Great Colleges in the East for Transfer Students

Find the right college to transfer to by exploring these transfer-friendly schools in the Eastern US. You can connect and receive more information in one click!

Whether you’ve been at a two-year school until now or your first four-year school didn’t work out, finding the right school to transfer to can be daunting. But we’ve made the process easier for you by curating lists of amazing colleges to transfer to! In this list, we’ve gathered colleges and universities in the Eastern US that go above and beyond for transfer students by supporting them throughout the process, maintaining great transfer credit policies, and offering transfer-specific opportunities like welcome events and scholarships. The best part is you can get in touch with every college on this list right from this page. Just click the green “Connect me” button below a school to send your CollegeXpress information and have them reach out to you. Start finding your next-step school now!

Albright College

Albright CollegeAlbright College is a church-affiliated coeducational liberal arts college in Reading, Pennsylvania—45 miles from Philadelphia. With an enrollment around 1,650 and a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from more than 50 programs of study, including majors in the arts, sciences, Education, Business, and more. Albright supports students looking to transfer by offering rolling admission, matriculation agreements and dual enrollment with numerous community colleges, and more.

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Canisius College

Canisius CollegeCanisius College is the largest private university in western New York, located in North-Central Buffalo. With 3,102 students on campus and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, Canisius welcomes nearly 200 transfer students every academic year. The College offers over 100 majors, minors, specializations, and pre-professional programs as well as transfer counseling, transfer orientation, and automatic evaluation for an academic merit scholarship based on cumulative GPA.

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The College of Staten Island (CUNY)

The College of Staten Island (CUNY)The College of Staten Island is a public liberal arts college that’s part of the City University of New York (CUNY) system in Staten Island, New York. With 12,782 students and a student-faculty ratio of 19:1, transfers can choose from 52 majors in 23 fields of study. CSI allows students to transfer up to 90 credits with a grade of C or higher and makes transferring less stressful by letting you apply for direct admission as late as one month before the start of any semester. 

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Daemen College

Daemen CollegeDaemen College is a small comprehensive private college with a mixture of liberal arts and career programs in Amherst, New York—a suburb of Buffalo. With around 1,700 undergraduates, 900 graduate students, and 36 majors in 18 fields of study, Daemen offers the opportunity to transfer up to 90 college credits as well as merit-based academic scholarships for transfer students. According to an annual survey, 98% of transfers said they were very satisfied with their Daemen education. 

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Fordham University

Fordham UniversityFordham University is the Jesuit University of New York, a private university with one campus in the Bronx (adjacent to the Botanical Gardens and Bronx Zoo) and another in Manhattan (next to the Lincoln Center arts complex). With an enrollment of 16,072 students and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, Fordham offers students more than 60 programs to choose from, including honors programs, research symposia, dual-degree programs, and more. Up to 60 credits with a grade of C or higher may be transferred into the University, and transfer students can submit applications by two deadlines: November 1 for spring semester and June 1 for fall.

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Gannon University

Gannon UniversityGannon University is a Catholic university in Erie, Pennsylvania, that integrates professional skills and faith-based learning. With 4,444 students and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, transfer students can choose from 100 undergraduate, graduate, and online programs. Gannon has articulation agreements with community colleges and four-year institutions in New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, offering transfers from these schools a smooth credit transition and scholarship opportunities specifically for transfer students. 

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Geneva College

Geneva CollegeGeneva College is a private, church-affiliated liberal arts college in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania—45 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. With 1,432 students and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, transfer students can choose from more than 145 undergraduate majors and programs. Geneva allows an unlimited number of credits to transfer from both two- and four-year colleges and offers the Dean’s Scholarship, Tower Scholarship, and Ferncliffe Grant to transfer students who have and maintain a certain GPA requirement. 

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Georgian Court University

Georgian Court UniversityGeorgian Court University is a private, church-affiliated liberal arts university on a campus designated a National Historic Landmark in Lakewood, New Jersey—60 miles from both Philadelphia and New York City. With 2,411 students and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, transfer students can choose from more than 35 undergraduate and 10 graduate degrees. Georgian Court allows the transfer of at least 75 community college credits—sometimes more depending on a student’s situation—and has been recognized on the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll. 

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Hofstra University

Hofstra UniversityHofstra University is a private university in Hempstead, New York—only 25 miles east of New York City. With over 10,000 total students and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, transfers can choose from over 160 undergraduate, 170 graduate, and 100 dual-degree programs across Hofstra’s diverse schools and colleges. The University also offers a flexible policy to maximize credit transfer and considers transfers on a rolling basis, although students should apply early to qualify for available scholarships and on-campus housing.

