Frequently Asked Questions about Fall 2016 Freshman Admission

We very much respect that your application is important to you. Each application is reviewed individually to ensure that everything a student submits is carefully considered and that each student receives a fair and consistent admission decision. For fall 2016 admission, applications increased 6 percent compared to the previous year. We have received more than 48,000 applications for a freshman class of approximately 5,700 students. While we are very grateful for the strong interest in the University of Minnesota, the number of applications submitted and the strength of the applicant pool have created a competitive admissions situation for fall 2016.

We have prepared several Frequently Asked Questions below to provide detailed information about how we review applications and make admission decisions.

Special note for students applying to the College of Science and Engineering

What are the possible admission decisions that an applicant could receive?

By February 29, 2016, students who submitted a complete application by the December 15th priority deadline received one of the following decisions:

  • Admit: The student has been admitted to the University of Minnesota.
  • Waitlist: The student’s application has been placed on a waitlist. Although we have determined that the applicant is academically prepared to succeed at the University of Minnesota, we must make certain that we do not exceed the number of spaces available in each of the freshman-admitting colleges. Frequently asked questions for students with a waitlist decision. An update was emailed to waitlisted applicants on April 12, 2016.
  • Deny: We are not able to offer freshman admission. Students who are denied admission are encouraged to apply for transfer admission for a future semester. Transfer admission is also competitive so it is important that students achieve a strong academic record at another college or university. Frequently asked questions for students with a deny decision.

Please note: Applicants are automatically considered for admission to all U of M colleges that are a good fit with the academic interest(s) listed on their applications. Because of this, it is possible that a student may be admitted to a college that was listed as an alternate choice on the application, or to a college we feel is a good fit but that was not listed on the student’s application.

What factors do you consider when making an admission decision?

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.

Primary Factors

  • Coursework through high school graduation. (Admitted students typically exceed the University’s high school requirements. See course requirements)
  • Grade point average
  • Class rank (if available)
  • ACT or SAT scores

Secondary Factors

Individual circumstances listed below are also considered as part of the overall assessment of each application.

  • Outstanding talent, achievement, or aptitude in a particular area
  • An exceptionally rigorous academic curriculum (enrollment in honorsAPIB, or college-level courses)
  • Strong commitment to community service and leadership
  • Military service
  • Contribution to the cultural, gender, age, economic, racial, or geographic diversity of the student body
  • Evidence of having overcome social, economic, or physical barriers to educational achievement
  • First-generation college student
  • Significant responsibility in a family, community, job, or activity
  • Family employment or attendance at the University of Minnesota
  • Extenuating circumstances