Transfer Blog

Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)

Hey, Transfer Students!

Are you a resident of the states of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio or Nebraska? Do we have news for you!!

UMD recently joined the Midwest Student Exchange Program (MSEP)! MSEP gives out-of-state students an opportunity to pay only 105% of resident (in-state) tuition.


MSEP participants must be degree-seeking undergraduate students and meet all regular admission requirements. To be eligible for the MSEP tuition rate at UMD, a student must:

  1. Be a legal resident of Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, or Nebraska. (Wisconsin, North Dakota, and South Dakota students are covered under the University’s reciprocity agreements.)
  2. Apply and be accepted for undergraduate admission. Consult the Office of Admissions for more information.
  3. Be an applicant who is enrolling at the University of Minnesota Duluth for the first time beginning fall semester 2017 or after. New freshmen and transfer students will be automatically considered for MSEP upon completion and review of their application for undergraduate admission.
  4. MSEP participants are eligible for most UMD new student academic merit and special talent scholarships based on the criteria of each scholarship.

MSEP undergraduate tuition rates will be calculated at 105% of the resident (in-state) tuition rate. This rate applies only to undergraduate enrollment through the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota. MSEP benefits pertain to tuition only. MSEP participants will be responsible for all other fees associated with undergraduate enrollment. The MSEP tuition benefit cannot be retroactively applied to tuition assessed prior to fall semester 2017. Provided that eligible students remain enrolled as continuing undergraduates at UMD, MSEP status will be automatically renewed annually.


Alexandria Perrella: Once a Bulldog, Always a Bulldog


Alexandria Perrella had high hopes when she transferred to the University of Minnesota Duluth in fall 2013.

Alexandria actually grew up in Duluth, but after graduating high school in 2012, she wanted to “skip town” for college. So she enrolled at a 4-year public university in Wisconsin.

However, after a year away, she felt her hometown university was more in line with what she wanted out of an education.

For Alexandria, it all worked out: She graduated from UMD in 2016 with B.A. in Marketing and a minor in Hispanic Studies!

Here’s her UMD transfer story, straight from her brain to the UMD Transfer Blog!

“When they tell you that college flies by, they aren’t kidding! It’s crazy to think that it has been a year since I graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth. To some, including myself, graduating and getting a diploma didn’t necessarily mean I had my life planned out, but UMD definitely made a great impact on where I am today and prepared me for my next chapter in life.

“Being from Duluth, I have always had a great love for this beautiful city and all the opportunities it has to offer. Deciding to stay in Duluth after graduating college was the only definite decision I’d made by graduation day…and I was okay with that.


The last semester of my senior year I took a marketing internship course through the Labovitz School of Business and Economics (LSBE). I interned at an awesome local business called Lake Superior Art Glass which is owned by a UMD alum, Dan Neff. The course, taught by Angela Soderberg, and the time I spent on site at Lake Superior Art Glass was such a great experience! I was able to use the skills I learned in my business and marketing classes in the real world and it sparked my interest in social media marketing. I also had the chance to learn glassblowing…and I highly recommend it!

“I continued to work at Lake Superior Art Glass for four months after graduation. Then I decided to hit the road!


“Looking back on my time at UMD, one of the greatest opportunities I had was studying abroad. To help complete my minor in Hispanic Studies, I spent six weeks in Salamanca, Spain studying the Spanish language, culture and women’s history. I learned so much about Spain, myself, and my love for travel!

“Then, in September 2016 my sister and I decided to visit a good friend in New York City and then I hit the road and spent 12 days driving and exploring states including Colorado, Utah and Arizona because I simply love to travel and I truly believe it is one of the best ways to learn.


“Throughout high school, college, and post-graduation I also worked at my family’s restaurant, Sammy’s Pizza. I am currently managing, creating schedules, hiring employees, and learning everything it takes to run a restaurant. I also operate Sammy’s Pizza Downtown’s Facebook and Instagram pages which helps me put many of the skills I learned in school and at my internship to good use.

“This honestly was never what I had planned for my future, but I am greatly enjoying every moment of working for my family’s locally owned and operated business.


“I recently spent the weekend in Chicago, Illinois cheering on the UMD Men’s Hockey team at the Frozen Four Tournament since they made it to the Frozen Four and then the Championship game. During my time in Chicago, I was able to catch up with friends and other alumni that traveled in from New York, California, the Twin Cities, and beyond. We had a great time talking about the awesome memories we made during college at UMD and what we’ve all been up to this past year. Most of all, we loved cheering on our team! Like they say, ‘Once a Bulldog, Always a Bulldog’.”

