Transfer Students

Transfer admission into the Carlson School is a competitive process. Prospective students are encouraged to pay special attention to the requirements listed below and to start preparing early. Applicants for transfer admission are typically considered at the sophomore and junior level.

Applications are accepted for fall admission only. The application deadline is March 1. An application will be reviewed only if ALL application materials are postmarked and/or submitted electronically by the application deadline.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission, students should meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of 26 credits by the end of spring semester
  • Minimum 3.0 collegiate GPA
  • Completion of the following three prerequisite courses, with a grade of C- or higher:

    • Microeconomics (ECON 1101, 1104, or APEC 1101)
    • Macroeconomics (ECON 1102, 1105, or APEC 1102)
    • Calculus (MATH 1142 or 1271)

Applicants will not be considered for admission if any prerequisite course will be completed in the summer prior to their incoming fall semester. Applicants need to ensure ALL prerequisite courses are completed by the end of spring semester.

Review Factors

Review Factors

Transfer admission is based on a holistic review of the applicant's background and accomplishments as presented in the application materials. Students admitted to the program have an average collegiate GPA of 3.75, strong co-curricular and leadership activities, and exceptional writing skills.

We look at the following items closely during the admissions process: 

  • Academic performance
  • Progress in prerequisite courses (Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Calculus)
  • Leadership, service, work experience and other "outside of the classroom" experiences (as assessed by the application addendum)
  • Writing skills (as assessed by the essay questions)
  • High school academic performance and ACT/SAT scores may be reviewed dependent upon the number of transferrable postsecondary credits.
    • NOTE: All applicants from outside the U of MN must submit a high school transcript to the U of MN Office of Admissions (NOT the Carlson School). The high school transcript (or GED) is needed to determine: proof of graduation; completion of high school preparation requirements; and completion of prerequisites for admission to your college of choice. Exception: students who have previously completed an A.A. degree or bachelor's degree DO NOT need to submit a high school transcript.

Junior Level Applicants

Junior Level Applicants

Junior-level applicants may also wish to complete the following courses prior to admission in order to enter the upper division business curriculum:

  • Business Statistics (SCO 2550)
  • Financial Accounting (ACCT 2050)
  • Fundamentals of Management (MGMT 3001)
  • Students transferring in at the junior level will be required to take BA 3000 Career Skills the summer prior to enrollment in the program.

To Apply - Current U of MN Students

To Apply - Current U of MN Students

1. Complete the online Change of College form if you wish to transfer from one degree program to another or the Dual Degree form if you wish to complete two bachelor's degrees in two different colleges.

  • Note: Students applying from a coordinate U of MN campus (not Twin Cities) will need to submit a paper copy of the Change of College form to OneStop Student Services. The paper form containing further instructions is available here.

2. Obtain transcripts from schools outside the U of MN system and send them directly to the U of M Office of Admissions. DO NOT send transcripts to the Carlson School of Management. 

3. Complete the Carlson School Online Addendum (link will be available when the next application cycle begins)

  • If you believe you have faced extenuating life circumstances that are important for the application reviewers to be aware of, you are welcome (but not required) to submit a seperate letter explaining such circumstances. ​​Please note, extenuating circumstances are serious and acute problems or events which are beyond your control or ability to foresee which may have affected your performance academically or otherwise. A separate letter of extenuating circumstances may be emailed to carlsontransfer@umn.edu (subject line: Letter of Extenuating Circumstances) or mailed by the application deadline to:
    • Carlson School Undergraduate Program
      Attn: Transfer Admissions, 2-190 Hanson Hall
      1925 4th Street South
      Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • NOTE: Letters of Recommendation are NOT considered in review for admission.

4. In order for your application to be considered for admission, ALL application materials must be postmarked and/or submitted electronically by the application deadline at 11:59 p.m. on March 1, 2016.

To Apply - Students from Outside the University of Minnesota

To Apply - Students from Outside the University of Minnesota

1. Complete the U of MN Transfer Application and all related steps or visit the U of MN Office of Admissions in 240 Williamson Hall.

