First-Year Students

You are here

The first year of the rest of your life.

The school you choose matters. You'll make friends here that will be with you for the rest of your life.

A professor and a student studying together.

What do you look for in an applicant to UMD?

That’s an important question. And it deserves an important answer. Admission decisions are based upon the overall assessment of each student’s academic preparation and performance.

Primary Factors:

Secondary Factors:

  • College level course work completed through PSEO and CITS
  • Contribution to the cultural, gender, age, economic, racial or geographic diversity of the student body
  • Evidence of having overcome barriers to educational achievement
  • Exceptional talent
  • First generation college student
  • Military service
  • Personal statement and letters of recommendation
  • Specific high school course, grade trends, and rigor of academic curriculum

College Preparatory Examinations

All new entering students are required to submit scores from either the ACT or SAT exams.

I've taken AP, IB, CLEP, or PSEO classes (Non U of M). Will I get credit for my work?

Hey, way to go! And don’t worry; your hard work will be rewarded. In other words, yes. Learn more at these links:

Where should I send my application, High School & PSEO / CIS Transcripts, and any other documentation and correspondence?

Grab a pen and address that envelope to here:

UMD Admissions Processing
1049 University Drive; 123 DAdB 
Duluth, MN 55812