Self-Reported Academic Record

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities uses self-reported grades and test scores in the application review process. Applicants can enter information about their coursework, grades, and test score(s) in the U of M Academic Record site.

Quick overview
To be considered for admission to the University of Minnesota, you will need to complete the following three basic steps. We recommend following the steps in the order below.

  1. Submit a completed application.
  2. Pay the $55 application fee or fee waiver (part of the application form).
  3. Submit a self-reported Academic Record.

Frequently Asked Questions

Getting Ready To Self-Report Your Academic Record

The self-reported Academic Record form is how you'll tell us your standardized test score(s), as well as what courses you took in 9th-11th grades and the final grades you received. You'll also list the courses you will be taking your senior year.

We recommend that you fill out the online Academic Record form after you complete your application form. We won't review your file until all application components are submitted.

To fill out the Academic Record you will need:

  • A computer with internet connection
  • The name and contact information for your high school counselor
  • A copy of your unofficial transcript listing courses and grades from 9th-11th grade as well your current or upcoming 12th grade course titles (Do not enter your courses or grades from memory!)
  • Your ACT, SAT, or other standardized test scores (if you've received them)

A complete application must include a test score from either the ACT or SAT.

International students: If English is not your native language, please review the international student section below.

Yes. We encourage you to submit your Academic Record form with your coursework and grades, and you do not need to wait. You can update your Academic Record and re-submit it after you receive your ACT or SAT score.

Please note that October is your final opportunity to take the ACT or SAT and meet our deadline. Your application will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed until we have received a test score.

Yes. Students taking the October ACT or SAT will have until November 30 to self-report their test scores and still be considered on time by the November 1 deadline. Students taking the December ACT or SAT will have until January 31 to self-report their test scores and still be considered on time for the January 1 deadline.

Yes! You can submit your test scores to us directly from the agency (see our SAT and ACT information page).

No. You should not submit a transcript as part of your application to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Instead, you must complete the Self-Reported Academic Record to report your courses, grades, and test scores as part of your freshman admission application (instead of submitting a high school transcript). Any transcripts submitted will not be used as part of our application review process, nor count as part of a complete application.

As you're completing the form, remember that...

  • You must be accurate. Have a copy of your unofficial transcript in hand to ensure accuracy.
  • You must be complete. Report all coursework—both completed and in progress.
  • You must be honest. Do not weight grades or change any information as it appears on your transcript.

For full descriptions of these expectations, you can review our Verification of Self-Reported Academic Record Policy.

No, you do not need to submit a transcript for your application to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. If you are admitted to the U of M and confirm your enrollment to attend, you must submit an official transcript listing your high school graduation date by July 1. Your official test score results are also due on July 1 before your term of enrollment.

We estimate that it will take you 45-60 minutes to complete your Academic Record. Allow for more time if you have attended multiple schools or colleges. The form allows you to save your work, so you don't have to complete the form in a single session.

If you need any assistance with the Academic Record form, we are happy to help. Contact us at 1-800-752-1000 (TTY: 612-625-9051) or admissions@umn.edu.

For technical assistance with the form (such as trouble logging in or using the form's dropdown menus), please use the "Help" button in the top right corner of the online form. For questions related to your educational experiences (such as course levels or grades), please contact an admissions counselor at 612-625-2008 or 1-800-752-1000.

Accessing The Academic Record Form

The self-reported Academic Record form uses the same platform as your Golden Gopher Application. You can use the same login credentials and access the form using the "Academic Record Tab" in the upper right corner of the application platform.

You can find the required self-reported Academic Record form at z.umn.edu/AcademicRecord. Please create a new account using the same email address you used for The Common Application.

On the self-reported Academic Record form, you will need to enter your Common Application ID, which can be found in the top right corner of the screen in your Common Application.


NOTE: The Common Application includes a section for self-reported grades, but this section does NOT meet the Academic Record requirement for your U of M application. You must submit your high school grades and standardized test scores through our self-reported Academic Record form (z.umn.edu/AcademicRecord).

