Applying as a Transfer Student
If you have earned college credit after graduating from high school, you are considered a transfer student.
Undergraduate transfer students are those pursuing traditional (day-school) degrees.
Applying as an Undergraduate Transfer Student
- Complete an Application for Admission.
- Request delivery of the following documents:
- Official and final High School Transcript*
- Official College Transcripts*
- Optional: ACT, SAT, and/or CLT Test Scores (Codes: ACT 2138 or SAT 6489)
NOTE - Undergraduate applicants who have previously completed a bachelor's degree will be requested to provide official collegiate transcripts prior to admittance; high school transcripts and ACT/SAT/CLT test scores will not be required for admittance.
*When requesting delivery of official transcripts, please request that your institution mail your materials to the following address, or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
3003 Snelling Avenue North
St. Paul, MN 55113
- Spring 2021 Term - Application Deadline December 15, 2020
- Fall 2021 Term - Application Deadline August 1, 2021
A transfer credit evaluation may be requested to determine how your credits will apply to your desired major at Northwestern. Northwestern accepts coursework with grades of C- or higher from accredited and some non-accredited institutions. Classes are evaluated for transfer on a course-by-course basis.
For a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree, a minimum of 30 credits must be completed at Northwestern. Additionally, a minimum of 50 percent of major and minor coursework must be completed at Northwestern. Finally, students must have completed a minimum number of credits at Northwestern to be eligible for undergraduate graduation honors (30-59 credits for “with distinction” honors and minimum of 60 credits for Latin honors; see the catalog for more information).
All courses must be college-level to fulfill traditional undergraduate core curriculum requirements. Remedial coursework will not fulfill degree requirements. Please see course catalog or contact the transfer counselor for details.
NOTE – Please note that the transfer credit evaluation option is not offered for potential nursing students. A transfer credit evaluation will be automatically completed and sent upon admittance to the university and receipt of all collegiate transcripts.
Bachelor of Arts in Music Articulation Agreement
Anoka-Ramsey Community College and the University of Northwestern – St. Paul have established an agreement to facilitate credit transfer and provide a smooth transition from Associate in Fine Arts: Music (Anoka-Ramsey Community College) to Bachelor of Arts in Music (University of Northwestern – St. Paul).
Prospective transfer students may be admitted with a minimum collegiate GPA of 2.50. Prospective post-baccalaureate students may be admitted with a minimum collegiate GPA of 2.75. A limited number of students with below-standard academic credentials may be transitionally admitted upon an additional review process.
A student’s class standing is based upon the number of transferable credits and credits by examination earned before matriculation.
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Whether you’re starting college for the first time or returning to complete your education, we want to help you get the most out of your past education and life experience. We will work with you to evaluate your situation and help transfer as many credits as possible toward your program of study.
General education and elective courses can be earned through on-site or online courses or transferred from other institutions. Talk to your admission counselor about details specific to your situation.
General Education Requirements
For all bachelor’s degrees, you will need to earn or transfer credit for the following subjects for a total of 31 credits:
- English Composition* (3 credits)
- Critical Thinking and Writing* (3 credits)
- Speech* (3 credits)
- Humanities—2 areas (6 credits)
- Math (4)
- Science (4)
- Social Science —2 areas (8 credits) *
You will start with speaking and composition courses to equip you with vital skills you will need for your course of study.
You will need to earn or transfer 33-58 elective credits, depending on your major. In addition to taking classes at Northwestern you may be able to earn elective credits through the options listed below. Talk to your admission counselor for more information.
- Credit by Examination (e.g., DSST/CLEP)
- Online programs
- Additional college courses
- Vocational or technical credits
- Prior learning essays
- Military training
Questions about credit transfer?