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Cdes Prospective Prospective Transfer Students

Transfer Admission: Deadlines, Admissions Forms, Criteria, and Notification of Decision




Fall 2014: ALL CDes majors are accepting transfer applications for fall term.


Priority Deadline - March 3, 2014. 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 - The Fall 2014 application is no longer available. If you would like to find out about a particular major for Fall 2014, please contact Melodie Bard at 612-625-5098 or


U of M students applying to the architecture B.D.A. and B.A. programs are held to the May 15, 2014 deadline. Students applying to the Arch B.S. have until May 31 to submit their admissions materials online.



Spring 2015: ALL CDes majors are accepting transfer applications for spring term except architecture bachelor of science (B.S.).


Priority Deadline - October 1, 2014


Final Deadline - December 1, 2014



Visits and Advising


Contact your CDes Transfer Admissions Counselor for questions. 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



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 pass 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 below for the proper admission materials to submit.



Students transferring from outside the U of M (or CCE) 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.