College Planning Tips for Students and Families
- Visit campus. Explore college campuses before the fall of your senior year. Meet students and faculty and tour campus facilities. Visiting campus is the best way to determine whether a school is a good fit for you. To learn more about visit options at the U of M, check out our Visit Us page.
- Choose coursework that will prepare you to succeed in college. This means during your senior year, too. The classes you take in high school are a foundation for what you will experience in college. That's why it's really important to take a challenging "college preparatory" curriculum while you're in high school. Work closely with your school counselor to choose the appropriate college preparatory courses offered at your school. See our minimum requirements below.
- Learn about ACT/SAT requirements as soon as you can. Many colleges and universities have made changes to their ACT/SAT guidelines recently. The University of Minnesota will not require an ACT/SAT score on your application for 2022 admission or scholarships (learn more about U of M test requirements).
- Complete your admission applications and self-reported academic record early in the fall of your senior year! Don't procrastinate. Applying early ensures that you'll meet application deadlines. (Plus, you'll be able to relax and enjoy your winter vacation!) Prospective University of Minnesota Twin Cities freshmen should fill out the Freshman Admission Application via Common App or our Golden Gopher Application.