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Questions? Text U of MN Crookston Admissions anytime at 218-276-5351Every student that applies to the University of Minnesota Crookston has unique talents, passions, interests, and skills. We know that our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and that each school and home community is different.  We look for students who show eagerness and passion for contributing to their college experience and will lend educational and cultural diversity to the UMN Crookston campus.

Admissions looks at you as an individual. We consider all aspects of you - your life experiences, aspirations, work ethic, engagement and academic record. As a test-optional university, you are not required to submit your ACT or SAT test scores.


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We've extended our Fall 2020 app deadline to August 14th!

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Our Fall 2021 App is opening Septmeber 1st! 

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Application Dates & Deadlines

Application Dates & Deadlines

On Campus

  • Fall 2020 Rolling Application Deadline - August 14, 2020
    All applications received after March 1 will receive full admission consideration and automatic scholarship review and you will be notified of our admission decision within 2 weeks of completing your application.

Online

  • Fall 2020 Rolling Application Deadline - August 14, 2020
    All applications received after Feb 3rd will receive full admission consideration and automatic scholarship review and you will be notified of our admission decision within 2 weeks of completing your application.

Admission decisions are typically released within 2 weeks of receiving all application materials.

International

  • Fall 2020 Rolling International Application Deadline - July 1, 2020
    All applications received after March 1 will receive full admission consideration and you will be notified of our admission decision within 2 weeks of completing your application.

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Short Answer Questions on the Application

Short Answer Questions on the Application

Short Answer Questions on the Application

Answering the short essay questions on your application can seem like a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Get a jump start on your answers!

The purpose of the short answer questions is for us to learn about your character and drive for being successful in an academic setting. While we do want well thought out answers, we only require 75-250 words, so don't feel like you need to write a novel.  These short answer questions allow you to create a unique picture about yourself. 


Our Podcast on Tips for Crafting your Answers for the Short Essays on our Application

We’ve made it easy for you to know how to put your best foot forward in answering our short essay questions on the application. 

We know writing your answers may sound like a chore and it takes some time, but it's an opportunity that can make a big difference when we make our admission decisions. Find out what can set you apart from other talented students by listening to what our UMC admissions counselors are looking for in your answers. 

Our short podcast will explain it all to you and help you cut back on the stress of writing your answers.

Listen Here


Here's what we are asking...

First Year Questions:

  1. We would like to know more about your interest in the University of Minnesota Crookston. What motivated you to apply to UMN Crookston?
  2. Share one thing about your identity, talents, or interests that we might not learn from your application materials.
  3. Describe any leadership experience, extracurricular involvement, resume highlights, or job history you have (Optional).
  4. Explain your academic performance and why you believe you are ready to be academically successful at a collegiate level. Include any extenuating circumstances that impacted your academic record (i.e., family, work, personal, economic) (Optional).

Transfer Student Questions:

  1. We would like to know more about your interest in the University of Minnesota Crookston. Why have you applied or expressed interest in your particular program/area of study?
  2. How will your major and degree help you reach your career and personal goals?
  3. This is your opportunity to tell us about your professional (employment), academic achievements, and any volunteer work you have participated in that reflects your organization and leadership experiences. 
  4. If your academic record does not accurately reflect your efforts and ability, please explain here. How would you plan to be academically successful at UMN Crookston?

Here's a few tips to help you write your answers to the short essay questions. 

We're looking for answers that...

  • Go beyond simply describing your experiences and activities. We want answers that are reflective and open our eyes to something more about your experiences. 
  • Let your personality shine in a way that your academic records don’t. 
  • Distinguish you from other applicants whose academic records are quite similar.
  • Explain circumstances, if any, that affected your academic record.
  • Are clear, focused, organized and follow a logical structure.
  • Pay attention to the rules of correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

First-Year On-Campus Students Requirements

First-Year On-Campus Students Requirements

Apply as a first-year student if you have not taken any college credit after high school graduation. 

