College of Design

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 2017

Priority Deadline - March 1, 2017. 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 - May 15, 2017


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.



Visits and Advising


Contact Branden Rudie, your Transfer Admissions Counselor, for scheduling an appointment or to set up a College of Design tour.


Interested in a full campus tour?

Contact 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.



Application Materials


Transferring as a degree-seeking student from outside the U of M system (including, domestic, international and U of M CCE students).

Admissions Application

  • Are you a domestic applicant?
    • go HERE for your Application Checklist
  • Are you an international applicant?
    • go HERE for your Application Checklist


Changing colleges from within the U of M Twin Cities Campus, please go to the following webpage and click on the link in Step 5.


Changing colleges or campuses from outside the U of M system (Duluth, Crookston, Morris & Rochester), please submit the Change of College/Campus form to any Onestop Service Center:


Changing majors within the College of Design (including to the Arch BDA). 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.
  • 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: No portfolio of work is required or will be considered at the time of application to the university and the college.


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.



Contact Information

College of Design

Saint Paul Offices

32 McNeal Hall, 1985 Buford Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-1922

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Minneapolis Offices

101 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

P: 612-626-9068 | F: 612-625-7525

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