Welcome!

Students from many countries attend the University of Minnesota Crookston - a coordinate campus of the University of Minnesota system. Each student contributes a unique world view and participates 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. 

Before You Apply

You are considered an international student if you are not a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or refugee, and you are on a temporary visa; or if you will require any type of visa to study in the United States. 

What English proficiency test score do I need to earn to be considered for admission?

The University of Minnesota Crookston requires all non-native English speakers to demonstrate a command of English language that is necessary for success in college level classes taught in English. Applicants are required to submit results from the English language proficiency tests listed below. All undergraduate programs at the University of Minnesota Crookston requires a specific minimum score for admission (see the chart below). An official report of test scores must be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from the testing agency (from one set of exam results).

Test Total Score
TOEFL iBT 68
IELTS Academic 5.5
MELAB 75
Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic) 52
Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) C1 Advanced 52

Exempt Countries

Applicants from the following countries and U.S. Territories whose first language is English are exempt from the English language test requirement:

Exempt Countries and U.S. Territories

American Samoa
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Australia
Bahamas
Barbados
Bermuda
British Virgin Islands
Canada (except Quebec)
Cayman Islands
Dominica
England
Federated State of Micronesia
Grenada
Guam
Guyana

Ireland
Jamaica
Marshal Islands
Montserrat
New Zealand
Northern Ireland
Northern Mariana Islands
Palau
Scotland
Seychelles
Shetland Islands
St. Kitts-Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands
Virgin Islands
Wales

How do I register for an English language test?

Registration information is available at the websites listed below:

What if my English proficiency score does not meet the minimum requirement?

The University of Minnesota Crookston offers an intensive English language program for international students wishign to improve their English skills before applying for admission to the University. Students who take English as a second language courses at the University of Minnesota Crookston have access to the University's many resources and facilities. Classes are small, instructors are highly qualified, and students will receive advising and support services designed specifically for them. Learn more about our English as a Second Language program.

Email: umcinfo@umn.edu

Phone: 218-281-8569

Application Checklist for International Freshman Applicants

You are considered a freshman applicant if you have not completed college-level coursework after graduating from high school. A complete international freshman admission application includes the items listed below. Applications cannot be reviewed until all of these items are received. 

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • High school (9th - 12th grade) courses and grades (required)
  • English proficiency test scores (required unless you are exempt from taking an English proficiency test)
  • ACT or SAT (optional and only required if you were exempt from taking an English proficiency test)
  • Copy of your passport (required)
  • International Student Agreement (required)
  • Certification of Finances (required)
  • Declaration of Support (required)
  • Supporting documents for Declaration of Support (i.e., bank statement or letter from bank stating available funds) (required)

Application Checklist for International Transfer Applicants

You are considered a transfer applicant if you have enrolled in college-level coursework after graduating from high school. A complete international transfer admission application includes the items listed below. Applicants cannot be reviewed until all of these items are received.

  • Completed Application for Admission
  • Submit proof of high school graduation (i.e., IB, A-level, WAEC, HKDSE, SPM, and CISCE/CBSE).
  • Submit all official college or university transcript(s); no copies.
    • Official transcript(s) and official English translations of transcript(s) from all postsecondary schools attended are required, even if no credit was earned.
    • Transcripts must be issued in the last year. 
  • Test Scores: if your native language is not English, an official report of an English proficiency test score is required. 
  • Copy of your passport (required)
  • International Student Agreement (required)
  • Certification of Finances (required)
  • Declaration of Support (required)
  • Supporting documents for Declaration of Support (i.e., bank statement or letter from bank stating available funds) (required)

*Arrange to have your official college or university transcripts submitted directly to the Office of Admissions.

    • If you are applying for fall semester and are currently attending school, your transcript must include grades for the requested fall term and a list of your spring courses in progress.
    • If you are applying for spring semester and are currently attending school, your transcript must include grades for the requested spring term and a list of your fall courses in progress.
    • Once the term is over, you will need to have a final official transcript sent to the Office of Admissions.

Additional Form

Transfer Recommendation/Release of SEVIS Record

Official documents required

The University of Minnesota Crookston considers transcripts "official" only when the certified record of academic work is transmitted in a confidential manner from the issuing institution and includes proper signatures and authentication elements. The acceptance of official transcript(s) is at the discretion of the Registrar and may include sealed paper documents, a secure PDF utilizing a secure delivery service, secure transmission of electronic records from the issuing institution, etc. and should be a complete record of all coarsework taken with final grades/marks. Faxed, scanned, and photocopied academic records are not considered official.

All documents not issued in English must be in the original language and include a certified true English translation. If you complete secondary school in a country where a secondary leaving examination is required for university entry, you must also provide results of this examination. Final transcripts or high school documents may include exam results such as, but not limited to, IB, A level,  WAEC, HKDSE, SPM, and CISCE/CBSE.

Official test scores must be sent directly to the University of Minnesota Crookston by the testing agency. Official results, including total, overall or composite scores and subscores.

All materials can be sent to the Office of Admissions via email or mail:

University of Minnesota Crookston Office of Admissions

2900 University Avenue

Crookston, MN 56716

umcinfo@umn.edu

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.

Frequently Asked Questions by Prospective International Students

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. 

What options are available for housing?
There are several options for housing from on-campus dorms and apartments to off-campus apartments and homes 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!

The 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.

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.

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