Interstate Passport Network
Interested in transferring with fewer obstacles while saving time, money and – most importantly – your credits?
What is Interstate Passport?
Interstate Passport is a network of regionally-accredited institutions that agree to transfer completed general education requirements as a "block" in a seamless and efficient process from one member institution to another.
Students who earn a Passport from any Network-member institution will have achieved the learning outcomes in the following nine knowledge and skill areas:
Foundational Skills: oral communication, written communication, quantitative literacy
Knowledge of Concepts: natural sciences, human cultures, creative expression, human society and the individual
Crosscutting Skills: critical thinking and teamwork/value systems
Once students earn their Passports, they will have successfully completed the lower-division general education requirements at any of the colleges and universities participating in the Interstate Passport Network.
What This Means for You?
If you're transferring to UND with a Passport from another Network-member institution, you will not have to repeat or take additional courses to satisfy UND's lower-division Essential Studies (general education) requirements.
Your Interstate Passport gives you:
- The potential for faster time to degree, lower costs, less debt, and lower foregone earnings from needing to repeat credits.
An early milestone of credit completion (i.e., your Passport) on the way to your degree.
Advanced knowledge that your lower-division general education credits will be recognized upon transfer to another Interstate Network-member institution, like UND.
A streamlined transfer process and a greater likelihood of successful transfer and degree completion.
UND's Essential Studies Requirements
At UND, you need to complete 39 semester credits (36 credits plus a 3-credit Capstone course) to fulfill your general education requirements, referred to Essential Studies (ES) at UND.
With your Passport, you'll only need to complete the ES Capstone requirement at UND. You will have met all of the other UND ES requirements.
How Do You Earn a Passport?
If you're currently a student at one of the Interstate Passport Network institutions and interested in transferring, ask your academic advisor how you can earn a Passport.
Each Network member institution has its own Passport Block, which is a menu of lower-division general education courses and learning experiences by which a student can earn the Passport.
Students who complete UND's Passport Block with a minimum grade of "C" or its equivalent in each course or learning experience will be awarded the Passport Lower-Division General Education from the University of North Dakota.