Office of Admissions Policy: Verification of Self-Reported Academic Record

This page describes the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Office of Admissions policy and procedures for verifying information submitted in the Self-Reported Academic Record (Academic Record).

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Applicants who misrepresent or falsify information may have their admission cancelled.

Prior to enrolling at the University of Minnesota, all confirmed students will need to submit official final transcripts and test scores. We will compare the official final transcript and test scores against the self- reported academic record.

Academic integrity and student success are our highest priorities. The University of Minnesota has the right to cancel enrollment for any students who misrepresented their Academic Record. The Office of Admissions has sole discretion in determining if misrepresentation has occurred.

What is the University of Minnesota's policy for verifying self-reported information?

Any admitted student who confirms their enrollment is required to submit an official high school transcript with graduation date sent directly from the high school and official test score(s) sent directly from the testing agency. These official documents are carefully reviewed against the self-repored Academic Record. If the Academic Record is deemed inaccurate, the University of Minnesota may change the college of admission or cancel admission, regardless of whether the inaccuracy was intentional or accidental. Admission to the University Honors Program and merit-based scholarships may also be affected, among other things.

How is this policy communicated to applicants?

When a student submits a University of Minnesota Twin Cities application for admission, they are required to acknowledge and sign the following statement:

"My submission indicates that this Academic Record is complete, factually correct, and honestly prepared. I have not omitted or modified information. I understand that withholding information requested on this application, or providing false information, can result in a change in my admission decision. I understand this change could include a change in my college of admission, cancellation of my admission or registration, or dismissal from the U of M if I have already enrolled. I understand that if I am admitted and I confirm my enrollment to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, I will be required to submit my official high school transcript with graduation date, and my official test score(s) sent directly from testing agency. I agree to notify the Office of Admissions if there are any changes to the information provided in my application."

What are the University of Minnesota's expectations for the self-reported information?

You must be accurate.

  • You should have a copy of your unofficial transcript in hand when completing the Academic Record to ensure that information is entered fully and accurately.
  • If your school issues final official grades at the end of each year, you must enter that grade.
  • If your school issues official grades by term or semester, you must list each course with its final grade by term or semester. List the same course twice if repeated in a different term. Give the final grade for each term if that is how it is shown on your year-end final transcript.
  • Course names should be entered exactly as they appear on your transcript.
  • Notes for international applicants: You must have your secondary transcript and exam results, with English translations, with you when you complete the Academic Record.

You must be complete.

  • You must report all coursework taken in grades 9-12 as well as courses taken in earlier grades if those courses are being used to fulfill high school graduation requirements. Courses may not be omitted from the Academic Record.
  • If you are a high school senior, you will list your "in-progress" 12th grade courses for those that are not yet graded.

You must be honest.

  • Do not adjust your grades in any manner. Do not weight grades. Do not average or convert them. They must be entered exactly as shown on your transcript.
  • Do not misrepresent course levels. Course titles and levels must be entered exactly as shown on your transcript.
  • Notes for international applicants: If you are an international student and your classes include courses taken outside of the United States, make sure to enter the information from the transcript where you received the credit. Do not use any international coursework reported on a U.S. transcript.

Prior to enrollment, admitted students are required to submit a final, official high school transcript with graduation date directly from the high school.

What are the University of Minnesota's expectations for the self-reporting test scores?

Students should report their highest composite or total scores and the associated subscores from the same testing agency and test date on the Academic Record. However, students will be given the opportunity to list any or all of their tests taken.

Do not "superscore" your tests. The form will ask you to indicate your overall score and subscores from a single testing date. Prior to enrollment, admitted students are required to submit official test scores directly from the testing agency. Official results, including composite (or total) scores and subscores, must match the information provided in the applicant's Academic Record. If an applicant has self-reported more than one test score, the highest overall composite (or total) and associated subscores must be verified by the appropriate testing agency.

Note for international applicants who are non-native English speakers: Students who report multiple English proficiency exam scores will also need to report the highest score from each exam type. (See our frequently asked questions for examples and further details.)

Do all reported test scores need to be verified?

When making an admission decision, the Office of Admissions reviews the highest overall score that was self-reported. Students must submit the official score from the agency for the highest composite or total score and associated subscores. The University of Minnesota may request additional official scores during the score verification process; if additional self-reported scores need to be verified, a request will be made to the student in writing.

What if a student makes an honest mistake or typo when completing the Academic Record?

We ask that students reference a printed unofficial transcript to minimize any typos or errors.

Misrepresentation or inaccurate entry of information in the Academic Record may be grounds for a change in the admission decision. These situations may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Pattern of inaccuracy: A student submits an Academic Record with a pattern of repeated inconsistencies.
  • Omission of courses or grades: A student reports only a portion of the courses taken. For example, a course that was taken twice is only reported once.
  • Self-weighting: A student reports a higher grade or score for an advanced-level course than what was reflected on the transcript.
  • Single significant error: A student misreports a score or letter grade that has a significant bearing on the admission decision. Our admissions committee will review final transcripts and test scores in comparison to self-reported information. Students may or may not be asked to provide an explanation for inconsistencies.

Typos determined to be unintentional may still be grounds for a change in the admission decision. For example, a student who inadvertently reports a high school rank of 10/100 but is actually 100/100 will need to be re-reviewed and the admission decision may be changed. Applicants whose admission is changed or rescinded will be notified in writing prior to enrollment.

Can an admission cancellation [or change of college] decision be appealed?

An applicant may appeal the cancellation of admission or a change in the college of admission by submitting an appeal to the Appeals Committee within seven calendar days of the date of notice of cancellation. The appeal must include relevant information as to why the cancellation or change in college of admission is inappropriate. Any supporting documentation that has direct bearing on the matter must be included. The Appeals Committee will review and determine the outcome of the appeal.

This information is current for students applying for fall 2019 admission and may be subject to change in future years. Information may be modified for clarification.

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