Our admissions promise to prospective students and families

We know that COVID-19 has impacted every part of your life, including your academic life. Your courses, activities, and testing options are all paused or look very different from last year. We want to assure you that as you apply to the U of M, we will be especially understanding of all your circumstances.

While we continue to pause our in-person visits and events through December 2020, we promise to provide many opportunities for you to explore the University’s world-class opportunities, ask questions directly with our admissions counselors, and get the support you need throughout your college search process.

We promise to treat you—and review your application—with compassion, understanding, and the greatest respect for your individual circumstances.

COVID-19 Impacts at the University of Minnesota

The health and safety of our campus community will always be our greatest priority. We continue to monitor public health data on a daily basis and regularly review our pandemic response and plans for the future. Flexibility and adaptability have been critical since the first days of this pandemic, and we will quickly adapt our operations and procedures based on how the pandemic evolves.

In all aspects of our plan for fall semester, we are following the latest and best guidance from the Minnesota Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and our own globally recognized public health and medical experts.

The University of Minnesota requires masks in all indoor spaces and when social distancing is not possible around campus.

The information about campus impacts and admissions impact changes often. Please access the following resources for the most up-to-date information:

Twin Cities Campus COVID Updates: Please reference the system-wide Safe Campus website which provides frequently updated information on safety measures, back-to-campus plans and more.

Undergraduate Admissions Adjustments: We have made a variety of adjustments for the Fall 2021 application process to support students and their families during this time.

Flexible Application
We know it is important to be flexible and acknowledge that many elements you intended to include on your application may look different this year. Your activities, sports academics, and family responsibilities have likely changed, and we encourage you to use the short-answer questions on our application to tell us about your circumstances.

Your application will be read in its entirety, and we promise to review your experiences with compassion and understanding. Rather than using equations to grant admission, we get to know your individual story—and that includes the ways in which you faced the challenges of COVID-19.

  • Sports and Activities - sports, clubs, teams and other group activities have all had to change since spring 2020. We understand you may not be participating in any of these activities at this time. In the short-answer questions on the application, please share what you have done over your high school timeframe and what adjustments you've had to make in 2020.
  • Grades - Many high schools adjusted their grading scales to accommodate the shifts in courses last spring. We are expecting to see different grading patterns and will look at the trend of all your high school grades—not just last spring—to understand your academic performance.
  • ACT/SAT test scores are NOT required: Freshman applicants for fall 2021 admission are not required to submit an ACT or SAT score. This policy change was made to ensure every student has the opportunity to submit a complete application this year.

    You will select on your application whether or not you would like an ACT/SAT score considered in the review of your application.

    Important note: once you submit your application, your decision on whether to have an ACT/SAT considered as part of your application is final and cannot be changed.

    Learn more on our ACT/SAT page.

Holistic Review
We’ve long believed in the importance of reading each application in its entirety. When you apply, we will take the time to understand you as a whole person rather than as a single number or score.

The U of M has proudly joined 350 colleges across the country in signing Care Counts in a Crisis: College Admissions Deans Respond to COVID-19. Care Counts is a promise to you on what admissions professionals value as we read your applications this year: self-care, academic work, service and contributions to others, family contributions, and extracurricular activities.

Explore the University virtually
While we may have paused our in-person tours and appointments, the Office of Admissions offers Virtual Tours, Information Sessions, and Admissions Counselor Appointments. Visit our Virtual Visits page to learn all of the options!

Frequently Asked Questions

Prospective Students

Yes, we will review situations on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Office of Admissions at z.umn.edu/contactadmissions

The University of Minnesota accepts additional English proficiency tests during COVID times, for a total of seven test options, so that students have options for completing the English proficiency requirement. To learn how to meet our English proficiency requirements, please visit English Proficiency Information for International Students.

As long as you meet high school graduation requirements, there is no concern from the university.

The University of Minnesota respects the expertise of testing boards, schools and educational institutions to make alternative assessment plans, due to COVID-19, for students finishing their schooling in 2020. View IB updates related to COVID-19.

We won't penalize students for the unprecedented end to 2020. Students should complete the courses as planned for by the school districts. Rest assured that the university academic advisors will be expecting some different grading patterns for this final term and will work with you for the right level of coursework this fall.

Admitted Students

Please see our gap year page for more information!

The University of Minnesota respects the expertise of testing boards, schools and educational institutions to make alternative assessment plans, due to COVID-19, for students finishing their schooling.

