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University of Minnesota Morris
Admissions Office
180 Welcome Center
600 East 4th Street
Morris, Minnesota 56267

Morris students stand out and fit in. We’ll help you transfer your credits and get you started with an education that renews and sustains for a lifetime.

At Morris you will find friends and a community. Start by applying, then picture yourself at Morris.

Academic Requirements

To thrive at Morris, you should meet or exceed the following requirements:

*Applicants who are near or below this requirement, or who have semesters below this benchmark, will be considered individually. In addition to your application, please provide a written statement about the circumstances contributing to any academic hardship and explain how you have addressed these issues to ensure your future college success.

If you have not completed 30 college credits after graduating high school at the time you submit your application, your high school record and ACT or SAT score will also be taken into consideration.

Steps for future transfer applicants from another college

1. Visit Us

There are a number of visit options. If you can’t visit, try our virtual tour.

2. Complete the application

Apply online or download the application [PDF]. (Be sure to include a $35 non-refundable application fee, or $25 if applying online.) For tips on how to make the most of your application find out more about how we evaluate applications »

3. Have ALL official college and university transcripts sent directly to Morris.

Request that official college transcripts from each institution you have attended be sent directly to Morris. Make your request early, as it can take several days for a college to issue your transcript. Read about our transfer credit policy for information on transferable course credit.

College transcripts are considered official if sent to Morris directly from the original institution. If the transcript was issued to the student, we must receive the transcript in the original envelope in which it was issued, with notation over the seal to determine if it was opened.

4. If you have fewer than 30 transferable credits

Have official high school transcripts (and GED transcripts if applicable) sent directly from the school to Morris.

Have your official ACT (including the Writing Test) or SAT Reasoning scores sent to Morris. If your score is printed on your high school transcript, it is considered an official report. The Morris ACT code is 2155 and the SAT code is 6890.

Call 1-888-866-3382 with any questions.

5. Send any additional information (optional)

Feel free to include extra materials like written statements, letters of recommendation, resumes, and portfolios that you feel would help get to know you better. We encourage written statements if there are any extenuating circumstances we should take into account when reviewing your application.

6. Receive your admission decision

In about three weeks, you’ll receive an admission decision in the mail. Your transcripts will be evaluated after you’ve been accepted and you’ll receive an email from the Transfer Coordinator about what transfer credits you received.

7. Save your place!

So we don’t give your spot away, return the confirmation card included in your admission packet with a non-refundable $150 confirmation fee or pay the confirmation fee online with a credit card. Once we receive your confirmation, you will be able to request housing, schedule a registration session, and complete the necessary steps to be a Morris student.

Steps for Future Transfer applicants from another University of Minnesota Campus

1. Visit Us

There are a number of visit options. If you can’t visit, try our virtual tour.

2. Complete the Change of College Application

Send your completed form to the Office of Admissions.  There is no application fee!

3. Have ALL official college and university transcripts sent directly to Morris.

You will not need to send any University of Minnesota transcripts, but you do need to request that official college transcripts from colleges outside of the U of M are sent directly to Morris.  Make your request early, as it can take several days for a college to issue your transcript.  Read about our transfer credit policy for information on transferable course credit.

College transcripts are considered official if sent to Morris directly from the original institution.  If the transcript was issued to the student, we must receive the transcript in the original envelope in which it was issued, with notation over the seal to determine if it was opened.

4. If you have fewer than 30 transferable credits:

Have official high school transcripts (and GED transcripts if applicable) sent directly from the school to Morris.

Call 1-888-866-3382 with any questions.

5. Send any additional information (optional)

Feel free to include extra materials like written statements, letters of recommendation, resumes, and portfolios that you feel would help get to know you better. We encourage written statements if there are any extenuating circumstances we should take into account when reviewing your application.

6. Receive your admission decision

In about three weeks, you’ll receive an admission decision in the mail. Your transcripts will be evaluated after you’ve been accepted and you’ll receive an email from the Transfer Coordinator about what transfer credits you received.  You may also run an APAS for the Morris campus, but keep in mind that the transfer credits are not official until evaluated by the Office of the Registrar at the Morris campus after admission. 

7. Save your place!

So we don’t give your spot away, return the confirmation card included in your admission packet with a non-refundable $150 confirmation fee or pay the confirmation fee on line with a credit card. Once we receive your confirmation, you will be able to request housing, schedule a registration session, and complete the necessary steps to be a Morris student.

How We Evaluate Applications

At Morris, we want to get to know you as an applicant. This is why we look at a full range of factors, and why we encourage you to visit and meet with an admission counselor. Here’s a list of the aspects we consider.

