Education Requirements for International Students

Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) First-Year International Applicant Requirements

At the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) each student is respected as an individual. We begin this individual attention at the point of application. We have prepared an Application Checklist that will help guide you through the application process. Once your application is complete, it will be reviewed individually and holistically, meaning we consider every part of your application, not just your GPA and test scores. Please read through all of the academic requirements on this page before you apply.

Academic Requirements:

  • Successful Completion of a College Preparatory Curriculum including 4 years of math and 3 years of science.
  • Standardized Test Scores - First-year international students must submit scores from either the SAT/ACT or the TOEFL/IELTS. Visit the English Proficiency Information page for additional information.
  • Secondary school and college grade point averages - If a student did not complete secondary school, a GED (General Equivalency Diploma) may be accepted in lieu of secondary school transcripts.
  • STEM GPA - Earned secondary school grade point average in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math).
  • Passion Statement - Describe your passion for health care (This is required for scholarship consideration.)

The University of Minnesota Rochester campus may also consider the following additional review factors:

  • Letter of recommendation or Teacher Evaluation (STRONGLY recommended but not required).
  • Involvement in health science related volunteer or employment opportunities.
  • Exceptionally rigorous academic curriculum, to include courses that exceed the college preparatory curriculum, honors, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and/or college level courses.
  • Evidence of exceptional achievement, aptitude or personal accomplishment including that which may not be reflected in the academic record or standardized test scores.
  • Outstanding secondary school or community involvement.
  • Work experience, paid or unpaid.
  • Participation in extracurricular college preparatory programs (e.g., MEP, PSEO, Talent Search, UMTYMP, Upward Bound and other programs).
  • Evidence of exceptional talent or ability in scholarly research or leadership.
  • Evidence of exceptional motivation, maturity or responsibility.
  • Evidence of having overcome social, economic or physical barriers to educational achievement.
  • Evidence that enrollment would enhance the cultural, gender, age, economic, racial or geographic diversity of the student body.
  • Extenuating circumstances.

Schedule changes: The University expects that students will successfully complete their final year of secondary school coursework listed on their admission application. Schedule changes of academic coursework during the final year and/or the unsuccessful completion of final year coursework may result in the cancellation of admission. Students considering making schedule changes, or those who are concerned about their academic progress in any of their courses, must consult with our Office of Admissions.