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Great Colleges and Universities in the South for Transfer Students

Trying to find the right college or university for you the second time around? Here are some great options in the Southern 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 Southern 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!

Angelo State University

Angelo State University logoAngelo State University is a public comprehensive university in San Angelo, Texas. ASU offers more than 100 majors and concentrations as well as 100+ campus organizations to 10,800+ students, including a good population of transfer students. Students transferring more than 12 credits must also have maintained a 2.0 GPA at their former institution; applicants who don’t meet assured transfer admissions requirements will be holistically reviewed and consideration will be given to students who have earned an associate’s degree.

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Columbus State University

Columbus State University logoColumbus State University is a public university, part of the University System of Georgia, in Columbus, Georgia—94 miles from Atlanta. With over 7,000 undergraduate and grad students, a 15:1 student-faculty ratio, and 90+ majors and programs 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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Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University logoDallas Baptist University is a comprehensive Christian liberal arts institution in Dallas, Texas. The University offers its 4,300+ students more than 80 undergraduate majors to choose from and classes with a student-faculty ratio of 13:1. Transfer students have access to highly prepared and trained admission counselors, specific housing opportunities, and exclusive scholarships—all of which make the transfer process to DBU hassle-free.

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Florida Institute of Technology

FITFlorida Institute of Technology is a private research university in Melbourne, Florida—only 60 minutes from downtown Orlando. With over 200 undergraduate and graduate programs to choose from, a total student body of 7,000+, 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 Corp and NASA’s Kennedy Space Center.  

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High Point University

High Point University logoHigh Point University is a private comprehensive institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church on a 420-acre campus in High Point, North Carolina. Known as The Premier Life Skills University, High Point is rooted in the liberal arts and offers 63 majors and 65 minors for undergraduates. HPU transfer students can transfer up to 60 credits from two-year schools and 90 from four-year institutions; use the Panther Page Application Checklist to make the process easier; and access Phi Theta Kappa and other transfer-specific and scholarship opportunities; and more. 

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Houston Christian University

HCUHouston Christian University is a church-affiliated university in southwest Houston, Texas. Home to approximately 2,400 undergraduates, HCU offers a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, small class sizes, over 60 majors, and an Honors College. An average of $16,990 in institutional aid was awarded to transfer students in past years, and admission is guaranteed for students who have completed an associate degree at a community college in Texas.

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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 a signature Dialogues core curriculum that's based on exploring questions of self, belief, and justice while honing critical thinking and communication skills.

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Samford University

Samford University logoSamford University is a private Baptist university in the suburban Homewood area of Birmingham, Alabama. With more than 5,600 students from 47 states and 28 countries on campus, the University offers 180+ majors, minors, and concentrations through eight academic schools as well as fast-track programs for accelerated bachelor’s and graduate degrees. Samford’s Registrar's Office makes the transfer as smooth as possible, processing all transfer credits, including AP, IB, CLEP, dual enrollment, and military credit; helping students access transfer-specific scholarship opportunities; and more. 

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Southern Methodist University

Southern MethodistSouthern Methodist University is a church-affiliated comprehensive research university in Dallas, Texas. Over 12,000 total students can choose from more than 100 majors and 85 minors across seven degree-granting schools while enjoying a 12:1 student-faculty ratio. SMU offers transfer-specific scholarships, a generous transfer credit policy for course credit and scholarship opportunities, articulation agreements with local community colleges, and more.

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Texas Christian University

Texas Christian UniversityTexas Christian University is a private church-affiliated university in Fort Worth, Texas—only three miles from downtown. With an enrollment of 11,027 and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from 115 undergraduate areas of study, 53 master’s programs, and 28 doctoral programs. TCU supports students in the transfer process with transfer academic scholarships, interviews with current students who transferred to learn about their experiences, a transfer policy allowing up to 66 credits, and more. 

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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 Texas at Tyler

University of Texas at Tyler logoThe University of Texas at Tyler is a public comprehensive university in Tyler, Texas—about 100 miles west of Dallas. With more than 80 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs offered, the University provides a wealth of learning opportunities to students representing 167 Texas counties, 45 states, and 60+ nations of the world. UT Tyler partners with area community colleges to offer the Patriot Pathways program, which serves both as a roadmap for transfer students to visualize a path to their degree and to assist with planning, course selection, and creating the official degree plan upon admission.

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University of West Georgia

University of West Georgia logoThe University of West Georgia is a public comprehensive university in Carrollton, Georgia—45 miles west of Atlanta. UWG’s more than 12,700 students are enrolled in 85+ programs through the Colleges of Arts & Humanities, Science & Mathematics, Social Sciences, Business, and Education as well as the School of Nursing, and transfer students can transfer 30 or more semester hours into their programs. Transferring West means hands-on experiences earned inside and outside the classroom that set nontraditional students up for career success. 

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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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