The Four Parts of a Complete Application

  1. Your application
  2. $35 application fee or a fee waiver
  3. Answers to the short essay questions on the application
  4. Transcripts/GED (unofficial)

* A Letter of Recommendation and the ACT/SAT test scores are optional.

What We Consider For A First-Year Student

  • Your GPA
    Grades within your core courses (Math, Science, English, and Social Studies)
  • Classes you've taken
    Have you taken challenging courses?
  • Involvement and experiences
    • Have you participated in clubs or organizations?
    • Have you received any awards/honors?
    • Have you participated in sports?
    • Have you become a leader at your school or in your community?
    • Do you have family or work responsibilities?
  • Short Essay Questions
    We review your written responses to the short essay questions on the application. Reading your responses is our way to get to know more about you. We encourage between 75 - 250 words per response. Here's what we ask. 
  1. We would like to know more about your interest in the University of Minnesota Crookston. What motivated you to apply to UMN Crookston?

  2. Share one thing about your identity, talents, or interests that we might not learn from your application materials.

  3. Describe any leadership experience, extracurricular involvement, resume highlights, or job history you have (Optional).

  4. Explain your academic performance and why you believe you are ready to be academically successful at a collegiate level. Include any extenuating circumstances that impacted your academic record (i.e., family, work, personal, economic) (Optional).

  • Optional: Letter of Recommendation
    • Letters of recommendation can be submitted electronically through the recommender portal (notified through your email), emailed to umcinfo@umn.edu or mailed to the Office of Admissions 2900 University Ave., Crookston, MN 56716.

    Application Dates & Deadlines for On-Campus Students

    • Fall 2020 Rolling Application Deadline - August 14, 2020
      All applications received after Feb 3rd will receive full admission consideration and automatic scholarship review and you will be notified of our admission decision within 2 weeks of completing your application.


    Application Options

    Golden Eagle Application

    Common App Application

    *We recommend using our UMN Crookston Golden Eagle Application. If you apply to other Common App member colleges, then we encourage you to apply to us through the Common App.

    Paper Application available if needed


    Already applied and need to submit app materials?

    Log back into your application to submit your admission materials

    Log in here

    Transfer On-Campus Students Requirements

    Transfer On-Campus Students Requirements

    Apply as a Transfer student if you attempted and/or earned college credit after high school graduation.

    The Four Parts of a Complete Application

    1. Your application
    2. $35 application fee or a fee waiver
    3. Answers to the short essay questions on the application
    4. Transcripts (official) from all previous colleges in which you attempted credit and/or enrolled.
      • If the college was not regionally accredited at the time of enrollment, we will still need it.
      • It also does not matter how long ago you took the college credit, we will still need it.
      • High school transcript/GED is not required if you have 12 or more completed credits.

    *Recommendations only if you choose to send them


    What We Consider for a Transfer Student

    • GPA within your major
      Grades of coursework within your major
    • Involvement and experiences
      • Have you participated in clubs, professional organizations, or on a board?
      • Have you received any awards/honors?
      • Have you participated in collegiate sports?
      • Have you become a leader at your school or in your community?
      • Do you have family or work responsibilities?
    • Essay questions
      We review your written responses to the required short essay questions on the application. Reading your responses is our way to get to know more about you and your aspirations to complete your degree. We encourage between 75 - 250 words per response. Here's what we ask:
    1. We would like to know more about your interest in the University of Minnesota Crookston. Why have you applied or expressed interest in your particular program/area of study?
    2. How will your major and degree help you reach your career and personal goals?
    3. This is your opportunity to tell us about your professional (employment), academic achievements, and any volunteer work you have participated in that reflects your organization and leadership experiences. 
    4. If your academic record does not accurately reflect your efforts and ability, please explain here. How would you plan to be academically successful at UMN Crookston?
    • Optional: Letter of recommendation
      • You choose if you wish to submit a letter of recommendation. We recommend that letters of recommendation from your employer, colleague, or a transfer advisor that can speak to your abilities, accomplishments, and potential.