When deciding which Self-Reported Academic Record platform to use, we wanted to create a smooth and easy experience for students regardless of which application was completed (Golden Gopher Application, Common App, Coalition for Success).

Using one Academic Record platform allows our review to be consistent across all students because the academic information is provided in a consistent manner and doesn't limit you to one specific application platform.

We sincerely appreciate that time is very valuable to students and families.

If you're submitting an application through the Coalition, you can find the required self-reported Academic Record form at z.umn.edu/AcademicRecord. Please create a new account using the same email address you used for your application.

Entering Your High School(s)

No. (You can enter your ninth grade coursework under your high school name. You do not need to enter the middle school or junior high as a separate school.)

International applicants: Explore the international section for more detailed information about listing your secondary schools.

You should list all high schools you have attended and the years you attended them. You will enter your courses and grades under the high school where each course was taken.

If your transcript includes numerical grades with decimals, you should select "Other" under the Grade Scale heading.

Please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@umn.edu or 1 -800-752-1000.

Please list all of the high schools you attended and the courses and grades completed for each high school. However, if you enrolled in a course as part of a learning abroad program through your current high school and the course is on your current high school transcript, please just list your current high school on the Academic Record.

Entering Your Courses and Grades

Please enter the names exactly as they are shown on your transcript. For example, if your transcript lists "EngLit/Com 10" you should type "EngLit/Com 10" rather than spelling out the words.

Select the level that best matches the level names used by your school, even if it doesn't exactly match how your school describes course levels.

The options in this dropdown menu reflect the length of a course's final marking or grading period.

Semester versus Full Year: If you took U.S. history all year and received a grade for each semester, choose the "Semester" option from the dropdown menu and enter both grades.

BUT, if you took U.S. history all year AND received one final year grade, you should choose the "Full Year" option from the dropdown menu and only report this final full year grade on your Academic Record.

In the Academic Record, enter the course and the grade you received for the term (semester, trimester, or quarter). Leave the other term grades blank and they will not populate into your "Currently Entered Coursework."

If the course length is not a semester, trimester or quarter, you can indicate a course length as a "Single Marking Period" and list the amount of credits you earned in the course.

When you are in the "Enter High Schools" section, please select "other" as your grading scale within the drop down list.


Enter these courses under your high school. When entering your courses, select "Dual Enrollment" for the Course Level.

Enter these courses under your high school. When entering your courses, select "College in HS" for the Course Level.

You do not need to submit a self-reported Academic Record. Please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@umn.edu or 1-800-752-1000.

International students: see the international section if you have taken the GED.

Your Academic Record form must list all courses that you've attempted. If the course appears on your transcript (including repeated or withdrawn courses), it must accurately be listed on your Academic Record form.

For courses taken during the summer, list the course and associated grade in the preceding school year. For example, if you took a summer course between 9th and 10th grade, you will list the course and grade in the final semester of your 9th grade year on the self-reported Academic Record. If the summer course was not part of a semester, trimester or quarter, choose "Single Marking" period as the course length.

Select the Generic Course Title that best matches your course name. If you are unsure, select Other.

Yes, please complete the Academic Record form.

Enter the Project Lead the Way course title exactly as it appears on your high school transcript in the Course Name section of the Self-Reported Academic Record. Enter the Course Level as Dual Enrollment.

No, do not average your courses. Enter your transcript information exactly as you see it on your transcript.

Please report courses and grades that you took 9-12 grade only on the Academic Record. When we review high school coursework, we consider the highest level of the subject achieved in high school. For example, if you took French 2 in 9th grade, we understand that you would have taken French 1 previously. We will know that you would have completed previous coursework in order to be at that level.

International Students

You are required to report your 9th-12th grade courses and grades exactly as they appear on all of your original academic reports, transcripts and any examination results, such as, but not limited to: IB, IGCSE, O/AS/A-level, HKDSE, SPM, and CISCE/CBSE.