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Iona College

Iona CollegeIona College is a coeducational liberal arts college founded in the Roman Catholic tradition and located in New Rochelle, New York. With approximately 4,000 students on campus and a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, transfer students can choose from 60 combined programs of study. Iona offers rolling admission throughout the year only to transfer students; “Transfer Tuesdays” where you can meet current students, tour campus, and speak with a counselor about transfer credit; and the ability to enter the College with junior status if you’re transferring with an associate degree and a minimum 2.5 GPA. 

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Kean University

Kean UniversityKean University is a public university in Union, New York—only 12 miles from New York City. Over 16,000 students (35% of whom are transfers) benefit from a 17:1 student-faculty ratio, enrolling in 50+ undergraduate and 70+ graduate programs. Kean has been recognized by the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll for the last five years and partners with numerous community colleges to ensure the ease and maximum transfer of college credits. 

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Loyola University Maryland

Loyola University MarylandLoyola University Maryland is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university in Baltimore, Maryland. With just under 4,000 undergraduates on campus and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from 30 undergraduate majors and 40 minors. Transfers can also receive up to 20 courses of credit of the 40 maximum required to complete a degree, with the opportunity to take free summer courses after your first semester to catch up on or complete core curriculum requirements.

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Manhattan College

Manhattan CollegeManhattan College is a private coeducational Catholic university in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York. With 3,664 undergraduate students and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, transfer students can choose from 50 major fields of study. Manhattan offers transfers rolling admission for the fall and spring semesters; “Transfer Thursday” events for students to tour campus, meet admission representatives, and receive an immediate admission decision the same day; and generous credit transfer and scholarship opportunities.

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Marist College

Marist CollegeMarist College is a comprehensive private college grounded in the liberal arts and located in the Hudson River Valley in Poughkeepsie, New York. With 6,738 students and a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, transfer students can choose from over 90 majors, minors, and concentrations. Marist offers transfer scholarships and other financial aid opportunities, the Marist Transfer Student Advisory Board to help you understand life at Marist, and a credit policy that allows students to transfer up to 90% of credits completed at previous institutions.

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Marist College, Florence Campus

Marist College, Florence CampusMarist–Florence is the College’s comprehensive abroad campus in Florence, Italy. Transfer students can take advantage of all Marist has to offer on its main campus—including a generous transfer credit policy and Transfer Student Advisory Board—while also enjoying the perks of studying abroad in another country. Between the two campuses, students come from 47 states and 67 countries, going on to live and work all over the world.

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Molloy College

Molloy CollegeMolloy College is a private, church-affiliated liberal arts college in Rockville Centre, New York—only 25 miles east of New York City. With 4,900 students on campus and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, transfer students can choose from more than 50 programs, many of which are nationally accredited. Molloy offers experienced admission counselors who help transfers evaluate credits and plan a path to finishing their degree, as well as articulation agreements with community colleges in the area and a credit policy that accepts up to 64 credits from previous institutions. 

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Pace University

Pace UniversityPace University is a comprehensive private university with an urban campus in New York City and a suburban campus in Pleasantville-Briarcliff, New York. With 13,612 students and a 15:1 student-faculty ratio, transfer students can choose from more than 100 majors and bachelor’s-to-graduate degree programs. Pace offers a flexible transfer credit policy, up to $13,000 a year in scholarships, events like Transfer Tuesdays and Accelerated Admission Days, one-on-one counseling with transfer advisors, and articulation agreements with partner schools.

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Rowan University

Rowan UniversityRowan University is a selective public research institution in southern New Jersey—between Philadelphia and Atlantic City—with campuses in Glassboro, Camden, and Stratford. With more than 19,000 students between all campuses and a 17:1 student-faculty ratio, transfer students can choose from more than 100 majors and take advantage of Rowan’s two medical schools. The University allows transfers to receive admission decisions based on unofficial transcripts and the transfer of up to 90 credits. 

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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Rutgers, The State University of New JerseyRutgers University is a public research university with three major campuses in New Jersey, the flagship of which is in New Brunswick. With 36,000+ undergraduate students and a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, transfer students can choose from over 100 undergraduate majors, some of which include coursework completed at 175+ research centers. Rutgers accepts up to 60 transfer credits from two-year institutions, three generous transfer-specific scholarships, and transfer-specific living-learning communities.

