Checklist for Admitted International Freshman

Welcome to the University of Minnesota Class of 2028! This checklist is for first-year students admitted for Fall 2024. 

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Next Steps

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Confirm your Enrollment (Reserve your Spot)

Confirm your enrollment online. The website will prompt you to confirm your enrollment and pay your $325 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 15 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? Confirmations made after May 15 are accepted on a space-available basis (unless a student was granted an extension prior to this date). 

Apply for Guaranteed Housing

Apply for housing at Housing assignments are based on the date the completed housing application is received, space availability, and whether students meet program requirements. 

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities guarantees housing to all admitted first-year students who are willing to accept an assignment to any space if they do all of the following:

  1. Submit the housing application and non-refundable housing application fee ($50) to Housing & Residential Life no later than May 15;
  2. Confirm their enrollment with the Office of Admissions no later than May 15; and
  3. Submit the Housing Guarantee Fee ($200) before May 15.

Students who apply for housing after May 15 are placed in housing only on a space-available basis.

Submit Undergraduate New Student I-20 Request

All international students who need an F-1 visa to study at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities must request an I-20 document from the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office. Complete the Undergraduate New Student I-20 Request at as soon as possible, but no later than August 1. The form can also be accessed directly through this link:

The Undergraduate New Student I-20 Request is required for all new F-1 undergraduate students, including students who will transfer their I-20 and F-1 visa status from a current U.S. school to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. More information is available at

After You Confirm

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After You Confirm

Submit Your Official Academic Documents

In order to verify the coursework and grades you self-reported at the time of application, the Office of Admissions must receive your official and complete academic documents from all secondary schools attended along with proof of high school graduation (i.e. graduation certificate or leaving exam results) by July 1.

  • All documents not issued in English must be in the original language and include a certified, true (word-for-word) English translation.
  • Official documents are those that are original or are attested copies of original academic documents mailed in a sealed, stamped school envelope directly from the secondary school or examination board.
  • A scanned or electronic copy of an official document is considered unofficial.
  • Official and complete academic records and proof of high school graduation may include exam results such as, but not limited to, IB, IGCSE, O/AS/A-level, WAEC, HKDSE, SPM, and CISCE/CBSE. Examples of official documents and the submission instructions can be found on the Office of Admissions website at

Senior Year Grades Policy

Senior year courses and grades are very important, and are considered when making admission decisions. After complete academic records are received, we review each student’s senior year coursework and grades, and any applicable exam results, to confirm completion and that student performance during the senior year is consistent with the academic performance at the time of application. Unsuccessful completion of senior year coursework and/or a significant decline in academic performance during the senior year may result in the cancellation of admission. For more information on this policy, visit Final High School Transcripts and Senior Year Grades.

If you are unable to submit the secondary school documents by the July 1 deadline, you must contact the Office of Admissions in advance. Your request must be approved by the Office of Admissions.

Submit Official Test Scores

Any test scores self-reported (ACT, SAT, English proficiency) during the application process must be verified as official prior to enrolling. Test scores must match the highest reported score on your Self-Reported Academic Record, and must be received by the Office of Admissions by July 1. Please request that your test scores be sent to our office directly from the testing agency.

A scanned or electronic copy of an official test score report cannot be considered as official test results. The July 1 submission deadline cannot be extended. We strongly recommend you to request your official test scores be sent as soon as you confirm your admission.

Complete New Student Orientation

International freshman students must complete both international student orientation and freshman orientation.

International Student Online Preparation Course

Prior to arrival, all new international students are required to complete the International Student Preparation Course. This program is the first step in completing new international student orientation requirements, and it will help you prepare for your arrival at the University. Visit to begin the course. Upon arrival, you should complete the MyISSS Document Check and attend the ISSS Check-In and Welcome Session. Review the ISSS New Student Information at

Freshman Orientation: New Student Checklist

Freshman Orientation is required for all new students. Once you have confirmed your enrollment, you will receive information from your college about completing your New Student Checklist.

The New Student Checklist is an interactive, online checklist allowing 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.

For more information, visit Orientation & Transition Experiences at

Celebrate Becoming a Golden Gopher!

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!