Transfer Students

Transfer Resources

Transferology (search how courses transfer to UMD)
How do my courses transfer to UMD?
UMD Transfer Course Evaluation form (for re-review of courses)
Additional UMD transfer resources

Dean of Student forms from other universities/schools should be sent to the Office of Vice Chancellor for Student Life for completion.

Transfer Guides

Tribal Administration & Governance (TAG)

Anoka Ramsey Community College

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Inver Hills Community College

Itasca Community College

Lake Superior Community College

Mesabi Range College

Normandale Community College

These guides are designed as one tool to aid in your course selections for transferring to UMD. The guides are not to be used as an official document as our collegiate unit reserves the right to make updates or changes to these guidelines at any time. Please use Transferology ( to see the most up-to-date course transfer decisions.

How do my courses transfer to UMD?

This is frequently the first and most urgent question students have regarding transfer courses. 

The most direct answer is: Courses from other institutions need to be reviewed by UMD faculty to determine how/if they transfer for credit.

Course Review Process

If a course has never been reviewed by UMD, sending your official transcript starts that review process.

Step 1 Course Description review: Faculty initially review courses based on a "course description." This is typically a 2-3 sentence amount of information.

Step 2 Syllabus review: If a course description decision is not what a student is hoping for AND no other student has had it reviewed based on a full syllabus, you can submit one. This additional information in the syllabus CAN change how the course transfers in.

3 Types of Course Review Decisions

1)  Direct Equivalent - faculty have determined the course is substantially similar to an existing UMD course.
e.g. SOC 1111 “Intro to Sociology” (at Lake Superior College), 3 cr = SOC 1101 “Intro to Sociology” (at UMD), 4 cr

NOTE: A course taken for 3 credits at a previous college/university that is equivalent to a 4 credit course at UMD will only transfer for 3 credits. Students receive the number of credits they earned at their previous institution.

2)  Liberal Education Requirement WITHOUT direct equivalent - UMD does not have a substantially similar course, but it has been determined that the transferring course meets a Liberal Education requirement.
e.g. BIO 100 "The Living World" (at Arizona State University) = Natural Science liberal education requirement at UMD

3)  General Elective - the course is not substantially similar to any UMD existing courses and does not meet a Liberal Education requirement, but the course does transfer to UMD as elective credit and counts toward degree completion.
e.g. ENG 3390 “Irish Literature" (at College of St. Scholastica) = ENGL 3999 at UMD

Deciphering UMD Transfer Codes for Liberal Education Program and Electives (pdf) (as in #2 above)