Academic Profile of Fall 2021 Admitted Freshman Applicants by College

This table provides a general overview of the middle 50 percentile high school rank, high school unweighted grade point average, and standardized test scores of freshman applicants admitted for Fall 2021.

Overall, the middle 50 percent of students admitted for Fall 2021:

  • Had a high school rank percentile between 78 and 95
  • Had an unweighted calculated high school grade point average between 3.56 - 3.95
  • Scored between 28 and 33 on the ACT*
  • Scored between 1330 and 1480 on the SAT*

Please note the information presented in the table is a composite picture of admitted freshman applicants. These are not admission criteria.

  • Admission decisions are based on an individual, overall assessment of each application.
  • Applicants are first considered for admission to the colleges listed in their application, in the order in which they are listed. Then, applicants are automatically considered for other U of M freshman-admitting colleges that may be a good match with their academic interests and preparation.

For complete information on our application review factors, please see our admissions overview at z.umn.edu/review.


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Middle 50 Percentile of Fall 2021 Admitted Freshman

What does that mean? Middle 50% represents the academic components (GPA, test scores, class rank) of half of the students admitted, though students are admitted with academic scores above and below this range.

  Biological Sciences Design Education and Human Development Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Science Liberal Arts Management (Carlson School of) School of Nursing Science and Engineering
High School Rank
High School Rank (if provided) 88 - 98% 72 - 92% 70 - 91% 70 - 92% 72 - 92% 86 - 97% 90 - 98% 85 - 98%
Core Academic GPA
High School Grade Point Average 3.78 - 3.99 3.43 - 3.86 3.41 - 3.86 3.31 - 3.85 3.46 - 3.87 3.70 - 3.96 3.83 - 4.00 3.70 - 3.99
* ACT Composite
ACT Composite Score 29 - 33 26 - 30 25 - 30 26 - 31 26 - 32 28 - 32 29 - 32 30 - 34
* SAT Composite
SAT Composite Score 1330 - 1460 1270 - 1430 1240 - 1360 1260 - 1430 1300 - 1460 1340 - 1470 1330 - 1440 1370 - 1500

*Please note: the University of Minnesota Twin Cities will not be requiring an ACT or SAT score for the 2022 undergraduate application.


Understanding the table

Middle 50% Percentile - This represents the middle half of the admitted students’ academic components (GPA, standardized test scores, and class rank) that fall between the ranges listed. While this range represents half of the admitted cohort, students are admitted with scores both above and below this range

Core Academic GPA - We calculate a core academic GPA for each applicant using the grades for English, math, science, social science and foreign language courses reported. This provides a standard view of a school’s grading scale, which can vary greatly from school to school. Applicants do not need to calculate their own core GPA. Note, in our holistic review, we also consider an applicant’s school-supplied GPA for all courses on their academic record.  Additional weighting for advanced coursework (honors, AP, IB etc.) is not included on core GPA, but is always considered as part of the academic rigor.

ACT/ SAT Score - The ACT and SAT score ranges listed in this table represent the students who chose to include a test score on their Fall 2021 application. Nearly 50% of students applied using a test score for Fall 2021.