You do not need the ACT or SAT to apply

4 hours vs. 4 years

The work and time you put in during your four years of high school is more important than four hours taking one test. We look at you, 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.

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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. 

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 test-optional?

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 do we evaluate students who do not submit standardized test scores?

Through our holistic review process, we will review all other required materials including your high school transcript, co-curricular factors, short essay 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.


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. 


Will I be eligible for academic scholarships if I apply test-optional?

Yes, all on-campus Fall 2020 applicants are eligible for academic awards. With or without a test score, you will be considered for academic scholarships.

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 2019-2020 academic year, academic scholarship awards will be awarded consistently for the full academic year. However, for admission purposes, students will not need to submit a test score. You will only need to submit a test score to be eligible for First-Year Academic Scholarships if applying to the Spring 2020 or Summer 2020 term. You can find the 2019-2020 scholarship eligibility information on our Scholarships web page under the "First-Year Academic Scholarships" drop down menu.

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.
  • Homeschooled/Non-Graded Students: applicants who are homeschooled or attending non-graded schools are required to submit official ACT or SAT scores.
  • 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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