Freshman Application Deadlines

This deadline information is for the fall 2018 freshman application. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Fall semester 2018


We recommend taking the ACT or SAT prior to your senior year if possible. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency.

The exams offered on December 9 (ACT) and December 2 (SAT) will be considered on time for the January 1 second deadline only if you provide the U of M school code listed below when you register for the exam. 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.


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

  • Freshman application first 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.
  • Note: Minnesota does not offer early action or early decision. The deadline for admitted students to confirm their enrollment is May 1.
  • November 1 is also the deadline for the Freshman Nursing Guarantee Program supplemental application.

Monday, January 1, 2018

  • Freshman application second 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)
  • Announcement: We are offering a grace period to students whose applications were submitted by Monday, January 1, 2018. Any application materials received in the Office of Admissions by Tuesday, January 16, 2018, will be considered as on time for the January 1 deadline.

Admission Decision Timing

First deadline applicants: Students who submit their complete applications by the November 1 first deadline will receive an admission decisions on Application Tracker by January 31.

Second deadline applicants: Students who submit their complete applications by the January 1 second 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 first or second 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 April 15, 2018.
  • 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, 2018
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, 2017, and families can fill it out using their 2016 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

May 1, 2018
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-contract and $50 non-refundable housing application fee to Housing & Residential Life no later than May 1, 2018; and
  2. Confirm their enrollment with the Office of Admissions no later than May 1, 2018.

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

Enrollment Confirmation

May 1, 2018
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.

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