Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

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General FAQs

General FAQs

How can I apply to UMN Crookston?
There are three options for you to apply to UMN Crookston. You can apply through our Golden Eagle application, Common App application, or a paper application

Do you have a preference for the Golden Eagle application or the Common Application?
No. Students using any application option will receive equal consideration for admission.

Where should I send my application materials, and any other documentation and correspondence?
All materials can be sent either electronically to umcinfo@umn.edu or by mail to the Office of Admissions at 2900 University Avenue, Crookston, MN 56716.

What is an official transcript?
Official paper documents are those received in a sealed, unopened envelopes from the school, college, university, federal or state department of education. Official electronic documents are those received directly at UMN Crookston and marked as official via an approved transcript vendor (e.g., National ClearingHouse, Parchment, eSCRIP-SAFE).

You should request that the institution send your transcript directly to the Office of Admissions at umcinfo@umn.edu or 2900 University Avenue Crookston, MN 56716.

Applicants may deliver paper documents in person, but the documents must be in a sealed, unopened envelope from the issuing source.

Does UMN Crookston waive the application fee?
Students who have limited financial resources and meet eligibility criteria set forth by the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) will have their application fee waived. Applicants must complete all steps and have the waiver signed by an authorized official before forwarding to our office.

Freshman Applicant
Transfer Applicant

UMN Crookston will accept letters in support (on official letterhead) of an application fee waiver from high school officials (counselors, principals, etc.) and representatives of College Bound Organizations (AVID, TRiO, etc.). Application fee waivers can be mailed or emailed. Please include the student's full legal name and date of birth (when possible).

UMN Crookston does not waive the application fee for International applicants. Applicants should not send cash for their application.

UMN Crookston does not waive the application fee during Minnesota College Knowledge Month.

What if I want to appeal my admissions decision?
Each application is reviewed at least twice and more often three or four times by the admissions committee using a holistic review process. Due to the thoroughness of our application review process, it is unusual for us to reverse an admission decision. We will consider an appeal only if it reveals new and compelling information. Possible reasons for an appeal include:

Grade Change - one or more of your grades from 9-11 has changed resulting in higher core GPA
Medical - a medical condition, illness, or surgery that negatively impacted your academic performance
Life Circumstance - a life event or situation that negatively impacted your academic performance
Documented Disability - a documented disability (physical, sensory, psychological, developmental, learning, neurological or other impairments) which impacts your opportunities to equitably engage in the learning environment and/or limits your participation in extracurricular activities
Omitted Information - critical information was not included in your original application

How to appeal:
If you have new and compelling information that was not included in your original application, please contact the Office of Admissions at umcinfo@umn.edu or 218-281-8569 to discuss the appeals process and request an appeal form.  Please allow two to four weeks for an appeal decision to be made once the appeal is submitted.

If I am denied, can I reapply to UMN Crookston in the future?
If you are denied admission, we certainly encourage you to take college credits elsewhere in the meantime and join our campus as an upper-division transfer student in the future.

Am I eligible for Financial Aid?
Your first step in finding out what you qualify for is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit our school code 004069. Once admitted, and as long as you have shared your FAFSA with us by submitting our school code, our Financial Aid Officers will be able to view your eligibility and go over it with you in detail.

What about campus safety and security?
Learn more about our Campus Security.

What veteran resources are available on campus?
The Veterans Resource Center assists eligible student veterans, active duty personnel, dependents, reservists, and National Guard members with G.I. Bill benefits and questions regarding state and federal educational benefits programs.

First-Year Student FAQs

First-Year Student FAQs

Am I still a freshman if I took college credit in high school?
Yes, you are still considered a first-year student if you took college credit while in high school. If you took college credit after graduation from high school then you would be considered a transfer student.

What does UMN Crookston look for in an applicant?
Students are reviewed on a variety of criteria. See what we look at for each student here.