    Application Dates & Deadlines for On-Campus Students

    • Fall 2020 Rolling Application Deadline - August 14, 2020
      All applications received after Feb 3rd will receive full admission consideration and automatic scholarship review and you will be notified of our admission decision within 2 weeks of completing your application.


    Application Options

    Golden Eagle Application

    Common App Application

    *We recommend using our UMN Crookston Golden Eagle Application. If you apply to other Common App member colleges, then we encourage you to apply to us through the Common App.

    Paper Application available if needed.


    Already applied and need to submit app materials?

    Log back into your application to submit your admission materials

    Log in here

    International On-Campus Students (First-Year & Transfer) Requirements

    International On-Campus Students (First-Year & Transfer) Requirements

    Apply as a first-year student if you have not taken any college credit after high school graduation.
    Apply as a Transfer student if you attempted and/or earned college credit after high school graduation.

    The Admission Process for International Students (two-step process)

    STEP 1: BECOME ACADEMICALLY ADMITTED BY SUBMITTING THE FOLLOWING:

    First-Year Applicants:

        1. Your application
        2. Answers to the short essay questions that are included on the application
        3. $35 application fee or a fee waiver
        4. Official high school transcript (9th-12th grade) courses and grades. 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.
        5. English Proficiency (if applicable)

    Transfer Applicants:

        1. Your application
        2. Answers to the short essay questions that are included on the application
        3. $35 application fee or a fee waiver
        4. Official college transcript. If the college credit you took is from a non U.S. school, it must be evaluated by a NACES member organization (i.e. WES or ECE). High school transcript is not required if you have 12 or more completed college semester credits.
        5. English Proficiency (if applicable)

    * Recommendations only if you choose to send them

    STEP 2: BECOME OFFICIALLY ADMITTED IN ORDER TO RECEIVE AN I-20 BY SUBMITTING THE FOLLOWING:
    1. Copy of your passport
    2. International Student Agreement form
    3. Certification of Finances form
    4. Declaration of Support form
    5. Supporting documents for Declaration of Support (i.e. bank statement or letter from bank stating available funds)
    6. For students currently enrolled at a school in the United States: If you are currently attending a school in the U.S., your SEVIS record will need to be released to UMN Crookston. In order to do so, you and your Designated School Official will need to fill out and submit the Transfer Recommendation/Release form.

    What We Consider for a First-Year International Student

    • Overall GPA
      Grades within your core courses (Math, Science, English, and Social Studies)
    • Core GPA
    • English Proficiency (if applicable)
    • Classes you've taken
      Have you taken challenging courses?
    • Involvement and experiences
      • Have you participated in clubs or organizations?
      • Have you received any awards/honors?
      • Have you participated in sports?
      • Have you become a leader at your school or in your community?
      • Do you have family or work responsibilities?
    • Short Essay Questions
      We review your written responses to the short essay questions on the application. Reading your responses is our way to get to know more about you. We encourage between 75 - 250 words per response. Here's what we ask. 
      1. We would like to know more about your interest in the University of Minnesota Crookston. What motivated you to apply to UMN Crookston?

      2. Share one thing about your identity, talents, or interests that we might not learn from your application materials.

      3. Describe any leadership experience, extracurricular involvement, resume highlights, or job history you have (Optional).

      4. Explain your academic performance and why you believe you are ready to be academically successful at a collegiate level. Include any extenuating circumstances that impacted your academic record (i.e., family, work, personal, economic) (Optional).

    • Optional: Letter of Recommendation
      • You choose if you wish to submit a letter of recommendation. We recommend that letters of recommendation from your employer, colleague, or a transfer advisor that can speak to your abilities, accomplishments, and potential. 

