New $25,000 scholarships & application process for international students



We have exciting changes occurring here at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities!  Our scholarship structure and admissions process have significant updates:
  • NEW! Scholarships Available for International Students 
  • NEW! Admission Application Process for Freshmen: Self-Reported Grades & Test Scores
  • Translated Information for Parents
  • New Academic Program: Cellular & Organismal Physiology
  • UMN In the News
  • Meet Our International Student Ambassadors

NEW! Scholarships Available for International Students

We are thrilled to announce that we've added two new scholarships for incoming freshman international students for the 2019-2020 academic year: $25,000 Global Excellence Scholarships and #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarships.   

Global Excellence Scholarships

The University of Minnesota is proud to give Global Excellence Scholarships each year to highly-deserving international students who are among the best in their class.  We have added a third tier to this scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year of $25,000 per year, an amount that signifies the University of Minnesota's investment in these extraordinary international students. 

All new international freshmen and transfer students are automatically considered for this merit-based scholarship. International freshman can receive scholarships of $25,000, $15,000 or $10,000 per year for up to four years, and transfer students may receive $10,000 per year for up to three years when entering the University in the Fall semester. Transfer students entering in Spring semester will be considered for scholarships on a funds-available basis. Awards are competitive and based on academic merit. There is no separate scholarship application required; students are considered based on an overall assessment of their on-time admission application.

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarships

The University of Minnesota knows that international students bring new and valuable experiences and perspectives to our campus.  That is why we are excited to begin awarding #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarships to two international students who have a vision for enhancing intercultural understanding. These $15,000 per year renewable scholarships are available to freshmen undergraduate international students of all academic majors and fields of study, and it will be applied to tuition costs.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scholarships

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Scholarship (UROS) is awarded to high-achieving students with an interest in research. Recipients work on a research project with a faculty mentor and receive a stipend of approximately $1,400.

As part of our mission to create opportunities for undergraduate students to collaborate with faculty on original research, all students are eligible to participate in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) even if they do not receive the scholarship.  This September, the Office of Undergraduate Research and the UMN Libraries will offer 3 workshops called "Think Like a Researcher" for students who want to learn more about becoming involved in faculty-sponsored research. 

International Student & Scholar Services Need-based Awards

Various need-based scholarships are available for new international students. Students are required to complete an online application and several short essays for consideration. Applications for need-based scholarships must be completed no later than February 1, 2019. To be eligible for consideration for the need-based scholarships, students must complete their application for admission by the regular deadline (November 1 or January 1 for freshman applicants; transfer admission deadlines vary) and be admitted to the University of Minnesota by March 31. 

NEW! Admission Application Process for Freshmen: Self-Reported Grades & Test Scores

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities now uses self-reported grades and test scores in the application review process. Freshman applicants enter information about their coursework, grades, and test score(s) in the U of MN Self-Reported Academic Record.

3 Steps to Completing an Application

  1. Submit a completed Online Application
  2. Pay the $55 application fee
  3. Submit a Self-Reported Academic Record
    1. High School (9th-12th grade) courses and grades
    2. English proficiency test scores
    3. ACT and/or SAT score (optional)
IMPORTANT: Students completing a South Korean curriculum should not use the Self-Reported Academic Record form. They must submit a clear and legible scanned copy of their high school transcripts and test score reports. More information for South Korean students is available on the admissions website. 

Visit the Self-Reported Academic Record FAQs page for more information.

Translated Information for Parents

Parents have a vital role in the decision making process of where their children decide to study in the USA.  We've developed a series of information sheets in a variety of languages.  Please feel free to download and print the information sheet(s) that are most relevant to the parents of your students. 

New Academic Program: Cellular & Organismal Physiology

Explore the functions of cells, organs, tissues and organisms, from bacteria and plants to fungi, animals and humans. 


Students in the cellular and organismal physiology major study the underlying physiological mechanisms in all organisms ranging from microorganisms to large animals. Physiology is one of the foundational disciplines in biology, and it focuses on understanding how biological systems work. 

This program incorporates concepts and approaches from physics, genetics, and biochemistry. Students studying physiology can work with faculty across the College of Biological Sciences and the University in labs and classes to explore their interest in the function of biological systems. Majoring in cellular and organismal physiology prepares students for professional school programs in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary studies, graduate school in a wide range of biological disciplines, and careers in biotechnology, biological research, and more.

UMN In the News

 

Nabil Matar Recognized for Research on "The Meeting of Civilizations"

Congratulations to Professor Nabil Matar, who received the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences award in the category of Comparative Literature and Literary Translation for his decades of research on "cultural engagements and the meeting of civilizations." He flew to Kuwait City in December to receive the award from the Emir of Kuwait. We are excited for Professor Matar!

New Foot Washing Facilities

The University is committed to ensuring that the campus is welcoming, respectful, and accessible to all. Three existing spaces have been renovated to provide new foot washing facilities with places to sit, paper towel dispensers, and floor sinks. These spaces provide convenience to members of the University community who need to wash their feet or desire privacy. They are all multi-use and open to everyone.

University of Minnesota Wins $42 Million in Federal Funds for Biomedical Research

The University of Minnesota won a highly competitive $42 million biomedical research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of the two biggest federal grants the University has ever received. The five-year grant will support a variety of research and training activities, especially those that help translate medical research into new devices, tests and treatment methods.

Meet Our International Student Ambassadors


We invite your students to connect with our International Student Ambassadors (ISA), a group of current international students who share their inside perspectives on living and studying at the University of Minnesota. Get to know their stories by viewing ISA's Facebook and Instagram pages, reading their blogs or emailing them.

Our ambassadors are excited to share their experiences! No question is too small so please tell your students not to hesitate to contact them. 

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