Frequently Asked Questions


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Frequently Asked Questions

We know that applying to college can be an overwhelming process. Below you'll find answers to several of our most common questions.

General FAQ

You can find your Admissions Counselor here. If you need immediate assistance please contact our office at 218-726-7171.

Students can apply directly to UMD or by using the Common Application. (Please note that if you apply using the Common Application, the essay and letters of recommendation are not required.)

If you are transferring from another University of Minnesota campus, please complete the Change of College form.

No. Students using either platform will receive equal consideration for admission.

Documents can be mailed here:

UMD Admissions Processing
123 Darland Admin Bldg
1049 University Drive
Duluth, MN 55812

Or sent to our office via email: umdadmis@d.umn.edu

Students who have limited financial resources and meet eligibility criteria set forth by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) will have their application fee waived. Applicants must complete all steps and have signed by an authorized official before forwarding to our office.

Freshman Applicant
Transfer Applicant

If a student wishes to appeal their admissions decision they should contact their Admissions Counselor, or email our office: umdadmis@d.umn.edu.

The admissions appeal process involves consideration of new information (updated ACT/SAT scores, high school/college transcript) or extenuating circumstances that were not included or considered in the original application for admission. It is not necessary to reapply for admission to appeal an admissions decision.

You are considered a Minnesota resident if you have lived in Minnesota for at least one calendar year prior to the first day of class and if your primary reason for being in Minnesota is not to attend school.

UMD has reciprocity agreements with the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and the province of Manitoba, Canada. If you are a resident of any of these states or this province, you may qualify for resident tuition rates.

Additional details on residency & reciprocity can be found here

The Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP) allows residents from Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, and Nebraska to attend UMD and pay tuition that is slightly higher than in-state tuition. See cost & aid information here.

The University of Minnesota Duluth complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about UMD campus security and crime statistics can be found here. A hard copy or alternate formats of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report is available at the UMD Police Office in 287 Darland Administration Bldg.

Applicants who graduated from high school five or more years prior to applying to UMD and have not completed any college coursework or have completed fewer than 26 credits of previously attempted college coursework may request a waiver of the ACT/SAT application requirement. Applicants requesting an ACT/SAT waiver or contending their high school record is not reflective of their current academic aptitude must submit a personal essay along with their application for admission. The essay should address the applicant’s personal and educational goals as well as recent personal and professional accomplishments. Letters of recommendation may also be submitted.

All applicants with 26 or more previously attempted college coursework follow UMD’s transfer admission requirements. Individual questions should be directed to the Office of Admissions.

The Veterans Resource Center assists eligible student veterans, active duty personnel, dependents, reservists, and National Guard members with G.I. Bill benefits and questions regarding state and federal educational benefits programs.


First-Year Students


You are considered a freshman if you are still a high school student or if you have not enrolled in college courses after graduating from high school.

Admission decisions are based upon several primary and secondary factors.

You can find high school preparation requirement information here.

The priority application deadline at UMD is December 1st. Students who apply to UMD by December 1st are eligible for merit-based scholarship consideration. The final deadline for students to apply is August 1st. However, we encourage students to apply as soon as they are able to do so. Many programs at UMD reach capacity around the priority deadline.

Yes, UMD requires applicants to submit a test score from ACT or SAT. UMD does not require students to take the ACT writing test and does not "superscore."

Although UMD does not require ACT writing scores, students who wish to enroll in education programs can benefit from taking the writing portion of the ACT.

Letters of recommendation and personal statements are not required as part of the initial application process. Sometimes we might ask for additional information from a student to consider their admissibility into UMD and will directly communicate the need for additional documents and/or supporting materials.

No, if we need to request updated grades for any reason, we will request them directly from you.

Each year, the competitiveness of admission is determined by the number of applications received, the academic qualifications of the applicant pool, and the number of spaces available in the freshman class. Applications to high demand majors and programs (especially within the Swenson College of Science and Engineering) may require additional time for review.

It is our goal to communicate to students a decision on their completed application file within two-three weeks. Applicants who have not received an admissions decision by February 1, 2017, or who complete their application file after February 1, 2017, may be placed on a waitlist. Waitlisted students should expect to receive an update of their admissions status on or around April 1, 2017. Our office will continue to make final decisions throughout the month of April and into early May.

Congrats on making a big decision! You have several Next Steps you'll want to review and complete. Please note that we strongly encourage students to confirm their enrollment to UMD by May 1st.

Yes! You must confirm your enrollment through Advisement & Registration as well as complete a housing application as soon as possible.

Please note that students who apply for housing after May 1 will be placed on a waitlist for on-campus housing.


Transfer Students


A transfer student is an applicant who has graduated from high school and has previously been enrolled at another post-secondary education institution.

Admission decisions are based upon several factors.

The priority application deadline for fall semester is June 15th.
The final deadline for students to apply is August 1st.

The priority application deadline for spring semester is October 15th.
The final deadline for students to apply is December 1st.

Students who apply to UMD by the priority deadline are eligible for merit-based scholarship consideration.

You only need to submit ACT/SAT scores if you have completed less than 26 college credits at the time of application. Courses that are currently in progress do not count.

Yes. Although you may have already transferred your credits to your current institution, we require an official transcript from every college/university you have attended or received college credit, including PSEO/CIS credits completed during high school. We also require official records for any credits completed through the military.

If you have a 4-year degree (unless you want to transfer credits) we only require the transcript from the institution you received your Bachelor's degree.

If you have a 2-year degree, you are required to send us your high school transcript (or equivalent) so we can verify high school graduation.

If you have a 4-year degree, we do not require a high school transcript and only require your postsecondary transcript(s).

Credits from other regionally accredited two-or-four year colleges and universities may be considered for transfer into UMD. Courses that are eligible for transfer to UMD may transfer as a direct course equivalent credit, elective credit, or undesignated elective credit. Transferred college-level credits that do not have direct course equivalents at UMD may count toward liberal education (general) requirements or total credits. UMD does not accept remedial or non-credit bearing courses for transfer, and transfer courses must have a letter grade of D or higher.

Students can use Transferology on our transfer course planning site to learn how their credits may transfer into UMD.

UMD does not accept students as degree seeking for summer term. If students want to take summer courses, they can apply to be a non-degree seeking/guest student here.

Be advised that if students apply to be a non-degree seeking/guest student that financial aid is not available.

Welcome to the UMD community! You have several Next Steps you'll want to review and complete.


International Students


Applicants are evaluated on an individual basis, with consideration given to the academic record of each student in relation to the educational system of his or her native country. Students applying must show evidence of exceptional academic achievement and probability of success at UMD.

Yes. For more information on the TOEFL or IELTS see our requirements.

If English is not your native language UMD does not require the ACT/SAT.

However, if English is your native language, or if you're a varsity athlete we require the ACT/SAT as an admissions requirement.

A freshman is a student who has graduated from an equivalent (U.S.) secondary school in their native country and hasn't enrolled in a college/university (U.S. postsecondary equivalent).

A transfer student has graduated from a secondary school and has enrolled in a college/university.

UMD requires a course-by-course evaluation of international credits.

The priority application deadline for fall semester is December 1st.
The final deadline for students to apply is June 15th.

The priority application deadline for spring semester is October 15th.
The final deadline for student to apply is December 1st.

International students are required to have health insurance while they are enrolled at UMD.

Over 300 international students representing 47 countries currently attend UMD.