Frequently Asked Questions

We know that applying to college can be an overwhelming process. Below, you'll find answers to our most common questions. These are split into five categories: General FAQ, Campus Visit FAQ, First-Year Students FAQ, Transfer Students FAQ, and International Students FAQ

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Where can I find the most current COVID-19 information?

UMD's Coronavirus page is the best place to find the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. 

Who's my Admissions Counselor?

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

How can I apply to UMD?

Students can apply directly to UMD or use 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 apply directly to UMD. 

Do you have a preference for the UMD application or the Common Application?

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

Where should I send my application materials, and any other documentation and correspondence?

Important note: The University of Minnesota Duluth Office of Admissions is requesting that you send all required documents electronically through the issuing source rather than through the mail. Official electronic documents are those received directly at UMD and marked as official via an approved transcript vendor (e.g., National ClearingHouse, Parchment, eSCRIP-SAFE). Sending through the mail may delay an admissions decision. 

Documents can be mailed here:

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

How can I send my standardized test scores to UMD?

Standardized test scores can be sent electronically through the platform you have taken your exams. Use UMD's school code (below) to have your scores sent to us:

ACT: 2157
SAT: 6873

What is an official transcript?

Official transcripts are those received at UMD directly from the issuing source.

  • Official paper documents are those received at UMD in sealed, unopened envelopes from the school, college, university, federal or state department of education.
  • Official electronic documents are those received directly at UMD and marked as official via an approved transcript vendor (e.g., National ClearingHouse, Parchment, eSCRIP-SAFE).
    • Find UMD on these platforms as: “University of Minnesota - Duluth”. If prompted to enter a department at UMD, select “Undergraduate Admissions.”

Applicants may deliver paper documents in person, but the documents must be in a sealed, unopened envelope from the issuing source.

Does UMD waive the application fee?

Yes, 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 the waiver signed by an authorized official before forwarding to our office.

Freshman Applicant
Transfer Applicant

Also, UMD will accept letters in support (on official letterhead) of an application fee waiver from high school officials (counselors, principals, etc.) and representatives of College Bound Organizations (AVID, TRiO, etc.). Application fee waivers can be mailed or emailed. Please include the student's full legal name and date of birth (when possible).

UMD does not waive the application fee for International applicants. Applicants should not send cash for their application.

UMD does not waive the application fee during Minnesota College Knowledge Month.

What if I want to appeal my admissions decision?

If a student wishes to appeal their admissions decision, they should contact their Admissions Counselor or email our office: [email protected].

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.

How can I submit my FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to UMD?

UMD's school code for the FAFSA is 002388

Where can I find information about residency & reciprocity?

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

What is the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)?

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

*Michigan residents who begin their studies through Spring 2021 are eligible for MSEP tuition.

What about campus safety and security?

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.

What if I'm applying as a degree seeking Non-Traditional or Adult Learner?

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.

What Veteran resources are available on campus?

University Veterans Services 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.

Campus Visit FAQ

Please note: we will update our Campus Visit page with in-person visit options when we are able to have visitors on campus. 

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What campus visit program should I attend?

To see all visit options currently offered, check out our visit page

What will I see on my campus tour?

Every campus tour is unique and as much as possible geared towards prospective students' academic interest. All tours include viewing of academic buildings, a lecture hall, an on-campus residence hall, the Superior Dining Center, and other areas of campus that are relevant to the student's interest.

What kinds of additional requests can I make?

If you have any additional requests for your visit (e.g., meeting with a faculty member or adviser of the major in which you are interested), you can request this when you register for your campus visit.

Special requests must be submitted two weeks before your visit to allow enough time for our office to confirm with faculty or staff. Please be as specific as possible with your request so that we can match you to the most appropriate person. The Office of Admissions does its best to arrange meetings with our campus partners. However, we are not able to meet all special requests. At times, we may have to make an alternative arrangement (e.g., an academic adviser in lieu of a faculty member) or when faculty are not available on campus (summer visits).

Additional accommodations for interpreters, mobility concerns, etc., can also be requested.