Students completing a South Korean curriculums do NOT submit their courses and test scores through the self reported Academic Record form. (See question below about South Korea.)

  • If your transcripts are not issued in English, certified, true line-by-line, literal English translations are required for filling out the self reported Academic Record Form.
  • Do not adjust your grades in any manner. Do not weight grades. Do not average or convert them.
  • If you are in your last year of secondary/high school, you will list your "in-progress" equivalent to US High School 12th grade courses for those that are not yet graded.
  • Do not send your high school transcripts.

EXAMPLE: If you went to school in China and now attend a U.S. high school, you need to report your Chinese school courses and grades (e.g. 1-100 grading scale) exactly as they appear on your original Chinese transcript issued by your Chinese school. Report your course names in English; however, you should not report your grades in the A-F grading scale if they appear on your U.S. high school transcripts.

Do not complete the self-reported Academic Record form. However, you must submit a clear and legible scanned copy of:

  1. 9th-12th grade academic reports, transcripts, and/or examination results (required);
  2. English proficiency test score reports (required); and
  3. ACT and/or SAT score reports (optional)

via our Document Submission form.

If you are a current high school senior and your transcript does not include your "in-progress" 12th grade coursework, please create a list of your 12th grade courses in a PDF or JPG file format and submit along with your transcripts and English proficiency test score reports.

If you attended school outside the United States, yes. Please list all of the schools that you attended in the self-reported Academic Record form.

If your grades include decimal points, be sure to select "Other" under the Grade Scale heading when you enter your school information.

No. We do our own in house evaluations of international coursework. See the first question in this international section.

When you are entering courses, select External Exam under Course Length and then add your subject and exam result.

Students should report their highest Total or Overall scores and associated Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing subscores from the same test date and testing agency using the Self-Reported Academic Record form. However, students will be given the opportunity to list all of their tests taken. Do not "superscore" your tests.

If you send your official test scores to the University of Minnesota from the testing agency, we will use your official scores in our review of your application.

For more information, visit our English Proficiency Information for International Students page.

ACT and/or SAT test scores are not required for international students, but are highly recommended.

Students should report their:

  • highest composite or total scores and
  • associated Writing (ACT) and/or Writing & Language (SAT) scores from the same test date using the self reported Academic Record form.
  • Students will be given the opportunity to list all of their tests taken. For more information, visit our ACT and SAT information for freshman admission page.

If you send your official test scores to the University of Minnesota from the testing agency, we will use your official scores in our review of your application.

Fill out the self-reported Academic Record with all years and courses you took in secondary school. You can submit your international GED results through our Document Submission form.

After Submitting Your Academic Record

No, you do not need to send us updates on your senior grades in the winter or spring. You will later send your final transcript by July 1st after your senior year, and we will review it to assess your academic performance.

However, if your senior year grades decline significantly and you are concerned about your academic progress, you must consult with an admissions counselor at 612-625-2008 or 1-800-752-1000. Unsuccessful completion of senior year coursework and/or a significant decline in academic performance during the senior year may result in the cancellation of admission.

Changes in senior year coursework may result in a change to the student's college of admission. If you are considering making changes to your senior year courses or if you are concerned about your academic progress in any of your courses, you must consult with your admissions counselor right away at 612-625-2008 or 1-800-752-1000.

Your academic record and your application form will go through an individual holistic review by our admissions team (no automatic formulas are used).

If you notice a typo after you've submitted your Academic Record, you can log back into your form and make edits. When you are finished editing, you must submit the form again. This will generate an updated version for us to review.

If you are admitted to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and confirm your enrollment, you must submit by July 1: an official final transcript that lists your graduation date and official test scores from the testing agency.

We will compare your official transcript and test scores against for self-reported Academic Record.

If we find any discrepancies, we will follow our Verification of Self-Reported Academic Record Policy. The University of Minnesota has the right to cancel enrollment for any students who misrepresented their academic record.

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