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Fall 2017 Transfer Students: A&R Info

Been admitted as a transfer student to UMD?


We’re thrilled you’ve been admitted to and are excited to have you on campus.

Your next step? Sign up for Advisement and Registration (A&R)!

Your A&R session will help you get oriented to campus and also meet with an advisor to create your fall semester schedule. You’ll also be able to discuss your transfer credits and how that applies to your degree at UMD.

We have specific A&R dates available just for transfer students:

  • May 22nd, 2017
  • May 24th, 2017
  • June 5th, 2017
  • June 20th, 2017

Sign up for an A&R session by clicking here.

Questions? Contact the Office for Students in Transition at 218-726-6393 or

See you soon!




UMD –> Campus Life!

Hey Transfer Students!

What is campus life like and what are our students up to when they are not in class?

Check this out to learn more about the 270+ Student Organizations at UMD!!

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Happy Holidays!!


Happy Holidays from all of us here at the UMD Office of Undergraduate Admissions to you and yours! Have a safe and peaceful holiday season!

Our office is closed on December 23rd through December 27th and December 30th through January 2nd. Our office is open for 2 days, on the 28th and 29th of December.

Feel free to contact us at 218-726-7171 or

Let’s learn about…S.I.T. Transfer Program Coordinator Dauli Menze!

rochesterMeet Dauli!

Dauli Menze is UMD’s new Transfer Student Program Coordinator in our Office for Students in Transition (SIT). Her role is to assist incoming transfer students through the process of transitioning to UMD.

Dauli grew up on a farm in central Minnesota. She was active in 4-H and FFA all through high school holding as many leadership positions as she could. This love and passion for agriculture brought her to the University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) where she started out majoring in Agriculture Education and Communications. “Unfortunately, by my junior year (due to failed referendums in the K-12 school systems) there was only going to be one Agriculture education position available in the whole state of Minnesota.”

So…she adjusted to this change and moved over completely to Communications with an emphasis in Agriculture. And Dauli’s a PRIME example of how it’s okay to modify your life plans.

Especially as a transfer student.

Eiffel Tower 2006.jpgBack to Dauli basics: One of her favorite opportunities during her time at UMC was to study away. Dauli went on two summer sessions abroad. One in Holland and Germany where she learned about agri-business. They saw the largest flower auction in the world, learned how wooden shoes are made, visited the Anne Frank Museum, Van Goeh Museum, and toured a working windmill. The second trip was to Anger, France where she learned about viticulture, the process of making wine. They saw Mont St. Michel, the beaches of Normandy, toured several vineyards, and ended the trip in Paris. There are many different types of study away options from summer, semester, or internships. If this is interesting to you check out the Study Abroad Office at UMD.

After graduating from UM-Crookston, Dauli moved to Fargo, ND where she worked as an AmeriCorps VISTA for two years. She had the opportunity to work with individuals 55 and older that wanted to give back to their community and state through volunteering. AmeriCorps is a great chance for you to give back by working with a wide array of non-profit organizations that cover areas from education to conservation. AmeriCorps runs in one year terms and positions are available nationwide. (For more information visit

After serving two years with AmeriCorps, Dauli decided to pursue a Masters Degree in College Student Personnel Administration (fancy lingo for a degree to work in higher education). This was an enormous step for her because she was a first generation college student. She looked to mentors from her undergraduate experience to guide her through the process. They explained what she should look for in a program, how to write a letter of intent, and why receiving a grad assistance position was so important. This journey brought her to the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO. She received a graduate assistant position in the Office of Student Life working with Clubs and Organizations and advising their campus programming board.

After receiving her Masters Degree, Dauli accepted a position at the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR) as their Student Activities Coordinator. This position did not exist prior to her holding it. During her tenure in the role, she oversaw Advisement and Registration, Orientation, clubs and orientation, wrote and published the student electronic newsletter, advised campus programming board and student government, and ran commencement. She literally worked with students from the time they chose to come to the institution until they graduated. Those experiences led her to her current role at UMD and we are so lucky to have her!

What’s your favorite thing so far about working with transfer students?

“You as a transfer student have a story to tell. You are taking on new challenges and deciding which path you want to take to achieve your goals. I love having the opportunity to be a part of that journey in helping you transition to UMD”

kayakWhat is your favorite thing to do in Duluth?

