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A Message Re: Test Scores & Self-Reported Grades

Dear Colleague,

I wanted you to be the first to know of an exciting change that will impact the process of applying for admission to the University of Minnesota Morris. Starting in Spring 2021, and carrying through for Fall 2021, UMN Morris is now test-optional.

Does test optional really mean test optional? The answer, simply put, is: YES. We have affirmed that position with our other NACAC partners. As always, UMN Morris follows "a student-centered, holistic approach to admission that will not disadvantage any student without a test score."

Additionally, we will continue to make admission decisions on a student’s Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR).

Our goal is to give students full control over their application steps which can make the process of applying for admission and receiving an admission decision faster and more affordable. We envision saving both you and the student the time associated with sending official supporting documents, waiting to collect this information until they have made their decision to attend Morris and have final high school transcripts.

Our application for admission opens up in August. Students will need to complete the following steps to complete their application:

  1. Submit an application through the University of Minnesota Morris application or the Common Application.
  2. Pay the $30 application fee or request a waiver
  3. Submit the online Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR) form. You do not need to submit an official high school or secondary school transcript at the time of application.

As in the past, all students attending the University of Minnesota Morris will need to send an official final high school transcript by July 1. Students are also responsible for submitting their official test scores from the test agency by the same date. This information will be used to verify the information students submitted in their SRAR and to ensure they have maintained the level of academic achievement observed at the time of their admission to Morris. We will send a reminder to students to send this information in late spring.

I understand the challenges and stresses that you and your students are faced with as well all deal with the impact of COVID-19. My staff and I are here to help reduce that stress as much as possible.

I appreciate your partnership and the role you play in the future success of your students. If you have any questions about this new initiative or other ways we can assist you, please reach out at 888-866-3382 or email me directly at bstude@morris.umn.edu.

Best wishes for a great year!

Brian Studebaker
Director of Admission