Many commonly-asked questions can be answered through the links below and on other pages of this web site. For additional information, stop in the SFA Office of Advising & Academic Services, 107 Montague Hall.
Many scholarships are available to incoming freshmen and current students at UMD. Some scholarships require that a student have a financial need or meet certain criteria; others are based upon demonstrated talents or abilities. Most of the scholarships for incoming freshmen can be applied for with the general UMD Scholarship Application, available from the UMD Office of Admissions.
Listings of scholarships both for freshmen and for current UMD students can be found on the UMD Financial Aid office's Scholarship web page.
Additionally, each department within the School of Fine Arts has many talent scholarships for returning students - see our Scholarships page for a complete listing, and stop in at each department's home office for applications.
The University of Minnesota's Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers financial awards twice yearly to full time undergraduates for research, scholarly, or creative projects undertaken in partnership with a faculty member. The program encourages students to conduct research and pursue academic interests outside of their regular courses by employing them to work on special research projects. School of Fine Arts students are eligible and encouraged to apply. Complete information for the program is available on the University of Minnesota UROP site.
UMD encourages all students to apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is used to calculate your Expected Family Contribution (EFC). This figure then is used by UMD to determine your eligibility for federal, state, and campus-based financial aid programs.
To be considered for financial aid at UMD, you must complete a FAFSA for the current year, either online (FAFSA on the Web) or by using a paper application available at the Student Assistance Center or from your high school guidance counselor.
UMD recommends that you complete your FAFSA early. Some financial aid programs have limited funding and deadline requirements. If you apply late, you may lose eligibility for some awards.
Please review the UMD Financial Aid application web site for additional guidelines.
Once you have completed 90 credits, you can complete a Degree Application. Apply for the term in which you expect to complete all your degree requirements (i.e., last term of enrollment). In addition, you should request a credit check through the Student Assistance Center, located at 23 Solon Campus Center.
Apply up to one year before you expect to complete all degree requirements. You must apply no later than the deadline for each term. Ensure that the major(s) and minor(s) you are completing are declared on the system.
Filing an Application for Degree does not guarantee you tickets for the undergraduate commencement ceremony. Completing of the UMD Baccalaureate Commencement Attendance Questionnaire is required to secure tickets.
For more information, see the Application for Undergraduate Degree FAQ.
You can calculate either your current semester GPA or your cumulative GPA by using the online tool on the UMD One Stop site.
Complete a Change of College form if you want to do any of the following:
- to change majors from one collegiate unit to another within UMD (i.e. from the College of Science and Engineering to the School of Fine Arts)
- to change from Continuing Education to the School of Fine Arts
- to change campuses within the University of Minnesota system (i.e. from the Twin Cities campus to the Duluth campus)
Submit the Change of College form to the School of Fine Arts Office of Advising & Academic Services, 107 Montague Hall.
If you have previously applied to graduate and need your Expected Graduation Term changed, complete the Petition to Change Expected Graduation Term
Visit your home department office (Art & Design: 317 Humanities; Music: 231 Humanities; Theatre: 141 MPAC) or the School of Fine Arts main office (120 Montague) to pick up a Change of Major form. Clearly indicate on the form which major/minor you wish to drop, as well as which major/minor you wish to add. Return the completed form to the SFA Office of Advising & Academic Services (107 Montague Hall). Advising & Academic Services personnel will determine whether or not your desired department is accepting new students and then will change your record if approved.
Students from outside the School of Fine Arts who are interested in changing to a major within the School of Fine Arts must complete a Change of College form (see related question).
Each semester, qualifying SFA students are recognized for high academic achievement by being placed on the SFA Deanís List for Academic Excellence. A notation is placed on the qualifying studentsí transcripts indicating this achievement. To be eligible for the Deanís List, the student must:
- be in residence in the School of Fine Arts
- have earned a 3.50 or higher term GPA in that semester
- have completed all credits attempted in the semester
- have completed a minimum of 12 letter-graded credits in the semester
- have no grades of "I," "F," or "N" for the semester
Latin Honors for graduation
UMD has an Honors Policy that 15% of the graduating class of each college can graduate with Latin Honors. Latin Honors are recognized in text on a student's transcript and diploma, and the student wears a special designator during commencement ceremonies. There are three levels of honors within this designation:
- Summa Cum Laude: students with GPA in the top 3%
- Magna Cum Laude: students with GPA in the next 5%
- Cum Laude: students with GPA in the next 7%
School of Fine Arts students can complete APAS Amendment forms (available in department home offices or in the SFA Office of Advising & Academic Services, 107 Montague Hall) to request the following kinds of changes on their academic records (all must be approved by faculty advisor and/or department head):
- Course Substitution - a transfer course from another college/university to substitute for a required course within the major at UMD
- Course Substitution - an elective course within the major to substitute for a required course within the major
- Catalog Year Specification - students may choose to fulfill degree requirements identified in any combination of UMD catalogs that have been in effect since entering a college or university and within eight years previous to graduation from UMD.
- Course Waiver - waiver of a required course
Visit your home department office (Art & Design: 317 Humanities; Music: 231 Humanities; Theatre: 141 MPAC) to learn your advisor's name and contact information. Your faculty advisor is also listed on your APAS (Academic Progress Audit System) report, your transcript, and your Graduation Planner.
After completing 90 credits, students should request a Senior Credit Check to determine if all degree requirements have been completed. School of Fine Arts students should pick up the form at 23 Solon Campus Center.
Although studying and classroom activities are obviously a major part of college life, many students and graduates report that their involvement in additional clubs and campus organizations has been one of the most enjoyable and memorable aspects of their time at UMD.
Exploring your interests beyond the classroom is a wonderful way to learn about new ideas, stay active, and make lasting friendships. The Kirby Student Center maintains a complete listing of more than 150 registered student organizations in several categories.
See also our page of Clubs & Organizations within the School of Fine Arts. Visit any of these organizations' web sites to learn more about the club goals and meeting times. Though some organizations are limited to students within a particular major, many are open to the entire student population.
If you were previously enrolled in the School of Fine Arts but have not been enrolled at UMD for the past two semesters (or longer), you need to complete a Re-enrollment Form
Review our complete Registration Tutorial.
School of Fine Arts students are required to meet with their faculty advisors each semester prior to registration. Until that meeting has occurred, an SFA Advising Hold prevents online registration. Do you see a hold listed on your record even though you've already had your advisor meeting? Don't panic - check the "effective date" of the hold, which may be a future date that will not prevent your registration for the current semester. If this is not the case, visit the SFA Office of Advising & Academic Services, 107 Montague Hall.
Visit your home department office (Art & Design: 317 Humanities; Music: 231 Humanities; Theatre: 141 MPAC) to request a faculty advisor change
Medical withdrawals from one course or all courses require completion of a petition. Documentation by a medical professional is also required. Please see Stacy Crawford, Academic Advisor, (218-213-8436, firstname.lastname@example.org, 111 Montague Hall) with questions about medical withdrawals.
Complete withdrawal from the university after the 8th week of class is not generally permitted. Anyone considering complete withdrawal at any time during the semester should see Stacy Crawford, Academic Advisor (218-213-8436, email@example.com, 111 Montague Hall).