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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!




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


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