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Future freshmen

Two and a half hours outside of Minneapolis is where you’ll find it: the perfect place for your future to grow. At Morris you can become anybody. You can do anything. And when you leave here, you can go anywhere.

Questions about any of the info below? Contact Admissions.

Academic Requirements

To apply, your high school transcript should include the following:

  • Four (4) years of English;
  • Four (4) years of math including one year each of elementary algebra, intermediate algebra, and geometry,
  • Three (3) years of science with one year each of biological and physical science;
  • Three (3) years of social studies, including United States history;*
  • Two (2) years of a single second language.*

*Applicants missing this requirement will not be denied admission if they are otherwise admissible.

Of course, we also welcome college and advanced placement credits (see Credit for Previous Work). Learn more about how we evaluate applications.

Steps for future freshman applicants

1. Visit Us
There are a number of visit options. If you can’t visit, try our virtual tour.

2. Complete the application
Apply online or download the application [PDF]. (Be sure to include a $35 non-refundable application fee, or $25 if applying online.) For tips on how to make the most of your application find out more about how we evaluate applications.

3. Have your high school records forwarded directly to the University of Minnesota, Morris
This includes your official high school transcripts, with class rank (if your high school ranks). If you’ve obtained a GED, include both the official GED records and high school transcripts.

4. Provide an official score report for the ACT or SAT
An official score report either comes directly from the testing organization or is recorded on your official high school transcript. Results for the ACT Writing Test are required. The Morris ACT code is 2155 and the SAT code is 6890.

5. Send any additional information (optional)
Feel free 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. Explore financial aid and scholarships

7. Receive your admission decision
In about three weeks, you’ll receive an admission decision in the mail.

8. Save your place!
So we don’t give your spot away, return the confirmation card included in your admission with a $150 non-refundable confirmation fee or pay the confirmation fee online with a credit card. Once we receive your confirmation, you will be able to request housing, schedule a registration session, and complete the necessary steps to be a Morris student.

The ACT Writing Test

What is the writing portion of the ACT exam?

The ACT Writing Test complements the English Test. The results of the writing test help us evaluate your application and place you in your first-year writing class.

Do I have to take it to apply to Morris?

Yes, all applicants taking their ACT after February 2005 must take the writing portion of the ACT.

What if I already took the ACT exam and didn’t take the Writing Test?

Contact the Office of Admissions and we can help you individually.

What if I take the SAT?

If you take the SAT, you do not need to complete the ACT Writing Test as there is a writing section on the SAT.

What will the Writing Test be like?

The ACT Writing Test is a 30-minute exam that measures the skills you learned in your high school English and college prep courses. You'll be asked to respond to a question about your position on a specific issue. Your score will not be affected by the point of view you take, but on your writing and critical thinking abilities.


September 15
We begin to review applications on a rolling basis.

December 15
Application deadline for competitive scholarships and automatic academic scholarships. Applications received after Dec. 15 will be considered for admissions and automatic academic scholarships only.

March 15
Final application deadline.