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Transfer Admission Policies

A transfer student or new advanced standing (NAS) student is an applicant who has graduated from high school and has previously been enrolled at another post-secondary education institution.

Applicants with fewer than 26 credits of previous college work will be individually reviewed and evaluated based upon high school and college performance.  ACT or SAT scores may be required of applicants who have completed fewer than 26 transferable credits. 

Applicants with 26 or more credits of previous college work, including credits now in progress, are classified as advanced standing.  Admission decisions are based upon the overall assessment of each applicant’s academic preparation and performance. Primary factors include:

  • a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in previous college work, 
  • successful completion of at least 75 percent of all college work attempted,
  • completion of some college work for intended major of study, AND
  • completion of the following high school preparation requirements in high school or during previously completed college coursework:
    • THREE YEARS OF MATHEMATICS (Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, & Geometry)*

Applicants to the Labovitz School of Business and Economics as advanced standing students with more than 20 attempted credits must also have at least a 2.0 grade point average for courses attempted at other institutions in accounting, business, economics, finance, and management information sciences. 

Applicants to the online psychology major must have completed an associate of arts degree or the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). 

Applicants seeking exceptions to admission requirements must petition the appropriate school or college.  Contact the Office of Admissions for guidance.

Transfer students are advised that courses with less than C grades may not be used to satisfy some UMD degree program requirements.  Complete information about course transfer is available online.

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.

*NAS applicants who graduated from high school before 1987 are not expected to meet these requirements; applicants graduating from high school in or after 2015 are strongly encouraged to complete four years of high school mathematics.