Undergraduate Freshman Students


number of students


four-year graduation rate


majors and 14 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.

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Early Action DeadlineNovember 1Students who submit their complete applications by the November 1 early action deadline will receive an admission decisions on Application Tracker by the end of January.
Regular DeadlineJanuary 1Students who submit their complete applications by the January 1 regular deadline will receive admission decisions on Application Tracker by the end of March.
Confirmation Deadline for all Admitted StudentsMay 15 (2024 extension)By confirming your enrollment, you are declaring your intent to attend the University of Minnesota and reserving your place in the incoming class. 

This table provides a general overview of the middle 50 percentile high school rank and standardized test scores of freshman applicants admitted for Fall 2020.  

Standardized TestScore
High School Rank (if provided)87-97%
ACT Composite28-32
SAT Total (new test format, estimated score out of 1600)1340-1460

Admission decisions are based on an individual, overall assessment of each application. Applicants are first considered for admission to the colleges listed in their application, in the order in which they are listed. Then, applicants are automatically considered for other U of M freshman-admitting colleges that may be a good match with their academic interests and preparation. For complete information on our application review factors, please see the Office of Admissions overview.

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 resource: Transfer Credit, Test Awards, Liberal Education Requirements

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.

Connect with the Office of Admissions for more information at 612-625-2008 or admissions@umn.edu.

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