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We're Test-Free! Your ACT/SAT score is not considered for admission.

We do not consider SAT or ACT scores in any way as part of admissions, scholarships, or 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 support our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and because many of your personal qualities cannot be measured by standardized tests, we provide plenty of opportunities throughout the application for you to demonstrate not only your academic success, but also success in the areas of leadership, community engagement, commitment, family respondibilities, special talents, and so on. 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. Your high school GPA captures more than your grades, and 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 Student Requirements

First-Year On-Campus Student Requirements

The Three Parts of a Complete Application

  1. Your application
  2. $25 application fee or a fee waiver
  3. Unofficial high school transcript or GED

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) on the application
    We review your written response to the short answer questions at the end of 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: 

Choose one question to answer from the following list:

      • Why do you want to attend UMN Crookston?
      • Share something about your identity, talents, or interests that we would not learn from your application materials.
      • Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? 
      • Optional Additional Short Answer Question: 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 Student Requirements

Transfer On-Campus Student 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 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.

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?
    • Tell us about your professional (employment), academic achievements, and any volunteer work you have participated in that reflects your organization and leadership experiences.
    • Optional:  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?

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 ask you to write 75-250 words.

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

First-Year Applicant Questions:

Please choose one question from the list below to answer:

  • Why do you want to attend UMN Crookston?
  • Share something about your identity, talents, or interests that we would not learn from your application materials.
  • Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? 

Optional:

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

Transfer Applicant Questions:


You'll be required to answer the following questions:

  • Why did you select your major/program and how will this help you meet your personal goals?
  • Tell us about your professional (employment), academic achievements, and any volunteer work you have participated in that reflects your organization and leadership experiences.
  • Optional:  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 answer(s) to the short essay questions.

We're looking for answers that...

  • Arre 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

First-year 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 about one week of the Office of Admission receiving your completed application and your official or unofficial high school transcript.

Achievement Scholarships:

  • Students above a 2.75 core GPA will receive an Achievement Scholarship.
  • Your Achievement 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 response to the short answer question(s) at the end of the application.
  • If you are awarded an Achievement Scholarship you will be notified within about two weeks after your acceptance letter.

Transfer Application Review:

  • Our admission decision is based on your transfer coursework and gpa, engagement and goals, and your answers to the application questions.
  • Students are reviewed holistically by a first, second, and a final reviewer.
  • You will receive your admission decision within two weeks of the Office of Admission receiving your completed application and your official transcript(s).

Achievement Scholarships:

  • Students are automatically considered for Achievement Scholarships.
  • Our decision to award a scholarship is based on your application, application materials, and transcripts.
  • You will be notified with your admission decision if you qualified for this scholarship.

Important Note:

While the majority of applicants below a 2.75 GPA will not be eligible for a scholarship, there is always a chance that 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 could 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, involvement/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.


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?

No. 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 Test- Free Policy

Exceptions to our ACT/SAT Test- Free Policy

Exceptions to our ACT/SAT Testing Policy:

  • 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).

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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