- Undergraduate students are admitted to a college at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The Office of Admissions is responsible for undergraduate admission decisions.
- Students are admitted as either
- New High School (NHS) students, who have graduated from high school but have not previously matriculated to a post-secondary education institution. (They may have earned college credits while they were enrolled in high school.)
- New Advanced Standing (NAS) students, who have graduated from high school, who have enrolled in or earned credit in courses at another post-secondary education institution during the academic year. The NAS category includes students transferring from another University of Minnesota campus.
- New Student Enrollment management. The enrollment management process includes determining the enrollment targets for future academic years, and the criteria and standards to be used by the Admissions Office in admitting NHS and NAS students to the colleges.
- Enrollment targets. Each college is responsible for proposing to the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost (the Provost) enrollment targets for the numbers of NHS and NAS students to be admitted. These proposed targets are subject to the review and approval of the Provost and, as appropriate, the Vice President for Clinical Affairs. This effort is coordinated by the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education, in collaboration with the undergraduate-admitting colleges and the Office of Admissions.
- Criteria for admission. In collaboration with the undergraduate-admitting colleges and the Office of Admissions, the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education will set the criteria that are to be used by the Admissions Office in admitting NHS and NAS students to the colleges. These standards are subject to the review and approval of the Provost, and as, appropriate, the Vice President for Clinical Affairs.
- Conditions to matriculate. The University will communicate to admitted students the conditions that may be imposed on a student before the student is allowed to matriculate (begin taking courses toward a degree). For example, admission is conditional upon continuing with a consistent grade trend in final term high school courses and providing proof of high school graduation (or for NAS students an appropriate proxy for this requirement). Such conditions apply to students new to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus, but not to students transferring from one college to another within the Twin Cities campus.
- The University of Minnesota reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant.
This policy is not applicable to the Duluth, Crookston, Morris, and Rochester campuses.
Reason for Policy
The colleges and campus administration work together to set enrollment targets for the admission of NHS and NAS students to the University, to ensure that colleges have expected numbers of students, and that University resources (classrooms, curricula, advising, housing) are available to serve the admitted students.
The colleges and campus administration work together to establish admission criteria, which the Office of Admissions uses to evaluate applicants, to admit applicants who can be successful in the degree programs offered by that college.
This policy implements criteria and requirements for accreditation established by the Higher Learning Commission.