University of Minnesota GPA, SAT and ACT Data

University of Minnesota GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

University of Minnesota GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
University of Minnesota GPA, SAT Scores and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

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University of Minnesota GPA and SAT/ACT Data

Over half of students who apply to University of Minnesota Twin Cities get rejected, and students with grades and test scores that are below average will have a hard time getting accepted. In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent admitted students. You can see that most successful applicants had "B+" or higher averages, SAT scores of about 1150 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 24 or above. Higher numbers clearly improve your chances of getting an acceptance letter.

Nothing will help your application as much as an "A" average with challenging college preparatory courses. The admissions folks at Minnesota want to admit students who have taken difficult courses in high school. Success in International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, and Honors courses will strengthen an applicant. If you've had the opportunity to take any college classes through a dual enrollment program, that will also be a plus.

While grades are a better predictor of college success than standardized test scores, the SAT and ACT still play an important role in the Minnesota admissions process. As the graph illustrates, very few students were admitted with below average SAT or ACT scores. A very high percentage of applicants with high scores and "A" averages were admitted.

Other Admissions Factors for Minnesota

Note that there are some red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue, especially in the middle of the graph. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Minnesota did not get accepted. Note also that some students were accepted with test scores and grades a bit below the norm. This can in part be explained by the rigor of your high school curriculum discussed above. Also, not all programs have the same admissions standards.

Other factors can also play a role in the admissions decision. Although the University of Minnesota has a holistic admissions process, it is based more on numerical data than many other selective universities with holistic admissions. For example, even though the University of Minnesota accepts the Common Application, the school is not interested in receiving an essay or letters of recommendation from applicants. That said, your involvement in meaningful extracurricular activities can strengthen your application, as can community service, work experience, and military service. The university also gives consideration to an applicant's status as a first-generation college student, a member of an underrepresented group, or a legacy applicant.

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