Undergraduate admissions

Overview

Students interested in studying data science at the University of Minnesota should apply to the College of Science & Engineering for the Bachelor of Science degree. Once prospective students are admitted to the college, they can then take required lower division courses in data science. Students officially enter the data science major once they have successfully applied for upper division status, which is usually near the end of their sophomore year.

Admission to the University

Admission is done by the college, rather than by the department. More admission information is available at CSE Prospective students, as well as on the University Admissions website.

Admission to the Data Science Major (Application Requirements)

CSE students are usually accepted into the Data Science B.S. program upon admission to upper division. Students should apply online when they have completed or they are currently enrolled in:

  • Calculus II (MATH 1372 or MATH 1272 or MATH 1572H)
  • Probability & Statistics (STAT 3021)
  • Computer Science I (CSCI 1133 or CSCI 1103, or 1113, or CSCI 1901 for CSCI/DSCI double majors)
  • Computer Science II (CSCI 2081 or CSCI 1933 , or 1913, or CSCI 1902 for CSCI/DSCI double majors.)
    • Students need a paired sequence of courses for Computer Science I and Computer Science II. The paired sequences below are acceptable:
      • CSCI 1133 + CSCI 2081 (the preferred sequence for a Data Science BS student who is not pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Data Science)
      • CSCI 1133 + CSCI 1933 (the preferred sequence for a student pursuing a Computer Science/Data Science double major)
      • CSCI 1103 + CSCI 1913
      • CSCI 1113 + CSCI 1913
      • CSCI 1901 + CSCI 1902 (these courses are no longer offered at the University of Minnesota)
      • EE 1301 is not accepted in place of CSCI 1133
    • *Students taking CSCI 1913 or 1933 for the Computer Science II requirement will still need to take CSCI 2081 for degree requirements.

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.

Please note: students are only eligible to apply to the major two times.

Information on applying to a major in CSE can be found here.  

Here is part of that page:

"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."

Students applying for the Data Science B.S. should have completed the courses listed above by the end of the semester they submit their online application. Each course must have been completed with a C- or better. Admission to the major is based on the unbracketed technical GPA. This is the GPA calculated using the grades from all attempts of Computer Science, Math, Statistics and other technical courses required for science or engineering degrees. More information on the technical GPA can be found here. CSE students can check their technical GPA on their APAS report. Only classes taken at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities count towards the technical GPA.

Note if the GPA in technical courses is not sufficiently high, the college reserves the right to deny admission to the major. Students are also advised not to delay their application to the major. Failure to apply in a timely manner will result in a major declaration hold which may prevent future registration.

Students who wish to double major in Computer Science and Data Science should apply to Computer Science first. They can apply to Data Science the following semester if admitted to Computer Science.

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.

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.

Semester Applied (Admit Start) Applicants Admitted Percentage Lowest Tech
GPA admitted
Fall 20 (Sp 21 start) 9 9 100% 2.0
Sp 21 (Fall 21 start) 11 11 100% 2.0
Fall 21 (Sp 22 start) 18 16 88.89% 2.0
Sp 22 (Fall 22 start) 12 12 100% 2.0
Fall 22 (Sp 23 start) 25 24 96% 2.0*

*Please note that Data Science is a rather new program. We anticipate admission to the major to be more competitive (i.e., a raising of the lowest technical GPA admitted) in future semesters due to increased interest. The number of students that can be admitted to the Data Science BS program is also connected to the number of students CS&E admits to the CSE Computer Science BS and CLA Computer Science BA so the department can manage capacities for teaching, student services, and other resources.

New Transfer Students

New transfer students admitted to the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities will either come in as pre-majors or be admitted directly to the major. Students transferring to the university without having completed the five prerequisite courses (Calculus II, CS I, CS II, and Probability & Statistics) will be admitted to CSE as a pre-computer science students. These students must 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-data science students. These students will need to apply in their first semester by 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.