Freshman Application Deadlines

This deadline information is for the fall 2020 freshman application. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

The application for Fall 2020 Freshman Admission will be available in August.

Fall semester 2020

ACT or SAT

We recommend taking the ACT or SAT prior to your senior year if possible. You will need a test score when you apply and you will be able to enter test scores yourself as part of the application process starting in August. Please note, all applicants who are admitted must have their official test scores sent directly from the testing agency as part of the final confirmation process.

The exams offered on December 14 (ACT) and December 7 (SAT) will be considered on time for the January 1 regular deadline. We will consider your strongest composite score when we make your admission decision.

To send your official scores to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities (U of M TC), use the U of M TC codes listed below.

ACT: 2156
SAT: 6874

Additional information about our ACT or SAT requirement is available on our test scores page.

Application

Early Action Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019

  • Freshman application early action deadline. Students who apply by November 1 will receive full consideration for admission, University Honors Program, and scholarships. Admission decisions will be provided by the end of January and Honors and scholarships decisions will be provided by the end of March.
  • The deadline for admitted students to confirm their enrollment is May 1, 2020.
    • Note: 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.
  • November 1 is also the deadline for the Freshman Nursing Program supplemental application.

Regular Deadline: Wednesday, January 1, 2020

  • Freshman application regular deadline. Students who apply by January 1 will receive full consideration for admission, University Honors Program, and scholarships. Admission decisions will be provided by the end of March. (See below)

Admission Decision Timing

Early Action Deadline applicants: Students who submit their complete applications by the November 1 early action deadline will receive an admission decisions on Application Tracker by January 31.

Regular Deadline applicants: Students who submit their complete applications by the January 1 regular deadline will receive admission decisions on Application Tracker by March 31.

Decisions: Admission decisions are based on a holistic review of each student’s application materials. Each student who submits a complete application by either the November 1 or January 1 deadline will receive one of the following decisions. Please note that admission decisions are posted on the University’s Application Tracker.

  • Admit–Based on our holistic review, the student has been admitted to the University of Minnesota.
  • Defer–The admissions committee has completed a holistic review of the application but has not yet made a final decision. Deferred applications will be reviewed a second time, taking into consideration the number of spaces available in the freshman class and competitiveness of the entire pool of applicants who met the January 1 application deadline. By March 31, deferred applicants will receive either an admit, waitlist, or deny decision.
  • Waitlist–The student’s application has been placed on a waitlist. Although we have determined that the applicant is academically prepared to succeed at the University of Minnesota, we must make certain that we do not exceed the number of spaces available in each of the freshman-admitting colleges. If we determine that spaces remain available, the overall strongest applicants will be admitted from the waitlist. An update will be provided by spring of 2020.
  • Deny–We are not able to offer freshman admission. Students who are denied admission are encouraged to apply for transfer admission for a future semester. Transfer admission is also competitive so it is important that students achieve a strong academic record at another college or university.

Financial Aid

March 1, 2020
Financial aid application (FAFSA) priority deadline

To apply for need-based grants, scholarships, loans, work-study; and non-need-based student and parent loans, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA application will be available October 1, 2019, and families can fill it out using their 2018 income tax information. Admitted students who have submitted a FAFSA will begin receiving estimated financial aid award notices in February.

The FAFSA is used to determine your eligibility for federal, state, and University aid. Even if you think you may not be eligible, we strongly encourage you to submit the FAFSA. For more information about the FAFSA, visit the Costs, Aid, and Scholarships section of our website.

Guaranteed Housing

June 1, 2020
Freshman Housing Guarantee deadline

Students can submit the housing application online prior to receiving their admission decision. Applying for housing early will increase the chances of students receiving their preferred residence hall. Housing assignments are made in the order in which the housing application (NOT the application for admission) is received.

The University of Minnesota guarantees housing to all admitted first-year freshmen who are willing to accept assignment to any space designated, and who:

  1. Submit the housing application and $50 non-refundable housing application fee to Housing & Residential Life no later than June 1, 2020; and
  2. Confirm their enrollment with the Office of Admissions by the deadline found in their Application Tracker.

Admitted freshmen who apply for housing after June 1 are placed in housing on a space-available basis.

Enrollment Confirmation

May 1, 2020
Enrollment confirmation deadline

When students confirm their enrollment, they are declaring their intent to attend the University of Minnesota, and we will reserve a place for them in the incoming class.

Note: 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 for most admitted freshmen, the enrollment confirmation deadline is May 1, 2020.

Exceptions:

  • Students who requested a deadline extension.
  • Students who were admitted April 18 and later have a deadline two weeks past their date of admission.
  • For students who submitted an enrollment confirmation fee deferral request after their deadline, we cannot guarantee that space will be available in the freshman class.

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