      What We Consider for a Transfer International Student

      • GPA within your major
        Grades of coursework within your major
      • English Proficiency (if applicable)
      • Involvement and experiences
        • Have you participated in clubs, professional organizations, or on a board?
        • Have you received any awards/honors?
        • Have you participated in collegiate sports?
        • Have you become a leader at your school or in your community?
        • Do you have family or work responsibilities?
      • Essay questions
        We review your written responses to the short essay questions on the application. Reading your responses is our way to get to know more about you and your aspirations to complete your degree. We encourage between 75 - 250 words per response. Here's what we ask:
      1. We would like to know more about your interest in the University of Minnesota Crookston. Why have you applied or expressed interest in your particular program/area of study?
      2. How will your major and degree help you reach your career and personal goals?
      3. This is your opportunity to tell us about your professional (employment), academic achievements, and any volunteer work you have participated in that reflects your organization and leadership experiences. 
      4. If your academic record does not accurately reflect your efforts and ability, please explain here. How would you plan to be academically successful at UMN Crookston?
      • Optional: Letter of Recommendation
        You choose if you wish to submit a letter of recommendation. We recommend that letters of recommendation from your employer, colleague, or a transfer advisor that can speak to your abilities, accomplishments, and potential. 

      Application Dates & Deadlines for International Students

      • Fall 2020 Rolling International Application Deadline - July 1, 2020
        All applications received after March 1 will receive full admission consideration and you will be notified of our admission decision within 2 weeks of completing your application.

      Application Options

      Golden Eagle Application

      Common App Application

      *We recommend using our UMN Crookston Golden Eagle Application. If you apply to other Common App member colleges, then we encourage you to apply to us through the Common App.

      Paper Application available if needed


      Already applied and need to submit app materials?

      Log back into your application to submit your admission materials

      Log in here

      First-Year Online Students Requirements

      First-Year Online Students Requirements

      Apply as a first-year student if you have not taken any college credit after high school graduation.

      The Four Parts of a Complete Application

      1. Your application
      2. $35 application fee or a fee waiver
      3. Answers to the short essay questions on the application
      4. Transcripts/GED (unofficial)

      * A letter of recommendation and ACT/SAT test scores are optional. 


      What We Consider for a First-Year Student

      • Overall GPA
        Grades within your core courses (Math, Science, English, and Social Studies)
      • Core GPA
      • Classes you've taken
        Have you taken challenging courses?
      • Involvement and experiences
        • Have you participated in clubs or organizations?
        • Have you received any awards/honors?
        • Have you participated in sports?
        • Have you become a leader at your school or in your community?
        • Do you have family or work responsibilities?
      • Short Essay Questions
        We review your written responses to the short essay questions on the application. Reading your responses is our way to get to know more about you. We encourage between 75 - 250 words per response. Here's what we ask. 
        1. We would like to know more about your interest in the University of Minnesota Crookston. What motivated you to apply to UMN Crookston?

        2. Share one thing about your identity, talents, or interests that we might not learn from your application materials.

        3. Describe any leadership experience, extracurricular involvement, resume highlights, or job history you have (Optional).

        4. Explain your academic performance and why you believe you are ready to be academically successful at a collegiate level. Include any extenuating circumstances that impacted your academic record (i.e., family, work, personal, economic) (Optional).

      • Optional: Letter of Recommendation
        • Letters of recommendation are optional and can be submitted electronically through the recommender portal (notifed through your email), emailed to umcinfo@umn.edu or mailed to the Office of Admissions 2900 University Ave., Crookston, MN 56716.

        Application Dates & Deadlines for Online Students

        • Fall 2020 Rolling Application Deadline - August 14, 2020
          All applications received after Feb 3rd will receive full admission consideration and automatic scholarship review and you will be notified of our admission decision within 2 weeks of completing your application.

        Admission decisions are typically released within 2 weeks of receiving all application materials.


