Prospective International Students

Welcome Prospective International Students!

Students from many countries attend the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) - a coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota system. They contribute a unique world view and participate in all aspects of campus life.  We pride ourselves on being a small, safe and transfer-friendly campus which seeks to meet the individual needs of all students through technology, personal attention, and dedicated career planning. 

Students who meet the following requirements are automatically admitted. The admission application is available at

Additional review factors include but are not limited to a review by the Admission Committee. The Admission Committee very carefully, reviews the overall assessment of each student's academic preparation and performance, as well as the additional information provided in the applicants Insight Resume PDF File Icon, based on the primary and secondary factors listed below. Note that no single factor is the deciding factor in the decision.

Students who meet the following requirements are automatically admitted. Because academic preparation is key to student success in college, the strongest consideration in the decision is given to student’s academic preparation, or primary review factors:

  • Successful completion of a high school or college preparatory program 
  • Grade point average; grades in academic coursework (avg. g.p.a 2.0)
  • ACT or SAT scores (minimum 21 ACT or 980 SAT) 
  • Strength of the student’s curriculum through high school graduation, including courses that exceed the core subject requirements and any advanced courses (honors, AP, IB, college level)

Additional Review Factors—Students who fail to meet minimum requirements of GPA and ACT or SAT scores will be referred to the Admissions Committee for an admission decision, where the following factors also will be considered:

  • Evidence of exceptional achievement, aptitude, or personal accomplishment not reflected in the student’s academic records or standardized test scores 
  • A pattern of steady improvement in academic performance 
  • Participation in extracurricular college preparatory programs (MEP, PSEO, Talent Search, Upward Bound, Admission Possible, and others)

Secondary FactorsIndividual circumstances listed below are also considered as part of the overall assessment of each application. Enrolling a diverse student body—with students bringing differing experiences, talents, and perspectives to their campus experience—is essential to achieving the outcomes of a University of Minnesota education.

The Admission Committee review takes into consideration the individual circumstances that make each individual student unique. We consider the following secondary factors in our decision review.

  • Outstanding talent, achievement, or aptitude in a particular area
  • An exceptionally rigorous academic curriculum (enrollment in honors, AP, IB, or college-level courses)
  • Strong commitment to community service and leadership
  • Military service
  • First-generation college student
  • Personal or extenuating circumstances
  • Insight Resume PDF File Icon

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International Programs Student Viewbook PDF File Icon

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English Proficiency

The University of Minnesota requires all non-native English speakers to demonstrate a command of the English language that is necessary for success in college level classes taught in English.

International applicants whose first language is English from the following English-speaking countries will be exempted from English proficiency testing:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • England
  • Federated State of Micronesia
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Seychelles
  • Shetland Islands
  • St. Kitts-Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Wales

Applicants from US Territories including American Samoa, Guam, Marshall Islands, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, and Virgin Islands whose first language is English are similarly exempted.

Acceptable ways to demonstrate adequate English proficiency

The following methods can be used to demonstrate a student has adequate English language ability to be accepted to academic programs at University of Minnesota Crookston:

  1. IELTS academic test result with overall band score of 5.5 or higher
  2. TOEFL iBT test result of 68 or higher (equivalent to 520 paper test result)
  3. TOEIC:
    1. 437-473 would be equivalent to our ESL Intermediate.
    2. 477-510 would be equivalent to our ESL Advanced.
    3. 513-547 would be equivalent to our degree seeking status.
  4. MELAB test result 75 or higher
  5. Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test result 52 or higher
  6. Pearson PTE Academic test result 52 or higher
  7. IB students taking English A or B, HL or SL, with a score of 5 or higher
  8. SAT test result with scores on Critical Reading and Writing section at 60th percentile or higher
  9. ACT test result with scores on English and Reading section at 60th percentile or higher
  10. Students who successfully pass grade Pre-1 or higher of the Japanese STEP Eiken test
  11. SEPT (Sakae English Proficiency Test) result 11 or higher. Students with Level 10 result who join summer ESL can join Bachelor program in Fall.
  12. Students from Norway with grade 4 or higher in secondary school English
  13. Students from Sweden with grade B or higher in secondary school English
  14. Students from Finland with grade 8 or higher in secondary school English
  15. Students from Kings Education who have successfully completed Level 7 (completion of EAS4 curriculum).  Students who have completed Level 6 may be considered on a case by case basis.

Full Course of Study; International and ESL

Immigration regulations require that all F-1 students register for and complete a full course of study every term. If you enroll for less than a full course of study, you must have approval from ISSS before the semester begins. If you take less than a full course of study without approval from ISSS, you will lose your legal status. Online and Distance Learning (ODL) courses are limited for F-1 students. Students with F-1 status may count a maximum of 1 ODL course OR 3 ODL credits per semester toward their full course requirement.

ESL options available at University of Minnesota Crookston

Students who do not yet meet the English communication entry requirements for academic programs at University of Minnesota Crookston may join our ESL program.

Summer 2017 ESL Sessions
Session 1: June 19 to July 18, 2017 - Four weeks
Session 1: July 17 to August 15, 2017 - Four weeks
Students may take one or both sessions

The University of Minnesota Crookston offers two consecutive four week ESL sessions in 2017. These sessions help develop English communication and academic skills, with emphasis on university-level classroom communication. Summer sessions also introduce students to American teaching methods, culture, and techniques in order to build ability and confidence just in time for the start of fall classes!

Learn more about summer ESL sessions

Academic Year ESL Sessions
Fall and spring semester programs are available during the academic year. Students will study to earn 12 pre-collegiate level credits each semester. The program includes classroom instruction, directed outside activities, and individual conversation tutors each week.

Learn more about academic year ESL sessions

Frequently Asked Questions by Prospective International Students

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What degree programs are available at UMC?
Get your prestigious University of Minnesota degree at the Crookston campus!  We deliver more than now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online, in agriculture and natural resources; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; and math, science and technology.

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How much does it cost?
International students pay the same tuition as Minnesota residents! Scholarship and grant opportunities are also available after the first year.

What employment opportunities are available for International Students?
International students attending UMC are only able to work on campus while attending school. Some of the jobs available are in the bookstore, dining services, mail room, agriculture, computer help desk, dairy barns, networking and more. If you are interested in a job on campus while you take classes at UMC please contact us to discuss your options. 

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What options are available for housing?
There are several options for housing from on-campus dorms and apartments to off-campus apartments and homes PDF File Icon in and around Crookston.

What is campus life like at UMC?

Life as a college student is more than just studying. It’s about having fun, meeting new people, and making memories. UMC students are involved on campus by joining clubs and organizations, attending athletic events, and partaking in on-campus events hosted by various groups. Explore the ways UMC makes your college experience the best it can be!

A group of students in winterThe way you’ll spend your time out of the classroom is just as important as the time you’ll spend in the classroom. Crookston and the surrounding Red River Valley bring opportunities for relaxation and enjoyment year round!   See a short list of endless activities to explore and links to community Web sites.

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Where is Crookston, MN? What is there to do?
The City of Crookston is located in Northwest Minnesota - about 25 miles east of Grand Forks, North Dakota; 70 miles north of Fargo, North Dakota; 150 miles south of Manitoba, Canada, 295 miles northwest of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Please visit our maps section for more specific information on major local highways and distances to other cities.

How do I apply?

Applying online is fast and easy or contact Michelle Christopherson, director of admissions, for more information. (Canadian students click here for additional information).

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