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To thrive at Morris, you should meet or exceed the following requirements:
- If your native language or language of instruction is not English, we look for demonstrated English proficiency of:
- 79 TOEFL (IBT), 213 (CBT), 550 (PBT), or;
- 5.5 overall IELTS
- Applicants who are near or below this requirement, or who have semesters below this benchmark, will be considered individually.
Learn more about how we evaluate applications »
Steps for international student applicants
1. Complete the application.
Apply online and submit the $25 application fee via credit card. The application fee cannot be waived, but you can submit a U.S. check or money order directly to the Office of Admissions.
2. Have official transcripts from your secondary school and/or college transcript 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 national examination council. This process may be time consuming. Please take this into consideration when applying for admission.
Official Guidelines: Academic records and transcripts are considered official if sent to Morris directly from the original institution. Students sending transcripts to Morris need to have the transcript 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 be altered.
3. Submit official score reports for the TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT.
If English is not your native language or language of instruction we will accept a TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, or ACT score. If your native language or language of instruction is English, you must submit either an SAT or ACT examination score. The Morris 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.
*Students who have completed 30 or more transferrable credits at an accredited U.S. institution are exempt from submitting standardized test score reports.
4. Complete the financial certification information.
International students are required to certify their ability to pay for the cost of attendance at Morris 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 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, you’ll receive an admission decision via email.
7. Save your place!
So we don’t give your spot away, confirm your enrollment by paying the $150 non-refundable 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 be a Morris student.
How we evaluate applications
At Morris, we want to get to know you as an applicant. This is why we look at a full range of factors, and why we encourage you to be in contact with an Admissions Counselor. Here’s a list of the aspects we consider
Primary review factors:
- Successful school performance, including high school or college coursework, grades received, high school rank percentile (if calculated) and grade point average
- Standardized test scores of the TOEFL, IELTS, SAT or ACT
- Successful completion of a college preparatory curriculum
- Strength of the curriculum through high school graduation, including courses that exceed the core subject requirements and any advanced courses (e.g., honors, AP, IB, college level)
Secondary review factors:
- ACT/SAT writing test results
- Letters of recommendation
- Personal interview
- Evidence of exceptional achievement, aptitude, or personal accomplishment not reflected in the academic record or standardized test scores
- Participation in extracurricular college preparatory programs (e.g., MEP, PSEO, Talent Search, Admission Possible, Upward Bound, and other programs)
- Evidence of exceptional talent or ability in artistic, scholarly, leadership, or athletic performance
- Evidence that enrollment would enhance the cultural, gender, age, economic, racial, or geographic diversity of the student body
- Evidence of exceptional motivation, maturity, or responsibility
- Outstanding high school or community involvement
- Work experience, paid or unpaid
- Size of graduating class
- Evidence of having overcome social, economic, or physical barriers to educational achievement
- Extenuating circumstances
Credit from previous work
Morris happily accepts or grants credit for college coursework, Advanced Placement testing, International Baccalaureate degrees, or other programs.
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate
You can receive up to eight semester credits for each higher-level subject passed with a grade of five or higher for International Baccalaureate (IB) classes or with a grade of three or higher for Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
To receive credit for AP and IB courses:
Send the official Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate score reports to Morris. The Morris AP code is 6890.
Transfer College Credit
If you’ve taken courses at a college other than Morris, it's possible that these credits may be used to satisfy your major or general education requirements.
Morris accepts credits completed at any regionally accredited post-secondary institution, provided that the coursework is equivalent in nature, level, and content to courses offered by Morris and applicable to the bachelor of arts degree.
To receive credit for college courses:
Have official transcripts for all coursework sent to the Morris Office of Admissions, review how we transfer credits to get an idea of what will transfer, and access the U-Select system to find exactly which courses will transfer.
Your transferred credits will be added to your Morris transcript and give you a head start on your degree requirements.
International student Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- What are the requirements for admission?
- If your native language or language of instruction is not English, you must show demonstrated English proficiency by achieving scores of a:
- 79 TOEFL (IBT), 213 (CBT), 550 (PBT), or;
- 5.5 overall IELTS
- 530 critical reading section SAT score
- Can I receive credit for previous work at a university or college?
- Yes. You will have to submit additional information with your application. Take a look at credit for previous work for details.
- How much does it cost to attend Morris as an international student?
- Morris is an outstanding value for international students. Tuition charges for international students are the same as rates for our domestic students. International students are required to certify their ability to pay through our Financial Certification Form or by download.
- Are there any scholarships or is financial aid available?
- The University of Minnesota, Morris does not offer any scholarships to first- or second-year international students, but does offer a need-based academic scholarship to students who are beginning their third year at Morris. The scholarship is based on financial need and academic merit.
- What can I do if I haven’t achieved the required English proficiency scores?
- Explore an ESL program to improve your English proficiency. One option is the Minnesota English Language Program.
- How and when do I receive the I-20?
- You will receive the I-20 after you have been offered admission to Morris and only after you have completed the International Student Enrollment Confirmation form. This form will be emailed to you once you have been offered admission to UMM. The International Student Program will issue the I-20 to you.
- What is life at Morris like for an international student?
- University of Minnesota, Morris is known for its engaged staff and student body and rich campus life. Find out more about what Morris is like for international students »
- What majors and programs are offered at Morris?
- At Morris students choose from 35 majors and minors and eight pre-professional programs.
- How do I obtain a U.S. visa?
- Please visit the International Student Program for more information.
- How and when do I register for classes?
- You will register for classes during International Student Orientation after you have arrived on the Morris campus. You will not be able to register for classes until you have arrived on campus.
- Is there public transportation that I can take to get around off campus?
- Morris students have access to a local bus service as well as buses to St. Cloud, Maple Grove, and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
- What is the TOEFL code for Morris?
- The TOEFL code for Morris is 6890.
- Are employment opportunities available for international students?
- Yes. International students studying at Morris are eligible for institutional student employment jobs. Review the complete list.
- What should I do after I am admitted to Morris?
- Fill out the International Student Confirmation Form. You MUST fill out this form in order to receive the I-20. After the form is complete, the I-20 and official offer of admission will be mailed to the address you provide on the International Student Confirmation Form.
- After you have received the I-20 and admission letter in the mail, you should begin the visa application process.
- After you have been granted the visa, you should confirm the date you need to be on campus for an International Student Orientation.
- After you have been granted the student visa and confirmed the date you need to be on campus, you should purchase your airfare. You will need to arrive at the Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) airport by the date and time announced by the International Student Program.
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