        Application Options

        Golden Eagle Application

        Common App Application

        *We recommend using our UMN Crookston Golden Eagle Application. If you apply to other Common App member colleges, then we encourage you to apply to us through the Common App.

        Paper Application available if needed


        Already applied and need to submit app materials?

        Log back into your application to submit your admission materials

        Log in here

        Transfer Online Students Requirements

        Transfer Online Students Requirements

        Apply as a Transfer student if you attempted and/or earned college credit after high school graduation.

        The Four Parts of a Complete Application

        1. Your application
        2. $35 application fee or a fee waiver
        3. Answers to the short essay questions on the application
        4. Transcripts (official) from all previous colleges in which you attempted credit and/or enrolled.
        • If the college was not regionally accredited at the time of enrollment, we will still need it.
        • It does not matter how long ago you took the college credit, we will still need it.
        • High school transcript/GED is not required if you have 12 or more completed credits.

        *Recommendations only if you choose to send them


        What We Consider for a Transfer Student

        Overall GPA

        • GPA within your major
          Grades of coursework within your major
        • Involvement and experiences
          • Have you participated in clubs, professional organizations, or on a board?
          • Have you received any awards/honors?
          • Have you participated in collegiate sports?
          • Have you become a leader at your school or in your community?
          • Do you have family or work responsibilities?
        • Essay questions
          We review your written responses to the required short essay questions on the application. Reading your responses is our way to get to know more about you and your aspirations to complete your degree. We encourage between 75 - 250 words per response. Here's what we ask:
        1. We would like to know more about your interest in the University of Minnesota Crookston. Why have you applied or expressed interest in your particular program/area of study?
        2. How will your major and degree help you reach your career and personal goals?
        3. This is your opportunity to tell us about your professional (employment), academic achievements, and any volunteer work you have participated in that reflects your organization and leadership experiences. 
        4. If your academic record does not accurately reflect your efforts and ability, please explain here. How would you plan to be academically successful at UMN Crookston?
        • Optional: Letter of recommendation
          You choose if you wish to submit a letter of recommendation. We recommend that letters of recommendation from your employer, colleague, or a transfer advisor that can speak to your abilities, accomplishments, and potential. 

        Application Dates & Deadlines for Online Students

        • Fall 2020 Rolling Application Deadline - August 14, 2020
          All applications received after Feb 3rd will receive full admission consideration and automatic scholarship review and you will be notified of our admission decision within 2 weeks of completing your application.

        Admission decisions are typically released within 2 weeks of receiving all application materials.


        Application Options

        Golden Eagle Application

        Common App Application

        *We recommend using our UMN Crookston Golden Eagle Application. If you apply to other Common App member colleges, then we encourage you to apply to us through the Common App.

        Paper Application available if needed


        Already applied and need to submit app materials?

        Log back into your application to submit your admission materials

        Log in here

        International Online Students (First-Year & Transfer) Requirements

        International Online Students (First-Year & Transfer) Requirements

        Apply as a first-year student if you have not taken any college credit after high school graduation.
        Apply as a Transfer student if you attempted and/or earned college credit after high school graduation.

        The Five Parts of a Complete Application

        1. Your application
        2. $35 application fee or a fee waiver
        3. Answers to the short essay questions on the application
        4. Transcripts/GED (official)
        5. English Proficiency (if applicable)

        * A letter of recommendation and ACT/SAT test scores are optional. 


        What We Consider for a First-Year Student

        • Overall GPA
          Grades within your core courses (Math, Science, English, and Social Studies)
        • Core GPA
        • English Proficiency (if applicable)
        • Classes you've taken
          Have you taken challenging courses?
        • Involvement and experiences
          • Have you participated in clubs or organizations?
          • Have you received any awards/honors?
          • Have you participated in sports?
          • Have you become a leader at your school or in your community?
          • Do you have family or work responsibilities?
        • Short Essay Questions
          We review your written responses to the short essay questions on the application. Reading your responses is our way to get to know more about you. We encourage between 75 - 250 words per response. Here's what we ask. 
          1. We would like to know more about your interest in the University of Minnesota Crookston. What motivated you to apply to UMN Crookston?

