Admission to Minerva is not a matter of chance; it is based entirely on your own merit.


Minerva’s unique admissions process eliminates unfair biases, instead focusing on who you are, how you think, and what you have achieved. This merit-based approach enables both worldwide student access and extremely high selectivity.

Minerva also has the unique advantage of unlimited enrollment, so you are not competing with other applicants for a spot. Regardless of where you come from, if you demonstrate the curiosity, drive, and potential to excel, you are guaranteed admission. 

If you know that Minerva is your first choice, apply Binding Enrollment to find out your admissions decisions within four weeks. Apply today and choose challenges over standardized tests. 

Sultanna (Tanna) portrait with computer
2019-20 Admissions Cycles/

Early Action

Submission Deadline Nov 1

Notification Date Dec 15

Enrollment Deadline May 1

Students admitted during the Early Action cycle are invited to attend the first of our Ascent weekends in San Francisco — an exclusive opportunity to explore the Foundation Year city, visit the residence halls, and connect with your prospective classmates and other Minerva students.

Regular Decision I

Submission Deadline Jan 15

Notification Date Mar 31

Enrollment Deadline May 1

The first Regular Decision cycle corresponds to most other American university admissions calendars, with an admissions decision provided at the end of March.

Regular Decision II

Submission Deadline Mar 13

Notification Date Apr 17

Enrollment Deadline May 1

The second Regular Decision cycle aligns with international application timelines to enable all students, regardless of geographic location, to consider Minerva in their university applications. Please note, admissions notifications for this cycle occur more rapidly than in prior cycles and if you are admitted, you will need to make a quicker decision regarding your enrollment.

Extended Decision

Submission Deadline Apr 17

Notification Date Rolling

Enrollment Deadline May 1

Minerva's Extended Decision cycle is an opportunity to be considered for the Class of 2024. Applicants will receive an admissions decision no later than Apr 27, and will be required to pay the enrollment by the May 1 enrollment deadline.

Rolling Selection

Submission Deadline May 8

Notification Date Rolling

Enrollment Deadline Jun 5

Minerva's Rolling Selection cycle is the final opportunity to be considered for the Class of 2024. Students who apply during Rolling Selection must apply Binding Enrollment and thus commit to attending Minerva this fall if admitted. Applicants will receive an admissions decision no later than May 29, and will be required to pay the enrollment deposit within 10 days of receiving a decision or by Jun 5, whichever comes first.

Binding Enrollment Option

If Minerva is your first choice school, you have the opportunity in any cycle to expedite your admissions notification, receiving a decision in four weeks of completing the admissions process. By selecting Binding Enrollment, you indicate that you are prepared to make an enrollment deposit if admitted, and attend Minerva in Fall 2020.

Note: If you are interested in matriculating in 2021 or later, please complete and submit Part One of the application. We will contact you when the appropriate admissions cycles are open.

The Minerva Schools at KGI reserves the right to evaluate an application and render a final decision even if all pieces of the application have not been received.

Admissions Process /

Your candidacy is entirely merit-based, with no consideration given to standardized test scores like the SAT or generic essay questions. Instead, Minerva has developed a custom process that allows for both worldwide access and extremely high selectivity.

Applicant Qualifications /

While exceptional academic performance is crucial, Minerva admissions also seeks raw potential. Initiative, curiosity, and intellectual capacity are powerful indicators of your fit. So too is a desire to improve the human condition and collaborate in solving the most complex problems of our time.

Fiona and Xiaofan in Yerba Buena Center

Transfer students Fiona Iyer, USA, and Xiaofan Liang, China, walk through San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center.

Binding Enrollment /

If Minerva is your school of choice, select the Binding Enrollment option. By doing so, you commit to attending if admitted, and you will receive a decision within four weeks of submitting your completed admissions requirements.

Rinad and Mandy studying

Class of 2019 students Mandy, USA and Rinad, Jordan take a break in their San Francisco residence hall.

Photo: Bob Miller

We are no longer accepting applications for Fall 2020 enrollment.

If you are interested in learning more about our Visiting Scholars Year, you may submit an application on our website.

Admissions Team/

“Growing up, I had to work harder to compensate for not knowing how to play the college admissions ‘game.’ At Minerva, college is something you earn — not win. Game over.”

“I’m drawn to Minerva’s vision for transforming higher education; how it challenges students to think unconventionally and empowers them to explore limitless possibilities.”

“Minerva is education for the digital age, an experience beyond books and laptops. I’m happy to give students an opportunity I wish had been available to me.”