The Transfer Authority on each campus will identify those institutions from which credit can be transferred and determine whether course work is college level. If questions arise with regard to transfer of specific courses, the Transfer Authority will confer with the appropriate college or departmental faculty. The following will apply.
- Credit for course work taken at other institutions will be transferred subject to the following considerations:
- the mission of the institution from which credits would be transferred;
- the comparability of the course work with University course work; and
- the appropriateness of the course work for meeting baccalaureate degree requirements at the University.
- The University will not accept any transfer course with less than a “D” grade. Once a course has been accepted for transfer to a University of Minnesota campus, all colleges and programs on that campus will honor this decision. A transfer course with a grade of less than C- (less than D for Crookston) will not count toward satisfying a major or a minor requirement, but will count toward total credits.
- Credits from technical schools may be considered for transfer only when appropriate to a student’s University of Minnesota degree program. Credit is not normally transferred from specialized or proprietary institutions, military training, or industry-based education programs.
- Credit granted by another institution for nontraditional experiences, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or military training will be re-evaluated for content and comparability. Evaluation is based upon the standards set by the Transfer Authority on that University of Minnesota campus.
- Religious studies courses transfer if they are not doctrinal, confessional, or sectarian in nature. Religious studies courses from public institutions transfer without special review; religious studies courses from all other institutions will be evaluated by the appropriate college or departmental faculty.
- Transfer credits become applicable to a University of Minnesota degree program or certificate program only after the student has been admitted as a degree-seeking student or admitted to the certificate program and official transcripts from prior institutions have been received by the University of Minnesota.
This policy is not applicable to the Duluth campus.
Reason for Policy
This policy specifies where authority resides for decisions regarding transferability of credit and outlines the guidelines surrounding the transfer of credits from other institutions, to ensure that courses transferred demonstrate equivalence with University of Minnesota courses and are of equivalent rigor to courses offered on the University campus to which the course is being transferred. Clear information is critical for students planning to transfer credits to the University. This policy implements criteria and requirements for accreditation established by the Higher Learning Commission.