“As you know, Duluth is a great outdoor city! I love having the opportunity to get into nature through hiking, cross country skiing, and kayaking. Duluth has an amazing Community Education Program and I am just finishing up building a set of new snow shoes”


What is one piece of advice you would give transfer students?

“The best advice I can give is to tell you how vital it is to get connected to the UMD campus. When I say connected I mean through an activity outside of the classroom. I want you to think about joining or participating in just one thing. It could be an intramural, clubs and organizations, theater, Greek life, or living in the residence halls or apartments and joining in on their programming. Take advantage of opportunities to attend events that you know nothing about or maybe even scare you. Be brave enough to say ‘I don’t know anything about this, but I want to learn’. Those experiences might surprise you! College offers you a safe space to explore who you are and the world around you”

Do twinsyou have a favorite sports team?

“I actually have two favorites and they are both Minnesota teams: The Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Lynx!

It’s always a joy to get to a game and cheer on the home team”

Want to meet Dauli or chat with her about your college transition? Give her a call at 218-726-8863 or email her at

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello transfer students,

Thanksgiving is a time to count your blessings and express gratitude.

I would just like to say how grateful I am for all of you that I get to work with each day! Thank you for letting me be a part of your educational journey to reach your ultimate goal of obtaining a Bachelor’s degree from UMD!


I am here to help with anything that you may need help with or answer any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything!

Have a safe Thanksgiving holiday!



Heather Rondeau

Admissions Transfer Coordinator

Office: 218-726-8615

Text: 218-348-9699

Thank you Veterans!

Hello transfer students,

Today we would like to honor all of those who have served our country and say thank you for your service! As a veteran, we have some information we would like to share with you.

Here at the University of Minnesota Duluth, we understand the specific needs of our military veterans and we are dedicated to maintaining resources to best serve you!

Application Requirements:

  • Application
  • $40 application fee or fee waiver form
  • Official high school transcript with graduation date or equivalent
  • Official college transcripts (including credits taken during High School)
  • ACT or SAT (if less than 26 credits completed)
  • Joint Services Transcript 

Application Deadlines:

  • Fall: August 1st
  • Spring: December 1st

Are you eligible for GI Bill Benefits?

UMD’s Veterans Resource Center assists eligible student veterans, current military members, Reservists, National Guard members, and eligible dependents with questions about G.I. Bill benefits and state and federal programs.

Important contact information:

  • Carinna Nikunen, Veterans Admissions Counselor
    • 25 Solon Campus Center
    • 218-726-8804
  • Ginger Johnson, Veterans Resource Coordinator
    • 23 Solon Campus Center
    • 218-726-8381
  • Veterans Resource Center
    • 60 Solon Campus Center
    • 218-726-8381



Spring 2017 Priority Deadline!

Hey transfer students!

Interested in Finishing your Bachelor’s degree as a Bulldog?

Apply to transfer today by visiting the website:

Here is a reminder that our priority deadline for getting your applications turned in for the Spring 2017 semester is approaching! Priority deadline is October 15th! You can submit supporting documents (i.e. transcripts, test scores, etc.) after the deadline, but the application must be turned in by the 15th to be considered for our Chancellor’s Transfer Scholarship.

The scholarship is $2,000 a year for 2 years or $1,000 a semester for 4 semesters to total $4,000. Students must have a 3.5 cumulative GPA and have over 26 credits completed at the time of application to be eligible. Those who already hold a Bachelor’s degree are not eligible for consideration.

Questions? Contact admissions at 218-726-7171 or

Make it a great day!

Heather Rondeau

Admissions Transfer Coordinator


Anna Servatius: My UMD Transfer Story

AnnaServatius_Headshot.jpgAnna Servatius transferred to UMD in the Spring of 2016.

A graduate of White Bear Lake Area High School, Anna is currently studying Graphic Design with a minor in Psychology.

We asked Anna to answer a bunch of questions about her transfer experience. Here’s her story!

What’s your fave thing about Duluth? 
“You’re in a larger city, but you are only a  short drive away from the ‘Northwoods experience’. There are so many awesome outdoor things to do here and the people really embrace it year round. I have always had a connection to Duluth because my family has been coming here since before I was born. It has always been a special place for me.”

Awww, a little flashback to Anna at the age of 4, with her dad, during a trip to Duluth! Isn’t that sweet?

