A fourth year of math (instead of the current three years) will be required effective with students seeking admission for fall 2015 and later to the Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris, and Rochester campuses of the University of Minnesota.
The University of Minnesota's faculty and administration are strongly committed to student success and University research has shown that completing four years of math enhances student success in college. Grade point averages and retention and graduation rates at the University of Minnesota are higher for students who have taken four years of math. Currently, over 90 percent of new entering freshmen on the Twin Cities campus have completed four years of math. In addition, given the current quantitative nature of our global society, students in a broad array of disciplines, from business to history to health care, will either be required to take college-level math at the University or will be required to apply an understanding of upper-level high school math or quantitative methodology to their college-level work. Requiring students to take four years of math will help ensure that they have the math and quantitative thinking skills necessary for success in college and beyond.
We recognize that some students may complete the equivalent of a fourth year of high school math earlier than their senior year. Even if this is the case, the University recommends that students continue taking math or quantitative methodology through the senior year of high school. When students do not take math in their senior year of high school, they enter their fall semester as University freshmen having completed no math for two summers and an entire academic year. We strongly encourage students to continue taking math through their senior year because math skills can deteriorate quickly if not used. Mathematical and quantitative thinking is a component of the University's degree requirements, and all students must complete some college-level coursework in this area at the University.
The fourth year of math can be any college preparatory math class offered by your high school. Courses that have Algebra II as a prerequisite or are strong in quantitative methodology may be used to meet this requirement. See a list of sample courses that meet this requirement.
Yes, it will be possible. Admission decisions are based on a holistic, overall assessment of each application, and students missing a high school course requirement may still be admissible if their overall application is otherwise very strong. Please note, however, that admission to the University is competitive, and the overall strongest applicants from a highly competitive applicant pool are selected for admission. Students are encouraged to continue taking a set of rigorous college preparatory coursework during their senior year that includes math. Completing the high school course requirements not only enhances a student's preparation for success in college; it also strengthens their application for admission.
Our overall, holistic assessment of a student's application does take into account the courses offered at the student's high school. Students attending schools where math is either not offered in the senior year or the where the student has exhausted the math options at their school will not be denied admission because of a missing fourth year of math. Admission decisions are based on an overall assessment of a student's academic credentials and secondary factors, and no single factor is a deciding factor. We do expect students to take full advantage of the math offerings at their high school and will consider the students' success in their academic coursework in our review of their applications.
If you have questions about how admission decisions are made, or questions about which courses will satisfy the math requirement, please contact the Office of Admissions at the individual University of Minnesota campus.
Integrated Math 1 (IMP 1, Core 1)
Integrated Math 2 (IMP 2, Core 2)
Integrated Math 3 (IMP 3, Core 3)
If applicant has met the Intermediate Algebra requirement, we can assume that the Elementary Algebra requirement has also been met.
(The examples listed here include courses that have Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite.)
IB Math Studies
IB Math Methods
IB Math Higher Level
Integrated Math 4 (IMP 4, Core 4)
If applicant has met the 4th year math requirement, we can assume that the Elementary Algebra, Geometry, and Intermediate Algebra requirements have also been met.
(Courses that either usually have Intermediate Algebra as a course prerequisite or that meet the UM Math Liberal Education Requirements)
AP Computer Science Principles
UM PSEO: Overview of Computer Science (CSCI 1001)
UM PSEO: Logic (PHIL 1001 or PHIL 1021)
(High school students may take these courses as PSEO courses or College in the Schools [CIS] courses.)
All courses in the U of M math department (MATH 1001 and higher)
All courses that meet the U of M Math Liberal Education Requirement (see full list)
College Prep Math
Survey of Mathematics
Topics in Math
Liberal Arts math
Foundations of Math