“In all, I can say with pride that the professors, the friends, and all of the opportunities I gained made transferring to UMD the BEST decision of my life!

Graphic Design major Ashly Westerman: Working as Planned!

Image6During high school, Ashly Westerman developed a plan to attend Century College in White Bear Lake, MN for her generals, then to transfer to UMD to finish her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design.

So, after finishing up at Century, Ashley transferred to UMD for Fall Semester, 2016. And she’s majoring in Graphic Design.

Just like she planned.

Ashly, who’s originally from Forest Lake, will graduate from UMD in December of 2018. and her plans after graduation would be to find a job within the graphic design field.

We asked Ashly a bunch of questions about herself AND her UMD transfer experience. Check out her story below!


What’s your favorite thing about Duluth?

“There are so many different things to do. You can never be bored! My absolute favorite thing to do in Duluth is go to Canal Park and all of the other parks around Duluth. I am really interested in photography, as well, so these places are really good spots to take pictures. Another thing I like to do in Duluth is go to the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory. I really like chocolate and they have the best caramel apples!”

Long exposure picture taken by Ashly of Superior Street during her photography class night time photo shoot.

Her favorite thing about UMD so far?

“UMD has the big school reputation but also has a small school feel. It’s really the best of both worlds.”

Why did you choose UMD?

“When deciding on a college, I didn’t want to go too far away from home, so I figured Duluth would be an excellent choice. I have always loved Duluth. As a child, my family would take weekend trips all the time.”

What was your transfer experience like?

“My transfer experience was probably a lot like the typical transfer student. I had been in contact with an academic advisor since my senior year of high school making sure my classes from Century College would transfer. After two years of generals and a color-coded binder of all those classes, I transferred to UMD almost seamlessly.”

Homecoming 2016 football game with Ashly’s boyfriend and roommate.

How did you feel when you arrived on campus?

“I felt a little intimidated. I didn’t know anyone and I really hadn’t had a tour of the campus. But after some time just roaming around, it wasn’t bad.”

Are you involved in any clubs/organizations?

“Yes. I am involved with SDO which stands for Student Design Organization. SDO gives students interested in design an opportunity to network with other design students and professionals, learn more about the Minnesota design scence, and work on fun collaborative design projects. We are currently working on the branding of Open Studio.”

October 2016, this piece was displayed at the Duluth Institute of Art while Shakespeare’s First Folio was on display at the Tweed Museum of Art at UMD.

Did you hear about or are you involved with any internship or job shadow opportunities?

“I have heard of multiple different opportunities but do not currently have one. I am currently searching for an internship or job in the Graphic Design field.”

Do you work on-campus or off-campus?

“Yes. I work on-campus for the Office for Students in Transition (SIT) as the Transfer Student Intern. In my role, I work with my supervisor (SIT’s Dauli Menze, who we’ve featured previously!) to plan events for the upcoming fall semester. All of these events are for new transfer students. I also help with the programs, social media, and a few other things here and there.”

What has been your favorite class so far?

“That’s a tough one. I really enjoy all of my Graphic Design classes, but if I had to choose one, it would probably be my Graphic Design 1 class.”

Do you have a favorite professor?

“There are so many different professors that I find to be really amazing professors, but by far, my favorite would have to be Professor Terresa Hardaway. I first had her for my Typography 1 class and I currently have her for my Graphic Design 1 class. She is challenging in so many different ways, but she is challenging in a good way and not in the way of making class miserable but in the way of wanting to help make you a better designer and person. She is definitely someone that inspires me to do better and pursue my dreams.”

Ashy with some new friends she met during the School of Fine Arts (SFA) Gallery Hop this last fall.


What has been your best memory at UMD so far?

“My favorite memory at UMD would definitely be the moment that I received the email that I passed my portfolio review. Three years of planning and hard work had led up to that moment and I remember the exact moment that I read that email. I was sitting in the library with two of my roommates that I had met just three days before and instantly started crying of happiness.”

Were you involved in Transfer Student Connect?

“I was not involved with Transfer Student Connect, but wish that I was. I would definitely recommend that every transfer student get involved with it!

Ashly holding her baby cousin while checking out the Tall Ships Festival in Duluth last August.

What would you have done differently when choosing a college?

“I honestly do not think I would have done anything different. I am really happy with where I am at with my college career.”

What was your biggest fear about transferring and how did you overcome it?

“The only campus tour that I got was in my senior year of high school, so when I came to campus two years later, I didn’t remember where anything was. I overcame this by convincing my roommate to spend a few hours with me just kind of roaming around campus to find stuff since neither of us knew where anything was.”

