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One of the most important ways to know if a college or university is a good fit for you is to explore campus. At the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, we offer many ways to explore campus and learn about the experiences and programs that make the U of M a special place.
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities offers over 150+ majors and 135+ minors. Whether you already know what you want to study or are just starting to look, the U of M will help you discover what makes you driven to learn more.
The U of M requires international students to demonstrate a command of the English language that is necessary for success in college level classes taught in English. All undergraduate programs at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities require a specific minimum score for admission.
Each particular college or program at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities has its own admissions requirements. Applicants may be admitted if they meet the entrance requirements of the college or program to which they applied.
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities will transfer credits from colleges and universities recognized by the Ministry of Education or other appropriate Ministry or National government body in the country where the school is located. International transfer credit evaluations are provided after students are admitted and confirm their enrollment.
Transfer admission is available for both spring and fall semester. However, Carlson School of Management, the College of Science and Engineering, the College of Biological Sciences, Dental Hygiene, Medical Laboratory Science and Nursing only accept transfer applications for the fall semester.
Students who submit completed applications by the priority deadline will be given full consideration. Applications received or completed after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis. Note: Some programs may close their admission before the final deadline.
The transfer application to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities does not require an essay or letters of recommendation, which makes submitting your application easy!
Please note, applicants to the Carlson School of Management, Medical Laboratory Sciences, the College of Education and Human Development, Nursing, Dental Hygiene, or Mortuary Science must submit a supplemental application.
Students who live on campus are more likely to have better grades, stick with school, and graduate on time. Transfer students have the option to live on-campus or off-campus during their time as a Golden Gopher. The University of Minnesota offers a limited number of on-campus housing options for transfer students.
Be sure to make housing arrangements prior to arriving on campus.
When you confirm your enrollment, you are declaring your intent to attend the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and we will hold a place for you in the incoming transfer class. To confirm your enrollment, you will need to submit a nonrefundable confirmation fee by the deadline noted on your admission materials.
Note: the confirmation fee for spring and fall transfer students are: $95 (spring 2024 transfer students), and $150 (fall 2024 transfer students)
I-20 and F-1 visa process begins after students are admitted and confirm their enrollment. All students who will be studying at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities on an F-1 visa will be required to submit an Undergraduate New Student I-20 Request form to the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS).
Submit Proof of Secondary School/High School Graduation: Successful completion of secondary school/high school graduation is a University of Minnesota Twin Cities enrollment requirement. In order to fulfill the U of M policy for proof of high school graduation, you must provide the Office of Admissions with an official copy of your graduation certificate and/or final secondary school transcript and/or leaving exam results along with official English translation by the date listed on your admission materials.
Submit Official Final University Transcript(s): Students must submit official, final transcripts from all colleges or universities that they have attended, even if no credit was earned. Once transcripts are received, we will email instructions to view your transfer credit evaluation. This evaluation will show the courses and total credits transferred, the courses that did not transfer, as well as how the transfer courses will fulfill any of the University’s liberal education requirements.
International transfer students must complete both International Student Orientation and Transfer Orientation
International Student Online Preparation Course
Prior to arrival, all new international students are required to complete the International Student Preparation Course. This program is the first step in completing new international student orientation requirements, and it will help you prepare for your arrival at the University. Once on campus, you are required to attend the ISSS Check-in and Welcome Session.
Transfer Orientation: New Student Checklist
Transfer Orientation is required for all new students. Once you have confirmed your enrollment, you will receive information from your college about completing your New Student Checklist. The New Student Checklist, which is an interactive, online checklist where you can sign up for orientation dates, take any required placement exams, and more!
International students arrive on campus about two weeks before the start of the semester. During this time before classes begin, students will attend ISSS Check-In and Welcome Session, Transfer Orientation, register for classes, and connect with other transfer students.
Fall semester usually begins after the U.S. Labor Day in early September and runs through mid-December. Spring semester starts after the Martin Luther King Jr. Day in mid-January and runs through mid-May.
The first tuition payment is generally due two to three weeks following the start of the semester. There are several ways to pay the balance due on your student account.