Great Colleges in the Southeast for Transfer Students

Trying to find the right college for you the second time around? Here are some great options in the Southeastern US for transfer students.

Finding the right college can be tough. Finding the right school the second time around? Well, that can be downright tiring. We want to make the process easier for you, so we curated lists of amazing colleges that make transferring simple, seamless, and with maximum benefits to you as a student.

All the colleges and universities on this list are in the Southeastern US and are invested in helping transfer students find the right place to finish their academic journeys. The best part is you can get in touch with any (or all) of these schools right from this page by clicking the “Connect me” button below any of the featured colleges. Your CollegeXpress profile information will be sent directly to that school, then they’ll reach out to you. Happy college hunting!

Columbus State University

Columbus State UniversityColumbus State University is a public university, part of the University System of Georgia, in Columbus, Georgia—94 miles from Atlanta. With over 7,800 undergraduate and grad students, an 18:1 student-faculty ratio, and over 60 majors to choose from, CSU strives to ensure the largest amount of your previous credits transfer to your new program—including credit for AP courses, CLEP, Dantes, Excelsior College Exams, and more. The University also offers a special transfer student orientation that’s conveniently available online.

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Florida Institute of Technology

Florida Institute of TechnologyFlorida Institute of Technology is a private university in Melbourne, Florida—only 60 minutes from downtown Orlando. With over 200 programs to choose from, a student body of 6,078, and a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, FIT is ranked in the top 6% of schools for return on investment. Transfer students can take advantage of numerous cooperative education programs and internship connections at major employers like Northrop Grumman Crop and Nasa’s Kennedy Space Center. 

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Lynn University

Lynn UniversityLynn University is a private liberal arts university in Boca Raton, Florida—23 miles from Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach and 50 miles from Miami. With nearly 120 undergraduate and graduate programs to choose from, transfer students join a student body of over 3,200—including students from close to 100 countries—making for an 18:1 student-faculty ratio. Lynn also offers more than 80 study abroad opportunities in 28 countries and its signature Dialogues core curriculum based around exploring questions of self, belief, and justice while honing critical thinking and communication skills.

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Marymount University

Marymount UniversityMarymount University is a Catholic-affiliated comprehensive university in Arlington, Virginia—only six miles from Washington, DC. Marymount offers transfer students 27 distinct undergraduate degrees to choose from, 3,441 undergrad and grad students on campus, and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio. With majors such as Business Administration, Biology, Nursing, Information Technology, and Psychology, the University is one of only 13 designated institutions in the US to offer the Clara Boothe Luce Scholarship Program to support women in mathematics and science.

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New College of Florida

New College of FloridaNew College of Florida is a public honors college on Sarasota Bay in Sarasota, Florida. With transfer students making up 10%­–15% of the student body each year, New College offers new students more than 35 majors, a 7:1 student-faculty ratio, and an average class size of 12. The College is the #1 public university for its percentage of graduates who go on to earn PhDs as well as #2 for lowest student debt in the state of Florida, with many students graduating debt-free.

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Presbyterian College

Presbyterian CollegePresbyterian College is a private, church-affiliated liberal arts college in Clinton, South Carolina—35 miles south of Greenville. With a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,102 and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, transfer students have over 100 options for majors, minors, and other academic programs. PC offers three transfer-specific scholarships that range from $10,000–$22,000, and transfer students can also use the College’s Transfer Guide to ensure their credits will transfer for their maximum benefit. 

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The University of Tampa

The University of TampaThe University of Tampa is a private comprehensive university located in Tampa, Florida. With 9,600 students, a 17:1 student-faculty ratio, and 20% of the student body composed of transfer students each year, the University offers more than 200 fields of study through the Colleges of Arts & Letters, Business, Natural & Health Sciences, and Social Sciences, Mathematics & Education. Students come from every state and 132 countries to attend UT, a university that’s been named to the Phi Theta Kappa Transfer Honor Roll for the past five years for creating dynamic pathways that support transfer students.

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University of North Carolina at Wilmington

University of North Carolina at WilmingtonThe University of North Carolina at Wilmington is a comprehensive public university in Wilmington, North Carolina—only 10–15 miles from several beaches. With over 17,500 students, UNCW offers more than 60 academic programs through the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education, and Health & Human Services as well as the School of Business. Each year, nearly 50% of incoming UNCW students are transfers, including active and veteran military members who can apply as transfer students after two years of active service and gain transfer credit with little to no traditional college credit.

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Western Kentucky University

Western Kentucky UniversityWestern Kentucky University is a comprehensive public university in Bowling Green, Kentucky—65 miles north of Nashville, Tennessee. WKU offers more than 170 majors, minors, and associate degree programs as well as 125+ graduate programs through the College of Arts & Letters, Education & Behavioral Sciences, Business, Science & Engineering, and Health & Human Services. All transfer students are automatically considered for a transfer scholarship of up to $4,000 per year and can also take advantage of services such as transfer advising, tutoring services, transfer housing options, and more.

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Learn about even more great colleges for transfer students all around the country with our featured Transfer School Profiles.

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