April 3, 2018 Update

Dear Colleague,

As a valued partner, I wanted you to be the first to know about an exciting change coming to the fall 2019 application for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities: self-reported grades and test scores.

We made this decision to empower students and give them full control of their application steps. Ultimately, it can help reduce the need for students to follow up on supporting documents so they can more quickly complete their application. The sooner a student completes the three steps below, the sooner their application is considered complete and moves into review.

When our fall 2019 applications open in August, students will take three steps to complete their application:

  1. SUBMIT an application on one of three platforms (Golden Gopher application; The Common Application; or the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success).
  2. PAY the $55 application fee or submit a fee waiver.
  3. SELF-REPORT high school course grades and standardized test scores through an online form called SRAR. (No official transcript is required at the time of application.)

We acknowledge this shift to self-reported grades and test scores will involve different steps for you and your students prior to applying to the university, such as student access to their unofficial transcripts. We have just formally approved this change to our fall 2019 application, so I wanted to inform you as soon as possible to allow time for preparation.

Timing considerations

Spring 2018
Some of your students might be eager to complete their U of M application in August before school starts. It would be helpful for your rising seniors to understand how to access their unofficial transcripts showing their courses and grades from their freshman year forward. This knowledge will allow them to complete the self-reported grades and test score step that is required for a complete application to the U of M.

Fall 2018
Students can begin applying to the U of M as of August 1. Key deadlines are the same as last year: Early Action Deadline (November 1) and the Regular Deadline (January 1). We recognize you will no longer be notified via transcript requests when a student applies. We know this information can help you advise students on their college application plans. In light of this, we are developing a periodic email notification to inform you of applicants from your school.

Spring 2019
Just as in years past, all admitted students who confirm their enrollment to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities are required to request that their high school send an official final high school transcript with proof of graduation by July 1. We will use final transcripts to verify that students have completed their intended senior year coursework, that their prior coursework and grades match their self-reported information, and that they maintained their academic grade trend through their senior year.

Admitted students are also responsible for getting their official test scores submitted from the testing agency by July 1.

Sustained holistic review process
Above all, we want to stress that this change to our application process does not change our review philosophy or process for admission. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities remains committed to a holistic review of a student’s primary and secondary factors in making an admission decision. Admission remains competitive.

More information available online
To learn more about our decision to shift to a system of self-reported grades and test scores, visit the self-reported academic record (SRAR) page on our website.

Thank you
We are grateful for the strong interest in the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and we appreciate collaborating with you to help students find their best university fit. We will provide more information about the self-reported grades process in late summer leading up to our August application launch. In the meantime, please reach out via our High School Counselor Hotline at 612-626-8378 or email admissions@umn.edu with any questions.


Heidi Meyer
Executive Director of Admissions

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