UPDATE: Students applying for fall 2021 and fall 2022 undergraduate admission at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus are not required to submit an ACT or SAT score. Learn more.


What scholarship opportunities does the University of Minnesota Twin Cities offer for freshmen?

In recognition of outstanding academic achievements, the University offers a number of academic scholarships for incoming freshmen entering the University fall semester. These highly competitive awards range from $1,000 for one year to $60,000 over four years.

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The University of Minnesota works with many generous donors to secure private scholarship support. Last year, thousands of students received scholarships from private donations. The number of students receiving private support is constantly increasing as the University continues its major scholarship fundraising drive.

How do I apply for scholarships?

To be considered for University-wide scholarships, simply submit the application for freshman admission. There is no separate application! Admitted freshmen are considered for these University-wide scholarships based on an overall assessment of their admission application.

A few University scholarships require a separate application; a listing of these scholarships is provided here.

How Are Scholarship Decisions Made?

University of Minnesota scholarships are highly competitive. Scholarship decisions are based on a very careful, overall assessment of each admitted student's academic preparation and performance, as well as the additional information provided in the admission application. We use the same academic and context factors from our holistic admissions review process. The strongest consideration in the decision is given to the academic factors, and no single factor is the determining factor in the decision.

What is the next step?

If you haven't already done so, apply for admission. Full consideration for academic scholarships is given to students who submit a complete application for freshman admission by either the Early Action (November 1) or Regular (January 1) application deadlines.

When will I hear if I am awarded a new freshman academic scholarship?

Scholarship award notices will be sent to new freshman scholarship recipients by the end of March of their senior year of high school.

Will there be additional opportunities to apply for scholarships after my freshman year?

Yes. One Stop Student Services manages a web page with information about scholarships for enrolled U of M students. This page includes links to college and academic department scholarships as well as a scholarship search tool for enrolled students. Several scholarships are offered to enrolled students each year.

Are scholarships awarded to freshmen entering the University spring semester?

Yes. Incoming freshmen admitted for spring semester are considered for freshman academic scholarships based on an overall assessment of the admission application. Freshman scholarships for spring semester are awarded on a funds-available basis.

Are there scholarships for transfer students?

Scholarships for transfer students are handled by the student's college or department. For details, you should contact your college of interest.

Are scholarships available for undocumented students?

Under the Minnesota Dream Act, which is also known as The Prosperity Act, undocumented Minnesota high school graduates meeting certain criteria can receive scholarships and financial aid from the University of Minnesota. The Minnesota Office of Higher Education will determine who is eligible to benefit from the Dream Act. Generally, students are eligible if they have attended a Minnesota high school for at least three years, have graduated from a Minnesota high school (or earned a GED in Minnesota), and who have registered with the U.S. Selective Service (applies only to males 18 to 25 years old). The complete details on eligibility and a Dream Act Application are available at the Minnesota Office of Higher Education Dream Act website.

RaiseMe Micro-Scholarship Program

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities partners with RaiseMe to offer two micro-scholarship programs. Students at select Minnesota high schools can earn scholarships for their achievements in high school. In addition, a program is offered for new freshmen enrolling in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Find out more.

Are scholarships available for international students?

There are a limited number of scholarships that are available for international students. For information on scholarships for international students, visit Costs, Scholarships, and Visas for International Students.

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