UPDATE: Students applying for fall 2021 and fall 2022 undergraduate admission at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus are not required to submit an ACT or SAT score. Learn more.

Academic Record FAQ

To be considered for admission to the University of Minnesota, you must submit three items:

  • Application form
    Apply using the Common App or our Golden Gopher Application.
  • Application fee
    There are questions directly in our application to determine if you are eligible for a fee waiver.
  • Academic Record
    Use the Courses & Grades section of Common App or the Academic Record section of the Golden Gopher Application.

The Academic Record component is where you will self-report your test scores and your high school courses and grades.

Accessing Your Academic Record

Application platform: Academic Record method: Important note:
Golden Gopher Application Complete the Academic Record section within the Golden Gopher Application. After you submit your Academic Record, remember to follow the prompts on the screen to review and submit your application form.
Common Application Complete the Courses and Grades section within Common Application. In the Courses and Grades section, click "Yes" to the statement "I am able to obtain a copy of my transcript."

To fill out the Academic Record (Courses & Grades) section 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 and if you are choosing to include an ACT/SAT score in the review of your 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.

We estimate that it will take you 45-60 minutes to complete your Academic Record (Courses & Grades). 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.

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

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

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.

For technical assistance (such as trouble logging in or using the form's dropdown menus) in the Golden Gopher Application's Academic Record section, please use the "Help" button in the top right corner of the online form.

High School Information

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.

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.

Yes, please complete the Academic Record form.

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.

If you took a course for a full year and your school DOES provide a final year grade:

  • GOLDEN GOPHER APPLICATION:
    Do NOT report your quarter/trimester/semester grades. Instead, choose the "Full Year" option from the dropdown menu and only report this final full year grade.
  • COMMON APP:
    Enter your quarter/trimester/semester grades in the appropriate dropdown menus, and enter your full year grade in the "Final" grade dropdown menu.

If you took a course for a full year and your school DOES NOT provide a final year grade:

  • GOLDEN GOPHER APPLICATION:
    Simply report your quarter/trimester/semester grades.
  • COMMON APP:
    Enter your quarter/trimester/semester grades in the dropdown menus, and leave the "Final" grade dropdown menu blank.
Leave Final grade dropdown menu blank.

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" (Golden Gopher Application) or "Other" (Common App) and list the amount of credits you earned in the course.

In the Common Application, select "other" in the grading scale menu.

In the Golden Gopher Application or at z.umn.edu/AcademicRecord, select "other" as your grading scale in the "Enter High Schools" section:

Select Other

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

Watch this short tutorial or consult the PDF guide for step-by-step help with the Golden Gopher Application.

Enter these courses under your high school. When entering your courses, select "College in HS" (Golden Gopher Application) or "College Prep" (Common Application) for the Course Level.

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.

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 or Subject that best matches your course name. If you are unsure, select Other.

Yes, please complete the Academic Record form.

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.

Test Scores

An ACT/SAT score is not required for your 2021 application to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Learn more on our ACT/SAT score information page.

On your application, you will indicate whether you would like an ACT/SAT score considered in the review of your application. Once you submit your application, your decision is final and cannot be amended, with the exception for test access or cancellation circumstances. An applicant who originally indicated the intent to submit a test score, but can no longer take the exam and therefore can not complete their application, can request to change their original answer to this question by completing an amendment form.

International students must submit an English proficiency score. If you would like to use ACT or SAT scores as demonstration of your English proficiency, you must select "Yes" on the application when asked if you would like an ACT/SAT score considered during review of your application. Your ACT/SAT score will be reviewed as an academic factor and as your English proficiency requirement.

For all applicants, the Testing page on your Common App submission preview PDF will be blank with a small note: "There are no test scores to report." This blank page is intentional to ensure that our application reader team does not see scores from students who do not want an ACT/SAT score reviewed as part of their application.

If you selected "Yes" on your application to indicate that you'd like your ACT/SAT scores included in the review of your application, rest assured that we will still receive the ACT, SAT, or English proficiency scores that you self-reported on your Common App even though they don't appear in your Common App PDF.

International Students

Common Application users should complete the Courses and Grades section and enter their test scores in their Testing section. Visit Common Application Applicants Solution Center: Courses & Grades.

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 external examination results, such as, but not limited to: IB, IGCSE, O/AS/A-level, HKDSE, SPM, CISCE/CBSE, and WAEC.

Students completing a South Korean curriculum 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 Application Tracker.

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 Word or PDF 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.

Select Other (includes decimals) under Grade Scale in High Schools Attended section.

Other (includes decimals)

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

Be sure to report all courses, subjects or classes with grades that you took at your secondary school for each year.

  1. Go to Enter Coursework tab
  2. Select the academic year when you took the exam in Enter Coursework section.
  3. Add information in Subject Area, Course/Exam Content, Course/Exam Name, and Proficiency Level.
  4. Select External Exam under Course Length, and then add Grade/Score, Maximum/Highest Grade, and Exam Date.
Other (includes decimals)

Instructional videos are also available to help you complete the Self-Reported Academic Record.

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 Application Tracker.

  1. When you Add School, select Country (State will disappear), add School Name, and Search.
  2. Press the small button next to "My high school is not on the list below." Other (includes decimals)
  3. Type School Name, School Address, City, State/Province, and Add School

After Submitting Your Academic Record

If you received a defer or waitlist decision:
We encourage you to update your senior year grades in your Academic Record (click on a Self-Reported Academic Record or SRAR link in your Application Tracker checklist). Your senior year grades will give us additional information about your individual academic progress to review as we make an admission decision.

If you received an admit decision:
You do not need to send us updates on your senior grades in the winter or spring. If you confirm your enrollment to the U of M, you will send your final transcript by July 1 after your senior year. We will review it to verify 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 applied using the Golden Gopher Application, use your same log-in credentials from your application.

If you applied using The Common Application, you will make changes to your courses and grades at z.umn.edu/AcademicRecord (you will not make changes within Common App).

If you are admitted to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and confirm your enrollment, you must submit by July 1:

  • an official final high school transcript that lists your graduation date, and
  • official ACT/SAT scores (only if you chose to have an ACT/SAT score considered in the review of your application) and official English proficiency scores (if applicable) from the testing agency

We will compare your official transcript and test scores against your 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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