The University of Minnesota has a commitment to a diverse student body. As a University we encourage and welcome all students to apply, regardless of immigration status. We encourage students to apply as freshman (first year) or as a transfer student!
A diverse student body greatly enhances the academic and social environment of the campus and helps prepare students to thrive in a global society. One of the University's Student Learning Outcomes is that graduates are expected to "understand diverse philosophies and cultures within and across societies." Learn more about how the U of M values diversity broadly defined.
In a message to the campus community, University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel said:
"...let me affirm our University's strong and ongoing commitment to support all DACA recipients, including our students, faculty, staff, and community members, along with their families. I also want to note that the Minnesota Dream Act does not change in any way as a result of this ruling or any potential future efforts to terminate DACA at the federal level."
Read President Gabel's full message.
The University of Minnesota welcomes applications from undocumented students and those with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status and evaluates their applications in the domestic applicant pool under a need-blind admission policy. Need blind means the admissions review team can not access any information about your household income, like your FAFSA application.
The University of Minnesota offers two ways to apply: The Common App and the Golden Gopher application. We do not have a preference for which application you choose to submit, we're just excited to have you apply! Please submit only one application.
In the "Common App" tab, "Profile" section, under "Citizenship"
Common App University of Minnesota TC Citizenship question - Undocumented and DACAmented Students
About You tab, "Personal Information"
Social security number (optional)
About You tab, "Residency"
Residency for undocumented Student & DACAmented Student
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Note: The University of Minnesota Twin Cities wants to make sure that the application fee does not pose a barrier for any student who wishes to apply for admission.
If you feel that your financial circumstances might qualify you for an application fee waiver, please complete this section on the application.
In recognition of outstanding academic achievements, the University offers a number of academic scholarships for incoming freshmen entering the University fall semester. These highly competitive awards range from $1,000 for one year to $60,000 over four years.
To be considered for University-wide scholarships, simply submit the application for freshman admission. There is no separate application! Admitted freshmen are considered for these University-wide scholarships based on an overall assessment of their admission application.
The mission of the Immigration Response Team is to ensure that all faculty, staff, and students who are affected by immigration policy changes have access to resources and support. The team provides outreach to the greater University community on the impact of executive orders and other policy changes, immigration regulations, and issues connected with DACA and immigration status.
Student Legal Service (SLS) offers advice and representation in multiple areas. These services are available to University of Minnesota students paying the Student Services Fee at the Twin-Cities Campus and are limited to those outlined in our Policy Handbook.
Student Counseling Services' vision is a university where all students are empowered to reach their personal, academic, and career goals. Staff and trainees actively work to address forms of oppression in a culturally affirming manner and consider the impact of oppression for students who seek services at SCS. SCS continues to address this work from an empowerment and advocacy framework.
Dream Fund provides current immigrant students facing financial emergencies with assistance to continue pursuing their education.
The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence prioritizes the academic lives of students from historically marginalized backgrounds in their pursuit of a college degree within the context of a predominantly White campus.
The university keeps student and personnel records private and will not share such information with immigration agencies unless legally compelled to do so.