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Info for High School and Transfer Counselors

We first want to start as a big THANK YOU for everything you do. We know you spend countless hours, many outside of the normal work hours, helping students find the right path for them. We want to say how much we appreciate what you do and that we want to be a resource to help make your job easier.


Admission Requirements and Test-Optional

4 years vs. 4 hours. Prospective students do not need an ACT or SAT score to apply. We believe they are more than just four hours in a testing room. The work they put in during their four years of high school is more important. Effort trumps test scores and we look at each student as a whole person.

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Writing Letters of Recommendation

You may be asked to write a letter of recommendation for a student, and this will help you form one that speaks to the student's specific qualities, attainments, and personal anecdotes with concrete examples. We encourage students to request letters of recommendation from people who know them well and can truly speak to their academic abilities, accomplishments, and efforts because it's important to note that the letter of recommendation is certainly a part of the application that gives depth and meaning to other parts of the application.

Context is everything. School profiles and school reports have always provided good context for us, but we also rely on the letter of recommendation to provide additional context about a student's academic development and scholastic potential.

  • The transcript provides vital information on how much a student challenged themself academically-- whether they have particular academic strenghts or weaknesses, how they performed in high school, whether there were trends (up or down), and where the student stands in relation to their class.
  • The school profile gives indications of the rigor of the high school and the academic opportunities offered to students (such as College in the School classes, AP classes, IB classes, etc.)
  • A listing of extracurricular activities tells us about a student's interests and what they have been dedicated to outside of the classroom. It also tells us about and family/work responsibilities that a student manages.
  • Recommendations give life to all of these things. They explain unusual circumstances and highlight outstanding strengths. They are a way to distinguish students during the review process.

Our recommendation about your recommendation:

  • Spend time adding at least one thing that you could only say about that student and do so descriptively or use an example
  • Capture the character of the student as well as the academic substance
  • Don't only focus on their abilitiy but also include what motivates them
  • Connect it to the rest of the student's application if you can (the transcript, the context of the school, extracurricular involvement, and the test score if a student chooses to submit it)

Remember, we are not grading your writing ability, we're just trying to discover what you know about a student that could help us make an admission decision. 

* Letters of recommendation can be sent three ways:

  • Electronically through the recommender portal (notifed through your email)
  • Emailed to umcinfo@umn.edu
  • Mailed to the Office of Admissions 2900 University Ave., Crookston, MN 56716.

For tips and tricks to help your students through the college search, download our:

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Bring a Group of Students to Campus

We would love to welcome you and your group of students to our beautiful campus. Whether you are with a high school or community organization, we invite you to come to campus and explore all that UMN Crookston has to offer.

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PSEO and College in the High School

The Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) is a state program that gives students capable of working at the post-secondary level an opportunity to receive post-secondary credits while completing high school graduation requirements. 

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College in the High School (CIHS) is a University of Minnesota Crookston (UMN Crookston) program that delivers University courses, in collaboration with area high schools, to advanced high school students. 

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Admission Dates and Deadlines

  • Spring 2020 Application Deadline - December 15, 2019
    Admission decisions are typically released within 2 weeks of receiving all application materials.
  • Summer 2020 Application Deadline - May 1, 2020
    Admission decisions are typically released within 2 weeks of receiving all application materials.
  • Fall 2020 Early Action Application Deadline - November 15, 2019
    All applications completed and submitted by November 15, 2019 will receive full admission consideration and automatic scholarship review and you will be notified of our admission decision on or shortly after December 16, 2019.
  • Fall 2020 Early Action 2 Application Deadline - January 1, 2020
    All applications completed and submitted by January 1, 2020 will receive full admission consideration and automatic scholarship review and you will be notified of our admission decision on or shortly after February 3, 2020.
  • Fall 2020 Rolling Application Deadline - August 1, 2020
    All applications received after March 1 will receive full admission consideration and automatic scholarship review and you will be notified of our admission decision within 2 weeks of completing your application.

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