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Your chances of getting into University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

73.2%
Admission Difficulty for University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Minnesota is 73.2%.  Its admission rate is the 15th lowest in Minnesota.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Minnesota and can you get accepted?

Minnesota is a moderately competitive school to get into. You have a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the criteria. Last year, 26,295 out of the 35,905 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 13 percent on standardized admission tests. University of Minnesota Twin Cities typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.75. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 26% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Minnesota?

73% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to University of Minnesota Twin Cities you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.75 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1400 on the SAT
  • Score 29 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 25% of your high school class

Minnesota GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.75*

Typical High School Grades 

A-

What GPA do you need to get into University of Minnesota Twin Cities?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Minnesota are to have around a 3.75 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as Minnesota accepts 73% of students who apply.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Minnesota is 3.75 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #3 in Minnesota for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Minnesota is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.8 GPA range.

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.75 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Minnesota SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to University of Minnesota Twin Cities. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 7% of students submitted SAT scores and 41% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1310-1490

Applicants Submitting SAT 

7%
SAT Scores for University of Minnesota Twin Cities
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 640
Math 25th Percentile 670
Composite 25th Percentile 1310
SAT Scores for University of Minnesota Twin Cities
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 730
Math 75th Percentile 760
Composite 75th Percentile 1490
Average SAT Score 1400

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to University of Minnesota Twin Cities?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Minnesota is 1400 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1310-1490. Students who get into University of Minnesota Twin Cities score in the top 11 percent of all SAT test takers..  Minnesota ranks #3 in the state of Minnesota and #79 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1400 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Minnesota regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1310 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1310, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1220, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

University of Minnesota Twin Cities is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1400 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1400, you have around a 73% chance of being admitted. A 1490 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 84% chance of getting in.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1490 and Above Good >84%
1400 to 1490 Avg + 73%-84%
1310 to 1400 Avg - 59%-73%
1220 to 1310 Reach 43%-59%
Less than 1220 Low <43%
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Minnesota ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

27-32 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

41%
ACT Scores for University of Minnesota Twin Cities
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 25
Math 25th Percentile 26
Composite 25th Percentile 27
ACT Scores for University of Minnesota Twin Cities
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 34
Math 75th Percentile 32
Composite 75th Percentile 32
Average ACT Score 29

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Minnesota?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Minnesota is 29, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 27 and 32.  The school ranks #4 in Minnesota and #140 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 29. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 27 and score in the score in the top 15 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 24.

41 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as University of Minnesota Twin Cities is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Minnesota for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 29 score has around 73% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 85% with a 32 ACT score.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
32 and Above Good >85%
29 to 32 Avg + 73%-85%
27 to 29 Avg - 62%-73%
25 to 27 Reach 49%-62%
Less than 25 Low <49%
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High School Class Rank

78% of University of Minnesota Twin Cities freshman are in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class and 41% are in the top ten percent.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of Minnesota Twin Cities students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 41%
Top 25% of class 78.4%
Top 50% of class 98%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

University of Minnesota Twin Cities admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 19,266 16,639 35,905
Accepted 14,819 11,476 26,295
Acceptance Rate 77% 69% 73%
Enrolled 3,968 2,915 6,883
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 25% 26%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 1, 2024

Days left to Apply

27

Applicants have 27 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to University of Minnesota Twin Cities is $55.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of Minnesota Twin Cities and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of Minnesota Twin Cities Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Considered but not required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of Minnesota Twin Cities
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Minnesota is moderately competitive, you have a strong chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.75 GPA, you have a very good likelihood of getting in. A 1400 on the SAT and 29 on the ACT will further lock in your application.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to University of Minnesota Twin Cities often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=174066 IPEDS survey data for University of Minnesota Twin Cities.

FAQs

Does University of Minnesota Twin Cities prefer SAT or ACT?

7% of students submit their SAT scores to Minnesota. 41% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of Minnesota Twin Cities?

73% of those who apply are granted admission to Minnesota. Admission competition is low and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of Minnesota Twin Cities?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1310 and 1490. The average SAT score is 1400. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of Minnesota Twin Cities?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 27 and 32. The average ACT score is 29. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.