COVID-19 Impacts related to the Office of Admissions

The University Minnesota is closely monitoring COVID-19 and is in compliance with CDC and Minnesota Department of Health guidelines. As of July 1, the University of Minnesota will be requiring masks in all indoor spaces. For more information on mask policy and other campus measures, please view the resources linked below.

Fall 2020 Return to Campus

President Gabel has shared details on plans to return to campus for Fall 2020. While we don't yet have all answers to the many questions you will have now and in the coming weeks, these pages and FAQs will be updated frequently as we know more:

Connect Virtually

The Office of Admissions is pleased to now offer Virtual Tours and Admissions Counselor Virtual Appointments. Please visit the links below to learn more.


Mail and Deliveries

Postal Mail: We are checking and processing the mail periodically. If you have mailed us something that is associated with a required due date and are not sure it’ll arrive on time, we encourage you to contact us to discuss other options at z.umn.edu/contactadmissions.

Deliveries: All deliveries will be received at a central university location. We are checking and processing deliveries periodically.

Email: Please submit questions or concerns to z.umn.edu/contactadmissions

New Virtual Tours and Events

As of March 16, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Office of Admissions has cancelled all visits and events, both on and off campus, and throughout the U.S. as a precautionary measure to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 exposure to our University community and prospective students. Our schedule will be updated in our visit calendar once we are able to re-open these events.

Students have been notified via email regarding changes to events or visits, and we will post updates here on our website (admissions.tc.umn.edu).

Virtual Campus Tour

NEW! We are now offering alternate ways for students to learn about our world-class academics and get a feel for our vibrant student life. View virtual visits at z.umn.edu/CampusVisit

We sincerely appreciate your interest in visiting our University, as well as your patience and understanding as this situation evolves. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at z.umn.edu/contactadmissions.

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

TOEFL (ETS) offers At-Home Testing in some countries. The University of Minnesota waives the English proficiency test if you meet our minimum English proficiency requirements. To learn how to meet the University of Minnesota's 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.

Yes, the University of Minnesota will accept AP and IB credits if exams are taken from home due to the impact of COVID-19. 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.

The University of Minnesota is aware of the glitches and challenges of online AP testing due to COVID-19. You will be able to complete your application to the University of Minnesota, and include the AP courses you have taken while the College Board works to resolve the testing issues. Remember, we use a holistic review process and no one factor will determine admissibility.

If you are admitted and also have taken your AP courses, we will process your AP scores and the related college credits (pending the level of score earned).

Please know, there is no deadline to submitting the final AP test results to us.

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

While May 1 is the confirmation date, we understand that there are many uncertainties in everyone's life right now. Some students may need more time to decide which university to attend. We welcome discussing options with you to help ease the situation as much as possible! Please contact us prior to May 1 to request an extended deadline at z.umn.edu/ConfirmationDate!

While May 1 is the confirmation date, we understand that there are many uncertainties in everyone's life right now. Some students may need more time to decide which university to attend. We welcome discussing options with you to help ease the situation as much as possible!

Extended enrollment deadlines will be granted on a space-available basis after May 4. Please contact us to request an extended deadline at z.umn.edu/ConfirmationDate.

Please note that the housing application deadline has been extended to June 1, 2020.

Students admitted as incoming freshmen may request to take a gap year and defer their fall term of admission to the following fall term. Students approved will be admitted to their original college of admission unless otherwise determined.

Please note, students approved for gap years may not enroll at another academic institution, including another college, university, or in a program that grants credits through an accredited institution. Students that are approved and choose to enroll at another academic initiation during their gap year will lose their freshman admission status and must re-apply for admission as a transfer student to the University of Minnesota.

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.

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 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.

All Fall 2020 orientation programming will be held online this summer. Once you have confirmed your enrollment, you will receive information about scheduling a time for your orientation. Orientation is required for all incoming students. To learn more, visit the Orientation & Transition Experiences website.

The University of Minnesota is fully prepared and excited to welcome you to campus this fall for the 2020–2021 academic year, but your safety is our top priority, and we will continue to consult with University leaders and depend on public health guidance to make final arrangements long before you arrive.

Given the quickly changing nature of this pandemic, we continue to prepare for in-person classes, and are simultaneously preparing online high-quality and engaging ways to offer a U of M world-class education and experience if doing so becomes necessary.

Note: In-person instruction for the 2020 spring term is suspended and classes will continue through alternative instruction until the end of Summer term.

Current Students

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."

The University of Minnesota has developed a specific website that features the latest COVID-19 policy changes and updates that impact undergrad students at the Twin Cities campus. The site features links and resources across the campus that can assist with nearly every part of your undergraduate experience in the midst of this pandemic.

International Students

At this time there is no change to I-20 issuance for Fall 2020 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 for Fall 2020.

The United States Department of State has announced that all US Embassies are closed until further notice. The Department's message states:

"In response to worldwide challenges related to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Department of State is suspending routine visa services in most countries worldwide. Embassies and consulates in these countries will cancel all routine immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments as of March 20, 2020. These embassies and consulates will resume routine visa services as soon as possible, but we are unable to provide a specific date at this time."

The difficulty international students may face obtaining a visa is still unknown at this time. We encourage students to check their embassy's website for updates on when services will resume. It is not known at this time when services will resume. For the most up-to-date information about visa appointment availability, please refer to the website of the U.S. embassy/consulate.

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.

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).

If students intend to live in the University of Minnesota residence halls in fall 2020, and they need a place to live this summer, they should consider living in the residence halls. Contact Housing & Residential Life for more information.

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. The ISSS COVID-19 updates and FAQs page is available at https://isss.umn.edu/office/announcements/covid19.html

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:

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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