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International Admissions Overview

The following admissions overview is for international students (i.e. students who are not U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or refugees, and who are on temporary visas).

The Office of Admissions requires several application materials to be sent to our office in addition to your application and your application fee. See below for further information on those documents:

  • Submit your application for admission and the $50 non-refundable application fee
  • High School Records
    • Official high school transcripts with senior year (or equivalent) courses must be issued by the school in a sealed envelope and mailed to the University.
  • College/University Records and Transcripts (if applicable)
    • For information related to the transferability of college/university credit from outside the US, please visit our One Stop Student Services page.
  • TOEFL/IELTS Scores
    • If English is not your native language (see below for more information).
  • ACT or SAT scores
    • If English is your native language, and no post-secondary education attended.
  • Photocopy of Passport
    • Only required if a student is in need of an I-20 form for F-1 student visa.

Send application materials to:

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

Admission decisions are based upon the overall assessment of each student's academic preparation and performance, based on the following primary and secondary factors listed below:

  • Coursework through high/secondary school graduation
  • Grades (and grade point average if calculated by school)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (see below)
  • ACT or SAT scores (if provided)
  • College/University Coursework (transfer applicants)

  • 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
  • Personal statement and letters of recommendation
  • Significant responsibility in a family, community, job, or activity
  • Specific high/secondary school courses, grade trends, and rigor of academic curriculum

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required if English is NOT your native language.

TOEFL scores must be sent electronically by Education Testing Services (ETS) - code: 6873.

Minimum scores required are:

    • TOEFL - Written: 550, Computer: 213, Internet (iBT): 80
    • IELTS - 6.5

Applicants who are otherwise admissible, but not yet fully proficient may be admitted with one or more language courses required. Minimum scores:

    • TOEFL - Written: 520, Internet (iBT): 68
    • IELTS - 6