External Transfers

Transferring to the College of Design from Outside the University of Minnesota Twin Cities

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Thank you for your interest in the College of Design! External transfers are handled centrally at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Office of Admission. To learn more about the transfer admissions process and start your application, please review the Office of Admissions Transfer Admissions Timeline. If you have any questions, please contact the College of Design Transfer Admissions Counselor.

Post-Acceptance Steps

Confirm Enrollment

We hope you decide to attend the University of Minnesota and join the College of Design community. Confirm your enrollment today to reserve your spot. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Admissions by calling 612-625-2008 or by visiting the Office of Admissions.

Confirm Your Enrollment

Note: Enrollment confirmation is not required for students transferring from a U of M system campus. 

Review Computer Standards

Our faculty select computer and software options that are the best fit for the coursework and projects in your major. Requirements and recommendations vary by major. Please review the College of Design's Computer Labs FAQs to learn more about hardware and software recommendations.

Initiate Accounts

U of M email is our official means of communication with you. Be sure to check it often for important information.

Students transferring from outside of the U of M Twin Cities:

Students transferring from a U of M system campus:

Attend Orientation

Transfer orientation is a one-day remote program required of all new transfer students and will include a virtual advising session with our academic advising team and registration for the upcoming term. Orientation details and instructions will be emailed to students who have confirmed their enrollment.

For students entering the U of M for Fall Term, orientation will be held June–August. For students entering for Spring Term, orientation will be held in early January. 

    Transfer Coursework

    Use Transferology to see how transfer courses from other schools may fulfill U of M liberal education (general) requirements. For classes not listed in Transferology or on regional transfer guides, prospective and admitted students can submit course materials on the central University Transfer Credit Evaluation webpage to be reviewed by faculty in our academic departments.

    The Office of Admissions reviews your transfer courses to determine transferability of credit to fulfill elective and/or liberal education requirements. You will receive a transfer credit report that outlines the outcome of that course review.

    Separately, the College of Design will review your transcript to identify studio coursework taken outside of the U of M–Twin Cities that may possibly fulfill a major requirement(s). If you have such coursework, you will receive an email from design-ao@umn.edu with instructions for submitting the coursework for faculty review. Please submit your coursework as promptly as possible.

    If you believe you have transferable studio-based courses but have not received an instructional email within two weeks of your admission notice, please contact design-ao@umn.edu.

    Note: It is not common for faculty to approve transfer studio courses to meet upper-division major requirements. Non-studio based major courses may be petitioned through your academic advisor once you begin your courses in the College of Design.

    Read Your Transfer Guide

    Major-specific Information

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    Apparel Design

    The Apparel Design major is planned as a four-year program because of the need to sequence studio and non-studio courses required in the major. Major courses are sequenced over eight consecutive semesters (four years). Note that if you are entering the Apparel Design major in spring term, the length of the program is nine semesters because the major-required studio sequence begins in the fall.

    Review your four-year plan to ensure timely graduation. You must enroll in major courses in the order in which they appear on your four-year plan. Note that many of the courses required for the major are offered only once a year in either fall or spring semester. 

    If you have questions about your four-year plan, or other academic information, contact the Transfer Admissions Counselor.

    Architecture

    The Architecture major is planned as a three to four-year program because of the need to sequence studio and non-studio courses required in the major. Major courses are sequenced over six to eight consecutive semesters (three to four years). Note that if you are entering the Architecture major in the spring term, the length of the program is seven to nine semesters because the major-required studio sequence begins in the fall.

    Review your four-year plan to ensure timely graduation. You must enroll in major courses in the order in which they appear in the four-year plan. Note that some of the courses required for your major are not offered every term. They are designated on your four-year plan as fall term only or spring term only.

    If you have questions about your four-year plan, or other academic information, contact your Transfer Admissions Counselor.

    Graphic Design

    The Graphic Design major is planned as a four-year major because of the need to sequence studio and non-studio major required courses. Major courses are sequenced over eight consecutive semesters (four years).

    Review your four-year plan to ensure timely graduation. You must enroll in major courses in the order in which they appear in the four-year plan.

    If you have questions about your four-year plan, or other academic information, contact your Transfer Admissions Counselor.

    NOTE: If you have completed major-related courses at Minneapolis College or Alexandria Technical and Community College, please consult your admissions counselor.

    Interior Design

    The Interior Design major is planned as a four-year major because of the need to sequence studio and non-studio major required courses. Major courses are sequenced over eight consecutive semesters (four years). Note that if you are entering the Interior Design major in spring term, the length of the program is nine semesters because the major-required studio sequence begins in the fall.

    Review your four-year plan to ensure timely graduation. You must enroll in major courses in the order in which they appear on your four-year plan. Note that many of the courses required for the major are offered only once a year in either fall or spring semester.

    If you have questions about your four-year plan, or other academic information, contact the Transfer Admissions Counselor.

    Landscape Architecture

    The Landscape Architecture major is planned as a four-year major because of the need to sequence studio and non-studio major required courses. Major courses are sequenced over eight consecutive semesters (four years). Note that if you are entering the Landscape Architecture major in the spring term, the length of the program is nine semesters because the major-required studio sequence begins in the fall.

    Review your four-year plan to ensure timely graduation. Note that many of the courses required for the major are offered only once a year, either in fall semester or spring semester. When planning your courses, pay attention to the prerequisites for courses over the next two terms.

    If you have questions about your four-year plan, or other academic information, contact the Transfer Admissions Counselor.

    Product Design

    The Product Design major is planned as a four-year major because of the need to sequence studio and non-studio major required courses. Major courses are sequenced over eight consecutive semesters (four years). Note that if you are entering the Product Design major in the spring term, the length of the program is nine semesters because the major-required studio sequence begins in the fall.

    Review your four-year plan to ensure timely graduation. You must enroll in major courses in the order in which they appear in the four-year plan. Note that some of the Product Design courses required for your major and some of the Product Design elective course options are not offered every term. They are designated on your four-year plan as fall term only or spring term only.

    If you have questions about your four-year plan, or other academic information, contact the Transfer Admissions Counselor.

    Retail Merchandising

    Your four-year plan identifies the core courses required for all Retail Merchandising students. Be sure to use your four-year plan to ensure a timely graduation.

    In addition to the core requirements, students must complete a minimum of 18 credits of Retail Merchandising Electives.

    Please be aware that some of the RM courses required for your major and some RM and ADes elective course options are not offered every term. They are designated on your four-year plan as fall term only or spring term only.

    If you have questions about your four-year plan, or other academic information, contact the Transfer Admissions Counselor.