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Transfer Admission Requirements

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

190 Coffey Hall (St. Paul campus)
612-624-3220
cfans.umn.edu/academics/undergrad-resources/course-transfer-guides

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) offers students an extraordinary education with 13 majors, 1 pre-major, and 26 minors based in solution-driven science. As a CFANS student, you'll discover a close-knit campus community while benefiting from the resources of a world-class research university—such as undergraduate research, top professors, hands-on experiences, and hundreds of course options.

CFANS has a long tradition of educating future leaders who understand the delicate balance of production and conservation. Students learn from faculty who use critical and innovative thinking, plus all the tools of the arts and sciences, to solve everyday problems and make our planet a productive, friendly, and sustainable environment.

The College's nationally recognized programs and broad array of internship and research opportunities provide students with the education and experience they need for successful careers in private businesses, public agencies, and nonprofit organizations, or for graduate study.

Majors:

  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural and Food Business Management
  • Agricultural Communication and Marketing
  • Animal Science
  • Applied Economics
  • Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management
  • Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
  • Food Science
  • Food Systems
  • Forest and Natural Resource Management
  • Nutrition
  • Plant Science
  • Sustainable Systems Management

CFANS also offers one pre-major and two pre-professional programs. The Pre-Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering major is an undergraduate course of study that specifically prepares you for entrance into the College of Science and Engineering's upper-division Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering major.

CFANS' pre-professional programs are specifically designed to meet the entrance requirements to professional programs such as veterinary medicine, medicine and dentistry. CFANS offers several pre-professional program options. Visit cfans.umn.edu/academics/cfans-majors-minors to learn more.

Degree options: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Deadlines

Spring semester 2019 All majors Priority: October 1
Final: December 1
Fall semester 2019 All Majors Priority: February 1
Final: June 1

CFANS Transfer Student Profile

Number of Admitted Students for Fall 2019: 245
Fall 2019 Average Transfer GPA: 3.37
Transfer GPA range distribution: 4.0-3.5 41.2%
3.49-3.0 39.6%
2.99-2.5 18%
Below 2.5 1.2%

CFANS Transfer Course Requirements

General Guidelines:

  • Successful transfer applicants will have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and will have a strong foundation in math and science.
  • Successful transfer applicants will have completed College Algebra (or higher) or a statistics course equivalent to STAT 3011 before enrolling at the U of M. These courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better. <>>br>
    *Note: Fulfilling College Algebra or a higher math course is the preferred option for most CFANS majors. If you are admitted with just a statistics course you will need to complete an additional math course upon your arrival. For questions on which math courses are required for your major, contact your CFANS Transfer Admissions Counselor, Jeff Polski, at pols0025@umn.edu or 612-624-3220.
    • Fall applicants must have one of these courses completed or in progress by their spring semester.
    • Spring applicants must have one of these courses completed or in progress by their fall semester.
    • Summer courses will NOT be considered.
  • Priority admission consideration is given to applicants who intend to graduate from CFANS (not from another U of M college.)
  • For transfer applicants with fewer than 26 college credits complete, applications are reviewed using both college academics and the following:
    • Successful completion of the high school course requirement.
    • High school rank percentile (students from non-ranking schools and those with GED or other high school equivalency are given full consideration).
    • ACT or SAT scores.
    • Rigor of the high school curriculum.
  • For all CFANS majors, secondary review factors include, but are not limited to: Grade trends, participation in extracurricular activities related to the major, community involvement, and work experience. High school grades, class rank, and ACT or SAT scores may be factored into the admissions decision for students who have completed less than 26 transferable college credits.

Major-Specific Admission Guidelines:
The following majors have specific admission requirements in addition to the general CFANS guidelines.

Animal Science major, Pre-Vet emphasis (as of Fall 2018 these guidelines for Pre-Vet are recommendations, not requirements):

We recommend that applicants to the Pre-Vet emphasis have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and we also recommend that they have completed the following courses with a grade of B or higher:

  • College Algebra
  • One semester of Intro Chemistry with lab (equivalent CHEM 1015/1017) or General Chemistry with lab (equivalent CHEM 1061/1065), prefer General Chemistry
  • One semester of General Biology with lab (equivalent to BIOL 1009)

Applied Economics:

Applicants must have completed either Microeconomics or Macroeconomics with a grade of B- or better.

Agricultural and Food Business Management:

Most successful applicants will have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher. Applicants must have completed either Microeconomics or Macroeconomics with a grade of B- or better.

Food Science:

Preferred cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher. Successful applicants must have completed the following courses with a grade of C- or better:

  • One semester of General Chemistry with lab (Equivalent to CHEM 1061/1065)
  • One semester of General Biology with lab (Equivalent to BIOL 1009)

Nutrition:

Preferred cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher. Successful applicants must have completed the following courses with a grade of C or better:

  • One semester of General Chemistry with lab (Equivalent to CHEM 1061/1065)
  • One semester of General Biology with lab* (Equivalent to BIOL 1009)

* If a student has one full year of Chemistry (equivalent to CHEM 1061/1065 and CHEM 1062/1066) then the student is not required to complete General Biology with a lab prior to admission.

Pre-Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering:

Applicants who do not meet CSE Transfer requirements can still be considered for the Pre-BBE major if they meet CFANS' general guidelines.

Campus Visits

CFANS campus visits for prospective transfer students are offered by appointment on the St. Paul campus. During your CFANS campus visit, you will learn more about your area of interest from a transfer counselor. This visit can be scheduled in conjunction with the St. Paul campus tour. To schedule a CFANS visit, contact your CFANS Transfer Admissions Counselor, Jeff Polski, at pols0025@umn.edu or 612-624-3220.

To learn more about the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, visit the CFANS website at www.cfans.umn.edu.

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