Primary review factors

  • Successful school performance, including high school or college coursework, grades received, high school rank percentile (if calculated) and grade point average
  • Standardized test scores, including ACT and/or SAT
  • Successful completion of a college preparatory curriculum
  • Strength of the curriculum through high school graduation, including courses that exceed the core subject requirements and any advanced courses (e.g., honors, AP, IB, college level)

Secondary review factors

  • ACT/SAT writing test results
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal interview
  • Evidence of exceptional achievement, aptitude, or personal accomplishment not reflected in the academic record or standardized test scores
  • Participation in extracurricular college preparatory programs (e.g., MEP, PSEO, Talent Search, Admission Possible, Upward Bound, and other programs)
  • Evidence of exceptional talent or ability in artistic, scholarly, leadership, or athletic performance
  • Evidence that enrollment would enhance the cultural, gender, age, economic, racial, or geographic diversity of the student body
  • Evidence of exceptional motivation, maturity, or responsibility
  • Outstanding high school or community involvement
  • Work experience, paid or unpaid
  • Size of graduating class
  • Evidence of having overcome social, economic, or physical barriers to educational achievement
  • Extenuating circumstances

Questions? Contact Admissions.

How we transfer credit

When you apply as a transfer student, the transfer specialist will conduct a formal audit of the coursework on your official transcript(s) to determine if the course:

  • meets Morris general education or degree requirements;
  • has a direct Morris course equivalent.

In general, coursework is transferable if it’s from a regionally accredited college and is comparable in nature, content, and level to courses offered by Morris.

How the process works

  1. Apply for admission and send all of your official college transcripts.
  2. We review your transcripts and determine the courses and total credits transferred, the courses that did not transfer, as well as how the transferable courses fulfill any Morris general education or degree requirements.
  3. The Transfer Admissions Coordinator (1-888-866-3382) will email you your credit evaluation.
  4. Once you confirm your enrollment at Morris and attend a registration session, you can access an updated version of your transfer credit report that shows how your previous credit and Morris courses fulfill degree requirements.

If you want an evaluation now:

We recommend that you apply to Morris before asking for a credit evaluation, as this will shorten your waiting time.  You can get an unofficial evaluation, however, by completing both of the following steps:

  1. Call the Transfer Admissions Coordiantor at 1-888-866-3382 to request a credit evaluation and ask questions;
  2. Send official college transcripts to the Office of Admissions.

Official transfer credit evaluations will occur after a student is admitted to Morris.

If you don’t send official transcripts

The transfer specialist can’t complete an official credit evaluation without official transcripts.

As a preliminary guide to prospective transfer students, Minnesota’s public colleges and universities offer the u.select service.  The website allows students to view courses by college name that have previously been evaluated for transfer.

Still have questions?

If you don’t find answers here, try the Transfer Credits Questions below or contact the transfer admissions counselor.

Transfer Student Questions

We’re excited that you’re interested in transferring to Morris! If you don’t find answers here, contact the transfer admissions counselor.

How many Morris credits do I have to earn to receive my University of Minnesota, Morris degree?
You’ll need to earn at least 30 credits from the University of Minnesota, Morris. Additionally, at least 15 credits of the last 30 credits earned prior to the awarding of your Morris degree and half of your upper-level coursework in your major must be earned at Morris.
I applied last year and was accepted. Do I have to submit a new application?
No, we have your application on file, so you don’t have to send another. Call the transfer admissions coordinator at 888-866-3382 or email us at admissions@morris.umn.edu to let us know you are re-applying. We will need the following, if we don’t already have them:
  1. Official college or university transcripts
  2. Application Reactivation form
  3. If you have less than 30 completed college credits also include:
    1. official high school transcripts (and GED transcripts if applicable) sent directly from the school to Morris
    2. official ACT or SAT Reasoning score report (If your score is printed on your high school transcript, it is considered an official score.) The Morris ACT code is 2155 and the SAT code is 6890.

Your application will be evaluated again based on past and updated application information, and re-admission is not guaranteed. Please contact the transfer admissions counselor if you have more questions.

