Transfer from within the UMN Twin Cities
If you are currently enrolled at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in another college besides the College of Science and Engineering or at the University of Minnesota Rochester campus, you have the ability to transfer into CSE or stay in your current college and apply to pursue a CSE degree in addition to your current non-CSE degree. Both options follow the same admissions process, except there are specific forms for each option. Admissions to CSE for UMN Twin Cities students occurs both in the fall and spring. However, spring admissions is only for students who are eligible to be admitted into CSE and directly into their major.
Eligibility and review criteria
University of Minnesota Twin Cities students will be considered for admission to the College of Science and Engineering having met the following criteria prior to applying:
- A minimum of three technical courses in at least two different subject areas completed at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities with grades posted.
- The minimum course prerequisites for a student’s intended major or equivalent courses must be completed or in progress by the time of application. AP/IB credit, test credit, etc. as well as courses in progress are considered to fulfill this criterion. These minimum prerequisites are required for admission to the College of Science and Engineering but not yet into the major. Direct admission to the major (upper division) requires additional sophomore level coursework which is identified with a diamond on the four year plan.
- At least one semester of major-specific coursework remaining to be completed once admitted to CSE. However, the preference is to have two or more semesters remaining.
Effective for Fall 2023 admission
Additional requirements for students applying to a major in which both a Bachelor of Arts (College of Liberal Arts) and Bachelor of Science (College of Science and Engineering) are available, including astrophysics, chemistry, computer science, earth sciences, environmental geoscience, mathematics, and physics:
- Students with 60 or more credits completed by the application deadline, in addition to the requirements above, must have a 3.5 technical GPA and one year of major-specific coursework remaining.
Review the four-year plan for your major to see the best time to transfer, taking into consideration the course prerequisites and sequences.
Technical courses and technical GPA
What are technical courses?
Technical courses are all math and science-based courses beginning with the required prerequisite courses. These courses include, but are not limited to, calculus, calculus-based physics, general chemistry principles, higher-level math and science, engineering, and computer science courses.
What should I know about technical courses?
- A transfer applicant’s technical GPA is calculated using all grades of technical courses including original and repeated attempts (referred to as an "unbracketed technical GPA").
- The University of Minnesota Twin Cities technical GPA only consists of courses taken at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. An unbracketed technical GPA is used in the admission to the major process, meaning that all attempts at a course (which resulted in a letter grade of A-F) are factored into the GPA.
- Most successful applicants to the College of Science and Engineering have a 3.2 or higher technical grade point average (GPA). However, the required technical GPA for admission varies by major and is dependent on how much of the curriculum the student has completed. Students who have completed more major coursework may be admitted with a lower technical GPA as they have demonstrated success in the curriculum and/or are admissible directly to the major.
- Current University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus students will be considered for transfer admission based primarily on their grades earned at the Twin Cities campus.This means that students must have at least one semester of graded coursework from the UM -Twin Cities campus completed at the time of application.
- Students who have been unsuccessful in completing a course needed for the major will not be admitted until they have successfully completed the course/requirement.
These technical course equivalency guides can be used to determine how courses completed at another domestic institution may meet degree requirements at the University of Minnesota.
How to apply
Complete the online Application for Undergraduate Change of College or Additional Undergraduate Degree Program application located on the OneStop website.
March 1 - Fall Admissions
October 1 - Spring Admissions - Note: Only available to current University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus degree-seeking students who are eligible for direct admission to their major.
Late applications will not be considered.