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Admission of Transfer Students:
How and When to Apply
Transfer Student Automatic Admission Standards. The goal of UND’s admission standards is to attract students who are likely to succeed in our rigorous academic environment.
Automatic Admission – 24 or more transfer credits: Transfer students with 24 or more transferable credits will be admitted when a cumulative college GPA of 2.0 is achieved. Beyond this general admission, some schools or colleges in the University require higher averages in selected major programs.
Automatic Admission – Less than 24 transfer credits: Transfer students with fewer than 24 semester hours of transferable credit will be automatically admitted when they:
• Achieve a satisfactory ACT* score of:
- All high school graduates 21 (SAT 990)
• Have a high school cumulative GPA 2.50
• Fully meet Core Requirements:
- English (4 units), Math (3 units of Algebra I or above), Lab Science (3 units), Social Studies (3 units)
Non-Automatic Admission for Transfers with less than 24 credits and under age of 25: Students are encouraged to apply for admission even if they don’t meet the automatic admission standards and are deficient in only one of the GPA or ACT standards.
Students who are not automatically admitted will be reviewed by a committee. The committee will review all relevant information and extenuating circumstances to make an admission decision that is in the best interest of the student and institution.
Admission of Transfer Students. Transfer students from other colleges and universities who have earned fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable transferable credit must request that their high school records verifying high school graduation as well as official transcripts of their records at each institution attended be sent directly from the schools and colleges to the Office of Admissions.
*Official ACT or SAT results are required for students who will not have 24 acceptable transfer credits and are under the age of 25.
Students who have declared a major will enroll in one of UND’s undergraduate degree-granting colleges. These are the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Administration, the College of Education and Human Development, the School of Engineering and Mines, the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences, the College of Nursing, and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (Physical Therapy, Athletic Training, Cytotechnology, Clinical Laboratory Science, Occupational Therapy). For information on admission requirements and grade point average requirements of UND’s colleges and schools, see the specific college section. Transfer students who have an “undecided” major will receive assistance from the Office of Student Academic Services.
Applicants who have been enrolled in a college or university other than the University of North Dakota and who are applying for admission must submit complete credentials to the Office of Admissions before any information regarding their status will be given. All claims for transfer credit must be made within the semester in which the student matriculates. The Office of the University Registrar evaluates and records transfer credit. Students with unsatisfactory records, as well as students who have been asked to withdraw from other institutions due to unsatisfactory scholarship or behavior, ordinarily will not be allowed to enter the University. If special permission for admission is granted, the student is placed on academic probation.
International Student Transfer Admission. International students applying for transfer admission must submit an application for admission and official transcripts/academic records from all post-secondary schools attended. In addition, applicants must submit one of the following English language test results.
• Test of the English Language (TOEFL) minimum scores
- 525 written based
- 195 computerized based for test take after 1998
- 71 internet based
• International English Language Test (IELTS) minimum score
- 6.0 band score
• Pearson test of English Academic (PTE-A) minimum score
- 50 academic score
If transferring from a college or university outside of the United States, a course-by-course evaluation of non-U.S. post-secondary credentials is required. It is required that all college/university international transcripts be evaluated. In most cases, World Education Services (WES) is utilized by applicants. When choosing WES applicants should select the ICAP option that offers a course-by-course-evaluation along with authenticating the transcripts and English translation. Applications may also choose to have documents evaluated by ECE or AACRAO.
If transferring from a college or university within the United States a I-20 transfer form is required.
Eligibility. A transfer student must be in good academic standing and be eligible to return to any college or university attended. The transfer student is not at liberty to disregard any part of his or her previous college record. Former students of other institutions may not enter as new freshmen on the basis of secondary school records.
Students transferring to the University must have maintained at least a ‘‘C’’ average at the colleges or universities which they previously attended. Some colleges in the University require higher averages in selected major programs. These requirements are described in the specific college listing in this catalog.
Transfer Credit. In general, students may transfer credit to the University for any college level courses successfully completed at regionally accredited colleges and universities, provided (a) the courses are in disciplines offered at or cognate to those offered at the University; and (b) the courses do or would receive credit if offered at the University. Credits not successfully completed (grades of F) that would transfer if successfully completed will also transfer to the University and will affect the students’ cumulative grade point average.
Students pursuing degrees in vocational education (Business Education or Industrial Technology), or in such programs as Aviation Maintenance Management; Dietetics; or Clinical Laboratory Science who have completed approved vocational programs of at least nine months duration may be allowed transfer credit, on a block basis, in the major area. The amount of credit will be determined by the department chair in the respective major. The credit granted will be applied only toward degrees in the specified majors.
Transfer students from two-year colleges (junior or community colleges) are required to complete a minimum of 60 semester hours at a four-year college. The last 30 credits toward the degree must be institutional credit at the University of North Dakota.
To qualify for a degree a student must achieve a minimum 2.00 (C) average on all University work. For transfer students, it is required that the overall average (including transfer work) be 2.00 (C) and that the average of work taken at the University of North Dakota be 2.00 (C). Some colleges require a higher grade point average for graduation and this requirement is indicated in the specific college description in this catalog.
How To Apply:
1. Transfer students should apply and pay the $35.00 non-refundable fee online at www.go.und.edu.
2. Students must request that an official transcript from each college attended be forwarded directly to the Office of Admissions, Box 8357, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND 58202. Although an applicant’s records from several institutions may be summarized on one transcript, an application will not be considered until official transcripts from each college attended are received. These are required even though no credit may have been earned at an institution. An official high school transcript mailed to the Office of Admissions directly from the high school is required for all students who have earned fewer than 60 semester credits accepted toward a baccalaureate degree and official ACT or SAT results are required for students allowed less than 24 semester credits in transfer.