When is the application deadline?
Early Action I Deadline – November 15 (Decision Released: December 16)
Early Action II Deadline – January 1  (Decision Released: February 3)
Rolling Admission Deadline – August 1  (Decision Released: Starting March 2)

What are the benefits of applying to UMN Crookston early?
- Receive your estimated Financial Aid Award Letter earlier​​​​​​​
​​- Apply for additional scholarships
- Early access to on campus housing application
- Know your admissions decision earlier in the year
​​​​​- Attend our Golden Eagle Admit Day
- Reduce stress by cutting the time spent waiting for a decision
- Save the time and expense of submitting multiple applications
- Gain more time, once accepted, to look for housing and otherwise prepare for college
- Reassess options and apply elsewhere if not accepted

Does UMN Crookston require a standardized test for admission?
No, we no longer require standardized test scores for admission. We review students individually on a variety of criteria. There are exceptions in which a standardized test score is required. These exceptions and how we evaluate students for admission can be found here.

Does UMN Crookston require letters of recommendation?
Yes, two letters of recommendation are required. We suggest getting a letter of recommendation from a teacher, high school counselor, or someone who knows you to speak to your accomplishments and potential.

What scholarship opportunities do I have?
Achievement scholarships are awarded to incoming on campus UMN Crookston students who indicate academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, demonstrated leadership, and commitment to their communities. All incoming students are considered for scholarships based on the information in your admissions application. No additional scholarship information is required. The awards range from $6,500 - $1,000 and can be awarded for four years of undergraduate study.

Speciality scholarships are available to admitted students. The scholarships are awarded to students based on a specific set of criteria that may include only one or several of the following: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement, leadership, service, financial need and legacy.

Do I need to submit mid-term grades?
No, we do not require them however we may request them from your high school counselor.

I've taken AP, IB, CLEPT, or PSEO classes (non U of M). Will I get credit for my work?
Yes, learn more at these links:
Advanced Placement
International Baccalaureate
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

If I was admitted, but did not confirm by May 1, can I still attend UMN Crookston?
Yes! You must confirm your enrollment through Welcome Weekend! Contact Brooke Novak, novak303@crk.umn.edu, to confirm your intent and submit your confirmation and registration deposit.

Transfer Student FAQs

Transfer Student FAQs

Who's considered a transfer student?
A transfer student is someone who has attempted college credit after high school graduation.

What if I am looking to re-enroll at UMN Crookston?
If you were a previous University of Minnesota Crookston student you will fill out a readmission form.

What if I am transferring from another University of Minnesota campus?
Students transferring from another University of Minnesota campus will fill out our Golden Eagle application. Select that you are transferring from a University of Minnesota campus. You will not be required to submit an application fee.

What does UMN Crookston look for in a transfer applicant?
Check our Holistic Review page to see what we consider for a transfer applicant.

When is the application deadline?
To see all dates and deadlines check out our apply now page!

Do I need to submit ACT/SAT scores?
No, ACT/SAT scores are not required for admission.

Am I required to send transcripts from all of the colleges/universities I have attended?
Yes. All transcripts from institutions in which credit was attempted and/or earned need to be sent to the Office of Admissions, no matter how long ago it was from. This includes transcripts from regionally accredited institutions, non regionally accredited institutions, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureatte (IB), College Level Exam Preparation (CLEP), etc. Even if you don't believe the credits will transfer in, it is our university policy to obtain all official transcripts for accreditation purposes.

Do I need to submit my transcript if the college I previously attended was not regionally accredited?
Yes, you must submit all official transcripts for colleges/universities in which you have attempted credit.

Do I need to submit my transcript from a college I enrolled in but did not end up attending?
If you have an academic record at an institution, you must submit an official transcript.

Do I need to send my high school transcript (or equivalent)?
If you have less than 12 completed college credits you must submit your high school transcript. If you have more than 12 complete college credits you do not need to submit your high school transcript.

How do my credits transfer into UMN Crookston?
UMC is very transfer friendly and accepts credits from schools that are/were accredited by Regional Accrediting Associations at the time of attendance. To find out what credits will transfer in to our programs before you even apply, request an unofficial evaluation of your credits. Email a copy of your unofficial transcripts to umcinfo@umn.edu. Include your major of interest and when you would like to start.

What does regional accreditation mean?
A regionally accredited institution of higher education means a community college, college, or university which is a candidate for accreditation or is accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies. There are six regional accrediting organizations: Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), New England Commissio of Higher Education (NECHE), Southern Assosciation of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

What scholarship opportunities do I have?
Achievement scholarships are awarded to incoming on campus UMN Crookston students who indicate academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, demonstrated leadership, and commitment to their communities. All incoming students are considered for scholarships based on the information in your admissions application. No additional scholarship information is required. The awards range from $6,500 - $1,000 and can be awarded for four years of undergraduate study.

