Incoming Freshmen


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Who can apply?

Incoming freshmen with a cumulative high school GPA of 3.4 or above or an ACT score of 24 or above.

When to apply?

We begin accepting applications from high school seniors for the upcoming fall semester in November.  We have a rolling admissions policy. We begin reviewing applications in early December and will continue to accept applications until we have filled all of our seats. Students must be accepted to UMD before they can apply to University Honors. Early applications are more likely to be successful.

How to apply

We evaluate incoming freshmen on four criteria. The admissions essay, GPA and ACT/SAT scores, recommendation letter, and list of extracurricular activities. Once you are admitted, we have access to your GPA and ACT scores, so you must submit a three additional components to complete the University Honors application:

  1. Personal Statement

  2. One letter of recommendation from an academic/educational contact

  3. A list of extracurricular activities engaged in throughout high school

Send application materials to:

Send materials as Word or PDF attachments to hons@d.umn.edu. The letter of reference should be emailed to the same email address by the author of the letter with your name (student name) in the subject line.