Transfer Students from Outside of the U of M

Here are a few things you need to do to get started as a new student in the College of Liberal Arts:

1. Admissions

If you haven't already done so, you first must apply to the University of Minnesota.

2. New Student Checklist

After being fully processed into the College of Liberal Arts, you must complete the New Student Checklist (available April 3, 2024 at 6:00am), where you will:  

3. Orientation

Attend your orientation session where you will:  

  • Learn about University resources. 
  • Attend a CLA college meeting.
  • Meet with a departmental advisor for the major you're interested in.
  • Meet with a CLA academic advisor.
  • Register for classes.

Before Orientation: 

  • Have questions about transferring? Check out the CLA transfer student pages for information about transferring credit, degree requirements, and majors/minors in CLA.
  • Sign-up for orientation. Orientation dates for transfer students are in January for Spring semester registration and July and August for Fall semester registration. Sign-up begins early November for Spring semester and in early-April for Fall semester. Sign-up early as space on each date is limited.
  • Complete the online New Student Checklist after it launches on April 3, 2024 at 6:00am (Central Time). With the CLA New Student Checklist, you will confirm your orientation date, complete a brief questionnaire, schedule your mandatory orientation, take placement tests, and get ready to meet with your advisor.
  • Complete the mandatory Orientation Prep Course (in the New Student Checklist), which will outline college and university wide policies, the CLA advising system, degree requirements, and career resources that are available to you.
  • If you are an international student, you will also work with the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) to prepare for your orientation. International students will complete a Global Gopher online orientation in addition to a CLA transfer online orientation, included on your New Student Checklist.
  • Parents and guests of transfer students are invited to attend the Parent Orientation Program. Get answers to questions about University resources, opportunities, and what to expect the first year.
  • Have transcripts from other colleges, AP scores, and IB scores sent to U of M Admissions.
  • Upload your University ID card photo. Your University ID card is called your U Card. U Card Photo Upload allows you to upload the photo of your choice prior to orientation. Your card will be ready for you to pick up at orientation, saving you time.
  • Need a place to live? On-campus housing for transfer students is limited, and most transfer students live near campus in off-campus housing or commute. The UMTC housing website offers a variety of links to off-campus housing options.
  • Commuting to campus? Check out the UMTC Parking and Transportation Services website.


  • During orientation you will:
    • Have a welcome from the College.
    • Meet with a representative from your department.
    • Meet with your CLA advisor to review your transfer coursework, discuss your remaining degree requirements, and get assistance in selecting courses for the upcoming semester.
    • Register for classes.  

After Orientation:

  • Check your U of M e-mail regularly. It's the official means of communication at the University.
  • Use the post-orientation checklist to help make sure you're on track for a successful first semester.
  • Schedule a follow up appointment with your CLA advisor between the 3rd and 6th week of your first semester.