Speciality scholarships are available to admitted students. The scholarships are awarded to students based on a specific set of criteria that may include only one or several of the following: academic achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement, leadership, service, financial need and legacy.

What if I want to take summer classes at UMN Crookston?
Summer classes are available online.

I've been admitted. What steps do I need to complete to enroll at UMN Crookston?
Your next step to becoming a Golden Eagle is to submit your Confirmation Orientation/Registration Deposit (CORD). For additional details contact Brooke Novak at novak303@crk.umn.edu.

International Student FAQ's

International Student FAQ's

What are the application requirements for admission?
Your official copy of high school transcript (or equivalent) and an official copy of your English proficiency results are required for admission. Find all English proficiency exams accepted here.

You will need to submit official test results if applicable for example: WAEC, A levels, etc.

We will need an official English translated copy of your transcript if in another language.

Does UMN Crookston require the TOEFL or IELTS?
We do require TOEFL, IELTS or another approved English proficiency exam. You do not need to submit your scores if you are from a country that is exempt from submitting English proficiency exams.

How do I send my English-proficiency exam results?
All exam results should be sent directly from the testing agency to our Office of Admissions. Results sent to us by the student, a school, or by an agent are considered unofficial.

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 wishing 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.

Does UMN Crookston require the ACT/SAT for international students?
No, we do not require ACT or SAT for admission.

How do I get my I-20?
You first need to be admitted to the University of Minnesota Crookston and be able to show you have enough funding for one academic year.

Why do I have to show funding for a full year?
Immigration regulations require us to verify funds for a student for a full cost of attendance for one year in order to issue the immigration paperwork.

How far out can I apply for my VISA?
An F-1 student visa for the USA can be issued up to 120 days in advance of your course of study start date. You will only be able to enter the US with an F-1 visa 30 days before your start date.

What's the difference between a freshman and a transfer international student?
You are a freshman student if you have not attempted college credits after high school graduation. You are a transfer student if you have attempted college credits after high school graduation.

I am a current student international student in the United States, how do I get a new I-20?
Your F-1 status and SEVIS record must be transferred to the University of Minnesota Crookston before we can issue an I-20. The school that you are currently enrolled in controls your SEVIS record and your DSO. You and your DSO will need to fill out this form to have your SEVIS record released to us.

How can I transfer international college credit?
A course-by-course evaluation of non-U.S. university credentials is required to transfer in your courses taken outside of the U.S. This must be done through a NACES accredited agency.

When is the application deadline for international students?
Spring 2020 Deadline: November 15th, 2019   
Fall 2020 Deadline: July 1st, 2020

Does UMN Crookston offer scholarships to international students?
We offer a ½ tuition fee waiver scholarship opportunity after you have completed your first year with us. Students must possess leadership skills, be involved with international activities on campus, and be an active UMC student overall. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above

How do I submit my application documents to UMN Crookston?
Official transcripts and English Profeciencey results need to be official. Other supporting documents can be sent directly by the student.

What does official documents mean?
We consider transcripts "official" only when the certified record of academic work is submitted in a confidential manner from the issuing institution

Do international students pay a separate tuition cost?
All students at our university are charged the same tuition cost. We do not charge an out of state tuition cost.
 
Does UMN Crookston provide campus housing?
There are several residential hall options on campus. There are also off-campus apartments and homes in and around Crookston.

Are meal plans required for international students at UMN Crookston?
All students that are living in our residential halls are required to have a meal plan. (LINK)

Can I work while I am studying at UMN Crookston?
International students 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. Students can work up to 20 hours a week.

What are the transportation options at UMN Crookston?
There is a city bus service available for our students to use. You will need to have your U card to use the bus. There is also a local taxi service available.

What immunizations are required?
Minnesota Law (M.S. 135A.14) requires that all students born after December 31, 1956 and enrolled in more than one class per semester must provide dates of immunization against the following:

  • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR): One dose required after the first birthday.
  • Tetanus/Diphtheria (TD): Must be within last 10 years.