  • DO NOT send transcripts to the Carlson School of Management. All outside transcripts and test scores should be sent directly to the U of MN Office of Admissions at:
    • 240 Williamson Hall
      231 Pillsbury Drive SE
      Minneapolis, MN 55455

2. Complete the Carlson School Online Addendum (link will be available when the next application cycle begins):

​Step 1:
Login Process Step 1

Step 2:
Login Step 2

Step 3:
Transfer Step 3

Step 4:Transfer Admissions Login Step 4
 

  • If you believe you have faced extenuating life circumstances that are important for the application reviewers to be aware of, you are welcome (but not required) to submit a seperate letter explaining such circumstances. ​​Please note, extenuating circumstances are serious and acute problems or events which are beyond your control or ability to foresee which may have affected your performance academically or otherwise. A separate letter of extenuating circumstances may be emailed to carlsontransfer@umn.edu (subject line: Letter of Extenuating Circumstances) or mailed by the application deadline to:
    • Carlson School Undergraduate Program
      Attn: Transfer Admissions, 2-190 Hanson Hall
      1925 4th Street South
      Minneapolis, MN 55455
  • NOTE: Letters of Recommendation are NOT considered in review for admission.

4. In order for your application to be considered for admission, ALL application materials must be postmarked and/or submitted electronically by the application deadline.

Transfer Orientation Dates

Transfer Orientation Dates

Save the date for a mandatory one-day transfer orientation program:

2016 Dates

Type of transfer student

Wednesday, May 18
OR
Thursday, May 19
OR
Tuesday, August 23

ICT (students from within the U of M-Twin Cities campus)

Thursday, June 30
OR
Monday, August 22

NAS/IUT (students from outside the U of M-Twin Cities campus)

Immersion Core

Immersion Core

The Immersion Core (I-Core) includes courses in strategy, marketing, finance, and operations and will be taken together as part of a 12-credit cohort taken during one semester.

Students should NOT complete the following courses prior to transfer:

  • Finance Fundamentals
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Business Strategy

Transferring Credits

Transferring Credits

The Carlson School's Undergraduate Program works with the U of MN Office of Admissions to determine how credits transfer to meet program requirements after an admission decision has been made. Use the transfer guide to determine how your credits will transfer to meet liberal education requirements and which courses will transfer to meet requirements in the Carlson School. Upper division, or major coursework, is generally reviewed on a course-by-course basis. Business coursework from two-year colleges beyond lower division requirements typically does not transfer.

Please refer to the transfer guide for more details.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) will meet the University's liberal education requirements (but not the writing intensive requirements). Consult with a counselor at your current institution with questions regarding the MnTC.

Transfer Admissions Information Sessions

Transfer Admissions Information Sessions

Sessions for fall 2016 admission are complete. Information sessions for fall 2017 admission will begin in September 2016. Please check back for the schedule in early summer.

In the meantime, please refer to the information on our website. If you have an urgent question, please contact carlsontransfer@umn.edu.You are also welcome to visit the Carlson School during drop-in advising hours. Please see the "Contact Us" tab for more information.

Contact Us

Contact Us

The Carlson School offers the following specific support services for prospective transfer applicants. Please note, there are no transfer appointments. For a one-on-one meeting, you may either attend an information session and/or meet with an adviser during drop-in hours.

  1. Attend an information session.
    These on-campus sessions provide a full overview of the transfer admissions process to the Carlson School. Additionally, time is held at the end of each session to allow prospective students to meet with an academic adviser individually. Sessions are offered September - February prior to the application deadline. See the "Transfer Admissions Information Sessions" tab for the full schedule of sessions.

  2. Email carlsontransfer@umn.edu.
    This account is managed by the transfer admissions staff, and is the quickest and most efficient way to get your questions answered.

  3. Attend drop-in advising.
    Carlson School academic advisers are experts in the curriculum and the transfer process. If you are unable to attend an Information Session, and would like to meet with Carlson School staff individually to discuss your transfer plans and questions, you may attend drop-in advising; no appointment needed.

    Drop-in advising hours during fall and spring semesters are Monday – Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., with exception to Wednesday mornings.

    Drop-in advising hours during the summer is limited due to new student orientation and are typically offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please call the front desk at 612-624-3313 for information on the drop-in schedule for a given week.

  4. Visit the website.
    Refer to this transfer admissions website for the most up-to-date transfer information, including application information (requirements, timeline and review information), planning resources (transfer credit guides), information session schedule and updates for the upcoming application cycle.

Questions?

For more information about transferring to the Carlson School, please attend an information session (resuming in fall 2016) or contact carlsontransfer@umn.edu.

Apply

Please check the University of Minnesota Office of Admissions website for details about the application and important deadlines.