B.S. program application
- Application requirements
- Important dates
- New transfer students
- Historical admission results
Admission to a major in the College of Science and Engineering is a competitive process based on the successful completion of specific technical courses and a grade point average (GPA) based on technical courses (the technical GPA).
Students who have completed the necessary technical courses and have a 3.2 or above technical GPA at the end of fall semester will be guaranteed admission to that major. All other students who have completed the necessary technical coursework for their intended major (as identified by each department) will be considered for admission to that major on a space-available basis.
The College of Science and Engineering website has more information on applying to your major as a CSE student.
Students are eligible to apply once they have met the following minimum requirements for prerequisite courses and technical GPA.
Students must have completed or be currently enrolled in the following courses with a grade of C- or better:
- Calc I
- Calc II
- CSCI I sequence (CSCI 1133, 1103, 1113, or 1901)
- CSCI II sequence (CSCI 1933, 1913, or 1902)
- CSCI 2011 (or MATH 2283 or MATH 3283W or (MATH 3592H AND MATH 3593H) or the full UMTYMP sequence (MATH 1471-1473 and 2471-2473); see the full list of approved substitutions).
Meet the technical (unbracketed) grade point average (GPA) requirement for courses taken at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities:
- Students with a 3.2 or above technical GPA will have guaranteed admission to the major
- Students with a 2.0 or above technical GPA will be considered for admission to the major on a space-available basis
More about your technical GPA
The technical grade point average (or technical GPA) is calculated using your University of Minnesota - Twin Cities grades in specific courses. Courses taken at other institutions may fulfill degree requirements; however, they will not be included in the technical GPA calculation.
An "unbracketed" technical GPA is used as part of the criteria for admission to the major. This means that all attempts at a course (which resulted in a letter grade of A - F) or its equivalent will be used to calculate the technical GPA. Your technical GPA can be found on a "What If" APAS Report for the B.S. in Computer Science.
Failure to apply in a timely manner will result in a major declaration hold which may prevent future registration.
Please note: students are only eligible to apply to the major two times.
S/N grade implications (COVID-19 grade policy changes Spring 2020 - Spring 2021)
Students must have a tech GPA, therefore one tech course must have been taken A-F. This course does not need to be a computer science course. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Optional: Self-advocacy statement
The Self-Advocacy Statement is a way for students to provide additional context and information regarding their academic performance, describe their plan for success in the computer science major, and how they have contributed to the community, department, or field of computer science.
This statement is NOT required for application to the major. Anyone can submit this form, but we highly encourage those students whose technical GPA is currently below, at, or within .2 of the most recent admission cutoff to apply.
|Admission Term||Applications Begin||Application Deadline|
|Spring semester||October 1||December 30|
|Fall semester||March 1||May 25|
To apply for admission to your major, log in to the admission to the major database. All applicants will be notified of their admission decision via email within three weeks of the application deadline.
New transfer students
New transfer students admitted to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities will either come in as pre-majors (not yet accepted in a major program) or, if they meet all eligibility requirements, will be admitted directly to the major.
- Students transferring to the university without having completed the five prerequisite courses (Calculus I, Calculus II, CS I, CS II, and Discrete Structures) will be admitted to CSE as a pre-computer science student. These students will need to apply when they are eligible (see information above).
- Students transferring to the university with all five prerequisite courses completed, and with a GPA in technical coursework below the cutoff the department set during the last application cycle, will be admitted to CSE as a pre-computer science student. These students will need to apply in their first semester taking technical coursework at the University of Minnesota.
- Students transferring to the university with all five prerequisite courses completed, and with a GPA in technical coursework meeting the cutoff the department set during the last application cycle, are eligible for direct admission to the major. Students in this situation will be contacted by the department to ask if they would like to be admitted directly to the major.
Historical admission results
Admission to the major is based on the space available (teaching and classroom capacity). This is to ensure students who are admitted to the program can register for required classes as they need them and graduate in a timely manner.
Below is a table of historical admission statistics to provide a sense of how competitive admission has been in previous semesters. This is to ensure students who are admitted to the program can register for required classes as they need them and graduate in a timely manner. Below you will see a table of historical admission statistics to provide a sense of how competitive it has been in previous semesters. Keep in mind that every cycle is different. The statistics below only include CSE applicants. CLA applicants are competing for admission to the major in the same pool as CSE applicants.
|Semester Applied (Admit Start)||Applicants||Admitted||Percentage||Lowest Tech
|Fall 15 (Sp 16 start)||155||148||95.48%||2.4|
|Sp 16 (Fall 16 start)||162||154||95.06%||2.4|
|Fall 16 (Sp 17 start)||179||164||91.62%||2.5|
|Sp 17 (Fall 17 start)||203||191||94.09%||2.5|
|Fall 17 (Sp 18 start)||184||172||93.48%||2.5|
|Sp 18 (Fall 18 start)||213||199||93.43%||2.5|
|Fall 18 (Sp 19 start)||195||183||93.85%||2.5|
|Sp 19 (Fall 19 start)||220||210||95.45%||2.6|
|Fall 19 (Sp 20 start)||209||204||97.61%||2.5|
|Sp 20 (Fall 20 start)||226||221||97.79%||2.5|
|Fall 20 (Sp 21 start)||230||217||94.35%||2.7|
|Sp 21 (Fall 21 start)||212||209||98.58%||2.5|