new transfer students in 2021
come from other Minnesota colleges
are students of color or Native American students
Admission counselors understand that sometimes the first school you choose isn’t the best fit, or you complete general requirements at one school and want to transfer to finish your degree. To help make the transfer process as smooth as possible and to help you finish your degree on time, here are some tips:
- As early as you can, look up the transfer requirements online for the school you may want to transfer to and work to fulfill their requirements. View the transfer details at the links above for those institutions that interest you.
- Have an early conversation with a transfer adviser at the school you plan to transfer to. They may have suggestions that can help you stay on track.
- Most transfer applications require an essay about why you want to transfer to that institution. Keep that in mind so you know what to write when the time comes.
- Have course syllabi available for each class you've taken at your previous college so the new college can determine which credits may transfer.
Many of our schools have night, weekend or other programs that allow students to continue working and caring for families while going to school. Others offer the “traditional” undergraduate experience for transfer students.
Block transfer options
Did you know that 44 percent of our transfer students come from Minnesota State two-year colleges?
For community college students who have completed the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or earned an associate of arts degree, block transfer can make things simpler. The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum and AA degrees meet core curriculum or general education requirements at 12 of our institutions.
If all credit transfer policies are met, students coming with Associate of Arts degrees may have enough credits to have junior standing. (The amount of time left to complete a bachelor’s degree, however, will vary and may require more than two years. Time to graduation will also be affected by a student’s chosen major. Note that each institution may have some additional unique graduation requirements, such as language, philosophy or religion courses.) Please contact transfer counselors at institutions you are interested in to learn more.
Block transfer of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or Associate of Arts degree . . .
. . . for traditional undergraduate programs
. . . for evening/weekend, online and degree completion programs for adult learners*
Bethany Lutheran College
College of Saint Benedict
The College of St. Scholastica
Concordia College, Moorhead
Concordia University, St. Paul
Saint John's University
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
St. Catherine University
University of Saint Thomas
*Institutions without a “yes” in this column do not have separate offerings for adult learners.
For students who have not completed the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or an associate of arts degree and are interested in transferring to these 12 institutions, determining how existing coursework will be handled for transfer is based on a course-by-course review. That’s also the general process at the five private institutions that do not have block transfer policies.
Institution-specific transfer details
Find more helpful information on this by checking out the institution-specific transfer profiles linked below or review the Transfer Guide linked at the bottom of this page:
- Augsburg University
- Bethany Lutheran College
- Bethel University
- Carleton College
- College of Saint Benedict
- The College of St. Scholastica
- Concordia College, Moorhead
- Concordia University, St. Paul
- Gustavus Adolphus College
- Hamline University
- Macalester College
- Minneapolis College of Art and Design
- Saint John’s University
- Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
- St. Catherine University
- St. Olaf College
- University of St. Thomas
There are a lot of details to understand about how credit transfer works: follow-up with the transfer specialists at our institutions with any and all questions.
Interested in taking the next step?
Schedule your own visit. A link to the college's visit page can be found on each of the pages linked above. Some private colleges also host transfer-specific visits events when the state's two-year colleges are closed for Veterans Day and President's Day. Or search our event calendar for group visit events open to students interested in transferring.
A resource for counselors and students alike, this guide offers substantial, campus-specific information about our 17 colleges and universities and their transfer requirements.