University of Minnesota Twin Cities

February 2015 Transfer Newsletter

In this newsletter:

  1. Financial aid and scholarship information
  2. University Honors Program for transfer students
  3. Spotlight: The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

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This is the fourth year since we started this transfer newsletter and we genuinely appreciate your feedback. Please send all comments, suggestions and questions regarding newsletter content to Ms. Alyssa Kotzian, transfer newsletter coordinator, via email at

Additionally, we want to make sure that everyone who may be interested in our newsletters' information is receiving it. If you know anyone that should be added to our distribution list, please don't hesitate to contact Ms. Kotzian.

I. Financial aid and scholarship information

At the University of Minnesota, 75 percent of enrolled students receive some form of financial aid, such as loans, grants, scholarships, or work study funds. Most families use a variety of resources to pay for a college education. Please encourage your students to submit their FAFSA to the U of M-TC (FAFSA School Code 003969) as soon as possible. The Financial Aid Office uses the FAFSA to determine all financial aid offers. If students have questions, please direct them to call a financial aid officer at 612-624-1111, extension 1.

Certain U of M-TC undergraduate colleges offer transfer specific scholarships that require the submission of additional materials. We have included a list of these transfer scholarship opportunities below. Please direct students to contact the specific college offering the scholarship if they have further questions.

College of Liberal Arts (CLA)

Transfer scholarships are awarded in the spring term for use during the following academic year. This application is intended for students who will be entering the College of Liberal Arts astransfer students in fall 2015. Recipients will be awarded a scholarship of approximately $3,000 for the 2015-2016 academic year. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and indicated financial need, with some consideration given to co- or extracurricular involvement.

Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in all college coursework. They must also officially declare a College of Liberal Arts (CLA) major and intend to pursue a degree from CLA. Students who plan to complete their undergraduate program in a different college (e.g., Carlson School of Management, College of Biological Sciences, etc.) are not eligible for this scholarship.

For complete application instructions, please direct students to:

Students should contact the CLA Office of Undergraduate Programs, 612-626-3140 or, with further questions.

College of Science and Engineering (CSE)

CSE has a limited number of transfer scholarships that students will be considered for automatically based on their application for admission. The scholarship review process in CSE is very competitive. Please contact CSE with questions at 612-625-6403.

College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS)

CFANS offers a number of transfer scholarships predominantly for students in the following areas:

  • Pursuing a major in Bioproducts Marketing and Management or Pre-Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
  • Forest and Natural Resource Management (guaranteed $1,500 scholarship)
  • Students whose hometown is in the Iron Range
  • Students who have a strong record of leadership and academic achievement, regardless of planned major. All majors are eligible for scholarships.

Transfer applicants from outside the University of Minnesota system are not required to submit additional information for any of the above scholarships. The College Scholarship Committee will use the admissions application to make decisions, so students are encouraged to complete the applications in as much detail as possible—including a career goal statement. Priority consideration for scholarships is given to students who submit their admission application by the March 2 priority application deadline for fall admission. Those who apply after that date will be considered on a funds-available basis. For more information about the admissions process, call 612-624-3220.

CFANS is also offering up to 12 scholarships worth $5000 each, through the Land O'Lakes Multifunctional Agricultural and Food Systems Scholarship.

This scholarship is open to any student transferring into CFANS for the 2015-2016 academic year who is planning to pursue one of the following majors:

  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural and Food Business Management
  • Environmental Science, Policy and Management (ESPM)
  • Food Systems
  • Plant Science

Unlike the other scholarships, this scholarship does require a transfer student to submit a scholarship application. For more information, please visit:

Carlson School of Management

The Carlson School of Management offers scholarships to competitive transfer applicants. Students are considered for scholarships with their transfer application for admission. They will be notified with their offer of admission, or shortly thereafter, if they are receiving a scholarship. Students should direct all additional questions to the Carlson School of Management at 612-624-3313.

College of Continuing Education (CCE)

Transfer students are encouraged to apply for CCE scholarships and grants. Applicants are reviewed on the basis of financial need, strength of the personal statement, academic record, extra-curricular activities or community involvement, and special circumstances. Students have the opportunity to apply each term and must apply by the application deadlines to be considered.

For additional information and application instructions, please direct students to:

College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)

While CEHD does not offer any scholarships specifically for transfer students, transfer students are welcome to apply for any of our scholarships for current undergraduate students. For a list of scholarship opportunities, please visit:

Mortuary Science

The program of mortuary science has several endowed scholarships that are available to students enrolled in the program. Students apply each year during spring semester. Eligibility criteria vary for each scholarship. Students should contact Molly Diethelm at or 612-624-6464 for further information.

II. University Honors Program for transfer students

Prospective or newly admitted fall 2015 transfer students are encouraged to consider applying to the University Honors Program.

Current U of M-TC and transfer students are accepted into the University Honors Program every fall semester on a space-available basis.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for admission to the honors program, you must have:

  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5
  • A history of strong performance in major and prerequisite coursework
  • At least 60 graded (A-F) credits left to complete at the U of M-TC after admission

Please note that admission is highly competitive. The mean GPA for students admitted to the program is typically 3.85. Admitted students have also demonstrated a strong interest in research, scholarship, or artistic activity.

Application Deadlines

  • Priority deadline for transfer students: March 2, 2015
  • Final deadline for transfer students: June 1, 2015

Students who are interested in applying to the Honors program can apply online. Interested transfer students are encouraged to apply prior to receiving notice of admission to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. University Honors Program admission decisions will be sent following U of M-TC transfer admission decisions.

III. Spotlight: The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences

The College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) uses research, education and outreach to find and share its discoveries on an enormous range of topics. CFANS finds ways to provide food, fuel, feed and fiber that is healthy, safe, accessible and sustainable while protecting our natural resources and improving soil, air, and water quality to benefit and sustain communities.

Facts and figures:

Have a transfer student in mind who may be interested in CFANS? Please contact Alyssa Kotzian, 612-624-3220, for more information or to set up an individual visit.

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