Fall 2018 Admission Decision Information

Thank you for applying to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities for fall 2018. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities admissions committee has completed a very careful, individual review of your application for freshman admission. Based on an individualized, overall assessment of your application, including your coursework, grades, standardized test scores, and the additional information you provided, we sincerely regret that we are unable to offer you a place in the University's fall 2018 freshman class.

Admission to the University of Minnesota is highly competitive. For fall 2017 admission, applications increased 7 percent compared to the previous year. We received more than 42,000 applications for a freshman class of approximately 5,800 students. While we were very grateful for the strong interest in the University of Minnesota, the number of applications submitted and the strength of the applicant pool has created a competitive admissions situation. The overall strongest applicants, from a highly competitive applicant pool, are admitted. We are truly grateful for the strong interest in the University, but because of this interest, admission has become very competitive.

Please know that when we make admission decisions, we are not trying to keep applicants out of the University. Rather, we must ensure that the number of new freshmen is reasonably in line with the resources and services designed to support student success (e.g., course availability, academic advising, and campus housing).

Please note: Applicants are automatically considered for admission to all U of M colleges that are a good fit with the academic interest(s) listed on their applications.

Freshman Admissions Overview

Additional information about your decision, including the factors that we consider when making admission decisions, is included below.

How are admission decisions made?

Freshmen accepted to the University of Minnesota are admitted to one of the following colleges:

  • Carlson School of Management
  • College of Biological Sciences
  • College of Design
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Science and Engineering

Admission to each of the University's seven freshmen-admitting colleges is very competitive, and the number of available spaces varies by college. Applicants are automatically considered for admission to all U of M colleges that are a good fit with the academic interest(s) listed on their applications.

What factors do you consider when making an admission decision?

We believe that selecting students from a highly talented group of applicants requires and individual assessment of all application materials submitted for each student; every application is read in its entirety. Admission decisions are based on a very careful, overall assessment of each student's academic preparation and performance, as well as the additional information provided in the application, based on the primary and secondary factors listed below. The strongest consideration in the decision is given to the primary factors, and no single factor is the deciding factor in the decision. Applicants are first considered for admission to the colleges listed in their application, in the order they are listed. Then, applicants are automatically considered for other U of M freshmen-admitting colleges that may be a good match with their academic interests and preparation.

Primary Factors

Because academic preparation is key to student success in college, the strongest consideration in the decision is given to a student’s academic preparation, or primary, review factors:

  • Coursework through high school graduation. (Admitted students typically exceed the University's high school requirements. See course requirements)
  • Grades in academic coursework
  • Class rank/grade point average
  • ACT or SAT scores

Secondary Factors

Our holistic review also takes into consideration the individual circumstances that make each individual student unique. We consider the following secondary factors in our review:

  • Outstanding talent, achievement, or aptitude in a particular area
  • An exceptionally rigorous academic curriculum (enrollment in honors, AP, IB, or college-level courses)
  • Strong commitment to community service and leadership
  • Military service
  • Contribution to the cultural, gender, age, economic, racial, or geographic diversity of the student body
  • Evidence of having overcome social, economic, or physical barriers to educational achievement
  • First-generation college student
  • Significant responsibility in a family, community, job, or activity
  • Family employment or attendance at the University of Minnesota
  • Extenuating circumstances

What is the academic profile of students who are admitted?

Please note that admission decisions are based on an individual, overall assessment of each application, using the primary and secondary review factors listed above. The table below provides a general overview of the high school rank percentile and standardized test scores of freshman applicants admitted for fall 2017. Overall, admitted freshmen scored an average of 29 on the ACT composite and were ranked in the top 13 percent of their high school classes. Please note the data presented in the table are a composite picture of admitted freshman applicants; they are not admission criteria.

  Average High School Rank Percentile Average ACT Composite Average New SAT Total (out of 1600)
Biological Sciences 93.5 30.6 1391
Design 82.0 26.9 1284
Education and Human Development 82.7 25.6 1273
Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences 82.3 27.1 1299
Liberal Arts 85.0 28.1 1336
Management (Carlson School of) 90.7 29.9 1374
Science and Engineering 94.2 31.9 1438

Can I transfer to the U of M in the future?

Each year, the University of Minnesota welcomes more than 2,000 transfer students to campus. Students are able to transfer after three or four semesters of full-time coursework, if they meet the admission requirements for the program in which they intend to earn a degree. To optimize the chances for successful transfer to the University, you should:

  • Earn a strong grade point average at your transfer institution(s). Admission to the University of Minnesota remains competitive at the transfer level. Each college has its own coursework, GPA, and credit requirements.
  • Carefully plan your coursework at your transfer institution to help ensure that the courses will transfer and minimize the time that will be needed to earn a degree from the University of Minnesota.

What is the Minnesota Cooperative Admissions Program (MnCAP)?

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities has partnered with seven public two-year campuses around Minnesota to offer the Minnesota Cooperative Admissions Program (MnCAP). Students enrolled in MnCAP are guaranteed transfer admission to one of the participating U of M colleges and majors when they meet certain conditions. Students enrolling in this program work closely with dedicated staff at the community colleges and the University of Minnesota Office of Admissions to define the specific conditions for transfer.

Participating University of Minnesota colleges: College of Biological Sciences; College of Design (select programs only); College of Education and Human Development (select programs only); College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences; College of Liberal Arts; College of Science and Engineering (select programs only).

Participating community colleges: Anoka-Ramsey Community College, Century College, Inver Hills Community College, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, Normandale Community College, North Hennepin Community College, Saint Paul College

Visit our MnCAP intro page for participating colleges and more information about this program.

Am I at a disadvantage because my high school does not provide high school rank information?

No. Students whose high schools do not provide high school ranks receive full consideration for admission, through an individualized and overall assessment of the application. For a complete list of the factors that we consider to make an admission decision, see the question above. ("What factors do you consider when making an admission decision?")

Do you really review every application?

Yes! Each and every application is read very carefully by more than one staff member in the Office of Admissions before a decision is made. We know that your application is important to you and your family, and we do not take your interest in the University of Minnesota for granted.

Because we are committed to ensuring that each application receives very careful consideration, our review does take some time to complete. We work very hard to ensure that we each student is given the time and attention needed to make a fair admission decision. Our comprehensive and individualized review process ensures that each application is given a thorough, fair, and consistent review.

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