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Transfer Students

Planning to Transfer?

Minnesota's public colleges and universities are working to make transfer easier. You can help if you PLAN AHEAD, ASK QUESTIONS, and USE PATHWAYS created by transfer agreements.

Understanding How Transfer of Credit Works

  • The receiving college or university decides what credits transfer and whether those credits meet its degree requirements. The accreditation of both your sending and your receiving institution can affect the transfer of the credits you earn
  • Institutions accept credits from courses and programs like those they offer. They look for similarity in course goals, content, and level
  • Not everything that transfers will help you graduate. Baccalaureate degree programs usually count credits in three categories: General education, major/minor courses and prerequisites, and electives. The key question is, "Will your credits fulfill requirements of the degree or program you choose?"
  • If you change your career goal or major, you might not be able to complete all degree requirements within the usual number of graduation credits.

Applying for Transfer Admission

Online Application

Transfer Admissions Policies

  • Submit your application as early as possible. An early application ensures consideration for scholarships and allows for priority participation in Advisement & Registration and application for on-campus housing.
  • Request that official transcripts be sent from every academic institution you have attended, including high school(s)
  • Check to be certain you supplied UMD with all the necessary paperwork. Most colleges make no decisions until all required documents are in your file
  • Fall application deadline: August 1st.  Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis beginning in March 2014.
  • Spring application deadline: January 13th. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis beginning the previous October.
  • Transfer course evaluations will be available after admission to UMD, typically within about a month.


Your application to UMD also serves as your scholarship application. Students will be considered for UMD's $2,000 annual transfer scholarship based on cumulative GPA from their previous post-secondary institution(s). The scholarship will be renewable for a minimum of one year following the initial award year, subject to academic standing and progress toward degree completion.

Interested in pursuing UMD’s online Psychology degree?
Don’t miss the program’s July 1 fall 2014 application deadline. 

If You Have Questions

Contact us at,or call us toll free at 1-800-232-1339 or (218) 726-7171. An Admissions Counselor can take care of any questions or concerns you may have.

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