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NOTE: We are still accepting applications from students admitted to the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-752-1000.

ATTENTION FRESHMAN APPLICANTS! If you just finished your senior year and are interested in fall 2019 freshman admission, please call 1-800-752-1000 and speak with an admissions counselor before completing this application. If you just finished your junior year and are interested in fall 2020 freshman admission, please check back in mid-July when that application becomes available.

  1. Submit your Golden Gopher Application. We also accept the Common Application and the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success.
    • We do not have a preference for which application platform you use, but please submit only one application. Submitting more than one will delay your admission decision.
  2. Pay the $55 application fee or submit a fee waiver request.
  3. Self-report your high school grades and your ACT or SAT Scores through the Self-Reported Academic Record. An official transcript is not required at the time you apply.

After you apply, you will:

Freshman Application Checklist
Self-Reported Academic Record
$55 Application Fee
Essay Not Required for Admission
Letters of Recommendation Not Required for Admission
Transcript Not Required for Admission

Early Action Deadline: November 1
Regular Deadline: January 1

Additional Application Checklists

Freshman Application Deadlines

Early Action Deadline: November 1
Regular Deadline: January 1

Check My Application Status

You can use Application Tracker to determine which application materials have been received, and whether a decision has been made on your application.

Admissions Decisions Process

At the University of Minnesota, we believe that selecting students from a highly talented group of applicants requires an individual assessment of all application materials submitted for each student; every application is read in its entirety.

Other Application Information

What type of student are you?

  • You are a freshman applicant if you will graduate from high school in 2019. (Even if you will complete college credits while in high school.)
  • You are also a freshman if you have graduated from high school, but have NOT enrolled at a college, university, or any other school after high school.
  • If you are applying as a freshman applicant, you can apply using Golden Gopher Application, Common Application or the Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success.
  • You are a graduate student if you have completed your Bachelor’s degree and are looking to continue your education with the goal of achieving a post-graduate degree.
  • Graduate applicants should contact the Graduate School Office of Admissions.
  • You are a former University of Minnesota student if you are returning to a degree program at the U of M after an absence of one year or longer.
  • If you are a former student looking to return to a degree program from an absence of one year or longer, you must complete an Application for Readmission.

Note about Civic Engagement

The University of Minnesota welcomes free speech. A student applying for admission to the University, who has been suspended for participation in a protest, would not be required to report such activities. In the application for admission, we do provide students with space to share more information about themselves and their particular beliefs and the activities in which they have engaged and feel are important.

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