You do not need the ACT or SAT to apply

4 years vs. 4 hours

The work and time you put in during your four years of high school is more important than four hours taking one test. Effort trumps test scores - we look at you as a whole, not just a test score.

Every 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 high 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 for admission or academic scholarships.

What We Consider For A First-Year Student

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?
  • 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.
  • Letter of Recommendation
    • We read the required recommendations from your high school counselor, teacher, and others who are familiar with you. Reading your recommendations is another way for us to get to know you. We recommend that they come from somone who knows you well and can speak to your abilities, accomplishments, and potential.

What We Consider For A Transfer Student

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.
  • 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. 

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. 

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? Why have you applied or expressed interest in your particular program/area of study? How does this pertain to your future life goals?
  2. The University of Minnesota Crookston takes great pride in the warmth and authenticity of our campus community, and community life plays a central role in the UMN Crookston experience. For us, a community is more than a place to live and learn. What does community mean to you? Whether you are an on-campus or an online student, what do you hope to contribute to and derive from your college community?
  3. Every student has a background, identity, interest, or talent that makes them unique and special. Please share your story.
  4. Describe any leadership experience, extracurricular involvement, resume highlights, or job history that is meaningful.
  5. Share one thing about you that we will not learn from your application materials.
  6. Explain your academic performance and why you believe you are ready to be academically successful at the collegiate level. Include any extenuating circumstances that impacted your academic record (i.e., family, work, personal, economic).

Transfer Student 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? 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 short term goals? How will it help you achieve your long term goals?
  3. If you are admitted to UMN Crookston, what do you think one of your biggest challenges will be? How do you plan to overcome this challenge?
  4. Many of our students are involved in activities both professionally and academically. Please share any leadership, committee, clubs, organizations or academic experiences you have.
  5. If your academic record does not accurately reflect your efforts and ability, please explain.

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.

How We Evaluate Your Application And Who Reads It

How We Evaluate Your Application And Who Reads It

Your application is reviewed three times by UMN Crookston admission staff that base decisions on our professional experience and knowledge of the characteristics of successful students at the University of Minnesota Crookston. 

The First Review:

The first application reviewer is someone who works in the Office of Admission and has valuable experience helping us make admission decisions. The reviewer does not share his or her recommendation for admission with the next reviewer so that it will not influence the other reviewer's assessment of your application.

The Second Review:

The Admission Counselor who focuses on applications for students within a specific territory (online, high school, college, etc.) performs the second review. They know the schools and audience in his/her territory including the strength of the curriculum offered and the resources and opportunities you have as a student. The counselor makes a recommendation for admission status based on their specialized level of knowledge.

The Third Review:

The third reviewer is somone who holds a position of leadership in the Office of Admissions. They review the recommendation by the first and second readers and then validate the admissions decision, or if necessary, refer the file to an admission review committe for a final review.

The Decision:

After conducing a holistic, comprehenseive and individualized review of your application, an admission decision is made to accept or deny you based on the evaluation and comments of the reviewers. In the end, the final decision is influenced by your academic record and your experiences, involvement, and aspirations - each carefully weighed and considered.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply with or without test scores?

On the application you will be asked whether or not you plan to share your test score with us. You may choose "I would like my SAT or ACT score to be included in my application" or "Please do not include my SAT or ACT score as part of my application".


How will UMN Crookston evaluate students who do not submit standardized test scores?

Both internal and external research has proven that performance in a rigorous coursework during high school is the best predictor of academic success in college, therefore, the admission committee will continue to place the most evaluative weight on the level and success during high school. Through our holistic review process, we will review all other required materials including your high school transcript, co-curricular factors, short answer questions, and letter of recommendation. We will closely evaluate your high school work including curriculum, trends in grades, and how you challenged yourself. We will delve into your involvement in college or high school, extracurricular activities, leadership, community engagement, and work/family responsibilities.


Will I be at a disadvantage if I decide not to submit standardized test scores?

No. There will be no negative impact on your application, and do not need to submit a test score to be considered for merit scholarships.


Will I still qualify for merit scholarships if I choose not to submit my test score?

Yes. Academic scholarships are determined at the time of admission and based on two factors: core GPA and the holistic review of your application file.

IMPORTANT: The only exception to this is for students applying to begin in the Spring and Summer 2020 terms. Due to the funding structure set for the academic year, those applying for Spring and Summer 2020 will not need to submit a test score for admission purposes, but it will be required for academic scholarship awards. You can find the 2019-2020 scholarship eligibility information on our Scholarships web page under the "First-Year Academic Scholarships" drop down menu.


Why would a student submit standardized test scores if they don't have to?

For some students, their test scores accurately reflect their academic abilities and might even give a more complete picture of achievement and potential. 


Exceptions To The Test-Optional Policy

Exceptions To The Test-Optional Policy

  • Spring/Summer 2020 Applicants: Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 first-year on-campus applicants do not need to submit test scores for admission; however, in order to be considered for academic scholarships you will need to submit them. Information on First-Year Academic Scholarships can be found here.
  • NCAA Athletes: Prospective NCAA Division II student-athletes are required to submit standardized ACT/SAT test scores to the NCAA Eligibility Center for NCAA initial-eligibility purposes. However, prospective student-athletes may choose to apply for admission as test-optional applicants.
  • International students: International students are not required to submit an ACT or SAT test score. However, applicants from non English-speaking countries are required to submit English-proficiency test results from one of our 5 approved testing agencies: TOEFL iBT, IELTS Academic, MELAB, Pearson Test of Acadmic English (PTE Academic), Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) C1 Advanced, or Duolingo. See more about our English language requirements here.
  • VetFast Students: students interested in the VetFast program must submit test scores to determine eligibility.
  • Teaching Education: if the students take the "ACT with Writing" and meet a certain passing score required by the state of MN, they do not need to take the MN NES Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, and Math).

You do not need the ACT or SAT to apply

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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