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Rutgers University–Newark College of Arts and Sciences

Rutgers University–Newark College of Arts and SciencesRutgers University–Newark is one of three regional campuses of Rutgers University, the public research university of New Jersey. With more than 12,000 students from 119 countries and a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, transfers to the Newark campus can choose from more than 65 undergraduate majors. The University also offers ongoing transfer advisory support, Instant Decision Days, scholarship and financial aid options specifically for transfers, and an easy registration process.

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Saint Peter’s University

Saint Peter’s UniversitySaint Peter’s University is a private church-affiliated university in Jersey City—only three miles from New York City. With 3,233 students and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, transfer students can choose from more than 50 undergraduate majors. Saint Peter’s also offers the transfer of up to 66 credits from community colleges and up to 90 from four-year institutions; discounted tuition for transfers from partner community colleges; and the opportunity to join the University’s Honors Program for transfer students demonstrating academic excellence.

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Seton Hall University

Seton Hall UniversitySeton Hall University is a private church-affiliated university in South Orange, New York—only 14 miles from New York City. With an undergraduate enrollment of 5,914 students and a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, transfer students can choose from over 90 programs, including the highly ranked Business Leadership program, and have access to more than 17,000 internship opportunities. Seton Hall accepts up to 90 transfer credits and offers generous financial aid and scholarship opportunities specifically for transfer students.

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St. John’s University, Queens Campus

St. John’s University, Queens CampusSt. John’s University is a private Roman Catholic university in Queens, New York. With 21,721 students across two campuses and a student-faculty ratio of 16:1, transfer students can choose from more than 100 programs that are built on an “options-oriented” core curriculum. St. John’s accepts up to 90 transfer credits from previous institutions and also offers an up to 40% discount on tuition for transfer students, plus a Transfer Distinction Award scholarship valued at $20,000 for those with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or an associate degree.

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St. John’s University, Staten Island Campus

St. John’s University, Staten Island CampusSt. John’s University–Staten Island is a 17-acre companion campus to the University’s Queens campus, offering programs through the Colleges of Business, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Professional Studies as well as the School of Education. Transfer students can take advantage of the same perks offered on the Queens campus from the University’s beautiful Staten Island location. This campus also offers a transfer-specific scholarship, but it’s valued up to $15,000 for students with a GPA of 3.0 or an associate degree. 

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Stevenson University

Stevenson UniversityStevenson University is a private coeducational university is Stevenson, Maryland. With approximately 3,000 full-time and 600 part-time undergraduate students and a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, transfer students can choose from more than 90 majors, minors, tracks, and pre-professional programs. Stevenson also offers guaranteed admission to students transferring from a community college with an associate degree, plus personalized support with transfer-specific advising and an average transfer scholarship of $18,000.

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Stony Brook University

Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook University is a public research university that’s a part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system, located in Long Island­, New York—60 miles east of New York City. With more than 26,700 students and a 19:1 student-faculty ratio, transfer students can choose from more than 200 majors, minors, and combined-degree programs. Stony Brook offers the transfer of up to 84 credits; Advising 101, a specialized course to help students transition during their first semester; and transfer-specific advisors. 

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The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of AmericaThe Catholic University of America, the national university of the Catholic Church, is located in Washington, DC—just north of Capitol Hill. With more than 3,000 undergraduate students, 2,4000 graduate students, and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, transfer students can choose from more than 70 undergraduate programs across 12 schools. CatholicU offers four scholarships for transfer students—including the Catholic University Scholarship valued up to $24,000—and accepts up to 60 credits from previous institutions.

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University of Pittsburgh

University of PittsburghThe University of Pittsburgh is a comprehensive public university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pitt has five campuses, with the Pittsburgh campus having the largest enrollment of 19,000+ students, a student faculty ratio of 14:1, and more than 100 majors, minors, and certificate programs. The University offers a holistic admission process, guaranteed admission to certain programs, articulation agreements with numerous colleges, and multiple transfer scholarships as well as the transfer of up to 60 credits from community colleges and up to 90 from four-year schools.

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Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

Vaughn College of Aeronautics and TechnologyVaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology is a specialized private institution offering associate, bachelor’s, and graduate programs in Flushing, New York. With 1,625 students and a 15:1 student-faculty ratio, Vaughn offers eight distinct and specialized degrees for transfer STEM students. Students can transfer up to 60 credit hours from two-year schools and up to 90 credits from four-year schools, and the University provides transfer scholarships up to $15,000—with 90% of students eligible for aid. 

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