University of Minnesota At-a-Glance
Founded in 1851, we are Minnesota's flagship research university. The U of M offers 150 majors, 38 professional programs, and 35+ languages to learn. U of M students benefit from our one-of-a-kind Twin Cities location spanning Minneapolis and St. Paul. Studying at one of the only Big 10 universities within walking distance to a dynamic metropolis, our students benefit from all that a city—actually two cities—has to offer.

The Princeton Review and Kiplinger's Personal Finance have named us a "Best Value" college, and Forbes Magazines named us the "#1 Rising Star" college for our "high retention rate, low debt burden, and high graduate salaries which sustain a strong environment for preparing students for their post-college lives."

Our students come curious, with big questions and bright futures. When you choose the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, you'll find yourself studying at one of the country's top research universities and uniquely surrounded by a metropolitan area that is rich in opportunities to brighten that future. With access to 150 majors, you can follow in the footsteps of the notably curious, like Roy Wilkins (civil rights leader), Michele Brekke (NASA's first female flight director), and Walt Lillehei (open-heart surgery pioneer.)

Residential Life

  • Approximately 90 percent of new freshmen live in University of Minnesota housing. While living in University housing, you can:
  • Meet new people and develop lasting friendships.
  • Live close to classes, the student union, libraries, and recreation center.
  • Get involved through social, educational, and cultural activities such as intramural sports, hall council, and Homecoming or Spring Jam events.

Living Learning Communities offer a special oportunity to live and learn with other students who share similar interests. Examples include Honors Residential College, Biology House, American Indian Cultural House, Casa Sol, and more.

Extracurricular Life: Great Opportunities
Let opportunity feed your curiosity. Stepping onto campus, you’ll embark on an adventure that will truly open your eyes. With more than 900 student organizations to choose from, you could join the Minnesota Debate Team, the Ski and Snowboard Club, or a group that describes itself as “an organization for those interested in improving their lyrics, flow, and rhythm skills for freestyle rapping and beatboxing.” Curious? You should be.

At the U of M, you can travel the world with fellow students, volunteer with national nonprofits, and experience world-class performances, on and off campus. Curiosity will lead you to uncover a new world of opportunity at the U of M, turning the dreams you arrived with into realities.

Admissions Website
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Deadline Information
Fall 2018 Freshman Application Deadlines

  • First Deadline: November 1, 2017
  • Second Deadline: January 1, 2018

Freshman applicants who complete their applications by the Wednesday, November 1, 2017, deadline will receive an admission decision by the end of January. Freshman applicants who complete their applications by the Monday, January 1, 2018, will receive a decision by the end of March.

ACT or SAT Information:
We recommend taking the ACT or SAT prior to your senior year if possible. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. For fall 2018 applicants, the exams offered on October 28 (ACT) and October 7 (SAT) will be considered on time for the November 1st deadline only if you provide the U of M school code listed below when you register for the exam. We will consider your strongest composite score when we make your admission decision.

Transfer Deadlines
Transfer deadlines vary by college and term. Detailed information can be found on our website.

Required Application Materials
The University of Minnesota practices holistic review. 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. We look at several pieces of information to make an admission decision. Be sure to use this application checklist to ensure your application is complete.

  • Application for Admission
  • Official high school transcript
  • ACT or SAT scores (Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency using University of Minnesota Twin Cities  ACT code 2156 or SAT code 6874.)
  • $55 non-refundable application fee. (Application fee waivers are available for eligible students.)

Required application materials for transfer students may vary by college and other factors. For more information regarding required application materials for transfer students, please visit our website.

Financial Aid
We believe that making our world-class education affordable for families is the right thing to do. We are committed to helping you understand all of the resources available to make your U of M education affordable. At the University of Minnesota, you will learn from world-renowned professors at a top research university, all for a great value.

Additional Information