All students enrolled in more than one class at U of M Crookston are required to complete an Immunization RecordPDF File Icon. The only exception to this would be either a medical exemption signed by a physician or a notarized conscientious exemption. You will not be able to attend class until you are compliant with this state law.

Mail the completed Medical History and Immunization Record form to:

Student Health Services
University of Minnesota Crookston
145-J Sargeant Student Center
2900 University Ave
Crookston, MN 56716

Do I need student health insurance?
University of Minnesota policy requires all international students, scholars and their dependents to have health insurance while in the United States. Healthcare delivery in the United States is regrettably complex and expensive. The University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) provides coverage for students. Canadian students from Manitoba will receive an insurance waiver on their student account to cover the cost of the health plan. International students will be automatically enrolled in the Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP).

What is campus life like?
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!

Where is Crookston, MN? What is there to do there?
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.

 

Online FAQs

Online FAQs

Will my credits transfer?
UMC is very transfer friendly and accepts credits from schools that are/were accredited by Regional Accrediting Associations at the time of attendance. To find out what credits will transfer in to our online programs, request a free pre-evaluation of your credits and send a copy of all transcripts to the Office of Admissions.

What does regional accreditation mean?
A regionally accredited institution of higher education means a community college, college, or university which is a candidate for accreditation or is accredited by one of the following regional accrediting bodies. There are six regional accrediting organizations: Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC) Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Higher Learning Commission (HLC), Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), New England Commissio of Higher Education (NECHE), Southern Assosciation of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), and WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Do I need to send in all my transcripts?
Yes. All transcripts from institutions in which credit was attempted and/or earned need to be sent to the Office of Admissions, no matter how long ago it was from. This includes transcripts from regionally accredited institutions, non regionally accredited institutions, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureatte (IB), College Level Exam Preparation (CLEP), etc. Even if you don't believe the credits will transfer in, it is our university policy to obtain all official transcripts for accreditation purposes.

What qualifies as an "official" transcript?
Official transcripts are certified and signed by the University registrar. You should request that the institution send your transcript directly to the Office of Admissions at umclearn@umn.edu or 2900 University Avenue Crookston, MN 56716.
The University of Minnesota 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 coursework taken with final grades/marks. Faxed or photocopied academic records are not considered official.

You can find additional information about official electronic and paper transcripts here.

What are the admissions requirements?
You can find more information about the application review factors, as well as application checklists for Freshman and Transfer students here.

How do I know what classes I would need to take?
Once you are admitted to one of our online programs, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will work closely with you to ensure you are on the right path toward graduation. Your advisor will reach out to you via email when it is time to begin discussing your registration.

How many courses should I take at a time?
You can expect to spend as much time in your online course as the traditional campus course, and most courses require weekly participation and completion of assignments. We recommend new students only take one or two courses their first semester until they get used to the technology and online learning environment. More experienced students take 3, 4 or more classes each semester, but much of this is based on your job, family, and other commitments, as well as the difficulty of the courses.

The average time commitment for Fall and Spring semester courses is 3-4 hours per credit per week. Example: for a 3 credit course, you can expect 9-12 hours per week of study time in order to successfully complete the course.

Because the summer term is an 8 week condensed term, the average time commitment for a summer course is 6-8 hours per credit per week. Example: for a 3 credit course, you can expect 18-24 hours per week of study time in order to successfully complete the course.

When do classes start and how long do they run?
UMC’s online courses are offered on a semester basis. There are three semesters each year: a 16 week Fall semester, a 16 week Spring semester, and a condensed 8 week Summer semester. See our Academic Calendar for specific dates.

Are your programs completely online?
Yes. The only time you will need to come to campus is if you choose to participate in the graduation ceremonies on campus; however, attending graduation is not a requirement for studying online.
*Some courses may require a proctor for the tests.

Do I have to be online at a certain time? What does an online class look like?
UMC’s online programs allow you to study at your convenience. Course outcomes and class deadlines for homework and tests are outlined in the class syllabi. Online learning is meant to be flexible and available 24/7. UMC utilizes Canvas as a Learning Management System. Canvas is available for enrolled students to access, engage and participate electronically.

