Academic Profile Of University Honors Program Admits By College

This table provides a general overview of the high school rank percentile and standardized test scores of freshmen admitted to the University Honors Program for fall 2016. The data presented in the table are a composite picture of freshmen admitted to the University Honors Program; they are not admission criteria. Honors admission decisions are based on an individual, overall assessment of each application.

Fall 2016 Admitted Freshman Academic ProfileMiddle 50 percentile of fall 2016 admitted freshmen*
ACT Composite ScoreNew SAT
(Estimated score out of 1600**)
(Score out of 2400)
High School Rank
(if applicable)
Overall admission to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities 31-34 1440-1520 2058-2208 96-99
Breakdown by College
Carlson School of Management 32-34 1500-1560 2155-2300 97-99
College of Biological Sciences 33-35 1470-1550 2100-2290 98-99
College of Design 30-33 1390-1480 1965-2130 94-99
College of Education & Human Development 30-32 1360-1460 1915-2093 94-99
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences 30-33 1440-1520 2058-2208 94-99
College of Liberal Arts 31-33 1430-1530 2040-2240 95-99
College of Science and Engineering 34-35 1520-1570 2220-2330 99

* This table provides a general overview of the middle 50 percentile high school rank and standardized test scores of freshman applicants admitted for fall 2016. The data presented in the table are a composite picture of admitted freshman applicants; they are not admission criteria.

** New SAT score estimates (1600 scale) were calculated using last year's averages on the 2400 scale. Scores were converted using the College Board's concordance table.

Notification Timeline

Students whose admission applications are complete by either the first (November 1) or the second (January 1) deadline will receive full consideration for the University Honors Program. However, students who apply by the first deadline will receive notification by January 31, whereas those who apply by the second deadline will be notified by March 31. For more information, please visit or contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-752-1000 or 612-625-2008.

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