Transfer Requirements

Transfer Admission Policies

A transfer student is an applicant who graduated from high school and then enrolled at a post-secondary institution. There are two types of transfer students: Standard Transfers (less than 26 completed college credits) and Advanced Standing Transfers (26 or more completed college credits).

Standard Transfers (less than 26 completed college credits) primary admission factors:

  • College academic performance (based upon college transcript(s))
  • High school academic performance (based upon high school transcript)
  • ACT/SAT scores

Advanced Standing Transfers (26 or more completed college credits) primary admission factors:

  • College academic performance (based upon college transcript(s))

Non-Traditional Adult Learners

Applicants who graduated from high school five or more years prior to applying to UMD and have completed fewer than 26 credits of previously attempted college coursework may request a waiver of the ACT/SAT application requirement. Applicants requesting an ACT/SAT waiver or contending their high school record is not reflective of their current academic aptitude must submit a personal essay along with their application for admission. The essay should address the applicant's personal and educational goals as well as recent personal and professional accomplishments. Letters of recommendation may also be submitted.

All applicants with 26 or more college credits completed do not have to include ACT/SAT scores.

All transfer students must meet or exceed the following requirements:

  • Minimum cumulative college GPA of 2.0 (Some majors have higher requirements)
  • Successful completion of at least 75% of all attempted college coursework

Applicants to the online psychology major can review program admissions requirements here.

Transfer Admission Notes:

Applicants who have completed an associate of arts degree, a baccalaureate degree at another accredited college or university, or the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are exempt from UMD's liberal education requirements.

UMD requires at minimum a letter grade of "D" or higher for a course to transfer to UMD. However, some majors require a letter grade of "C-" or higher for prerequisite/major-related courses.