Does the diploma earned from an online program look like a traditional diploma earned on campus?
Yes. Online courses and degrees are fully accredited by the University of Minnesota and are equivalent to on-campus courses and degrees. Your diploma will read and be awarded by the University of Minnesota campus in which you achieve your degree and does not indicate that courses were taken online.

Do I get a UMC laptop computer?
You must physically attend classes on the Crookston campus as, at least, a half time student in order to qualify for a laptop.

Can I qualify for some kind of financial aid?
Yes. Degree seeking students who are taking at least 6 credits per semester and who meet all other federal eligibility requirements, may be eligible to receive federal student aid. See our Finances section. Your first step in finding out what you qualify for is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit our school code 004069. Once admitted, and as long as you have shared your FAFSA with us by submitting our school code, our Financial Aid Officers will be able to view your eligibility and go over it with you in detail.

You can also apply for additional Specialty Scholarships. View our Scholarships web page for more information.

How much will it cost?
Tuition information can be found on our Costs webpage.

If I am studying online, do I have to pay student fees?
As an online student you are required to pay the online per credit fee. You will not need to pay the traditional student fees you would accrue if you were on campus. In addition to tuition and the online per credit fee, the only other cost you will be liable for is the cost of your textbooks.

Do I need to purchase textbooks for my online classes?
Yes. Most courses require textbooks. Books can be purchased online or over the phone from the UMC Bookstore. Financial aid can be applied toward the purchase if you request a student U Card prior to ordering your textbooks, but you must be registered for classes before you can order a U Card.

When do I pay my tuition?
You can find the Billing & Payment dates and deadlines schedule here. For additional information about where to view your bill and how to pay it, see here.

Can I set up a payment plan?
Yes. For billing and tuition inquiries please contact the Business Office: 1-800-862-6466 ext. 8325 or 218-281-8331.

Is there a maximum number of credit hours allotted for financial aid if a student is working on completing a bachelor's degree?
Yes. Financial aid for students who have approached the maximum number of credit hours required for their bachelor's degree; if they have attempted 150%: "The regulation states 150% of credits required to graduate." Here at UMC, that number is 180 credits. Students are placed on warning at 150 credits. At that time, while working with the Financial Aid Office, the student can fill out the appeal form, for consideration and have a plan for finishing up keeping that 180 credits in mind. There is a limited number of exceptions when the committee considers an appeal and may approve the proposed appeal beyond 180 credits. Please contact Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships for further assistance and information

Campus Visit FAQs

Campus Visit FAQs

What campus visit program should I attend?
The University of Minnesota Crookston has many different events for you to get a taste of our campus. View our Visit Page to see what is coming up on our calendar.

  • Daily Visits - We offer individual Campus Experience’s Tuesday through Friday during the year for students to sign up for.
  • Group Visits - If you have a larger school group or club that would like to visit please use our group sign up option so that we can accommodate your group.
  • Major Exploration Days - Keep an eye out for some of our program specific Exploration Days that happen in the Fall and Spring! These are weekend events designed for students interested in that specific program. Currently we have Equine Science, Animal Science, Natural Resources, and Criminal Justice Exploration Days for our 2019-2020 year.
  • Campus Preview Days - mark your calendar for one of our Campus Preview days that will be happening over MEA in October, winter 2019 and spring 2020.

What will I see on my campus tour?
During your campus tour you will get a feel for what it is like to be a Golden Eagle student on our campus. We will show you everything from the student hang out areas like the Sargent Student Center & International Lounge, our many on campus dining options, classrooms & labs, our state of the art Wellness Center, and our on-campus Resident’s Halls. If there is something more specific you would like to see make sure you request it when you sign up for your visit, or let us know during your tour!
 
What kind of additional requests can I make?
If you have any additional requests during your Campus Experience visit make sure you include that when you sign up under “Questions & Comments” section. These can include things like meeting with an athletics’ coach, meeting with disability services, any dietary or mobility restrictions, etc. Please let us know any way that we can make your visit more enjoyable!
 
What if there are no campus visits available on the calendar when I want to visit?
Our Campus Experience dates are set so that we can provide the best experience to each student who comes to visit the University of Minnesota Crookston. If there is not a visit date available on a date that you wish to come, make sure you check our event calendar to make sure there isn’t another type of event that is going on that day. Or please reach out to us at the Office of Admissions at (218)281-8569 and we will work with you to set something up that works in your schedule.
*Please note that if it is outside of the regular visit times we may not be able to accommodate all requests.

