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Your ACT/SAT score is not needed for admission!

We do not consider SAT or ACT scores in any way as part of admissions and financial aid decisions. For all students applying for admission for Fall and Spring 2021, we will not review nor consider your standardized test scores in our review of your application for admission.

To ensure that all applicants receive a fair, equitable review and evaluation, our application review process is a thorough, personal, and complete evaluation of your application.

Why We Made This Decision:

Our decision is reinforced by our own research and numerous studies demonstrating that the combination of high school GPA and courses taken is the best predictor of college performance and success at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

The fact is your high school GPA captures more than your grades. It captures whether you consistently attend class and complete your assignments on time. Combining your GPA with your high school courses and activities in and outside of school, are far better indicators of you being a successful college student.

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First-Year On-Campus Students Requirements

First-Year On-Campus Students Requirements

The Four Parts of a Complete Application

  1. Your application
  2. $25 application fee or a fee waiver
  3. Answers to the short essay question(s) on the application
  4. High School Transcripts/GED (unofficial)
* A Letter of Recommendation is 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 Question(s)
    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. 

You're required to answer 1 of 3 following questions:

    1. Why do you want to attend UMN Crookston?
    2. Share something about your identity, talents, or interests that we would not learn from your application materials.
    3. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? OR, Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
  • Optional: If you would like to add additional information about yourself or your academic record, you may do so here.

Application Dates & Deadlines for On-Campus Students

  • Spring 2021 Application Deadline - December 15, 2020
  • Fall 2021 Application Deadline - August 1, 2021

Transfer On-Campus Students Requirements

Transfer On-Campus Students Requirements

The Four Parts of a Complete Application

  1. Your application
  2. $25 application fee or a fee waiver
  3. Answers to the short essay question 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.

What We Consider for a Transfer Student

  • All College transcripts
  • Life experiences, responsibilities, commitments and engagement in activities
  • Answer to your application question
    • Why did you select your major/program and how will this help you meet your personal goals?
    • Optional: If you would like to add additional information about yourself or your academic record, please explain here.

Application Dates & Deadlines for On-Campus Students

  • Spring 2021 Application Deadline - December 15, 2020
  • Fall 2021 Application Deadline - August 1, 2021

Short Answer Questions on the Application

Short Answer Questions on the Application

Short Answer Question on the Application

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The purpose of the short answer question(s) is for us to learn about your character and who you are and allow you to create a unique picture about yourself. We only require 75-250 words, so don't feel like you need to write a novel.

Here's the questions you'll find on the application:

First Year Questions:

You're required to answer 1 of 3 following questions:

  1. Why do you want to attend UMN Crookston?
  2. Share something about your identity, talents, or interests that we would not learn from your application materials.
  3. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? OR, Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

Optional:

  • If you would like to add additional information about yourself or your academic record, you may do so here.

Transfer Student Questions:


You'll be required to answer the following question:

  • Why did you select your major/program and how will this help you meet your personal goals?

Optional:

  • If you would like to add additional information about yourself or your academic record, please explain here.


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

We're looking for answers that...

  • 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.
  • 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.

Your Application Review

Your Application Review

Your Application Review:

  • Our admission decision is based on your GPA in your core courses which include English, Math, Science, and Social studies.
  • Students above a 2.75 core gpa are automatically admitted. Those under a 2.75 core gpa will be reviewed by our admission committee.
  • You will receive your admission decision within one week of the Office of Admission receiving your completed application and your official or unofficial high school transcript.

Achievement Scholarships:

  • Students are automatically considered for Achievement Scholarships.
  • Our decision to award you a scholarship. is based on the evaluation of your academic record, life experiences, responsibilities, commitments and engagement in activities in and outside of high school and your answer(s) to the short essay question(s).
  • You will be notified within two weeks of your completed application if you qualified for this scholarship.
  • If you are awarded an Achievement Scholarship you will receive an award letter two weeks after your acceptance letter.

Important Note:

While the majority of applicants below a 2.75 GPA will not be eligible for a scholarship, there is always a chance if you have an outstanding application, based on the evaluation of your academic record, life experiences, responsibilities, commitments and engagement in activities in and outside of high school, plus your answer(s) to the short answer question(s), you will receive an Achievement Scholarship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How will UMN Crookston evaluate your application without an ACT/SAT test score?

Both internal and external research has proven that your core GPA and performance in a rigorous coursework during school is the best predictor of academic success in college. 

Through our holistic review process, we will review all other required materials including your high school transcript, invovlement/activities in high school or your community, and short answer question(s). We will closely evaluate your school work including curriculum, trends in grades, and how you challenged yourself. 

We will delve into your involvement in your community, college or high school, extracurricular activities, leadership, community engagement, and work/family responsibilities.


Is there a disadvantage to not submitting an ACT/SAT test score?

No. There will be no negative impact on your application.


Will I qualify for merit scholarships without an ACT/SAT  test score?

Yes. Achievement scholarships are determined on the holistic review of your application.


Are student-athletes required to submit test scores?

NCAA Athletes: Students who initially enroll full time during the 2021-22 academic year and intend to play NCAA Division II athletics will NOT be required to take a standardized test to meet NCAA initial-eligibility requirements.

Exceptions to our ACT/SAT Testing Policy

Exceptions to our ACT/SAT Testing Policy

Exceptions to our ACT/SAT Testing Policy:

  • 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 Academic 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).

Changes to our ACT/SAT Testing Policy: 

  • NCAA Athletes: Students who initially enroll full time during the 2021-22 academic year and intend to play NCAA Division II athletics will NOT be required to take a standardized test to meet NCAA initial-eligibility requirements.

Have You Heard?

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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