Unfortunately, we are unable to arrange meetings with any athletic teams/coaches. You may, however, contact the Athletics Department directly at 218-726-8168.

What if there are no campus visits available on the calendar when I want to visit?

Every year, UMD welcomes over 18,000 visitors to campus. We strive to balance tour availability with a positive visit experience for you and your family. If a visit program reaches its maximum capacity, it will no longer display on our visit calendar.

Visits are automatically removed from the calendar two days out from the visit date. If you would like to check availability within the next 48 hours, we encourage that you call our office at 218-726-8504.

Finally, there are other dates/times of the year when we do not provide campus tours:

  • Campus holidays
  • Winter break (mid December to mid January)
  • Spring break (early March)
  • Spring final exams and graduation (May)
  • Move-in and fall semester start (late August to early September)
  • Fall break (last Thursday/Friday of October)
  • Fall final exams (early December)

Does UMD provide an overnight visit/program?

Unfortunately, at UMD we do not have overnight visit programs for prospective students. If you are planning to stay in the Duluth area overnight, view our lodging page for additional information.

Does UMD provide lunch to campus visitors?

Currently, the Office of Admissions is not providing lunch to on-campus visitors. 

I have scheduled a campus tour, now what?

After selecting your visit day to UMD, you and your parent (if email provided) will receive a confirmation email with a parking pass, directions to campus, and an itinerary of your campus visit. Please allow additional travel time, if needed, when coming to Duluth. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

If I have scheduled a meeting with an Admissions Counselor, what should I bring?

If you have taken any additional college credit, unofficial transcripts may be beneficial to bring with speaking to an admissions representative. Feel free to come prepared with any questions that you may have about UMD, we are happy to help!

How do I get to UMD?

Campus visitors are encouraged to park in Gold Lot A, off College Street and University Drive. Directions to this parking lot and how to get to campus can be found here.

What if I forget my parking pass/didn't receive one?

If you are unable to print your parking pass, or did not receive one, contact our office at [email protected], and we will mail you a parking permit. Please allow five-seven business days for our office to process this request.

Additional parking passes are also available when you check-in for your campus visit.

Where will the campus tour be?

Prospective students and families are encouraged to park in Gold Lot A with their assigned parking pass. From Gold Lot A, please follow the Office of Admissions Visit Program directional signage near the parking lot and along the sidewalks to your campus visit check-in location.

Refer to our campus map for additional information on campus buildings and directions.

What should I wear on my campus tour?

Wear comfortable shoes and clothing appropriate for the weather. UMD and the city of Duluth are located on a hill overlooking beautiful Lake Superior. Campus tours are both inside and outside of campus (weather permitting), though the UMD campus design (concourse/skywalk system) protects visitors from the harshest of Minnesota winters.

Face coverings are required at all times during campus visits. If you do not have a face covering, we will provide one. 

What if I need to reschedule (or cancel) my visit?

Please contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected] or 218-726-8504 so that we can cancel your visit request. You can view our campus visit calendar to schedule a new campus visit and to view campus tour availability.

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Am I considered a first-year student or a transfer student if I completed college credits in high school?

Incoming freshmen have completed or will complete a high school diploma, or obtain a GED. Students are considered first-year students if they have no previous college work, or have only completed college credits while enrolled in high school.

Students who have completed college credits after completing a high school diploma or obtaining a GED are considered transfer students.

What scholarships does UMD offer to incoming freshmen?

Scholarship information (as well as Scholarship FAQs) can be found here

What does UMD look for in an applicant?

Admission decisions are based upon several primary and secondary factors.

What are your high school preparation guidelines?

You can find high school preparation guideline information here.

When is the application deadline?

The priority application deadline at UMD is December 15. Students who apply to UMD by December 15 are eligible for merit-based scholarship consideration. The final deadline for students to apply is August 1. 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.

What are the benefits of applying to UMD early?

