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Information for Prospective Parents and Families

Student with family after Graduation

Thank you for taking a closer look at the University of Minnesota Crookston!  We realize that the decision regarding where a student attends college is often the topic of many family discussions.  Our close-knit community of faculty and staff are here to guide your son or daughter from freshman year all the way to graduation. We want you to be comfortable and confident in your child's educational experience here at the University of Minnesota Crookston. We encourage all students and families to visit campus or contact our Admissions Office to ensure your questions get answered.

Recommended Timeline

Be sure your son or daughter is on-track with the recommended timeline from the University of Minnesota Crookston:

August – Feb

Apply for admission. To be eligible for specialty scholarships the student will need to be admitted and have the application turned in by March 1.

October - March

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). While the federal government does not announce an official deadline, some federal financial aid programs, including grants, have limited funding and are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Also, completing the FAFSA early will assure that you receive a financial aid award packet estimate prior to May 1.

March 1st

Apply for Specialty Scholarships before March 1st. Students must be admitted before they are eligible to apply.

February - July

Financial aid award packets are sent to students. Students must approve award packages; instructions will be included with award packets.

March - July

Apply for Housing. Admitted students will be mailed housing contracts in late March. Students are encouraged to complete housing contracts as soon as possible to assure space is available.

March - August

A registration packet will be sent to admitted students beginning in March. At that time, students will choose a registration date and be guided through the process to register for fall classes.


Attend orientation and move into the residence halls!

Housing & Residential Life

Three residence halls and two apartment complexes provide coeducational on-campus housing for nearly 500 students. Several Community Advisors (CA) in each of our residence halls help to guide our students through their first year on campus with safety tips, study advice, and encouraging them to get involved in on-campus activities.

All rooms on campus are furnished with extra-long twin beds, wardrobe and drawer space, desk, mini-fridge and chair for each student as well computer access. Laundry facilities are also within each residence hall. For more information visit the Residential Life website.

All students living in a residence hall are required to purchase a meal plan through Dining Services.

Campus Safety

Security Services enforces state and university policies while assisting students, staff, and faculty. Officers are on duty directly on campus in addition to Campus Escorts. Campus Escorts are available to students, staff, and faculty 8 PM to 12 AM to escort them safely to buildings on campus or to their car. Security Services also strictly enforces Drug & Alcohol policies. (UMC does not permit alcohol on campus.)

Academic Success Center (ASC)

The Academic Success Center (ASC) is an excellent resource available for students to assist them in achieving their academic goals. The staff and center provide a variety of resources including free peer tutoring, free professional tutoring in five subjects, computer technology assistance, and computerized tutorials.

Career Development & Counseling Department (CDCD)

At UMC, our Career Development and Counseling Departments have a mission to help our students succeed. Support services within these departments include career exploration; educational and personal counseling; and Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs (ATOD) prevention and education services.

Student Experience

The Student and Family Experience office is dedicated to provide new students and their parents with resources to better assist them with their transition to the University of Minnesota Crookston.

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