Freshmen accepted to the University of Minnesota are admitted directly to one of seven 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 2014, see the academic profile of fall 2014 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 primary and secondary factors listed below. The strongest consideration in the decision is given to the primary factors, and no single factor is the deciding factor in the decision. Applicants are automatically considered for admission to all U of M colleges that are a good fit with their academic interests and preparation.
Individual circumstances listed below are also considered as part of the overall assessment of each application.
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.|
(4 years of math are required for Management, Biological Sciences, and Science and Engineering.)
|3 years*||Elementary algebra, geometry, intermediate algebra (integrated math 1, 2 & 3). Examples of 4th year math include calculus (preferred), pre-calculus, analysis, integrated math 4.|
(Biological science, chemistry, and physics are required for the Carlson School of Management, Biological Sciences, and Science and Engineering.)
|3 years||Including one year each of biological and physical science, and including a laboratory experience.|
|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|
|Visual and/or Preforming 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)|
* Beginning with students who apply for fall 2015 admission, four years of math will be required for all applicants.
We consider the application to be a contract between the student and the University, with the student agreeing to successfully complete senior year courses listed on the application, and achieve grades consistent with their academic performance through 11th grade.
In August, after final transcripts are received, we review each student’s senior year coursework and the grades earned in those courses to confirm course completion and that the performance during the senior year is consistent with the academic performance at the time of application. 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.
Students considering making schedule changes, or those who are concerned about their academic progress in any of their courses, must consult with their U of M admissions counselor (1-800-752-1000 or 612-625-2008).
The mission of the President’s Emerging Scholars Program is to ensure the timely graduation of its participants. This four-year program serves students who have demonstrated the potential to succeed academically at the University, but whose high school academic records suggest participation the Program will ensure a smooth transition to college and their successful development as student scholars.
President’s Emerging Scholars benefit from a full range of services that enhance and support the academic success of students with diverse backgrounds and characteristics, including: urban students, rural students, first-generation college students, student parents, students with disabilities, students of color, older students, students who have overcome barriers that have impacted their success, and students for whom English is not their first language.