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Transfer Admission

Thanks for your interest in the College of Design!

Welcome! On this page, you'll find important information about application deadlines, admission factors and criteria, and how to apply. Be sure to explore all links for information about transferring credit and important details about what it means to be a transfer student in our programs. As always, be sure to contact us directly if you have additional questions after exploring this page.




Fall 2015:


Final Deadline - EXTENDED to June 15th for pre-Apparel Design, pre-Architecture, pre-Interior Design, Landscape Design & Planning, and Retail Merchandising majors on a space-available basis. Some majors may fill before June 15. Please note that pre-Graphic Design has reached capacity for Fall 2015. If you are still interested in applying for pre-Graphic Design, or have questions about space remaining in our other programs, please contact Melodie Bard about your options at 612-625-5098 or


NOTE: Current College of Design students applying to the Arch BS and BDA are held to the May 31 deadline to submit their admissions materials.



Spring 2016: ALL CDes majors are accepting transfer applications for spring term except architecture bachelor of science (B.S.). Please note that while the programs admit for spring, studio sequencing for Pre-Architecture, Pre-Apparel, and Pre-Interior Design only begin in the fall term.


Priority Deadline - October 1, 2015. Applications are reviewed on a space available basis after this deadline. There is a chance a major may fill after reviewing the applications submitted by the priority deadline so you are encouraged to get your application in by this date.


Final Deadline - December 1, 2015



Visits and Advising


Contact your CDes Transfer Admissions Counselor for questions or to set up a visit. Refer to the Transferring Credit Web page for detailed information on how credits transfer into the U of M and into your major.


Melodie Bard, CDes Transfer Admissions Counselor
612-625-5098 or 1-800-752-1000


Full campus tours can be set up by contacting our Universtiy of Minnesota Twin Cities Visit Office online or by calling 612-625-0000. Please note that the Visit Office is only for a Minneapolis or St. Paul full campus tour. Be sure to also contact Melodie Bard directly if you'd also like to set up a visit specifically with the College of Design.



Application Materials


Transferring as a degree-seeking student from outside the U of M system (including from CCE).

Changing colleges or campuses within the U of M system, please submit the Change of College/Campus form to any Onestop Service Center:

Changing majors within CDes (including to the Arch BDA or BA). If you are changing majors within CLA to the Arch BA, please submit the following application to 107 Rapson Hall:


Admission Factors


The following transfer admission factors are considered in the review of transfer applications:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00; preferred minimum cumulative GPA of 2.80.
  • Grade patterns over time - overall GPA, term GPA, and number of withdrawals.
  • Presence of any major-related courses and grades in those courses.
  • An especially challenging pattern of coursework.
  • If fewer than 26 college credits completed at the time of application high school record and test scores will be considered for review
  • Space in the major. Note: some majors are more competitive than others.
  • Retail Merchandising and Pre Architecture Applicants: Students are strongly encouraged to successfully complete college algebra if applying to the Retail Merchandising major or college calculus if applying to the Pre Architecture program.
  • Space left in the major.
  • Extenuating circumstances: Please explain any grades or academic patterns in a letter of circumstance submitted with your admissions application. Include information about why you are a good fit for the major to which you are applying.

Note: Please refer to the architecture degrees for additional admission and program information. Refer to the Application Materials section above for the proper admission materials to submit.



Students transferring from outside the U of M (or CCE non-degree) will be notified by postal mail. Students transferring from within the U of M system will be notified via EMAIL to their U of M email account. If you don't remember how to access your U of M email account call 612-301-4357.



Transfer Scholarships


College of Design domestic transfer students are automatically considered for a transfer scholarship based on an overall assessment of their admissions application. International students are automatically considered for the Global Excellence Scholarship based on an overall assessment of their admissions application. Students will be notified by mail if they are offered a scholarship.