Admissions

How do I apply for admission?

The University's Admissions Office has information about visiting our campus, receiving information, and applying. Information for freshman, international students, and transfer students can also be found there.

To apply for one of our Earth Sciences or Environmental Geosciences majors, when you submit your application (apply for admission), you can choose College of Science and Engineering (CSE) for BS degrees or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) for BA degrees. Please be sure to view each College's "Future Students" pages.

What are the general differences between the CSE and CLA degrees?

College of Science & Engineering College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences or Environmental Geoscience Bachelor of Arts in Earth Sciences or Environmental Geoscience
Requires more technical courses Requires 2 years of second language

What happens after I am admitted?

Typically, you spend your first three semesters in what’s called the lower division before you apply to a major. The colleges' academic advisers will help you decide on a major, and develop your course plan.

When do I apply for a major?

Application for admission to a major occurs mid-fall semester of your sophomore year. Admission is decided after fall grades are posted.

I am a transfer student, what do I do? 

The College of Science & Engineering, College of Liberal Arts, and the University have information for transfer students.;

I am an international student, what do I do?

The College of Science & Engineering, College of Liberal Arts, and the University have information for international students.

General Admissions FAQ

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What do I need to apply?

In order to apply, please fill out the application on the Golden Gopher Application or the Common App. ACT scores, essays, letters of recommendation and a transcript are not required for admission. 

What application do I use?

Applications can be submitted through the Golden Gopher Application or the Common App. 

We do not have a preference for which application platform you use, but please submit only one application. Submitting more than one will delay your admission decision.

Is there an application fee?

Pay the $55 application fee within your application platform or receive a fee waiver (questions within the application will determine if you are eligible).

Do I need to submit my academic record?

Self-report your high school courses and grades either in the Golden Gopher Application or the Common App.

When are the application deadlines?

University deadlines:

  • November 1 Early Action I Deadline
  • December 1 Early Action II Deadline
  • January 1 Regular Deadline

Admission to the major:

  • Fall semester of sophomore year.