The following admissions overview is for international students (i.e. students who are not U.S citizens, permanent residents, or refugees, and who are on temporary visas). If you are NOT an international student, please visit the general Freshman Admissions Overview.
Freshmen accepted to the University of Minnesota are admitted directly to one of eight colleges based on their academic interests and preparation. (See a complete list of colleges and majors.)
Admission to the University of Minnesota is competitive. The competitiveness of admission each year is based on the number of applications received, the academic qualifications of the applicants, and the number of spaces available. To learn more about the students admitted for fall 2020, see the academic profile of admitted freshman applicants.
Enrolling an academically qualified, diverse student body is essential to the University's mission. The academic and social environment of the campus is greatly enhanced, and our educational environment prepares students to contribute to and thrive in a global society.
We believe that selecting students from a highly talented group of applicants requires an individual assessment of all application materials submitted for each student; every application is read in its entirety.
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 the academic and context factors listed below. The strongest consideration in the decision is given to the academic factors. Note that no single factor is the deciding factor in the decision. Applicants are first considered for admission to the colleges listed in their application, in the order in which they are listed. Then, applicants automatically are considered for other U of M freshman-admitting colleges that may be a good fit with their academic interests and preparation.
Individual circumstances such as those listed below are also considered as part of the overall assessment of each application and may factor into individual decisions.
A very strong curriculum during high school will enhance students' success in college, because college courses build on the skills and knowledge taught in high school. The senior year is especially important, and we expect students to continue with math and science for all four years of high school.
Applicants are expected to complete the minimum course requirements listed below. Admission is competitive and successful applicants typically exceed these requirements.
|English - 4 years||Emphasis on writing, including instruction in reading and speaking skills and in literary understanding and appreciation.|
|Mathematics - 4 years||Including two years of algebra, and one year of geometry. Courses strong in quantitative methodology may be used to meet this requirement. See a list of sample courses that meet this requirement.|
|Science - 3 years||Including one year each of biological and physical science, and including a laboratory experience.
Note: Biological science, chemistry, and physics are required for the Carlson School of Management, College of Biological Sciences, and College of Science and Engineering.
|Social studies - 3 years||Including one year each of U.S. history and geography (or a course that includes a geography component such as world history, western civilization, or global studies)|
|Single second language - 2 years||If English is not your first language, you have already met this requirement.|
|Visual and/or performing arts - 1 year||Including instruction in the history and interpretation of the art form (e.g. theater arts, music, band, chorus, orchestra, drawing, painting, photography, graphic design, media production, theater production)|
Senior year courses are a primary factor we consider when making admissions decisions. After final transcripts or exam results are received, we review each student’s final-year coursework and the grades earned in those courses or exams to confirm course completion, and that academic performance during the final year is consistent with performance at the time of the application.
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 final year may result in the cancellation of admission. Final transcripts may include exam results such as, but not limited to, IB, A-level, WAEC, HKDSE, SPM, and CISCE/CBSE.
Students considering making schedule changes, or those who are concerned about their academic progress in any of their courses, must consult with the Office of Admissions via phone (1-800-752-1000 or 612-625-2008) or online (z.umn.edu/ContactAdmissions).