There are several benefits for students who apply to UMD in the beginning (September/October) of their senior year:

  • Students who apply early tend to receive their admission decision within two-three weeks of submitting all required application materials. Compare this to students who apply before the priority deadline of December 15 when it can take four-six weeks for students to receive their admission decision.
  • UMD's Office of Housing & Residence Life prioritizes housing assignments for students based on the date they applied for admission to UMD (not the date they applied for housing). Students who apply for admission early (September/October) will likely have a better opportunity to be assigned to a higher ranked location when it comes to their preferred residence hall or on-campus apartment.
  • Invitations for Orientation are mailed after a student is admitted to UMD (invitations for fall semester Orientation are generally first mailed by mid-November).
  • UMD is a popular place, and certain majors fill very quickly. To ensure you have the best opportunity to be admitted to your first choice major, we recommend applying early.

Does UMD require a standardized test for admission?

No, UMD utilizes a test-optional undergraduate admission policy. Learn more here. 

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.

Does UMD require letters of recommendation or personal statements?

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.

Students can submit personal statements and letters of recommendation by email at: [email protected]

Do I need to submit mid-term grades?

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

Does UMD have a waitlist policy?

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.

It is our goal to communicate to students a decision on their completed application file within two-three weeks. Students who are placed on a waitlist should expect to receive an update of their admissions status on or around the following dates: February 15, April 1, and May 15.

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

What if UMD is the jelly to my peanut butter?

Congrats on making a big decision! You have several next steps you'll want to review and complete. 

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Who's considered a transfer student?

A transfer student is an applicant who graduated from high school then enrolled at a post-secondary institution.

What if I'm looking to re-enroll at UMD?

Students who have previously attended UMD but have not enrolled in UMD courses for two or more semesters can learn more here.

What if I'm transferring from another University of Minnesota campus?

If you are transferring from another University of Minnesota campus, please apply directly to UMD. 

What does UMD look for in a transfer applicant?

Admission decisions are based upon several factors.

All transfer students must meet or exceed the following requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.0 (Some majors have higher requirements)
  • Successful completion of at least 75% of all attempted college coursework

When is the application deadline?

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

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

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

Do I need to submit ACT/SAT scores?

No, UMD utilizes a test-optional undergraduate admission policy. Learn more here. 

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.

Am I required to send transcripts from all of the colleges/universities I have attended?

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.

Do I need to send my high school transcript (or equivalent)?

All applicants, with the exception of those who have completed a Bachelor’s degree, are required to submit an official final high school transcript so we can verify high school graduation.

How do my credits transfer into UMD?

Determine how your courses transfer by visiting Transferology

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.

What's the best way to get a preliminary transfer credit evaluation?

Students can use Transferology on our transfer course planning site to learn how their credits may transfer into UMD. If you have additional questions, please contact our office. 

What if I want to take summer classes at 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.

I've been admitted. What steps do I need to complete to enroll at UMD?

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

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What does UMD look for in an international applicant?

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.

I am an international student, does UMD’s test-optional policy apply to me?

No. Due to U.S. immigration regulations, the University of Minnesota Duluth requires a standardized test of all international student applicants. An English language proficiency test is required of all non-native English speakers. Accepted exams include: IELTS, TOEFL, or the Duolingo English language test. If a student is a native English speaker, we require either ACT or SAT scores. We encourage non-native English speakers who have taken the ACT or SAT exam to submit their scores to UMD as well, as these scores will be used for advising and course placement purposes. Learn more here. 

If you are concerned that you will not be able to take one of these exams or have questions about this requirement, please email the UMD Office of Admissions directly at [email protected].

Does UMD require the TOEFL or IELTS?

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

Does UMD require the ACT/SAT for international students?

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.

Does UMD waive the application fee?

UMD does not waive the application fee for International students. Applicants should not send cash for their application fee. Payment by credit card or money order is accepted.

What's the difference between a freshman and transfer international student?

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.

How can I transfer international transfer credit?

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

When is the application deadline for international students?

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

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

Does UMD require health insurance?

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

How many international students attend UMD?

Over 300 international students representing 47 countries currently attend UMD. Learn more about International Student Services here