Freshmen

Students who have not previously enrolled in a university or college are considered a freshman student. Students who have completed AP, IB, or A-level coursework for which they may receive college credit are still considered a freshman provided they have not yet enrolled directly in a university.    

Tuition and Fees

International Undergraduate Costs, 2017-2018*

Tuition and Fees (full academic year or two semester) $27,532
Mandatory Health Insurance $2,100
Living Expense & Books $16,481
Total $46,113

*This chart shows an estimate of undergraduate costs for 12 months.  Fees and charges are subject to change without notice as necessitated by University or legislative action.


Scholarships

Global Excellence Scholarships (merit-based awards)

All international freshmen and transfer students who complete their applications for admission by the priority deadlines are considered for a Global Excellence Scholarship. These scholarships cover either the full difference or half the difference between resident and non-resident tuition rates. For the 2017-18 academic year, the freshmen scholarships are $12,000 (Gold Award) or $6,800 (Maroon Award) per year for up to four years. Transfer students may receive Maroon awards of up to three years when entering the University in the Fall semester (transfer students entering in Spring semester will be considered for scholarship on a funds-available basis). Awards are competitive, based on academic merit—students selected for awards are among the best in their high school class and show a record of very strong academic preparation. There is no separate scholarship application required; students are considered based on an overall assessment of their on-time admission application. If you have been awarded a Global Excellence Scholarship and have questions about the award, please view these Frequently Asked Questions on the International Student and Scholar Services Website.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scholarship

The UROP scholarship is awarded to high-achieving students with an interest in research. Recipients work on a research project with a faculty mentor and receive a stipend of approximately $1,400.


Academic Programs (Majors)

Freshmen-Admitting Colleges

Our more than 135 undergraduate degree programs are offered primarily through our seven freshmen-admitting colleges.

College of Biological Sciences (CBS)

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
  • Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant Biology

College of Design (CDes)

  • Apparel Design
  • Architecture
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Design and Planning
  • Retail Merchandising

College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)

  • Business and Marketing Education
  • Child Psychology (joint program with CLA)
  • Early Childhood Education Foundations
  • Elementary Education Foundations
  • Family Social Science (pathway to social work)
  • Human Resource Development
  • Kinesiology
  • Recreation, Park and Leisure Studies
  • Special Education
  • Sport Management
  • Youth Studies

College of Food, Agricultural And Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS)

  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural and Food Business Management
  • Agricultural Communication and Marketing
  • Animal Science
  • Applied Economics
  • Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering (joint program with CSE)
  • Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management
  • Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Food Science
  • Food Systems
  • Forest and Natural Resource Management
  • Nutrition
  • Plant Science
  • Sustainable Systems Management

Carlson School of Management (CSOM)

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural & Food Business Management (joint program with CFANS)
  • Entrepreneurial Management
  • Finance
  • Finance & Risk Management Insurance
  • Human Resources and Industrial Relations
  • International Business
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Public & Nonprofit Management
  • Supply Chain & Operations Management

College of Liberal Arts (CLA)

  • Acting
  • African American and African Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Asian Languages and Literatures
  • Astrophysics (also in CSE)
  • Biblical Studies
  • Biology, Society, and Environment
  • Chemistry (also in CSE)
  • Chicano-Latino Studies
  • Child Psychology (joint program with CEHD)
  • Studies in Cinema and Media Culture
  • Classics
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science (also in CSE)
  • Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
  • Dance
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economics
  • English
  • French and Italian Studies
  • French Studies
  • Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies
  • Geography
  • German, Scandinavian, & Dutch Studies
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Bachelor of Individualized Studies
  • Individually Designed Interdepartmental Major
  • Italian Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Journalism
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics (also in CSE)
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music Performance
  • Music Therapy
  • Nursing (Freshman Nursing Guarantee)
  • Philosophy
  • Physics (also in CSE)
  • Physiology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance
  • Spanish and Portuguese Studies
  • Spanish Studies
  • Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
  • Statistics (also in CSE)
  • Technical Writing and Communication
  • Theatre Arts
  • Urban Studies

College of Science and Engineering (CSE)

  • Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
  • Astrophysics (also in CLA)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering (joint program with CFANS)
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry (also in CLA)
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science (also in CLA)
  • Earth Sciences (also in CLA)
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geoengineering
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics (also in CLA)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics (also in CLA)
  • Statistics (also in CLA)

 

Upper-Division Majors

For these majors, 1-2 years of completed college coursework is required for admission.

Center for Allied Health Program (CAHP)

  • Medical Laboratory Sciences

College of Continuing Education (CCE)

  • Construction and Facility Management
  • Health Services Management
  • Information Technology Infrastructure
  • Inter-College Program
  • Manufacturing Operations Management
  • Multidisciplinary Studies

School of Dentistry (DENT)

  • Dental Hygiene

Medical School (MED)

  • Mortuary Science

School of Nursing (NURS)

  • Nursing

How to Apply

To apply for admission, you will need to submit the following items:

  • Application from: z.umn.edu/apply
  • $55 application fee
  • English language proficiency test score
  • Secondary school transcript (s)
  • SAT and/or ACT scores results -- preferred but not required

If admitted:

  • you will receive notification via email and postal mail
  • to confirm your enrollment, you must submist an enrollment confirmation fee and financial certification statement before you receive your I-20 document.

To view detailed information on the components of a complete application, see the Office of Admissions.


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Housing Options

Approximately 85 percent of freshmen live on campus in residence halls, which are operated by the University. Some residence halls offer special opportunities for students with shared interests to live together in Living Learning Communities. We strongly encourage students to apply for housing as soon as possible. The earlier you apply the better. There is a $25 non-refundable application fee due at the time of application. The Freshman Housing Guarantee Deadline is May 1.

To apply for on-campus housing and learn more about campus residence, please visit the website of Housing & Residential Life.