Q: Has your admission timeline changed?
A. No. However, we did begin sending decisions a few days earlier than we did last year.
More on Admission Decision Timeline: We practice rolling admissions and our first admission decisions were sent in mid-October. We admit freshmen directly to seven colleges—selectively—and timing can vary by college of interest. As a reminder, students can only be admitted to one of our freshman-admitting colleges. We review students for admission with the objective of admitting them to their college of choice. If we are unable to do that, we review students for their alternate choice college as it is listed on the application, or for another college that best matches students’ academic interests and preparation. All students who submit a complete application by the December 15th priority deadline will receive a decision by the end of February. Decision timing is dependent on a number of things: the date an application is complete, the academic strength and preparation of the applicant, additional (or secondary factor) information included in the application materials, and competitiveness of the applicant pool (within the overall pool and by college).
The decision timeline is published on our website at http://admissions.tc.umn.edu
and printed in admissions materials. In addition, once a student’s application becomes complete with all supporting materials submitted, the student receives an email indicating that the application is complete, and that a decision of admit, waitlist, or deny will be sent to the student by the end of February.
Please note that we will continue sending decisions, including admit decisions, to students through February. Again, competitiveness of the applicant pool and shifting program popularity from year to year can impact decision timing. We find that students often try to draw conclusions about their forthcoming admission decisions based on our timing, but the timing of our decision does not suggest any particular outcome. We try to help students understand that not hearing early on is only an indication that we are still considering the student and have not yet rendered a decision.
Again, with our review by, and admission to, seven different freshman-admitting colleges, competitiveness and decision timing can vary by student. We complete our review and render decisions as quickly as we can. However, because we review each application holistically, and each application is read by multiple reviewers, our review does take time to complete. And with our approach of direct college admission, our corresponding review process can take a bit longer. This process is student-centered, with our objective being to determine the best decision for a student, based on the best University of Minnesota Twin Cities college match for the student, at this point in their academic career.
Q: What test score or GPA is necessary for admission to the University of Minnesota?
A. We do not have automatic admission criteria. Admission decisions are based on a holistic review of each student’s application materials.
More on application review: Freshmen accepted to the University of Minnesota are admitted directly to one of seven colleges based on their academic interests and preparation. We complete a holistic review of all applications, based on the colleges students list on their application, in the order they list them. In addition, if we are not able to admit a student to one of the colleges listed among their two choices, we automatically consider applicants for all colleges to which they may be admissible. We believe that it is important to admit students to the college that is the best fit or ‘match’ with a student’s academic interests and preparation. As such, it can take some time for us to complete our 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, based on the primary and secondary factors, which can be found at
Please know that if your students have questions about our review process, our staff members will take the time to address individual student questions and, as needed, provide additional information about our decision timeline.
Q: How can a student check on the status of application materials? How is a student notified that the application is complete?
A: Students can go online to our Application Tracker, 24 hours a day, to confirm that a complete application has been received. We also send an email to students confirming that we have received all application materials and the application is complete.
More on Application Tracker:
We encourage students to utilize our Application Tracker tool (http://admissions.tc.umn.edu/tracker
), for the most up-to-date information on the status of their applications. Applicants can find out if their application is complete or if any items are missing.
Our website, emails, and other communications indicate that received items such as transcripts or test scores will be noted on Application Tracker within 10 business days. We will continue processing documents as quickly as possible and most documents are connected to student files much more quickly than this. However, we share the 10-day timeline in an effort to manage student expectations and ensure adequate time to manually download, appropriately label documents, match them with student records, and update our communications to students regarding missing or complete application materials notification.
All decisions (admit, waitlist, deny) are also posted on the Application Tracker website.