Does UMN Crookston provide an overnight visit/program?
Select campus programs and events do provide an overnight visit for prospective students. These include our Exploration Day programs and select Preview Days. Please see details about each event to learn more about the hours and possible overnight stays. Or contact the Office of Admissions at (218)281-8569.
 
Does UMN Crookston provide lunch to campus visitors?
UMN Crookston Campus Experience’s on Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, and Thursday’s include lunch during your time on campus. Lunch is offered to the student +2 guests during the visit, any other guests that are part of your group will have to pay for lunch. Select other events may also include a meal, please see details about each event to learn more about the schedule and what is provided during your time on campus.
 
I have scheduled a campus tour, now what?
Yay! We look forward to your visit with us. You should receive a confirmation email shortly after signing up to the email addresses that you included in your sign up form. You will also receive a reminder email with parking directions 3 days prior to your visit. If you have any questions regarding your visit please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at (218)281-8569.
 
If I have scheduled a meeting with an admissions counselor, what should I bring?
A meeting with an admissions counselor is a great way to start learning about colleges so please bring LOTS of questions that you would like answered. A pen and paper will also be helpful so that you can take notes regarding your conversations.
 
How do I get to UMN Crookston?
The University of MN Crookston is located at the North West edge of Crookston, MN.

Our address is:
2900 University Avenue
Crookston, MN 56716.

You will receive a 3 day reminder email before your event with directions of where to check in and where to park.
 
What if I forget my parking pass/didn't receive one?
No problem! When you arrive for park in one of our Guest parking spots in parking Lot G and head into Kiehle Building to the Welcome Center and a friendly receptionist would be happy to give you another parking pass.
 
Where will the campus tour be?
Your campus tour during your Campus Experience will leave from the Welcome Center in Kiehle building. Kiehle is located near the main entrance of the campus next to parking lot G.
 
What should I wear on my campus tour?
Your campus tour will be approximately an hour long walking tour both indoors and outdoors. Please wear comfortable shoes to walk in and dress for the weather.
 
What if I need to reschedule (or cancel) my visit?
Bummer, but we understand! If you have scheduled or signed up for a Campus Experience or Event please give us a call at the Admissions Office at (218)281-8569, to let us know you will no longer to be able to make it. If you already know a new date that will work better let us know and we will get you signed up for your new time. Otherwise we will send you an email with the link to our sign up calendar so that you can sign up on your own time.

High School Counselor FAQs

High School Counselor FAQs

What are your admission requirements?

Students are reviewed on a variety of criteria. Students do not need an ACT or SAT for admission or academic scholarhips. The work each student puts in during their four years of high school is more important - effort trumps test scores and we look at each student as a whole perosn! See what we look at for each student here.


I've been asked to write a letter of recommendation, what shoud I include?

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, 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. Instead we are just trying to discover what you know about a student that could help us make an admission decision. 

Parent/Family/Student Supporter FAQs

Parent/Family/Student Supporter FAQs

How do I stay in the loop of all things UMN Crookston?
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What is the best way for a student to see if UMN Crookston is the right fit?
Come for a campus visit! We have a variety of campus visit options including Major Exploration Days, Campus Preview Days, and Daily Campus Visits. Schedule your visit! If you can't make it to campus, reach out to an admission counselor. They can give you an overview of the campus and answer any admission questions you may have.

My student is ready to attend, what are their next steps?
The first step would be to apply! There are three options for them to apply to UMN Crookston. They can apply through our Golden Eagle application, Common App application, or a paper application.

Does UMN Crookston require a standardized test for admission?
No, we no longer require standardized test scores for admission. We review students individually on a variety of criteria. There are exceptions in which a standardized test score is required. These exceptions and how we evaluate students for admission can be found here.

What does UMN Crookston look for in an applicant?
Students are reviewed on a variety of criteria. See what we look at for each student here.

PSEO FAQs

PSEO FAQs

What is PSEO?
Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) is a dual credit program that allows high school students to simultaneously earn high school and college credit through enrollment in and successful completion of college-level courses on a college campus or online.

