New Freshman Characteristics

The New Freshman Characteristics Report presents information on new entering students’ test scores and high school rank by campus and college from fall 2001. The previous New Student Characteristics reports for terms fall 1999 - summer 2010 are available on our historical data page.

The ACT and SAT reports shows the percentage of students in different score ranges for total/composite and subject area tests as well as mean, median, and percentile scores by college for all campuses. The high school rank reports indicate the percent of students at different levels of their graduating class with mean, median, and percentile ranks for all colleges and campuses.

View the data load table for details on the scheduled updating and staff contact for these data.

Notes, Glossary, & Data Sources:

Data Source: University of Minnesota, Annual Fall Term DWSA New Student Characteristics table

Notes:

  • Fewer high schools are reporting high school rank information. In 2001, only 8% of new freshman did not have a high school rank; by 2016, 44% of new freshman did not have a high school rank.
  • Writing scores for the ACT and SAT have only been available since Fall 2007.
  • Gender data is self reported. If the student did not select a gender, unknown is reported.
  • ACT subject and composite scores are reported in two tables: the first shows the percent of students receiving a score within given ranges from 36-31 to below 19; the second table has mean and percentile scores for students submitting ACT scores. (The 25th percentile is the score that 25% of students scored at or below; the 75th percentile is the score that 25% scored at or above.) The final three columns further explain the available data: Valid = The number of students who submitted an ACT score; Missing = The number of students who did not submit an ACT score; and Total = Missing + Valid. This is equal to the total number of new freshman.
  • SAT subject and total scores are reported in two tables: the first table shows the percent of students receiving a score within given ranges from 800-700 to below 400; the second table has mean and percentile scores for students submitting SAT scores.(The 25th percentile is the score that 25% of students scored at or below; the 75th percentile is the score that 25% scored at or above.) The final three columns further explain the available data: Valid = The number of students who submitted a SAT score; Missing = The number of students who did not submit a SAT score; and Total = Missing + Valid. This is equal to the total number of new freshman.
  • High school rank is reported in two tables; the first table shows the percent of students within given ranges from the top 5% to below 50% of their high school graduating class; these are inclusive fields, which means that students who were counted in the top 5% are also counted in the broader ranges.The second table has mean and percentile class ranks. (High school rank percentiles are calculated by dividing a student’s rank by their graduating class size, multiplying by 100, then subtracting that percentage from 100 so that a student with a high school rank of 50 in a class of 500 would be in the top 10% of their class or in the 90th percentile). The final three columns further explain the available data: Valid = The number of student who submitted a High School Rank; Missing = The number of students who did not submit a High School Rank; Total = Missing + Valid. This is equal to the number of new freshman in the college.

Glossary:

Am Indian. American Indian. Self-identified primary ethnic background as an American Indian, Alaskan native or any of the original peoples of North America. Does not include international students.

Asian. Self-identified primary ethnic background in any of the original peoples of the Far East, South Asia, or the Indian subcontinent. Does not include international students.

Black. Self-identified primary ethnic background in any of the black racial groups of Africa (excluding persons of Hispanic origin). Does not include international students.

Foreign. Foreign student or nonresident alien who is not a citizen of the United States and who is in this country on a temporary basis or a US Citizen who is living abroad at point of application.

Greater MN. Home location in the state of Minnesota, outside of the seven counties of the Twin Cities metro area.

Hawaiian. Self-identified primary ethnic background in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands. Data collected in this category as of Summer 2009. Does not include international students.

Hispanic. Self-identified primary ethnic background in any of the original peoples of Hispanic America. Does not include international students.

International. Foreign student or nonresident alien who is not a citizen of the United States and who is in this country on a temporary basis.

Multi. Multiple Races. Self-identified ethnic background as one or more of the categories: Am. Indian, Asian, Black, Hawaiian, Hispanic, White.

N Dakota. Home location in the state of North Dakota.

Other US. Home location in the United States, outside of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, or South Dakota

S Dakota. Home location in the state of South Dakota.

Students of Color. Includes all non International students who identify their primary ethnic background as African American, American Indian, Asian/Pacific, Hawaiian or Hispanic.

TC Metro. Twin Cities metropolitan area. Home location in one of the seven counties of the Twin Cities metro area.

Unknown. Not available. Information that could not be obtained from the student's record or the record did not fit into one of the above categories.

White. Self-identified ethnic background as white or Caucasian, not of Hispanic origin. Does not include international students.

Wisconsin. Home location in the state of Wisconsin.