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

2019-2020 Non-Resident Undergraduate

Tuition and Fees (9 months) $34,203
Mandatory Health Insurance (12 months) $2,340
Living Expenses and Books (12 months) $17,900
Total $54,443



The University of Minnesota offers undergraduate scholarships to international students based on merit and financial need:

Global Excellence Scholarships (merit-based awards)

All international freshmen and transfer students who complete their applications for admission by the deadlines are automatically considered for a Global Excellence Scholarship. For the 2018-19 academic year, international freshman can receive scholarships of $25,000, $15,000 or $10,000 per year for up to four years. Transfer students may receive $10,000 per year for up to three years when entering the University in the Fall semester. Transfer students entering in Spring semester will be considered for scholarships on a funds-available basis.

Awards are competitive and based on academic merit. Students selected for awards are among the best in their 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. Students must maintain their F-1 immigration status to remain eligible for these scholarships. If you have been awarded a Global Excellence Scholarship and have questions about the award, please view the Frequently Asked Questions on the International Student and Scholar Services Website.

#YouAreWelcome Here Scholarship

We are no longer accepting #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship applications for the 2019-20 school year.  We will post the 2020-21 application when it is available.

The #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship recognizes international students who have a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding. The University of Minnesota Twin Cities will award two annual, renewable scholarships covering $15,000 per year.  The scholarship is open to freshmen undergraduate international students of all academic majors and fields of study, and it can be applied to tuition costs

International Student and Scholar Services Scholarships (need-based awards)

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year. We will post the 2020-2021 application when it is available.

Various scholarships are available for new international students based on criteria such as financial need, academic merit, and educational goals. Students are required to complete an online application and several short essays for consideration. Applications for need-based scholarships must be completed no later than February 1, 2019. To be eligible for consideration for the need-based scholarships, students must complete their application for admission by the regular deadline (November 1 or January 1 for freshman applicants; transfer admission deadlines vary) and be admitted to the University of Minnesota by April 1.  

Candidates are more likely to receive an award if they demonstrate financial need within the range of available scholarship funding.  Last year, awards ranged between $1,000-$5,000. In awarding the need-based scholarships, the selection committee is guided by the following statement: The University values diversity, broadly defined, to include diversity of experiences, perspectives, backgrounds, and talents. Enrolling a diverse community of scholars interested in learning with and from each other fosters discussion and discovery inside and outside of the classroom. 

Recipients of awards are notified via email by April 15 of the year they plan to enter the University.

These ISSS scholarships are for new students only. If you are already enrolled at the University of Minnesota, please visit the International Student and Scholar Services website for financial resources.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scholarship (UROS)

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scholarship (UROS) 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 $1,700.

Academic Programs (Majors)

Freshmen-Admitting Colleges

Our more than 150 undergraduate degree programs are offered primarily through our eight freshmen-admitting colleges.

College of Biological Sciences (CBS)

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Cellular and Organismal Physiology
  • Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior
  • Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant and Microbial Biology

College of Design (CDes)

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

College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)

  • Business and Marketing Education
  • Early Childhood
  • Elementary Education Foundations
  • Family Social Science (pathway to helping professions)
  • Human Resource Development
  • Kinesiology
  • Special Education
  • Sport Management
  • Youth Studies (pathway to social work)

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

  • Agricultural and Food Business Management
  • Agricultural Communication and Marketing
  • Agricultural Education
  • Animal Science
  • Applied Economics
  • Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
  • Environmental Sciences, Policy, and Management
  • Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
  • Food Science
  • Food Systems
  • Forest and Natural Resource Management
  • Nutrition
  • Plant Science
  • Sustainable Systems Management

Carlson School of Management (CSOM)

  • Accounting
  • 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

School of Nursing

  • Nursing (Freshman Nursing Guarantee Application Required)

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 
  • Biblical Studies
  • Biology, Society, and Environment
  • Chemistry
  • Chicano-Latino Studies
  • Child Psychology
  • Studies in Cinema and Media Culture
  • Classics
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
  • Dance
  • Earth Sciences
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Geosciences
  • French and Italian Studies
  • French Studies
  • Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies
  • Geography
  • German, Scandinavian, & Dutch
  • Global Studies
  • History
  • Individualized Studies
  • Individually Designed Interdepartmental Major
  • Italian Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Journalism
  • Linguistics
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Music Performance
  • Music Therapy
  • Ojibwe
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Physiology, Human
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Sociology
  • Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance
  • Spanish and Portuguese Studies
  • Spanish Studies
  • Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
  • Statistics
  • Strategic Communication: Advertising and Public Relations
  • Technical Writing and Communication
  • Theatre Arts
  • Urban Studies

College of Science and Engineering (CSE)

  • Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
  • Astrophysics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Bioproducts & Biosystems Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Earth Sciences
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Geosciences
  • Geoengineering
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Physics


Upper-Division Programs

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

College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCAPS)

  • Construction 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 (Instruction is on the UMN Rochester campus for transfer students)

How to Apply

  1. Application Form (Either the International Golden Gopher Application, the Common Application or the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success Application)
  2. $55 application fee
  3. English language proficiency test score
  4. Secondary school transcript(s)
  5. SAT and/or ACT test results—preferred but not required
  6. An English translation for all documents not issued in English

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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.