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

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Application Dates & Deadlines

Application Dates & Deadlines

Online Application Dates & Deadlines

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 two weeks of completing your application.

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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 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

    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 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

    University of Minnesota Transfer

    University of Minnesota Transfer

    If you are currently attending a University of Minnesota campus (Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris, or Rochester) you are considered an inter-university transfer.

    University of Minnesota Transfer

    If you are currently attending a University of Minnesota campus (Twin Cities, Duluth, Morris, or Rochester) and would like to transfer to the Crookston campus, fill out our application and select inter-university transfer. Your application fee will be waived.

    After you complete your application, you will need to send official transcripts for all colleges you've attended outside of the University of Minnesota.


    Application Option:

    Golden Eagle Application

    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

      Individual Courses - Apply Here

      Individual Courses - Apply Here

      Individual Courses

      UMN Crookston offers a wide variety of online courses. Students who are not seeking a bachelors degree should apply using the Non-Degree Seeking Student Application. 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 or professional development

      Apply Here

      Certificate Programs - Apply Here

      Certificate Programs - Apply Here

      Certificates 

      Staying up-to-date on information in your industry and maintain a competive education as a profession by earning a Certificate in your field.

      Certificate Programs

      Ready to enroll? If you would like to earn a Certificate, you should enroll as non-degree student. Fill out the non-degree application and email it back to umcinfo@umn.edu.

      Apply Here

      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.

      Official/Unofficial Transcripts

      Official/Unofficial Transcripts

      Official/Unofficial Transcripts

      What is an official transcript?

      • Official transcripts are certified and signed by the college registrar. They can be sent directly to our university at your request.
      • We only accept official transcripts

      • Electronic transcripts
        • An electronic (secure, certified PDF) transcript is “official” in its electronic form as long as it is not altered. Electronic transcripts are only available through online requests via Parchment. Each time the file is opened, it will be certified electronically (internet connection required) to ensure it has not been altered. Electronic transcripts are available to download by the recipient for 30 days. After 30 days, the document will no longer be available. It is your responsibility to ensure that transcript is downloaded by the recipient within 30 days. A printed copy of an electronic PDF transcript is not official. While electronic transcripts are widely accepted, confirm with your recipients that they will accept this format before ordering. 
      • Paper transcripts
        • A paper transcript is "official" only as long as it remains in its sealed white envelope. Do not open the sealed envelope if you are forwarding your transcript to another party (an institution, employer, or another person). Open the envelope only if you have ordered the transcript for personal use. Multiple paper transcripts (each in its own sealed white envelope) sent to a single address will be enclosed in a manila envelope that can be opened. 

      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.


      Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

      If I'm currently taking classes should I wait to send an official transcript?

      • No. We need an official transcript in order to process your admission so waiting on sending the transcript will delay your admission decision. You can send an official transcript that has current classes on it. The classes listed will not have official letter grades but usually a Z or IP to mark the in-progress credit.

      Do you need official or unofficial transcripts for admission?

      • Transfer students are required to submit official transcripts to complete their admission application and for review.

      Can I sent my transcripts electronically or should I mail them?

      • We accept both electronic and mailed transcripts. Please see descriptions above for official transcripts from each format.

      When can I use an unofficial transcript?

      • Unofficial transcripts can be used for unofficial transfer credit evaluations. To learn more about a transfer credit evaluation before you even apply visit here.

      The website at my school says that you can order transcripts for me as part of the Minnesota system, is that correct?

      • It is not unusual for applicants to think that we can access MN State transcripts! UMN Crookston is not part of the Minnesota State system, so we do not have access to those transcripts. The transcripts would need to be requested and sent directly to our office.The transcripts can be sent either by email or postal mail.   

      My transfer credits for all my schools show up on one transcript. Do I really have to send in separate transcripts?

      • In order to be considered for admission into an online program at UMN Crookston, we require an official transcript from all colleges and universities that you have previously attended or created an academic record for. These records are required regardless of the schools accreditation status or your GPA. These records are needed for auditing purposes as well as determining eligibility for financial aid.

      Online Students - Ready to Apply?

      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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