Self-reported Test Score and Academic Record (SRAR)

Beginning August 2018, for fall 2019 freshman admission, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities will use self-reported grades and test scores in the application review process.

Why use self-reported grades and test scores in the freshman admissions application process?

Self-reported grades and test scores empower students.

  • Using this new method for reporting their academic background streamlines the process for students and allows each student to fully understand their application completion status.
  • By using a self-reported process, students are in control of all three components of a complete application: application form, application fee, self-reported grades, and test score(s).
  • The student does not need to wait for transcript agencies or testing agencies to send materials to complete the application.

This approach reduces processing time.

  • A primary benefit of collecting self-reported information through the application process is achieving an exact, immediate match to the applicant's file.
  • This is a major advantage because it reduces confusion and stress for students, and puts the academic record in the hands of our holistic review committees more quickly.
  • The student will know sooner that their application is complete.

It can reduce costs for many applicants.

  • Many applicants pay fees each time they request a transcript or a test score, and this approach can reduce those costs during the application process.
  • All students who confirm their enrollment will still need to submit an official test score and official final transcript before enrolling.
  • High schools across Minnesota and elsewhere have varying technology resources for sending official transcripts. This unifies the process for all applicants from different schools.

Three steps to completing your application to become a Gopher!

Complete these steps to be sure your application is ready to be reviewed.

  • Complete a University of Minnesota Twin Cities application on one of three platforms (Golden Gopher, Common app, or Coalition)
  • Pay the $55 application fee or submit a fee waiver form
  • Report your academic record using SRAR (Self-reported Test Score and Academic Record) form:
    • High school courses and grades. Do not send your high school transcript.
    • Test scores can be reported using SRAR, or you can have your official scores sent directly from the testing agency.

When should an applicant complete the Self-reported Test Score and Academic Record (SRAR)?

Applicants are encouraged to complete the SRAR at the time of application but no later than the application deadlines (Early Action Deadline is November 1, 2018; Regular Deadline is January 1, 2019). The sooner you complete all three application steps, the sooner your application can start being reviewed.

Students are required to submit the SRAR as part of the three step freshman admission application process starting in August. Students may choose to complete the freshman admission application and SRAR at the same time or submit the application first, then return to complete the SRAR at a later date.

An application WILL NOT be considered complete without a submitted SRAR.

Self-reported grades and test scores do NOT change the University's application review process.

Application review for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities is holistic and admission is competitive. Our holistic review takes into consideration the individual circumstances that make each individual student unique. Admission decisions are based on a very careful, overall assessment of each student's academic preparation and performance, as well as the additional information provided in the application, based on primary and secondary factors. Note that no single factor is the deciding factor in the decision.

Grades and test scores will be verified upon enrollment.

Students who confirm enrollment will need to submit official final transcripts and test score(s). We will verify courses, grades and test scores to compare students' self-reported information with their official final high school transcript and official test scores.

When the SRAR form is available, the following information will be needed to complete the form:

  • Your 9-12 grades for all completed courses, exactly as they appear on your high school transcript or your test score report.
  • If you are a high school senior, you will list your "in-progress" 12th grade courses for those that are not yet graded.
  • Do not adjust your grades in any manner. Do not weight grades. Do not average or convert them.
  • If your school issues final official grades at the end of each year, you will enter that grade.
  • If your school issues official grades by term or semester, you will list each course with its final grade by term or semester. List the same course twice if repeated in a different term. Give the final grade for each term if that is how it is shown on your year-end final transcript.
  • If your exact course name is not listed in SRAR, you will type it in exactly as it appears on your transcript.

More instructions on how to enter this information will be available by August 2018.

Which test scores should I submit?

Students should report their highest composite or total scores and associated subscores from the same testing agency, using the SRAR form. However, students will be given the opportunity to list all of their tests taken.

Can I apply first and report my test scores later?

Yes, however without the test score your application is not complete and will not be reviewed until all three application steps are done. The application will be available in early August for the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Applicants are encouraged to complete the SRAR at the time of application or as soon as possible and no later than the application deadlines (Early Action Deadline is November 1, 2018; Regular Deadline is January 1, 2019). The sooner you complete all three application steps, the sooner your application can start being reviewed.

Can I submit my official test scores from the testing agency at the application stage?

Yes, if you have already sent 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. You will need to indicate that you will use your official test scores (or indicate that you will do this in the future) on the SRAR form. Your application will not be complete until we receive your test scores in either manner.

ACT: U of M test code: 2156
SAT: U of M test code: 6874
Note: Students who enroll at the University are required to provide official test scores from the testing agency by July 1.

Should students allow for more time to complete an application?

Yes, students should plan on some extra time to complete the application. We estimate that each applicant will need to spend an additional 30-45 minutes filling in the self-reported section. We do not take this lightly, and we sincerely appreciate that time is very valuable to students and families.

What if a student makes an honest mistake or typo on their self-reported grades or test score information?

Honest mistakes or typos can be assessed and usually easily corrected. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you have any concerns at or call 1-800-752-1000.

What happens if a student purposefully misrepresents their self-reported information?

Academic integrity and student success are our highest priorities. When we make an admission decision, we are assessing whether that student can be successful in a rigorous college environment. Upon review and at the sole discretion of the University of Minnesota, any admitted students who inflated or misrepresented their grades or test scores will make them ineligible for admission, subject to cancellation of registration if admission has occurred, or subject to sanction from the University of Minnesota, including dismissal from the U of M if the student has already enrolled.

How important are my senior year grades?

Senior year courses and grades are very important. They are a primary factor we consider when making admission decisions. After final transcripts are received, we review each student's senior year coursework and grades earned to confirm course completion and that performance during the senior year is consistent with the academic performance at the time of application.

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.

Changes in senior year coursework may result in a change to the student's college of admission. 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.

Will students be able to go back into the SRAR form and update their senior year grades, course changes, and new test scores?

Yes, students will be able to log back into their SRAR. More detailed instructions will be provided when the application goes live in August 2018.

My high school transcript is a narrative transcript. Do I need to complete the SRAR?

No. We will work with each applicant on a case-by-case basis. Please email or call 1-800-752-1000 for assistance.

Should homeschooled students complete SRAR?

Yes, homeschooled students will need to complete the SRAR form.

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