Her favorite thing about UMD so far?
“My favorite thing about UMD is how it is so welcoming. After only being here a couple weeks I was already involved in multiple clubs and was making good friends! This university has so much to offer. Something for everyone.”

One of Anna’s first Bulldog Football games.

Why did you choose UMD?
“I chose UMD for a variety of reasons. First and most obvious is that I was already attending a different college in the Duluth area and didn’t want to leave the city. I was able to continue living in my same apartment with my same roommates which made the transition a lot easier. Another important reason was that I had spent a lot of time on the UMD campus at different activities. I had a glimpse into what life would be like as a UMD student and I was excited to become a part of the school.”

What was your transfer experience like?
“My transfer experience has overall been very positive! On the day of my transfer orientation was a little bit overwhelming. We received a lot of information all at once, but there were plenty of people to help answer questions and point us in the right direction. After the orientation session was over, Heather (an admissions counselor), took the time out of her day to personally show me around campus and help me find all my classes. I have had similar experiences with so many people since coming to UMD.”

How did you feel when you arrived on campus?
“From the beginning, I was very excited about starting at UMD, but once I actually began classes it was overwhleming. I transferred from a much smaller college, so being at UMD was a very different experience. Luckily, I got used to the campus quickly and now it feels like I’ve always been here.”

A trip to Canal Park with her freshman roommate, whom Anna still lives with!

Are you involved in any clubs/organizations on campus?
“Yes! Right away after transferring I joined the figure skating team. I have now joined the Student Design Organization and am a student graphic designer for an organization called UMD DawgHouse.”

Did you hear about or are you involved with any internship opportunities?
“Right now I am not involved in any, but I am looking into opportunities for internships or jobs in the graphic design field.”

Do you work on-campus and/or off-campus?
“I have an off-campus job working at Pier 1 Imports.”

What has been your favorite class so far?
“So far my favorite class has been 2D Digital Design because I got to learn about a lot of new programs and began making a lot of digital art, even outside of the classroom!”

Do you have a favorite professor?
“After only one full semester here at UMD, my favorite professor is Betsy Hunt. I have had many great professors since I started here but Betsy is my favorite. I love her teaching style, it works perfectly for me. She is always tough but not unfair, which pushed me to always reach a little farther on all of my projects. For every project we turned in we did a critique where we got feedback from our classmates and from Betsy as well.  Her critiques were always the most helpful. She give great suggestions and points you in the right direction without explicitly telling you what to do, which allows the students to continue their creative process. I took 2D digital design from Betsy and it has been my favorite class to date. The projects I completed in this course have added great value to my personal portfolio and I learned a lot of skills that have allowed me to apply for graphic design related jobs and do a lot of freelance work.  Other than 2D Digital, Betsy teaches other digital art classes!”

Anna with one of the pups from a dog-sledding trip to Ely, MN. Cool winter activities!

What has been your best memory so far at UMD?
“So far my best memories at UMD is when I passed my portfolio review and was officially accepted to my degree program. It was such a good feeling to finally be pursuing the right thing.”

Did you or do you plan to study abroad?
“I have not but I am hoping to go on a short term trip in the summer of 2017! I am really hoping to be a part of a short term study abroad planned for this coming summer called Global Exhibitions Experience.  This particular study abroad would take us to famous art exhibitions in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.  The details of this study abroad haven’t been completely figured out yet, but I am extremely interested and am planning to apply.”

Were you involved in Transfer Student Connect?
“Yes, I was involved in the Transfer Student Connect program. I found it to be extremely helpful. I would recommend it to every transfer student.”

What would you have done differently when choosing a college?
“I wish I would have sat in on classes at UMD or toured during the school year. My only tour happened during the summer when campus life isn’t as active.”

Craig Campbell homecoming concert in 2015!


Do you have any advice for other students who are considering transferring to UMD?
“Coming to campus and experiencing campus life before you make a decision is important. BUT my best advice is to follow your heart. I was unsure and apprehensive about my decision but I took a leap and it has completely changed my life.”

Start as a college student? Finish as a Bulldog!

Great news if you want to transfer to UMD:

Our 2017 application is now open!

Transfer to UMD!

You can apply for both Spring 2017 or Fall 2017 semesters…just visit and submit your application today.

Questions? We’re here for you! Drop us an email at or (218) 726-7171.

Have a fabulous day!

Heather Rondeau
Senior Admissions Counselor / Transfer Coordinator

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