Transfer Credits

What are transfer credits?

Transfer credits consist of any college or university credits, including those listed below, that you earned prior to admission to a degree program at the U of M. In order for the U of M to transfer in your credits and add them to your U of M student record, the U of M Office of Admissions needs to receive an official transcript listing all transfer credits and grades. University of Minnesota PSEO and CIS courses will automatically appear on your U of M transcript

  • AP: Advanced Placement
  • CIS: College in the Schools
  • IB: International Baccalaureate
  • PSEO: Post-Secondary Enrollment Option

Prior Baccalaureate Degree

If you are admitted to a U of M degree-seeking program after having finished a prior baccalaureate degree at an accredited college or institution, the U of M-Twin Cities liberal education requirements are waived, including the first-year writing requirement. You are also exempt from Comm 1101 and Writ 3562W if they are required in your major.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MNTC)

If you are a transfer student from a public Minnesota post-secondary institution and have completed the MNTC, you are exempt from the diversified core, the designated themes except Technology & Society, and the first-year writing requirement. You are also exempt from Comm 1101 and Writ 3562W if they are required in your major.

A.A. Degree

If you have earned an associate in arts (A.A.) degree at a Minnesota community college, are a transfer student from a public Minnesota post-secondary institution and have completed the MNTC, you are exempt from the diversified core and the first-year writing requirement. You are also exempt from Comm 1101 if they are required in your major. If the A.A. degree includes the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, the previous section also applies. Note: Four-year Minnesota colleges that grant two-year A.A. degrees do not qualify for this exemption.

How long does it take to process your transfer credits?

It can take up to four weeks for the U of M to process official transcripts and place transfer credits on your U of M student record. If your transfer credits have not yet appeared, confirm that you have requested that your high school and/or college has sent your official transcripts to the U of M. If you finished the MNTC or a Minnesota A.A. degree, make sure your transcript included the appropriate MNTC or degree completion certification. To find out which transcripts the U of M has received, call the Admissions Office at 612-625-2008.

Where to find your transfer credits

  • Transfer Course Report: The Office of Admissions will let you know how to access this report.
  • APAS Report: You will see where your credits have been applied in terms of fulfilling liberal education and/or major requirements.
  • Transcript: Your transfer credits will be listed as total credits only; individual courses and grades will not appear execpt in the case of U of M PSEO and College in the Schools. The number of transfer credits will be figured into your total number of completed credits, but your grades will not be factored into your U of M grade point average.