Do you have any advice for other students who are transferring to UMD?

“Definitely take time to find your classes ahead of time. You don’t want to be struggling to find them at the last minute.”

Are you ready to be a UMD Bulldog?

Hey Transfer Students!

Have you been admitted and are ready to take that next step to become an official UMD Bulldog? We have a great website for you to check out.

Go to

This will outline all of the steps and dates for upcoming events!

Have questions about any of this? Get in touch with us at or 218-726-7171.

Have a great day!

Heather Rondeau, Undergraduate Admissions Transfer Coordinator

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Hey Transfer students!

Do you find yourself thinking about attending UMD, but you have SO MANY questions?

Check out our FAQs page by going to:

If you do not find the answers here, do not hesitate to send us an email or give us a call.



Program Highlight: Musical Theatre

Hey Transfer Students!

Are you interested in Music, Dance, AND Theatre?? Do we have the major for you!

UMD offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a Musical Theatre emphasis.

The B.F.A. degree program is for students who wish to focus more intensively in a theatre performance or design/technical emphasis as preparation to enter the professional theatre as an actor, designer, technician, stage manager or other similar profession.


The musical theatre emphasis is for students who wish to pursue specialized study in preparation for a career that requires song, dance and acting skills. Training focuses on building a marriage between acting, song and dance with specific study in each. Thereby creating what the industry terms a triple threat. The program is multi-disciplined and challenging and demands the utmost physical, mental and emotional strength and commitment.

Want to check out the required courses? Click here!

For more information about this degree, contact the School of Fine Arts at:

218-726-8312 or


Admissions Information for Int’l Transfer Students!

Hello International Transfer Students, Transfer Counselor Heather Rondeau here with some info for you all!

First things first: The application for Fall semester 2017 semester is available!

The application deadline for Fall 2017: June 15th, 2017.

and I just wanted to share some information about the International Transfer Students admissions process here at UMD.

Here is what we need from you:

  1. Application for admission
  2. $50 application fee
  3. Official high school transcript with graduation date posted or secondary leaving certificate
  4. Official college transcripts
  5. Financial Certification
  6. TOEFL or IELTS scores

Where should I send my application materials?

Send application materials to:

UMD International Admissions Processing
123 Darland Admin Bldg
1049 University Dr.
Duluth, MN 55812

High School Records and Transcripts

Official high school transcripts with senior year (or equivalent) courses must be issued by the school in a sealed envelope and mailed to the University.

English Language Proficiency

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required if English is not your native language. TOEFL scores must be sent electronically by Education Testing Services (ETS) – code: 6873.

Minimum scores required are:

    • TOEFL – Written: 550, Computer: 213, Internet (iBT): 80
    • IELTS – 6.5

Applicants who are otherwise admissible, but not yet fully proficient may be admitted with one or more language courses required. Minimum scores:

    • TOEFL – Written: 520, Internet (iBT): 68
    • IELTS – 6

Hope this helps, all! Good luck, and remember…we’re here to help!


International TRANSFER Students: Get to know UMD!

Hello International Transfer Students!

Thanks for taking a look at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD)! We’re located on the beautiful shores of Lake Superior in northeastern Minnesota!


UMD has approx. 11,000 total enrolled students. 9,000 of our students are undergraduates. The rest are in one of our many graduate programs or post-graduate programs in our medical and pharmacy schools.

By U.S. university size standards, we’re considered a medium-size campus.

Climate and Area.
Autumn in Duluth is legendary. Beautiful fall colors, comfortable temperatures and relatively dry skies make every fall one to remember. Winters in Duluth can get a bit…chilly, but fun. Duluthians keep busy all winter long with skiing, snowboarding and MUCH more. However, when temperatures get downright COLD, we have good news: our campus is connected by a series of concourse and skyway systems.

Summer in Duluth is beautiful and temperatures are comfortable. However, because of Lake Superior, we have a “marine” climate during Spring. It’s a little rainy, but it always leads memorable summers.

In all, Duluth is also surrounded by some of the most scenic and pristine nature in the United States. People live in Duluth BECAUSE they love being outdoors, even when the temperatures dip.


UMD offers more than 150+ major and minor programs within five separate collegiate unit. They are:

Students who graduate from UMD go on to do amazing things! Some continue their education, while others find jobs and start their careers. Our placement rate for graduates is around 97% in the first 12 months after graduation and the average starting salary for our graduates is about $40,000.

Want to know more?
Contact UMD’s Office of Admissions office at 1-800-232-1339 and select option 2. Or send us email at

Heather Rondeau / UMD Admissions Transfer Counselor

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!




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