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.
Please provide the following documents/application materials to be considered for admission.
- International Student Application
- Demonstration of English Proficiency (Ex: TOEFL, IELTS) for non-native English speakers
Official ACT or SAT scores for native English speaking students. Institution code for SAT is 6893
and ACT is 2129. This requirement is for freshman students only.
Official or certified transcripts (in original language) from all foreign and U.S. secondary schools
(high school equivalent) attended. Records must be originals, certified, or notarized copies.
- Official English translations are also required for any document not submitted in English
- Official or certified transcripts (in original language) from all foreign and U.S. postsecondary
schools (university equivalent) attended. Records must be originals, certified, or notarized
copies. This requirement is for transfer students only.
Official English translations are also required for any document not submitted in English
- International Student Agreement form
- Declaration of Support form
Supporting documents for Declaration of support.
Supporting documents must be from the
person(s) that signed the Declaration of Support (Ex: bank statement or letter from bank
stating available funds).
- Copy of your passport ID page
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:
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 Factors—Individual 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
Applying Student Forms
- International Student Application for Admission Form
- Application Materials Checklist
- Transfer Recommendation / Release
Students Returning After Absence
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:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Canada (except Quebec)
- Cayman Islands
- Federated State of Micronesia
- New Zealand
- Northern Ireland
- Shetland Islands
- St. Kitts-Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and the Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
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:
- IELTS academic test result with overall band score of 5.5 or higher
- TOEFL iBT test result of 68 or higher (equivalent to 520 paper test result)
- 437-473 would be equivalent to our ESL Intermediate.
- 477-510 would be equivalent to our ESL Advanced.
- 513-547 would be equivalent to our degree seeking status.
- MELAB test result 75 or higher
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) test result 52 or higher
- Pearson PTE Academic test result 52 or higher
- IB students taking English A or B, HL or SL, with a score of 5 or higher
- SAT test result with scores on Critical Reading and Writing section at 60th percentile or higher
- ACT test result with scores on English and Reading section at 60th percentile or higher
- Students who successfully pass grade Pre-1 or higher of the Japanese STEP Eiken test
- SEPT (Sakae English Proficiency Test) result 11 or higher. Students with Level 10 result who join summer ESL can join Bachelor program in Fall.
- Students from Norway with grade 4 or higher in secondary school English
- Students from Sweden with grade B or higher in secondary school English
- Students from Finland with grade 8 or higher in secondary school English
- 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.
Frequently Asked Questions by Prospective International Students
What degree programs are available at UMC?
Get your prestigious University of Minnesota degree at the Crookston campus! We deliver more than now delivers 35 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, as well as 16 degree programs entirely online, in agriculture and natural resources; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; and math, science and technology.
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 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.
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).