          2. Share one thing about your identity, talents, or interests that we might not learn from your application materials.

          3. Describe any leadership experience, extracurricular involvement, resume highlights, or job history you have (Optional).

          4. Explain your academic performance and why you believe you are ready to be academically successful at a collegiate level. Include any extenuating circumstances that impacted your academic record (i.e., family, work, personal, economic) (Optional).

        • Optional: Letter of Recommendation
          • Letters of recommendation are optional and can be submitted electronically through the recommender portal (notifed through your email), emailed to umcinfo@umn.edu or mailed to the Office of Admissions 2900 University Ave., Crookston, MN 56716.

          What We Consider for a Transfer Student

          • Overall GPA
          • GPA within your major
            Grades of coursework within your major
          • English Proficiency (if applicable)
          • Involvement and experiences
            • Have you participated in clubs, professional organizations, or on a board?
            • Have you received any awards/honors?
            • Have you participated in collegiate sports?
            • Have you become a leader at your school or in your community?
            • Do you have family or work responsibilities?
          • Essay questions
            We review your written responses to the required short essay questions on the application. Reading your responses is our way to get to know more about you and your aspirations to complete your degree. We encourage between 75 - 250 words per response. Here's what we ask:
          1. We would like to know more about your interest in the University of Minnesota Crookston. Why have you applied or expressed interest in your particular program/area of study?
          2. How will your major and degree help you reach your career and personal goals?
          3. This is your opportunity to tell us about your professional (employment), academic achievements, and any volunteer work you have participated in that reflects your organization and leadership experiences. 
          4. If your academic record does not accurately reflect your efforts and ability, please explain here. How would you plan to be academically successful at UMN Crookston?
          • Optional: Letter of Recommendation
            You choose if you wish to submit a letter of recommendation. We recommend that letters of recommendation from your employer, colleague, or a transfer advisor that can speak to your abilities, accomplishments, and potential. 

          Application Dates & Deadlines for Online Students

          • Fall 2020 Rolling Application Deadline - August 1, 2020
            All applications received after Feb 3rd will receive full admission consideration and automatic scholarship review and you will be notified of our admission decision within 2 weeks of completing your application.

          Admission decisions are typically released within 2 weeks of receiving all application materials.


          Application Options

          Golden Eagle Application

          Common App Application

          *We recommend using our UMN Crookston Golden Eagle Application. If you apply to other Common App member colleges, then we encourage you to apply to us through the Common App.

          Paper Application available if needed


          Already applied and need to submit app materials?

          Log back into your application to submit your admission materials

          Log in here

          Non-Degree Students - Apply Here

          Non-Degree Students - Apply Here

          Non-degree applicants should apply using the Non-Degree Seeking Student ApplicationPDF File Icon. You are considered a non-degree student if you meet any of the following criteria:

          • You wish to take classes toward a UMN Crookston certificate program
          • You wish to take classes toward a degree at another institution
          • You wish to take classes for enrichment

          Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Students - Apply Here

          Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) Students - Apply Here

          PSEO Application for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 is now available.

          Step 1: Start your online PSEO Application.

          Step 2: Submit all additional materials to your PSEO application account.

          PSEO Students: If you have already started an application with us and are unable to login or create a new application, please contact us at 218.281.8680 or umcinfo@umn.edu for assistance.


          PSEO Application Deadlines

          • Fall 2020 - August 14, 2020

          Visit the PSEO page for additional information.

          Start your application at UMN Crookston!

          University of Minnesota Crookston

          Office of Admissions, Suite-A Owen Hall

          2900 University Ave

          Crookston, MN 56716

          PHONE: 218-281-8569

          FAX: 

          umcinfo@umn.edu

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