Great Colleges in the Midwest for Transfer Students

Looking for a great college to transfer to for the next step in your college journey? Here's a list of awesome colleges for transfer students in the Midwest!

When a student transfers to another college, they’re making the momentous decision to find a school better suited to their needs and goals in order to propel them to future success. If you’re thinking about transferring from your current school and are interested in colleges in the Midwest, the schools on this list are a great place to start your search.

All the colleges and universities listed here are located in the Midwestern United States and are known for being transfer friendly—in fact, they make the transfer process easy! The best part? You can connect with any or all of these colleges right from this page. Just click the green “Connect me” button below any featured school and your CX profile information will be sent to that college. From there, an admission representative will reach out to you to provide more information. Start learning about great transfer schools now!

Earlham College

Founded by Quakers in 1847, Earlham CollegeEarlham College is a liberal arts college with an 800-acre campus in Richmond, Indiana—only 45 miles west of Dayton, Ohio. The College has a student body of just over 1,000 and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio. Earlham offers competitive financial aid packages to transferring students as well as more than 50 majors and specialized programs that accept most credits from previous institutions. 

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John Carroll University

Founded in 1886, John Carroll UniversityJohn Carroll University is a Jesuit Catholic university with a 60-acre campus in a residential area of Ohio—only 10 minutes from downtown Cleveland. Over 3,500 students attend the University, resulting in a 13:1 student-faculty ratio. At John Carroll, transfer students are eligible for the University Scholarship (worth $12,000–$22,000), the Community College Scholarship (worth $2,000), or the NSF S-STEM MIRRORS Scholarship (worth $4,000).

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Madonna University

Founded by the Felician Sisters in 1937, Madonna UniversityMadonna University is a Catholic liberal arts university with a 97-acre campus in Livonia, Michigan, just west of Detroit. The University has a student body of nearly 3,000, with a student-faculty ratio of 13:1. Students can transfer up to 74 credits from two-year schools and 90 from four-year colleges into over 100 academic programs offered in on-campus, fully online, or hybrid formats.

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Ohio University

Ohio UniversityOhio University is a comprehensive public university in Athens, Ohio—75 miles southeast of Columbus. With 17,000 undergraduates and a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from more than 250 academic programs across nine colleges and one center. As the only Transfer Honor Roll–acknowledged school in the state, Ohio U provides students transfer advisors who aid in transferring credit and planning out their remaining schedules to get them to graduation.

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Saint Louis University

Founded in 1818, Saint Louis UniversitySaint Louis University is a Jesuit Catholic university with a 282-acre campus in St. Louis, Missouri. The University has a large student body of nearly 13,000—8,072 undergraduate and 4,474 graduate students—with a 9:1 student-faculty ratio. The University features 90 undergraduate and over 100 graduate programs. SLU also offers transfer-specific admission counselors and visit programs to make for a smooth student transition. 

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The College of St. Scholastica

Founded in 1912, the College of St. ScholasticaThe College of St. Scholastica is a private, church-affiliated college with a 186-acre campus in Duluth, Minnesota. The College is home to nearly 4,000 students and faculty enough for a 14:1 student-faculty ratio. St. Scholastica offers a generous transfer credit policy for its more than 75 undergraduate majors and minors. 100% of Duluth campus transfer students receive a Transfer Benedictine Scholarship of up to $20,000 per year upon acceptance.

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University of Evansville

Founded in 1853, the University of EvansvilleUniversity of Evansville is a private, church-affiliated liberal arts university with a 75-acre campus in Evansville, Indiana. With a total enrollment of 2,443 students, the University has an 11:1 student-faculty ratio and an average class size of 18 students. Evansville offers more than 80 majors and 100+ areas of study. Transfer students are aided by transfer admission counselors upon acceptance to form a graduation plan.

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University of Northern Iowa

Founded in 1876, the University of Northern IowaUniversity of Northern Iowa is a comprehensive public institution with a campus of 820 sq. acres in Cedar Falls, Iowa­—only seven miles from Waterloo. The University has a total enrollment of 10,497 students with a 17:1 student-faculty ratio. With a generous transfer policy for its 150 areas of study, more than 35% of UNI’s yearly incoming students are transfers from two- and four-year colleges. 

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Western Illinois University

Founded in 1899, Western Illinois UniversityWestern Illinois University is a public university with a 1,050-acre residential campus in Macomb, Illinois—70 miles west of Peoria. The University has a student body of 7,624 and a student-faculty ratio of 13:1. With 46% of the student population made up of transfer students, Western Illinois offers, $10 million in scholarships collectively to transfers and 2+2 degree programs so students can finish in only two more years.

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Interested in transferring to a school outside the Midwest? Connect with other great colleges around the country on our featured transfer schools page.

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