Apply as an International Student

Small class sizes. Close attention from professors who have the highest degree in their field. Hands-on research and career-building experiences. Transformational relationships with mentors and friends. These are the key advantages you'll find at the University of Minnesota Morris. And you’ll graduate with a well-rounded, top-notch, liberal arts education that sets you up to succeed and thrive—at Morris and beyond.

Academic Requirements

As a future UMN Morris international student, you should meet or exceed the following requirements.  If your native language or language of instruction is not English, you must show demonstrated English proficiency by achieving one of the following scores:

  • 79 TOEFL (IBT), 213 (CBT), 550 (PBT)
  • 5.5 overall IELTS
  • 53 PTE Academic or PTE Academic Online
  • 105 Duolingo English Test
  • 21 subscores in English and reading on ACT
  • 540 in reading and writing on SAT

If you are near or below this requirement or have semesters below this benchmark, you will be considered individually.

Learn more about how we evaluate applications.

Next Steps

  1. Apply online using the UMN Morris application or the Common App. The application fee of $30 cannot be waived, but you can submit the fee via credit card, U.S. check, or money order directly to the Office of Admissions. NOTE: If you participate in an exchange program, you are not required to submit the application fee.
  2. Have official transcripts from your secondary school and/or college sent directly from the school to our office with a certified English translation if they are not originally written in English. Transcripts and examination results in certain countries must be certified by a national examination council. This process may be time consuming so please take that into consideration when applying for admission.
    • Academic records and transcripts are considered official if sent to UMN Morris directly from the original institution. If you are sending the transcripts, they need to be in a sealed envelope with a stamp or notation from an official over the seal, showing the transcript came directly from the institution and in no way could the transcript have been altered. 
    • If you are an international transfer student, you must submit official college transcripts. If the college credit you took is from a non-U.S. school, it must be evaluated by a NACES member organization (i.e., WES or ECE). High school transcripts are not required if you have 12 or more completed college semester credits.
    • SpanTran is a NACES member organization for international transcript evaluation services. It has a custom application for University of Minnesota Morris that you can access at SpanTran Application - University of Minnesota Morris.
  3. Submit official score reports. If English is not your native language or language of instruction we will accept a TOEFL, IELTS, PTE Academic, Duolingo, ACT, or SAT score. If your native language or language of instruction is English, you must submit either an ACT or SAT examination score. For UMN Morris, the ACT code is 2155, the SAT code is 6890, and the TOEFL code is 6890.
    • Test scores are considered official if sent to Morris directly from College Board, ACT, ETS (Educational Testing Service), IELTS, or an official at your secondary school.
    • The Duolingo English Test is an online English proficiency test that can be taken online, on-demand, in under an hour for only $49. The test is taken via a computer with a camera and includes a proficiency score, video interview, and writing sample, which are shared with the University of Minnesota Morris when you send your results. Certified results are available within 48 hours of the test session.
    • If you’ve completed 30 or more transferable credits at an accredited U.S. institution, you are exempt from submitting standardized test score reports.
    • Review our list of English Proficiency Exemption by Country
      • Applicants from the following countries whose first language is English are exempt from the English language test requirement:

        • Anguilla
        • Antigua and Barbuda
        • Australia
        • Bahamas
        • Barbados
        • Bermuda
        • The British Virgin Islands
        • Canada (except Quebec)
        • Cayman Islands
        • Dominica
        • England
        • Federated States of Micronesia
        • Ghana
        • Grenada
        • Guyana
        • Ireland
        • Jamaica
        • Kenya
        • Monserrat
        • New Zealand
        • Nigeria
        • Northern Ireland
        • Palau
        • Scotland
        • Seychelles
        • Shetland Islands
        • St. Kitts-Nevis
        • St. Lucia
        • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
        • Singapore
        • Trinidad and Tobago
        • Turks and Caicos Islands
        • Wales
        • U.S. Territories including American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Virgin Islands
  4. Complete the financial certification information. As an international student, you are required to certify your ability to pay the cost of attendance by completing the online Financial Certification form.
  5. Send any additional information (optional). You are welcome to include extra materials like written statements, letters of recommendation, resumes, and portfolios that you feel would help us get to know you better. We encourage written statements if there are any extenuating circumstances we should take into account when reviewing your application.
  6. Receive your admission decision in about three weeks via email.
  7. Save your place! So we don’t give your spot away, confirm your enrollment by paying the $175 nonrefundable confirmation fee online. Once we receive your confirmation, you will be able to request housing, schedule a distance registration to sign up for classes, and complete the necessary steps to become a UMN Morris student. NOTE: If you participate in an exchange program, you are not required to submit the confirmation fee.

International Student Program