Preparing for Graduate School
Thank you for your interest in the University of Minnesota!
The Graduate School Diversity Office invites prospective students to contact or schedule an individual consultation to help plan their graduate school pursuits. Consultations provide students with information on how to map out plans to realize their educational goals, to complete successfully the admission process, to take advantage of local and national resources, and to finance graduate studies. Students will also be introduced to the appropriate program(s) faculty and staff.
We have a strong commitment to serve students, and we especially encourage students from the following programs to take advantage of the services we offer:
- McNair Scholars
- Gates Millennium Scholars
- GEM Fellows
- National Name Exchange
- NorthStar STEM Alliance
- Wallin Scholars
You are encouraged to complete the Graduate School's "Request for Information Form" so you can receive important information about Graduate Program(s) and the application process. This is not a listserv, but, rather just a helpful resource for those interested in studying at the University. You will get a few emails until you decide to become an applicant.
Helpful Hints and Resources:
- Graduate Program Admission Statistics: You can find the last ten years of admission statistics (number of applications for admissions, admissions yield, admit pool characteristics, average GRE scores, etc.) on https://apps.grad.umn.edu/programs/. On this site: 1) choose your program location (e.g. Twin Cities, Duluth), 2) select your program, then below select "Program Statistics" and click “view,” 3) under your program name click on "Admissions" for admission statistics.
- Applying to Graduate School: Tips, Timeline, and Tools of the Trade (Pdf file)
- The Big Ten Academic Alliance FreeApp Program to request Fee Grants from the Big Ten Institutions (More information...)
- April 15 Resolution: Most major US universities are signers of the April 15 resolution. Signers of this resolution agree that no offer should require a response before April 15.
- Helpful Hints: GRE, Personal Statement, What Degree Objective and More…
- Approximately two-thirds of our graduate programs require GRE test scores. You can download the GRE Guide at http://www.ets.org/gre/
- GRE PREP: Online and on Campus
- Extensive Q&A-style GRE Prep Guide
- GRE (Educational Testing Services-ETS) Fee Reduction Program (More Information...)
- Formal research experience for undergraduates: Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities