We welcome transfer students from both two-year and four-year colleges and universities. In fact, about 40 percent of our students transfer here from other schools.
If you have graduated from high school or completed the GED and subsequently attended a post-secondary institution, you are classified as a transfer student in the admission process.
We also offer several off-site programs online and in the Twin Cities area for transfer students. Degrees include biochemistry and biotechnology; construction management; nursing – RN to BSN; operations management; and special education. If you’re interested in these programs, please review the Off-site and Online Programs Transfer Student section.
If you are interested in transferring to the MSU Moorhead campus, follow these steps.
To be admitted to MSU Moorhead, you must have graduated from high school or successfully completed the GED. If you have completed a minimum of 24 academic semester credit hours or 36 academic quarter-hour credits from a regionally accredited college or university and achieved a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA, you generally will be admitted to MSU Moorhead as a transfer student.
If you have completed fewer than 24 academic semester credit hours, you must provide both your college and high school official transcripts to determine admission eligibility. All grades of F, NC (No Credit), or Incomplete will be treated as Fs in computing your grade point average. If your GPA is less than 2.0, you will be denied admission.
MSU Moorhead recognizes and upholds academic suspensions from other post-secondary institutions. If you are under suspension from another institution, you will not be considered for admission until two academic terms have passed since the suspension. Summer session does not count as a term.
You may apply for admission to MSU Moorhead before you complete your studies at another college. You will, however, need to forward a final transcript before enrollment. We reserve the right to revoke admission to students who, after final grades are received, do not meet the minimum 2.0 GPA.
A higher GPA may be required for entry into some academic departments.
For help with your transfer questions or problems, please contact the Admissions Office, firstname.lastname@example.org, 218.477.2161.
Appeals. View an appeal form and find out how to appeal a denial of admission.
Applying to Minnesota State University Moorhead as a transfer student is easy. Please submit the following documents to be considered for admission:
Please note that transcripts must be sent directly from your previous institutions to the MSU Moorhead Office of Admissions. Faxed student or unofficial copies are not considered official transcripts. Failure to declare all previous post-secondary attendance is a serious offense and may result in dismissal from the university and withdrawal of all credits completed.
If transcripts are not in the same name as the application because of a legal name change, you must have the name on the transcripts corrected so that the names on the application and transcripts match. Please remember to submit a final transcript if you are currently enrolled in another university.
If you are transferring to MSUM for the spring or summer term and had financial aid in place at the school you attended that same academic year, you must cancel your financial aid for the next semester at your previous school. Your MSUM financial aid file will be on hold until we receive confirmation from your previous school that your aid has been cancelled. Confirmation can be in the form of: written documentation from your previous school confirming your financial aid has been cancelled, or an e-mail to Denise (email@example.com), or a phone call from your previous school confirming your cancellation to 800.593.7246 or 218.477.2087.
To ensure to make a successful transfer to MSU Moorhead, be sure you’re able to check the following activities off your to-do list:
Fall Orientation is a four-day program to help you become acquainted with campus, meet new friends and make a smooth transition to MSU Moorhead. Typically held before classes begin, Orientation provides an outstanding opportunity for you to meet with academic advisors, faculty advisors and peer advisors and become familiar with faculty and staff. You’ll be able to tour campus, learn more about financial aid, discover ways to get involved in campus activities—and even get your student ID (if you haven’t already).
Attendance isn’t mandatory, but Orientation is a great way to kick-start your academic career. Learn more about Orientation.