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Degree Application, Undergraduate FAQ

What is the undergraduate degree application?
The Undergraduate Degree Application is an online application for a student's degree. Please note that applying for a degree is not the same as applying for commencement or to walk in graduation. (More information about commencement and walking in the graduation ceremony.)

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Who can use the undergraduate degree application?
Undergraduates who have completed 90 credits or are earning an undergraduate certificate may use the application.

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I think I'm eligible to use this application but I can't get into the system. What should I do?
You must be a current active student. Check your total number of credits. If you meet the requirements, please inform One Stop Student Services that you are having problems.

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What are the financial aid consequences for applying for my degree?
Applying for a degree may have serious consequences for your eligibility. More information.

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What if I don't see the graduation term I want?
The Undergraduate Degree Application allows students to apply for graduation up to one year ahead of their expected graduation date. If you don’t see the term in which you want to graduate, the deadline may have passed, or you may be applying too early. If you believe the term of your desired graduation should be listed, but it is not, please contact One Stop Student Services. If you don’t know which term to select, contact your college advising and academic services office or adviser for guidance.

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I missed the deadline to apply; what should I do?
If possible, select a future term. Even though you may have missed the deadline for your desired term, you can still use the application to apply for a future term. If you have extenuating circumstances and must graduate in a term not listed, please contact One Stop Student Services.

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What does the 'submission deadline' mean?
The submission deadline is the last date to use the application to apply for graduation. Each deadline is different depending on the term.

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What happens if I cancel and exit before my application is completed?
If you choose to “cancel and exit” anytime during your application, you will lose all of the information you had previously entered. This means you will have to start at the beginning the next time you want to complete an application.

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My degree isn't listed correctly in my application.
If your degree is listed incorrectly, you’ll need to contact your college advising and academic services office. State that you are ready to apply for your degree but noticed it isn’t listed correctly in your application. They may ask you to come in to their office.

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My major or minor isn't listed correctly; what should I do?
Contact your college advising and academic services office.

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I have more than one degree to apply for in the same term.
If you have two degrees in the same college—for example, a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Bachelor of Applied Arts in the College of Education and Human Service Professions—you will be able to apply for both degrees in one application. If you have two degrees in separate colleges—for example, a Bachelor of Science from the College of Science and Engineering and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Liberal Arts—you will need to complete a separate application for each degree. You will have an opportunity at the end of your first application to return to the beginning of the application and complete a second application.

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Can I go backward in my application if I think I entered something incorrectly?
You have the opportunity in the application to return to a previous step to make changes. You will also be asked to review your application before you submit it; changes can be made at that time.

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I want to change how my name will appear on my diploma.
You have the option to select your primary name or, if you have one listed, your preferred name as your diploma name. You also have the option to edit the appearance of your first and middle name. It is recommended that you do not alter the appearance of your name significantly from your name of record at the University of Minnesota. Your diploma name will also be used as the name appearing in the Commencement Program, whether you are attending the commencement ceremony or not. Making changes to the appearance of your name does not update your primary or preferred name with the University; your diploma name is separate from your primary and preferred name. To update your primary name, fill out the Student Name Change Request form. You will need to submit appropriate documentation with this form. To update your preferred name, and follow the instructions.

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Which address should I choose?
You should select the address where you want your diploma mailed. Remember, it takes four to six weeks to receive your diploma after completing your requirements. Keep in mind your diploma will be mailed in a non-bendable envelope. Consider that when choosing your address. Also, keep in mind that your diploma may be delivered in inclement weather.

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My address isn't listed correctly; how do I fix it?
Enter your correct address in the “Diploma Address” field. If you wish to update your home or mailing address, and follow the instructions.

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I want my diploma sent to a third party; how do I do this?
To send your degree to a third party, enter the address in the “Diploma Address” field. Be sure to include “In care of” followed by the name of the person who will receive your diploma on the first line of the address field.

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What does the 'deadline' mean when I'm reviewing my information?
There are different processing deadlines for each piece of information you enter. You must abide by each individual deadline to ensure accurate and timely processing of your application.

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How will I know if my application has been successfully submitted?
Once you hit “submit” at the end of the application, you will see a screen confirming the successful submission of your application. You will also be asked to print a copy for your records.

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If I think something is incorrect after I submit my application, how do I get it changed?
You can make changes to your name and address through the application once it is submitted, provided you abide by the deadlines listed on the review page of your application. If you wish to make a change after any deadline has passed, contact One Stop Student Services.

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