University of Minnesota: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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University of Minnesota Twin Cities is a public research university with an acceptance rate of 57%. With just over 51,000 students, the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis-St. Paul is one of the ten largest public universities in the U.S. The Twin Cities campus occupies over 1,150 acres in both Minneapolis and St. Paul along the Mississippi River. The University of Minnesota has many strong academic programs, including biological sciences, business management, and engineering. Its wide-ranging liberal arts and sciences program earned it a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. The University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers compete in the Big Ten Conference and play in the TCF Bank Stadium on the east side of campus.

Considering applying to the University of Minnesota? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, University of Minnesota had an acceptance rate of 57%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 57 students were accepted, making University of Minnesota's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 40,673
Percent Admitted 57%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 27%

SAT Scores and Requirements

University of Minnesota requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 18% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 600 710
Math 660 770
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of University of Minnesota's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to University of Minnesota scored between 600 and 710, while 25% scored below 600 and 25% scored above 710. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 660 and 770, while 25% scored below 660 and 25% scored above 770. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1480 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at University of Minnesota.

Requirements

University of Minnesota recommends that students take the SAT writing section. Note that University of Minnesota does not superscore SAT scores but considers the highest total SAT score from a single test date. University of Minnesota does not require SAT Subject tests.

ACT Scores and Requirements

University of Minnesota requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 89% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 33
Math 25 30
Composite 26 31

This admissions data tells us that most of University of Minnesota's admitted students fall within the top 18% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to University of Minnesota received a composite ACT score between 26 and 31, while 25% scored above 31 and 25% scored below 26.

Requirements

University of Minnesota recommends that students take the ACT writing section. Note that University of Minnesota does not superscore ACT scores but considers the best composite score from a single test date.

GPA

University of Minnesota does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs. In 2019, nearly 50% of incoming students who provided data indicated that they ranked in the top tenth of their graduating class.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

University of Minnesota Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
University of Minnesota Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to University of Minnesota. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

The University of Minnesota, which accepts just over half of all applicants, has a competitive admissions pool. However, University of Minnesota has a holistic admissions process that is based largely on numerical factors. The primary criteria for acceptance at University of Minnesota is rigorous coursework, academic grades, class rank, and standardized test scores. Secondary admission factors include an outstanding talent or skill, college-level, AP, or IB coursework, strong commitment to community service, and family attendance or employment at the university. While the University of Minnesota accepts the Common Application, the school does not require the personal statement or letters of recommendation from applicants.

In the scattergram above, the blue and green dots represent admitted students. You can see that most successful applicants reported "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 acceptance.

All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and University of Minnesota Undergraduate Admissions Office.