B.S. program application

Overview

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.

Application requirements

Students are eligible to apply once they have met the following minimum requirements for prerequisite courses and technical GPA.

Prerequisite courses

Students must have completed or be currently enrolled in the following courses with a grade of C- or better:

Technical GPA

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.

Important dates

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 Applicants Admitted Percentage Lowest Tech
GPA admitted
Fall 2015 155 145 93.55% 2.400
Spring 2016 162 154 95.06% 2.400
Fall 2016 179 158 88.27% 2.500
Spring 2017 203 184 90.64% 2.500
Fall 2017 184 170 92.39% 2.500
Spring 2018 214 201 93.93% 2.500
Fall 2018 195 185 94.87% 2.500
Spring 2019 219 203 92.69% 2.600
Fall 2019 209 198 94.74% 2.500
Spring 2020 223 217 97.31% 2.500

 

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