Therefore, we will honor the plans set forth by International Baccalaureate (IB), Advanced Placement (AP), GCE A-level examination boards and other institutions for final documentation of a student's examinations and work. We will continue to honor our current transfer credit rules for International Baccalaureate (IB) and GCE A-levels.

We won't penalize students for the unprecedented school impacts due to COVID-19. Students should complete the courses as planned for by the school districts. Rest assured, the university understands there will have been shifts in grading patterns and will work with you.

Current Students

Yes, we will review situations on a case-by-case basis. Contact the Office of Admissions.

If you are considering taking courses outside the U.S. or in your home country this summer, make sure that courses and credits are transferable to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, and discuss with your academic advisor how you may use these courses toward your degree at the U of M. If you are uncertain whether or not they are transferable, contact the Office of Admissions.

Note: Summer programs at Chinese universities are generally not transferable to the UMTC. For more information, visit International Transfer Credits "Non-Affiliated Study Abroad Program."

International Students

At this time there is no change to I-20 issuance for admitted students. The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on F-1 international students, and will reach out if we anticipate any impact on students who are planning to attend.

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) Office provides support and information on how to obtain a VISA.

The University of Minnesota respects the expertise of testing boards, schools and educational institutions to make alternative assessment plans, due to COVID-19, for students finishing their schooling.

Therefore, we will honor the plans set forth by GCE A-level examination boards, IBO, and other institutions for final documentation of a student's examinations and work. We will continue to honor our current transfer credit rules for GCE A-levels and International Baccalaureate (IB).

The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) is dedicated to serving the University of Minnesota's international community. ISSS continues to support international students, scholars, staff, and faculty impacted by COVID-19 and offer services while off-site. Visit the ISSS COVID-19 updates and FAQs page for more info.

For more information and updates related to COVID-19 and our University's response, please see University of Minnesota's Safe Campus site.

Transfer Students

Please reference the following information on S/N policy as it pertains to your future U of M college. Note this information only pertains to spring and summer 2020 sessions.

College S/N Policy for
Spring 2020 and
Summer 2020
Contact Person Email Address Additional Notes/Consideration
for students
Carlson School of Management Accepting S/N grades for prerequisite requirements and U of M major requirements Eric Ly carlsontransfer@umn.edu View Carlson School of Management's comprehensive S/N guide for their programs.
College of Biological Sciences Two of three prerequisite courses will be accepted with S/N grading. S/N courses accepted for major requirements. CBS Transfer Team cbs-tsfr@umn.edu If a student has only one A/F graded prerequisite, an applicant's remaining academic record would need to be exceptional to be a competitive candidate for admission.
College of Continuing and Professional Studies Accepting S/N grades for prerequisite requirements and U of M major requirements Willie Wong wkwong@umn.edu None.
College of Design Accepting S/N grades for prerequisite and major requirements Woody Stulberg destrsfr@umn.edu Recommend students reach out if application is on hold pending Spring 2020 grades when making S/N grade changes. Space is full in most majors before the Spring 2020 semester is over.
College of Education and Human Development Accepting S/N grades for prerequisite requirements and U of M major requirements Sheri Beck cehdtrfr@umn.edu If a student plans to later apply to graduate/professional programs, this is an additional factor to consider as it is unclear how graduate/professional programs will use S/N grades.
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences Accepting S/N grades for prerequisite and major requirements Jeff Polski pols0025@umn.edu Recommend students reach out if application is pending spring grades or updated GPA calculation.
College of Liberal Arts Accepting S/N grades for prerequisite and major requirements Lexie Warlof clatrans@umn.edu Recommend students contact us if application is on hold pending Spring 2020 grades when making S/N grade changes.
College of Science and Engineering Accepting S/N grades for prerequisite and major requirements Dave Finlayson csetransfer@umn.edu Discouraging students from switching to S/N without careful consideration. Recommend students contact their instructors about individual courses and review their current grade plus remaining requirements in order to make an informed decision. There could be other ramifications related to graduate school admission in the future.
Medical Laboratory Sciences Accepting S/N grades for prerequisite and major requirements Robin Peterson cahpinfo@umn.edu Will accept courses graded as S/N during the Spring and Summer of 2020, but would prefer that students take sciences courses A-F.
Mortuary Science Accepting S/N grades for prerequisite requirements and U of M major requirements Ashley Mishek mortsci@umn.edu None.
School of Nursing Accepting S/N grades for prerequisite requirements and U of M major requirements Greta Simons gophernursing@umn.edu None.

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