How many classes can I take as a PSEO student?
PSEO students can be full or part-time. Students can enroll in 1 to 19 credits a semester.

Who is eligible to take part in the PSEO program at UMC?
PSEO students are reviewed individually using a holistic review. There are a variety of components that go into their admission including their high school GPA, extracurricular activities, electives, and more. Reach out to the Office of Admissions for additional information.

Applicants who are homeschooled or attending non-graded schools are required to submit official ACT or SAT scores.

Can I take on campus classes as a PSEO student?
Yes, students can take on campus courses. You can find course offerings here.

Can I take online classes as a PSEO student?
Yes, students can take online courses. You can find course offerings here.

What do you need to consider?
In class you will be treated as any other college student.

  •     You will have full responsibility for managing your time.
  •     You will be expected to meet deadlines without being reminded.
  •     You will be expected to complete work at the level of a college student/high school graduate.
  •     You will have to study more outside of the classroom.

What will it cost to take part in the PSEO program at UMC?
You will not be charged for tuition, books, or technology fees. These expenses are covered as part of your high school education. This also gives you the opportunity to take part in our laptop university, wireless access, and other great technological tools! Books do need to be returned to the campus bookstore at the end of each semester. Transportation is your family’s responsibility. There are funds available to reimburse some of your transportation costs, however, there are federal guidelines stating who does or does not qualify for this assistance. Additional fees may apply to access other resources available on campus such as the Wellness Center. Ask an admissions counselor to see about qualifications.

Why work closely with your counselor?
You will be responsible for meeting the high school graduation requirements. Working with your counselor ensures that the college courses you take will meet those expectations and that you will indeed accumulate enough credits for high school graduation. You should be able to take courses that are comparable to those required for graduation.

If you find you must substitute a chosen course for another, or drop a course, notify your counselor at once to ensure your requirements are still being met for high school graduation. Dropping a college course during the high school semester may put you in jeopardy. You may not be allowed to enter a high school class after a specified period of days and could receive a failing grade. If you have to drop or substitute a class, make sure to follow UMC guidelines when doing so.

What are the expectations of a UMC PSEO student?

  •     Maintain a UMC cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  •     Make sure that all necessary paperwork is turned in on time. The necessary forms must be filled out each semester for students to take part in the PSEO program.
  •     Remain in communication with their high school guidance counselor and their UMC academic advisor.
  •     Attend all regularly scheduled classes.
  •     Attend all mandatory meetings throughout the year. These meetings will be announced well in advance of each meeting. Failure to attend these meetings may jeopardize your registration placement.

What if a university course is failed?
If a class is not passed that is required for high school graduation the student might not be able to graduate with his or her high school class. In addition, there will be a permanent university transcript which will record the failing grade. Keep in mind that a grade received for coursework here at UMC does affect your high school cumulative GPA.

Can PSEO students attend summer sessions?
The PSEO program is only for regular academic year classes.

Can PSEO students be employed on-campus?
PSEO students are ineligible to work in positions whose funding come from federal or state work-study. However, there are non-work study positions at UMC that are open to PSEO students.

What can I do at UMC other than be a “student”?
There are many things to do here at UMC other than take part in coursework! For instance, you can…

  •     Join one of the 34+ student clubs and organization
  •     Attend UMC home varsity athletic sporting events
  •     Take part in UMC Intramural sports
  •     Enjoy free entertainment such as bands, hypnotists, comedians, and more!
  •     Make new friends and enjoy being a University of Minnesota Crookston student!!

Important to remember
The Minnesota State High School League rules allow you to participate in extra-curricular activities or athletics covered by the League at your high school. You are not allowed to play varsity sports at UMC.

Are there UMC courses or programs that are not offered to PSEO students?
Yes, there are courses and programs that are not eligible for enrollment through the PSEO program. Please note that non-eligible courses and programs are subject to change.

How do I find out more about PSEO?
Contact your high school counselor or UMC Post Secondary Coordinator Janessa Quanrud - janessa@crk.umn.edu or 218-281-8385 if you have additional questions.

Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

University of Minnesota Crookston

Office of Admissions, Suite-A, 2900 University Ave Owen Hall

2900 University Ave

Crookston, MN 56716

PHONE: 218-281-8569

FAX: 

umcinfo@umn.edu

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