Transfer Application Deadline for Spring: Dec. 1
Transfer Application Deadline for Fall: Aug. 1
Students who have graduated from high school or completed the GED, and who have subsequently attended a post-secondary institution, are classified as transfers in the admission process.
Transfer students must submit the following documents to be considered for admission:
- MSUM Application for Admission
- A $20 non-refundable Application Fee
- Official transcript(s) of ALL previously attended post-secondary institutions.
Official transcripts must be sent directly from the previous college Registrar's Office to the MSUM Office of Admissions. Faxed student or unofficial copies are not considered official transcripts. Failure to declare all previous post-secondary attendance is regarded as a serious offense and may result in dismissal from the University and the withdrawal of all credits completed.
- Official High School Transcript or GED scores.
Please Allow 2-3 weeks processing time for admission to the University. If transcripts are under a different name, due to a legal name change, it is your responsibility to have the name corrected so that the application and transcripts can be matched. Please remember to submit a final transcript if you are currently enrolled.
Transfer Admission Requirements:
High school graduation, or the GED, is required for admission. Transfer students who have completed a minimum of 24 academic semester credit hours, or 36 academic quarter hour credits from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA generally will be admitted as a transfer student to MSUM. Students who have completed fewer than 24 academic semester credit hours are required to provide both their college and high school records to determine admission eligibility. NOTE: All grades of F, NC (No Credit), or Incomplete, will be treated as Fs in computing the grade point average.
Students with a GPA of less than 2.0 will be automatically denied admission. A transfer appeal form will be sent to the student to fill out which will be reviewed by the Admissions Office Transfer Appeal Committee. A high school transcript, and other supporting material, will also be required for academic transfer appeals. MSUM recognizes and upholds academic suspensions from other post-secondary institutions. Prospective students under suspension from another institution will not be considered for admission until two academic terms have passed since the suspension. Summer session does not count as a term. Violation of this regulation will be regarded as a serious offense and may result in dismissal from the University and the withdrawal of all credits completed.
Students may apply for admission before completion of studies at another college, but a final transcript must be forwarded before enrollment. Applicants are generally granted admission if they meet automatic admission requirements for freshmen and are in good academic standing. MSUM reserves the right to revoke admission to those students who, after final grades are received, do not meet the minimum GPA.
Although a 2.0 GPA is required for admission, a higher GPA may be required for entry into some academic departments. These requirements are described in the specific department sections of the Bulletin.
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.
Preparing for transfer if you are currently enrolled in a college or university:
1. Discuss your plans with the campus transfer specialist.
2. Call or visit your intended transfer college. You should obtain the following materials and information: college catalog; transfer brochure; information on admission criteria and materials required for admission, e.g. portfolio, transcripts, test scores; note that some majors have limited enrollments or their own requirements such as a higher grade point average; and information on financial aid (how to apply and by what date).
3. After you have reviewed these materials, make an appointment to talk with an advisor/counselor in the college or program you want to enter. Be sure to ask about course transfer and admission criteria.
If you are not currently enrolled in a college or university, you might begin by meeting with a transfer specialist or an admission officer at your intended transfer college to plan the steps you need to take.
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.
- Institution accepts 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 minimum number of graduation credits required.
Applying for Transfer Admission
1. Application for admission is always the first step in transferring. Fill out the application as early as you can prior to the deadline. Enclose the application fee.
2. Request that official transcripts be sent from every institution you have attended. You might be required to provide a high school transcript or GED test scores as well.
3. Re-check to be certain you supplied the college or university with all of the necessary paperwork. Most colleges make no decisions until all required documents are in your file.
4. If you have heard nothing from your intended college of transfer after one month, call to check on the status of your application.
5. After the college notifies you that you have been accepted for admission, your transcripted credits will be evaluated for transfer. A written evaluation will tell you which courses transfer and which do not. How your courses specifically meet degree requirements may not be decided until you arrive for registration or have chosen a major.
6. If you have questions about your evaluation, call the Office of Admissions and ask to speak with a credit evaluator. Ask why judgments were made about specific courses. Many concerns can be cleared up if you understand why decisions were made. If not satisfied, you can appeal. See "Your Rights as a Transfer Student."
Your Rights as a Transfer Student
- A clear, understandable statement of an institution's transfer policy.
- A fair credit review and an explanation of why credits were or were not accepted.
- A copy of the formal appeals process.
Usual appeal steps are:
1. Student fills out an appeal form. Students may also include supplemental information such as: a course syllabus, course description, or reading list.
2. Department or committee will review appeal.
3. Student receives, in writing, the outcome of the appeal.
4. System level appeal. If a student is not satisfied with a college or university transfer appeal decision, the student may appeal the college or university transfer appeal decision at the system level to the Senior Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs. The decision of the Senior Vice Chancellor shall be binding on all system college and university parties.
5. At your request, a review of your eligibility for financial aid or scholarships.
For help with your transfer questions or problems, please contact Jim Anderson, Assistant Director of Admissions - Transfer Specialist, firstname.lastname@example.org, 218.477.2563.