I applied and was accepted last year and was offered a scholarship. Do I automatically receive this scholarship again?
It depends. If you received a Transfer Academic Scholarship and still meet the required credit and transfer GPA requirements, and have not attended another University of Minnesota college since the scholarship was initially awarded, you will have your Transfer Academic Scholarship reinstated. Other scholarships are canceled when you decided not to enroll at Morris. If eligible, you may re-apply for other scholarships.
What is the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum?
The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MNTC) is an agreement for transferring general education requirements as a package from and between participating colleges. The MNTC can be completed as a stand-alone program and is built into the associate of arts degree at participating colleges. Morris accepts the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Contact your previous college for more information on availability and for guidance in completing the program.
I have completed the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. What does that mean if I attend Morris?
  • All of your general education requirements are filled at Morris, with the exception of our second language requirement.
  • The language requirement can be filled by two semesters of a single, beginning level second language.
  • In many cases, it’s best to complete prerequisites for your major instead of completing the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum. Please contact Morris as early as possible to ensure a smooth and efficient completion of your four-year degree.
What if I haven’t completed the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum?

Don’t worry! We will just look at your previous courses and make transfer decisions on a course-by-course basis. In many cases it’s best to complete prerequisites for your major instead of completing the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.

Please contact Morris as early as possible to ensure a smooth and efficient completion of your four-year degree.

Will credits from colleges that are not regionally accredited transfer to Morris?
Not automatically. Morris doesn’t accept transfer coursework from proprietary technical colleges, business colleges, and similar postsecondary schools that are not regionally accredited. However, you may be able to take an exam in certain subjects for credit. In lieu of regional accreditation, determination must be made that instruction is collegiate level and appropriate for Morris’s liberal arts mission before credit is awarded.
Will my previous college GPA transfer to Morris?
The only GPA that will transfer to Morris is one earned at another University of Minnesota campus. GPAs from a college or university outside of the University of Minnesota system will not be calculated in your Morris GPA. Individual transfer courses, credits, and grades earned outside of the University of Minnesota system will not appear on your Morris transcript, even if those transfer courses are used to complete your Morris degree requirements.
I have already earned a four-year degree from another college but want to add a teaching license at Morris. What do I need to do?
Apply for admission, following the steps that match the type of college from which you are transferring. You will need to be admitted to both Morris and the education program. The Office of Admissions will send you a separate education application packet after receiving your application for admission. Contact the Division of Education as early as possible to determine what licensure requirements you will need to fulfill and to avoid missing important application deadlines.
What if I already have a bachelor’s degree from another college?
Great! You are exempt from our general education requirements. You may not earn a second degree with the same major that you earned for your first degree, but you can pursue additional coursework or a new major at Morris.
Do I automatically get junior standing when I transfer with a two-year degree?
No. We don’t automatically grant junior standing. Class standing at Morris depends on your total earned credits in transfer coursework, not time in school or degrees earned. On a similar note, if you have completed two years of coursework, you may have more than two years left at Morris to complete your major, depending on previous coursework complete.
Is there a limit to the number of credits I can transfer?
No. There is no absolute limit on the number of credits in appropriate coursework that may be transferred to Morris. You will still need to fulfill all Morris degree requirements, regardless of the number of credits you are transferring.
Will credits in religious studies transfer to Morris?
Maybe. Religious studies from public regionally accredited colleges go through the normal transfer review. Religious studies from colleges that do not have regional accreditation go through a special faculty review committee.
Do repeated courses count twice?
No. If you have repeated a course, only the last enrollment for the course will transfer.
Do study abroad courses count?
Maybe. Study abroad courses may or may not transfer, depending on the international institution offering the courses and other variables. We use the same transfer review guidelines for study abroad coursework as we do for domestic college coursework. Prior approval from Morris is always recommended to ensure that you can transfer the credits earned to Morris. Contact Admissions with questions.
Do independent studies, workshops, field experience or internships transfer?
Maybe. A special review will determine if the work was college level and meet our liberal arts requirements. We use the same transfer review guidelines for independent and applied coursework as we do for domestic college coursework.
What courses don’t transfer?
Courses that are not from regionally accredited institutions or those not designed for college credit, such as vocational, remedial, or developmental courses, don’t transfer. Additionally, college-level courses with a W or F grade don’t transfer.
What about credits earned on quarters vs. semesters?
We are on a semester system and will convert your quarter credits to semesters. To convert quarters to semesters, multiply the number of quarter credits by two-thirds. For example, 15 quarter credits equals 10 semester credits.

Transfer Guides

Please select your college from the list below. You will see the transfer guides we have created for our general education requirements* as well as a few of the most popular majors for transfer students from your institution.

Can’t find a guide for your area of interest? Explore Transferology to see what courses will transfer and contact the transfer admissions counselor in the Office of Admissions.

We don’t have a guide for your college but would be happy to create an individual plan for you. Please contact the transfer coordinator to find out how your credits will transfer or you can explore on your own in USelect.

*The Minnesota Transfer Curriculum or an Associate of Arts degree from a school within the Minnesota State College and University system will fulfill all of our general education requirements, except foreign language.


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