Frequently Asked Questions about How We Determine College of Admissions

How do you determine the college of admission?

The information you provided in your application was carefully taken into consideration when we completed our review of your application—including first-choice college, alternate college of interest, and indicated majors of interest.

We considered you for admission for the colleges selected on your application. If we are unable to admit you to one of the colleges listed, you are automatically considered for admission to all other U of M colleges that are a good fit with your academic interests and preparation and other information you provided. Our admissions decisions are based on a comprehensive, individualized review of your application, the overall strength of all the applications received, and the number of spaces available in each of the University's freshman-admitting colleges.

Our programs offer an array of exceptional majors, which you will find listed at

How do you select students for admission?

Students admitted to the University are selected from a highly competitive group of applicants with extraordinary academic and extracurricular achievements, based on a very careful, individualized review of each student's application. The University admits students directly to a freshman-admitting college, based on the student's choices as indicated in the application, the student's academic preparation, and the additional information included in the student's application materials. Students admitted to the University have not only demonstrated the preparation necessary for success at the University, but have demonstrated the ability to take full advantage of the unique and significant opportunities we offer undergraduate students.

College-by-College Admission 

Competitive Admission Rate

Admission to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is highly competitive. For example, for Fall 2021 admission, we received more than 36,000 applications for a freshman class of approximately 6,900 students. While we were very grateful for the strong interest in the University of Minnesota, the number of applications submitted and the strength of the applicant pool has created a competitive admissions situation.

Please note, for Fall 2021, due to a significant increase in the number of highly competitive applications for the School of Nursing, admission to the nursing program was especially competitive.

Academic Profile of Fall 2021 Admitted Freshman

The table below provides a general overview of the high school rank percentile and standardized test scores of freshman applicants admitted for Fall 2021 they are not admission criteria and they do not account for all of the factors considered in our application review. Overall, admitted freshmen:

  • Ranked in the top 15 percent of their high school classes
  • Received a 3.73 unweighted calculated grade point average (GPA)
  • Scored an average of 29.9 on the ACT composite*
  • Scored an average of 1402 on the SAT total*
  Average High School Rank Percentile Average High School GPA (unweighted) *Average ACT Composite *Average SAT Total
Biological Science  91.9 3.88 30.7 1413
Design 80.8 3.62 28.1 1342
Education and Human Development 78.9 3.61 26.9 1302
Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences 79.2 3.57 28.1 1346
Liberal Arts 81.1 3.65 28.9 1375
Management (Carlson School of) 90.2 3.81 30.2 1396
Science and Engineering 89.9 3.83 31.5 1431
School of Nursing 92.4 3.92 30.3 1378

*Please note: the University of Minnesota Twin Cities will not be requiring an ACT or SAT score for the 2022 undergraduate application.