This deadline information is for the fall 2020 freshman application. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!
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.
Additional information about our ACT or SAT requirement is available on our test scores page.
Early Action Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019
Regular Deadline: Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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.
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, , 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.
March 2, 2020
Living Learning Communities (LLC)
A Living Learning Community is a "house" within a residence hall that is focused on a specific academic or cultural interest. The LLC housing application becomes available in November, and interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Assignments in Living Learning Communities are based on when the completed housing application is received, space availability, and whether students meet program requirements. The priority guaranteed housing application deadline for the Living Learning Communities is March 2.
May 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:
Admitted freshmen who apply for housing after May 1 are placed in housing on a space-available basis.
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.
Please visit our admitted student checklist page for detailed information about the May 1 confirmation deadline.