Application Checklist for International Freshman Applicants

A complete international freshman admission application includes the items listed below. Applications cannot be reviewed until all of these items are received. Check Application Tracker to verify that the University of Minnesota has received your submitted documents and ensure all items are received by the application deadline(s).

  • Completed Application for Admission

  • $55 U.S. nonrefundable application fee

  • Self-Reported Academic Record:

    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, CISCE/CBSE, and WAEC.

    • 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.

    The University of Minnesota accepts results from TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic, MELAB, PTE Academic, and CAE C1 Advanced. To learn how to meet the University of Minnesota's English proficiency requirements, visit our English Proficiency Information for International Students page.

    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.

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

    International Applicants should report their highest composite or total scores and associated subscores as well as Writing (ACT) and/or Writing & Language (SAT) scores 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. Visit our ACT and SAT information for freshman admission page for more information.

    Do not complete the Self-Reported Academic Record form. Use our Document Submission Form to submit a clear and legible scanned copy of:

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

    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 it along with your transcripts and English proficiency test score reports.

    Visit the Self-Reported Academic Record FAQ for more information.

  • Passport
    Submit a copy of your passport using the Document Submission form. Passport copies are not required to receive an admission decision.

Additional application material requirement

Some specific programs (Nursing, Acting, Dance and Music) require applicants to submit a supplemental application in addition to your completed admission application.

We will request any additional information that may be required. If your application file is missing one of the items above, use our International Missing Information Guide for instructions on how to complete your application.

Official document requirement

Prior to enrolling at the University of Minnesota, all confirmed students will need to submit official final transcripts and test scores. We will compare the official final transcript and test scores against the Self-reported Academic Record. Academic integrity and student success are our highest priorities. The University of Minnesota has the right to cancel enrollment for any students who misrepresented their Self-Reported Academic Record. The Office of Admissions has sole discretion in determining if misrepresentation has occurred.

  • Official school documents are those that are original or attested copies of original academic documents that are mailed in a sealed, stamped envelope directly from the secondary school, college, or university, and they must have been issued within the past year. All documents not issued in English must be in the original language and include a certified true English translation. If you complete secondary school in a country where a secondary leaving examination is required for university entry, you must also provide us with the results of this examination. Final transcripts or high school documents may include exam results such as, but not limited to, IB, A-level, WAEC, HKDSE, SPM, CISCE/CBSE, and WAEC. A scanned or electronic copy of an official document is considered unofficial.
  • Official test scores must be sent directly to the University of Minnesota by the testing agency. Official results, including total, overall or composite scores and subscores, must match the information provided in the applicant's Self-Reported Academic Record form.

These official documents are carefully reviewed against the Self-Reported Academic Record. If the Academic Record is deemed inaccurate, the University of Minnesota may change the college of admission or cancel admission, regardless of whether the inaccuracy was intentional or accidental. Admission to the University Honors Program and merit-based scholarships may also be affected, among other things.

For more information, visit the Office of Admissions Policy: Verification of Self-Reported Academic Record.

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