Fewer transfer students accepted to University of Minnesota in fall 2012

by Kaitlin Walker

The competition just got tougher for students looking to transfer to the University of Minnesota.

The University will accept fewer transfer students in 2012, hoping to improve the experience and performance of those who are accepted, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

Bob McMaster, the dean of undergraduate education at the University, told MPR that 35 percent of undergraduates are transfer students, which is high compared to other research universities like University of Wisconsin and Michigan State University, where only 17 percent of students are transfers.

The University plans to make transfer students 33 percent of the undergraduate population, which means 300 fewer transfers will be accepted next fall. McMaster said this will help the University better concentrate its resources for transfer students.

“We haven’t been particularly thoughtful about transfer students on campus,” McMaster previously told the Minnesota Daily. “We think we could perhaps improve the student experience by decreasing the number of transfer students.”