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Transfer Students


With Online & Distance Education from the University of North Dakota, you can continue your education while you continue to live and work in your own community!

To help you get started, here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding transferring to UND.

How do I apply to UND as a transfer student?

If you have less than 24 completed, transferable college-level credits, you are required to follow the admission requirements for New Freshman. See UND Office of Admissions for complete details.

If you have 24 or more completed, transferable college-level credits, you are required to:
Step 1

Complete the UND Undergraduate Admissions Application and submit the $35 (U.S. Funds) non-refundable application fee.

Step 2

Submit your Official Transcripts from All Previously Attended Colleges/Universities to:

UND Office of Admissions
3501 University Avenue, Stop 8357
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8357

Step 3

Send your High School Transcripts* to:

UND Office of Admissions
3501 University Avenue, Stop 8357
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8357

*If you have 60 or more completed, transferable college-level credits, you do not need to submit your high school transcripts.

For more information regarding admissions and transfer student information, see UND Office of Admissions.

Will my credits transfer to UND?

In general, if you have college-level credits from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher education, all attempted credits will transfer to UND.

There are certain exceptions to this rule. Those exceptions include, but are not limited to, the following:

Academic departments will determine if the transferred credits will apply to your specific major and degree program. To graduate from the University of North Dakota, at least 60 credits must be from a 4-year, regionally accredited college or university. The last 30 credits must be taken from UND. Depending on your degree program, you may be required to complete specific courses through UND.

For more information about transferring to UND, including Transfer Program Agreements and Course Equivalencies from other institutions, refer to the Transfer Student Information from the UND Office of the Registrar.

How will I know if my transferred credits applied to my degree program?

Step 1: After you have submitted your application, the UND Registrar's Office will evaluate your transcript to determine which courses will transfer to UND, approximately a 2-week process. In general, if you have college-level credits from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, all attempted credits will transfer to UND. The academic department for your major will determine if the transferred credits will apply to your specific degree program.

Step 2: After the UND Registrar's Office completes the evaluation and you have been officially admitted to the University, a credit summary will be sent to you with your admissions packet. This summary includes the credits that transferred, the institution of origin, and your transfer GPA. All of your previous undergraduate work will be recorded as semester credits (converted from quarter or other systems as necessary) on your permanent, official transcript.

Step 3: Once you have received your admissions packet, you will need to contact your advisor within your academic department to determine how your transferred credits will apply to your degree program at UND. Please note that it may take 2 to 4 weeks for the academic department to review your transcripts, so plan accordingly. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some courses that are accepted by UND may not satisfy the specific requirements for your degree program.

For more information about transferring to UND, including Transfer Program Agreements and Course Equivalencies from other institutions, refer to the Transfer Student Information from the UND Office of the Registrar.

Does UND have Transfer or Articulation Agreements with other schools?

Yes. The University of North Dakota has a growing list of hundreds of Transfer Program Agreements (also known as Articulation Agreements) with community colleges across the region. Transfer Program Agreements will help you see exactly which courses are guaranteed to transfer to UND and your major from our partner schools.

Ask your college advisor about your school's agreements with UND, or refer to the Transfer Program Agreements from the UND Registrar's Office.

If your school does not have an agreement with UND, you may review UND's Transfer Evaluation System (TES) for guidance on how courses from your school may transfer to UND.

Will UND accept transfer credits toward its Essential Studies (general education) requirements?

If you are transferring from one of the institutions within UND's transfer network, you may be able to complete all of your lower-division general education (Essental Studies) requirements at your current school.

Transferring from North Dakota

UND participates in the General Education Requirements Transfer Agreement (GERTA) with other North Dakota University System (NDUS) schools. If you are transferring from another institution recognized by GERTA or from a tribal college, you will have satisfied UND's Essential Studies / General Education requirements (with the exception of a 3-Credit Upper-Division Capstone Course) if either of the following conditions is met:

  1. You completed a Bachelor's Degree, an Associate of Arts degree, or an Associate of Science degree program at an NDUS institution or tribal college; OR
  2. You completed 36 credits of general education requirements as verified by your NDUS institution or tribal college. To verify that you have completed the requirements, request your school to send a confirmation letter to the UND Registrar's Office.
Transferring from Minnesota

If you are transferring from one of Minnesota's State Colleges & Universities (MnSCU) institutions, you will have satisfied UND's Essential Studies / General Education requirements (with the exception of a 3-Credit Upper-Division Capstone Course) if either of the following conditions is met during or after 2001:

  1. You completed a Bachelor's Degree or an Associate of Arts degree program at an MnSCU institution; OR
  2. You completed the 39 to 44 credits of MnSCU general education requirements (MnTransfer Curriculum) as verified by the MnSCU institution. To verify that you have completed the requirements, request your school to send a confirmation letter to the UND Registrar's Office.
Transferring from Other States

If you are transferring from another state, your transfer credits will be evaluated on an individual, course-by-course basis. Refer to the UND Registrar's Office for Course Equivalencies and Transfer Program Agreements for more information on how your credits may transfer to UND.

Who should I contact for more information about transferring to UND?

To answer your questions about transfer credits and academic advisement, you can connect directly with UND's full-time transfer student representative who works with the UND Office of Admissions. Call 701.777.4463 or 1.800.CALL.UND ext. 4463, or e-mail your questions to: UND.admissions@UND.edu.