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UMN Duluth Admissions

If you want to apply to UMN Duluth, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is August 1 and the application fee costs $40.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from UMN Duluth by September 15.

UMN Duluth Admissions Stats at a Glance

UMN Duluth 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 19%
Mean SAT Score 1155
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 3%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 97%
Waitlist No

Applying Early to UMN Duluth?

University of Minnesota, Duluth does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is UMN Duluth Hard To Get Into?

Getting into UMN Duluth is moderately difficult. UMN Duluth evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, UMN Duluth accepted 79% of students, around 7,221 of the 9,189 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like UMN Duluth, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student. For applicants who are not residents of Minnesota, getting into University of Minnesota, Duluth is moderately difficult.

What Does UMN Duluth Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at UMN Duluth

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

UMN Duluth 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to UMN Duluth must submit the following items. Double check with UMN Duluth's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into UMN Duluth?

Students admitted to UMN Duluth have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 53% submitted a class rank. At UMN Duluth 19% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 47% were in the top 25% and 82% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At University of Minnesota, Duluth, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 53%
3.75 and 3.99 23.1%
3.50 and 3.74 22.45%
3.25 and 3.49 20.32%
3.00 and 3.24 14.12%
2.50 and 2.9 9.98%
2.00 and 2.49 0.17%

UMN Duluth does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

UMN Duluth has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 3% of UMN Duluth's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 97% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for UMN Duluth?

To be competitive with other UMN Duluth applicants, you should strive to earn between 1050 and 1260 (or higher!) on the SAT. At UMN Duluth 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1260 and 25% of scored lower than 1050, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a UMN Duluth student is 1155.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of UMN Duluth students scored 640 or higher and 75% of students scored 530 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of UMN Duluth students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 530 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for UMN Duluth?

To be most competitive at UMN Duluth, you should strive to earn between 21 and 26 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for UMN Duluth's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for UMN Duluth students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

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Transferring to University of Minnesota, Duluth

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to UMN Duluth.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is August 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in UMN Duluth during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term

UMN Duluth Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to UMN Duluth?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to UMN Duluth.

Does UMN Duluth accept transfer credits?

UMN Duluth accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. UMN Duluth accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • Life Long Learning Credit
  • ACE recommendations for credit

Does UMN Duluth accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

UMN Duluth accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to UMN Duluth?

No, UMN Duluth is test optional, so you can decide whether or not to submit your test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is UMN Duluth's acceptance rate?

UMN Duluth's acceptance rate is 79%.

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UMN Duluth Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into UMN Duluth? UMN Duluth is a somewhat selective institution. The UMN Duluth acceptance rate is 79%. This means that the institution accepts 78 out of every 100 applicants.



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UMN Duluth Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UMN Duluth is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UMN Duluth is Aug 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

UMN Duluth ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 26

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

26 and Above


21 to 26


21 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UMN Duluth is 24. Students with an ACT score of 26 and above have a good chance of getting into UMN Duluth. Students with an ACT score that falls between 21 and 26 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 21 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

UMN Duluth SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1050 - 1260


Math SAT Range

520 - 640


Reading SAT Range

530 - 620

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SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1260 and Above


1050 to 1260


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UMN Duluth students is 1155. Applicants with SAT scores of 1260 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UMN Duluth, while applicants with SAT scores between 1050 to 1260 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1050 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UMN Duluth.

UMN Duluth GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At UMN Duluth, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.53. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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