Freshman Students


new freshmen students joined the Carlson School community in 2018


average ACT score of accepted freshmen students


majors and 11 minors to choose from

Early exposure to business curriculum helps you begin discovering your passions and preparing for your future career. Starting as a freshman, you’ll engage with an innovative curriculum in small classes that empower each student to weigh in on the discussion. And with several national case competition wins under their belts, our undergraduate students jump right in to put their new knowledge to work for real businesses. Are you ready to join them?

Freshman admission to the Carlson School is handled through the University of Minnesota Office of Admissions. If you are a graduating high school senior you should apply to the University of Minnesota as a freshman and choose the Carlson School of Management as your first-choice college. The Office of Admissions reads every application in its entirety and completes a holistic review. There is no one fact or figure that determines your admission.

Apply for Fall 2019

Early Action Deadline

November 1, 2018

Students who submit their complete applications by the November 1 early action deadline will receive an admission decisions on Application Tracker by January 31.

Regular Deadline

January 1, 2019

Students who submit their complete applications by the January 1 regular deadline will receive admission decisions on Application Tracker by March 31.

Confirmation Deadline

May 1, 2018

There are no early action or early decision deadlines. By confirming your enrollment you are declaring your intent to attend the University of Minnesota, and reserving your place in the incoming class. 

High School Rank (if provided)


ACT Composite


SAT Total (new test format, estimated score out of 1600) 1330-1420

This table provides a composite picture of freshman students admitted to the Carlson School for fall 2017. It is an overview of the middle 50 percentile to help you gauge your eligibility but is not criteria for admission.

If you’ve taken college-level courses such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO), College in the Schools (CIS) or other courses you can be awarded for your achievements. There is no limit on the number of credits you can transfer into the University of Minnesota. To explore how your courses will transfer, use the following resources:

In order to receive any type of credit, official scores or transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admissions. For more information, refer to the Office of Admissions Transfer Guide.

Please contact the Office of Admissions at 612-625-2008 or 1-800-752-1000 with questions about your application or admission status. You can also check the Application Tracker to determine which application materials have been received and whether a decision has been made on your application.

Ralph Darby

Connect with your admissions counselor

Ralph Daby

Senior Admissions Counselor