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Information for National Merit Semifinalists

News & Highlights

The University of Minnesota is one of the nation's top public research universities. That means your college experience will be enhanced by award-winning faculty, state-of-the-art learning facilities, and an unprecedented variety of options, including the University Honors Program and undergraduate research opportunities. Read more about our great academics. Here are some recent announcements about the academic achievements of our undergraduate students!

U of M Ranks Third in National Merits - The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ranks third among public universities nationwide in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled in its 2012 entering class.

University of Minnesota among nation's top producers of 2012-13 Fulbright Students - The University of Minnesota ranks third among all land-grant colleges and universities, third in the Big Ten and 12th among all U.S. research institutions with 19 Fulbright Students for the 2012-13 academic year, according to a list compiled by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

U of M Twin Cities named 'Best Value College' by The Princeton Review. The University's commitment to academic excellence, financial aid availability and the overall value of an education at the U of M's Twin Cities campus has again merited inclusion on this year's Best Values list.

U of M alumnus wins $250,000 scholarship - Grant Remmen, a 2012 graduate of the University's College of Science and Engineering, and was recently awarded the prestigious Hertz Fellowship. Read about his U of M undergraduate experience.

Scholarship Opportunities for National Merit Finalists

Gold Scholar Award for National Merit Finalists

$40,000 over four years

Preference for the U of M Gold Scholar Award for National Merit Finalists--worth $40,000 over four years--is given to National Merit Finalists who declare the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as their first-choice college by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation deadline. Note: Students who are awarded the Cyrus Northrop Scholarship are not eligible for the Gold Scholar Award.

Cyrus Northrop Scholarship

$20,000 over four years

Preference for the Cyrus Northrop Scholarship--worth $20,000 over four years--is given to National Merit Finalists who declare the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as their first-choice college by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation deadline. Note: Students who receive the Gold Scholar Award are not eligible for the Cyrus Northrop Scholarship.

National Merit University of Minnesota Scholarship

$4,000 - $8,000 over four years

The University of Minnesota is a college-sponsor of the National Merit Scholarship Program. In addition to the Gold Scholar Award, Finalists may be eligible to receive the National Merit University of Minnesota Scholarship--worth $4,000-$8,000 over four years. Any amount over $4,000 is based on financial need as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

To receive this scholarship, students must become National Merit Finalists and declare the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as their first-choice college by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation deadline and students must not be eligible for a National Merit Scholarship Corporation corporate-sponsored scholarship or National Merit $2500 scholarship.

University-wide Academic Scholarships

The University of Minnesota also offers a number of other competitive academic scholarships for incoming freshmen. Admitted freshmen are considered for these awards based on an overall assessment of the application for admission. Visit http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/costsaid/scholarships.html for a complete listing of the University's freshman academic scholarships.

U of M Student Spotlights: National Merit Finalists at the U of M

Meet Sheri Li, a Woodbury, Minn., student studying neuroscience at the U of M. "The deciding factor for me was the wonderful opportunities that the University offered me and other National Merit Scholars. You simply can't get a better deal at a better school."

Meet Alexander Sprenger, a National Merit Finalist and international business/finance double major.

Meet Luke Miller, a communication studies major from Charleston, West Virginia.

Meet Xiaoxiao Lou, a National Merit Finalist and biochemistry major. Read about why she chose the U of M over her other options, and what the highlight of her U of M experience has been.

Meet Megan Odom, a National Merit Finalist and double-major in Spanish and Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance. Find out why Megan chose the U of M, learn about her research project, and read her advice to high school seniors.

Your Next Steps

Apply: If you haven't already done so, submit your complete application for freshman admission. When you complete your application, you will be considered for admission, Honors and scholarships.

Visit: We strongly encourage you to come to campus for a personalized visit day. We can arrange for you to sit in on a class, meet one-on-one with faculty from your area of interest, tour specialized facilities, and more! Please contact Thuy-Vy Bui, National Merit Recruitment Coordinator, at 612-626-0582 or 1-800-752-1000 to schedule your visit and discuss your personal goals for your time on campus.

Declare: Preference for the U of M Gold Scholar Award for National Merit Finalists--worth $40,000 over four years--is given to National Merit Finalists who declare the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as their first-choice college by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation deadline.

If you have questions about how to declare a first-choice college or the deadline for doing so, please contact the National Merit Scholarship Corporation at 1-847-866-5100.

Confirm: If you've been offered admission, congratulations! Visit http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/checklist to learn more about next steps for admitted students.

Your Admissions Counselor

Thuy-Vy Bui
Admissions Counselor
National Merit/Honors Recruitment Coordinator
Direct: 612-626-0582
Toll-Free: 1-800-752-1000
Email: thuyvy@umn.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

I have been named a National Merit Semifinalist. What does this mean?
Congratulations on being named a National Merit Semifinalist! This is a truly outstanding achievement, and only 1 percent of high school graduates are awarded this honor. We are thrilled you are considering the U of M and look forward to working with you throughout the year!

At the University of Minnesota, you will automatically be considered for our academic scholarships as well as our University Honors Program based on an overall assessment of your admission application. If you haven't done so already, be sure to submit your complete application for admission as soon as possible.

What is National Merit Scholarship Corporation's deadline to declare the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as my first choice?
You should contact National Merit Scholarship Corporation at 847-866-5100 for deadline details to ensure you are eligible to receive any National Merit scholarships sponsored by the U of M.

I've already listed another school as my first-choice college with National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Can I update my first-choice to the University of Minnesota?
If you have already listed another school as your first-choice college, you should contact National Merit Scholarship Corporation immediately for deadline information to ensure you are eligible to receive any National Merit scholarships sponsored by the U of M.

If you are considering several college options at this time, we strongly recommend that you do not declare a first-choice college until you have made your final college decision, by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation deadline.

Need help finding something?

Office of Admissions, a Division of the Office of Undergraduate Education • 240 Williamson Hall • 231 Pillsbury Drive S.E. • Minneapolis, MN 55455-0213 • P: 1-800-752-1000 • F: 612-626-1693