Welcome to the University of Minnesota Class of 2026! This checklist is for first-year students admitted for Fall 2022. Please don't hesitate to contact the Office of Admissions if you have any questions!
Confirming Your Enrollment
1. Confirm your Enrollment (Reserve your Spot)
The enrollment confirmation deadline for Fall 2021 was May 1, 2021.
You may confirm your enrollment online. The website will prompt you to confirm your enrollment and pay your $280 confirmation fee using a credit card by the deadline in your Application Tracker.
When students confirm their enrollment, they are declaring their intent to attend the University of Minnesota, and we will reserve a place for them in the incoming class.
- What is my confirmation deadline? Your confirmation deadline is found on your application tracker. Most admitted freshmen students have a confirmation deadline of May 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. central time. If you received a later admissions decision, you may see a later date on your application tracker. Confirmations received after 11:59 p.m. central time on your deadline date will be reviewed on a space available basis.
- Can I confirm after the deadline? As of May 17 we are no longer accepting confirmations (unless a student was granted an extension prior to this date).
For students who submit an enrollment confirmation fee after their deadline, we cannot guarantee that space will be available in the freshman class. If a student misses their confirmation deadline, and space is not available, the fee will be refunded.
2. Apply for Financial Aid
To apply for need-based grants, scholarships, loans, work-study, and non-need-based student and parent loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA will be available in October, and students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We strongly encourage you to submit the FAFSA, even if you aren't sure you will be eligible. For more information about the FAFSA, visit the Costs, Aid, and Scholarships section of our website or contact a financial aid counselor at One Stop.
3. Apply for Housing
Submit your housing application by May 1, 2021.
Freshman Housing Guarantee
The University of Minnesota guarantees housing to all admitted first-year freshmen who are willing to accept assignment to any space designated, and who:
- Submit the housing application and non-refundable housing application fee ($50 for 2021-22) to Housing & Residential Life no later than May 1; and
- Confirm their enrollment with the Office of Admissions.
Students who apply for housing after May 1 are placed in housing on a space-available basis.
After You Confirm Your Enrollment
After you confirm your enrollment, you will begin to take additional steps towards becoming a Golden Gopher!
4. Celebrate Your Admission!
There are many ways to celebrate and let others know of your admission to the University of Minnesota! You can:
- Visit our #FutureGopher page to download Gopher Pride, get Gopher gear and more!
- Celebrate Maroon and Gold Fridays by wearing your U of M gear this Friday, and every Friday!
- Share a picture of your UMN Pride, and use the #FutureGopher hashtag with all your U of M related posts!
5. Complete Your New Student Checklist
The New Student Checklist is an interactive, online checklist that allows students to complete the "Tell us about yourself" survey, sign up for orientation dates, and take any required placement exams. Depending on your college, you may need to take a placement test for math, chemistry, and/or a second language to help us determine the best starting point for your college curriculum.
The New Student Checklist will become available in April to students who have confirmed their enrollment. Confirmed students will access their New Student Checklist at checklist.umn.edu by using their U of M internet ID (e.g. smith999) and password. (Please note that enrollment confirmations are processed as quickly as possible, but the New Student Checklist becomes available approximately five business days after the confirmation is submitted.)
If you have questions, please contact Orientation & Transition Experiences at 612-624-1979 or 1-800-234-1979, or check online.
6. Attend Orientation
Orientation, which occurs in the summer prior to the fall semester, is a required event during which you will meet your college adviser and register for your freshman year classes.
After you have confirmed your enrollment, you will be able to access your New Student Checklist. New Student Orientation is your required, official introduction to University life, where you’ll:
- Understand the academic and community expectations of a University of Minnesota student.
- Feel more prepared to transition into the University.
- Become acquainted with the resources available to University of Minnesota students.
- Meet with an academic advisor and register for fall courses.
- Have a better understanding of the University of Minnesota student experience.
- Participate in a small group meeting with an Orientation Leader.
All freshmen are required to participate in this important program, which ensures a great start to your first year at the University of Minnesota. Students who have confirmed their enrollment can select their orientation date beginning in April through the New Student Checklist (see above). More information will be emailed beginning in March to students who have confirmed their enrollment. If you have questions, please contact Orientation & Transition Experiences at [email protected] or online chat.
7. Submit Final High School Transcripts
In order to verify that you have met University of Minnesota enrollment requirements, you must have your final high school transcript, including date of graduation, submitted to the Office of Admissions by the July 1, 2021, deadline. When we receive your final transcript, we will review it to make certain you have maintained your strong academic record. Important note: Read our complete policy about senior year performance and final high school transcripts.
8. Submit Your Official Test Scores
If you chose to include an ACT/SAT score as part of your application for admission, or if you self-reported an English proficiency score on your application, you must have your official test scores submitted from the testing agency to the Office of Admissions by July 1, 2021. These items will appear on your Next Steps Checklist on your Application Tracker. We will use your official scores to verify your self-reported information on your application. Students who self-reported multiple test scores must send the highest overall score that was self-reported.
If you did not self-report any test scores on your application for admission, you do not need to submit official test scores. Your Next Steps Checklist (which appears on your Application Tracker after you confirm your enrollment) will reflect this.
9. Attend Welcome Week
Welcome Week compliments your orientation experience and is an action-packed experience for new freshmen that connects you to the campus, your college of enrollment, and the Twin Cities community. Welcome Week occurs the week before classes begin and attendance is required. During the program, you will have an opportunity to build relationships with your classmates and discover the multitude of resources and opportunities available to enhance your college experience. More information will be provided in the summer to students who have confirmed their enrollment. Visit the Welcome Week page for more details.