Transfer from within the University

Learn about transferring to the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Sciences (CFANS) from other colleges or campuses within the University of Minnesota system.

Admission to CFANS is based on an assessment of the applicant's academic record and potential for success in the designated major. Primary review factors include completion of appropriate prerequisite courses and the applicant’s cumulative grade point average. Other factors include the applicant’s progress toward the intended degree, grade point average in major relevant coursework, and grade trends.

General guidelines

Prerequisite courses and review criteria

  • Transfer students will be considered for admission to CFANS having met both of the following criteria:
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and will have a strong foundation in math and science. Current University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus students will be considered for transfer admission based primarily on their grades earned at the Twin Cities campus
  • Successful transfer applicants will have completed College Algebra (or higher) or a statistics course equivalent to STAT 3011. These courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
    • Note: Fulfilling College Algebra or a higher math course is the preferred option for most CFANS majors. If you are admitted with just a statistics course you will need to complete an additional math course upon your arrival. For questions on which math courses are required for your major, contact your CFANS Transfer Admissions Counselor, Jeff Polski, at pols0025@umn.edu or 612-624-3220.
      • Fall applicants must have one of these courses completed or in progress by their spring semester.
      • Spring applicants must have one of these courses completed or in progress by their fall semester.
      • Summer courses taken for requirements will transfer but CANNOT be used for the following fall semester admission. Ex: Summer 2021 courses cannot be used to meet requirements for Fall 2021 admission only for Spring 2022 or after. 

Major-Specific Admission Guidelines

The following majors have specific admission requirements in addition to the general CFANS guidelines.

  • Animal Science major, Pre-Vet emphasis (as of Fall 2018 these guidelines for Pre-Vet are recommendations, not requirements):
    • We recommend that applicants to the Pre-Vet emphasis have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and we also recommend that they have completed the following courses with a grade of B or higher:
      • College Algebra
      • One semester of Intro Chemistry with lab (equivalent CHEM 1015/1017) or General Chemistry with lab (equivalent CHEM 1061/1065), prefer General Chemistry
      • One semester of General Biology with lab (equivalent to BIOL 1009)
         
  • Applied Economics: Applicants must have completed either Microeconomics or Macroeconomics with a grade of B- or better.
     
  • Agricultural and Food Business Management: Most successful applicants will have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher. Applicants must have completed either Microeconomics or Macroeconomics with a grade of B- or better.
     
  • Food Science: Preferred cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher. Successful applicants must have completed the following courses with a grade of C- or better
    • One semester of General Chemistry with lab (Equivalent to CHEM 1061/1065)
    • One semester of General Biology with lab (Equivalent to BIOL 1009)
       
  • Nutrition: Preferred cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher. Successful applicants must have completed the following courses with a grade of C or better
    • One semester of General Chemistry with lab (Equivalent to CHEM 1061/1065)
    • One semester of General Biology with lab* (Equivalent to BIOL 1009)
    • If a student has one full year of Chemistry (equivalent to CHEM 1061/1065 and CHEM 1062/1066) then the student is not required to complete General Biology with a lab prior to admission.
       
  • Pre-Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering: Applicants who do not meet CSE Transfer requirements can still be considered for the Pre-BBE major if they meet CFANS' general guidelines.

Current University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus students will be considered for transfer admission based primarily on their grades earned at the Twin Cities campus.

Deadlines

  • Fall admission deadline: Feb 1 (Early Action) and June 1 (Final) 
  • Spring admission deadline: October 1 (Early Action) and Dec 1 (Final)

Note: Review of inter-college transfer (ICT) applications will occur at 3 set time during each review period

  • Applications for Fall semester transfer
    • 1st review at priority deadline
    • 2nd review 2 weeks prior to registration
    • 3rd review at deadline
  • Applications for Spring transfer
    • 1st review at priority deadline
    • 2nd review 2 weeks prior to registration
  • Final review after final grades

How to apply

Download and complete the Application for Undergraduate Change of College or the Additional Undergraduate Degree Program application on the One Stop website.

If you have additional questions, CFANS Transfer Admissions Counselor contact Jeff Polski: