Freshman Admissions

What Is a Freshman Student?

Students who have not previously enrolled in a university or college are considered freshmen students. Students who have completed AP, IB, or A-level coursework for which they may receive college credit are still considered freshmen provided they have not yet enrolled directly in a university.    

When Can Freshmen Enter the University?

At the University of Minnesota, freshmen are only admitted for the Fall term, which begins in September each year. For the 2018 academic year, there are two application deadlines. Those students who apply by November 1 will receive an admissions decision by January 31. Students who submit all of their information by January 1 will receive their admissions decision by March 31. All students who meet these deadlines will be considered for scholarships and honors program.  

How Does the University Make Admissions Decisions?

The University considers applicants based primarily on their academic records, although we consider a number of secondary factors when making admissions decisions. Among these secondary factors are: extracurricular involvement, volunteerism, work experience, special skills or talents, and extenuating circumstances.  To learn more about the primary and secondary admissions criteria, you can visit the Admission website.

The SAT or ACT exams are not required of international students, but are encouraged. View a chart of the average SAT and ACT scores of students who were admitted last year. Keep in mind there are no score cut-offs for academic tests and grades; instead, we consider applicants holistically. Admission is competitive and the most successful applicants are those who show strong academic preparation for university-level coursework.  

Strong preparation for university-level coursework often includes International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement or British A-Level coursework during high school.  The University awards semester credits to students who have completed advanced coursework during high school.  You can click on the preceding links to view credit award details.  For example, many Higher Level IB courses with scores of 5 or higher provide 8 credits (equivalent of two university courses) and AP exams with scores of 3 or higher typically provide 4 credits (equivalent of one university course).   

Are There Scholarships for International Freshmen Students?

All international freshmen students are automatically considered for the Global Excellence Scholarship (a merit-based scholarship for international students). There are also various scholarships awarded to international students based on financial need, academic merit, and educational goals.

What Are the English Language Requirements?

Proof of English language proficiency is required for non-native speakers. We currently accept the following minimum test scores: IELTS (6.5), internet-based TOEFL (79), MELAB (80), PTE Academic (59), or Cambridge English: Advanced (180). Although international applicants are not required to take the SAT, if you score 430 or higher on the critical reading section, you will not be required to submit further English language test scores. For more information on English proficiency requirements and Conditional Admission for those who do not meet minimum requirements, please visit the Admissions page.       

How Can I Apply?

To apply for admission, you will need to submit the following items:

  • Application Form (Either the International Golden Gopher Application or the Common Application)
  • $55 application fee
  • English language proficiency test score
  • Secondary school transcript(s)
  • SAT and/or ACT test results—preferred but not required
  • An English translation for all documents not issued in English

If admitted:

  • You will receive notification via email and postal mail
  • To confirm your enrollment, you must submit an enrollment confirmation fee and financial certification statement before you receive your I-20 document

To view detailed information on the components of a complete application, see the Office of Admissions.

How Can I Get More Information?