Great Colleges in the West for Transfer Students

If you're looking for a transfer college, the Western US may be perfect for your next step. Check out these schools that are especially transfer-friendly.

Taking the leap to transfer colleges can be daunting whether you planned for it or not, but it doesn’t have to be! Finding a school where you belong should be exciting, even if it’s the second time around. We want to make the process easier by helping you find amazing colleges and universities that are looking for transfer students just like you. The schools listed below are all located in the Western US (be sure to check out our lists for all the other regions of the country too!). The best part is the green “Connect me” buttons that allow you to connect directly with the schools. Start requesting information from these great transfer options now.

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific UniversityAzusa Pacific University is a private religious university in Azusa, California—25 minutes east of Los Angeles. With 4,400 undergraduates from all 50 states and 63 countries plus a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, students looking to transfer can choose from over 60 majors, including Animation & Visual Effects and Nursing. Azusa Pacific supports students through the transfer process with personalized transfer credit evaluations, competitive transfer scholarships, one-on-one guidance through the career center, and more.

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Biola University

Biola UniversityBiola University is a private church-affiliated university in La Miranda, California. With 4,048 undergraduates and a 15:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from more than 150 undergraduate and graduate programs, including Applied Psychology, Educational Studies, and Music Therapy. Biola supports students through the transfer process by allowing the transfer of 70 community college credits and an unlimited amount from four-year schools, plus a simplified application process, dedicated admission counselors, and more.

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Chaminade University of Honolulu

Chaminade University of HonoluluChaminade University of Honolulu is a private coeducational university in Honolulu, Hawai’i. With 1,157 undergraduates and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from 23 majors, including Counseling Psychology, Hawaiian & Pacific Studies, and Special Education. Chaminade supports transfer students with resources such as a policy allowing the transfer of up to 90 credits toward a bachelor’s degree, plus articulation agreements with local colleges, helpful admission counselors, and more.

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Colorado State University

Colorado State UniversityColorado State University is a public land-grant university in Fort Collins, Colorado. With an enrollment of 33,996 and an 18:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from more than 70 majors with 140 concentrations, 80 minors, and pre-professional advising programs. CSU supports students through transfer admission appointments, a designated transfer team, transfer-specific visit days, and a generous policy that allows the transfer of more than 90 credits.

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Concordia University Texas

Concordia University TexasConcordia University Texas is a private church-affiliated liberal arts university in Austin, Texas—79 miles from San Antonio. With approximately 2,500 students and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from over 20 majors in Business & Communication, Education, Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Natural & Applied Sciences, and Nursing. CTX supports transfer students with admission counselors who work closely with them throughout the process, a personal approach to academics, and a generous policy that allows the transfer of up to 90 credits.

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Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist UniversityDallas Baptist University is a Christ-centered comprehensive liberal arts university in Dallas, Texas. With an enrollment of 4,766 and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from over 86 undergraduate, 68 accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s, and a variety of grad programs. DBU supports students looking to transfer by offering dedicated admission counselors, over 20 accessible institutional scholarships, virtual campus tours that allow you to connect with professors, and more.

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific UniversityFresno Pacific University is a church-affiliated liberal arts university in Fresno, California. With 1,100 traditional undergraduates and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from 40 majors and 38 minors, including popular programs in Psychology, Kinesiology, Liberal Studies, Communication, and Criminology. FPU supports students by offering a transfer admission team, a flexible credit policy allowing the transfer of up to 90 semester units, a cohort academic model that helps you bond with classmates, and more.

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Pepperdine University

Pepperdine UniversityPepperdine University is a private church-affiliated arts and sciences university in Malibu, California—only 12 miles from Santa Monica. With around 3,400 undergraduates and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from 45 majors and 40 minors, including Business Administration, Engineering, Media Production, and more. Pepperdine supports students by offering transfer mentors and admission counselors, articulation agreements with local community colleges, and more.

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Reed College

Reed CollegeReed College is a private liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon. With 1,400 undergraduates and a 9:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from 40 majors—including 15 interdisciplinary majors—through the Divisions of Arts, History & Social Sciences, Literature & Languages, Mathematics & Natural Sciences, and Philosophy, Religion, Psychology & Linguistics. Reed supports students in the transfer process through online virtual visits and recorded sessions, closely working with faculty in your desired department to determine credit transfer, and more.

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Santa Clara University

Santa Clara UniversitySanta Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university in Santa Clara, California—45 miles south of San Francisco. With 5,571 undergraduates and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from more than 50 majors, minors, and programs, including Ancient Studies, Environmental Studies, Political Science, and more. Santa Clara supports transfer students by allowing them to transfer up to half the units required for finishing their degree, plus articulation agreements with many community colleges and more.

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Sierra Nevada University

Sierra Nevada UniversitySierra Nevada University is a private liberal arts university in Incline Village, Nevada—only 31 minutes from Reno. With nearly 1,000 students and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers 30 undergraduate majors and concentrations across the Departments of Business, Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, Science & Technology, and Interdisciplinary Studies. SNU supports transfer students through articulation agreements with local community colleges, military credit acceptance, helpful admission counselors, and more.

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Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist UniversitySouthern Methodist University is a church-affiliated comprehensive research university in Dallas, Texas. With 11,649 students total and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from over 100 majors and 85 minors across seven degree-granting schools. 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 Colorado Boulder

University of Colorado BoulderUniversity of Colorado Boulder is a comprehensive public university in Boulder, Colorado—27 miles northwest of Denver. With 34,975 total students and an 18:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from over 47 majors, 25 minors, and 26 certificate programs across 150 fields of study. CU Boulder supports transfer students by offering pre-transfer advisors to schedule one-on-one appointments with, articulation agreements with community colleges statewide, and more.

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Westmont College

Westmont CollegeWestmont College is a Christian liberal arts college in Santa Barbara, California. With 1,207 students on campus and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, the College offers over 30 majors, 10 distinct minors as well as minors in most majors, and 11 pre-professional programs. Westmont supports students throughout the transfer process with a credit policy allowing the transfer of up to 60 credits, curated transfer student stories, scholarships opportunities with high awards, and more.

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Looking to transfer to a school farther east? Check out this list of Great Colleges in the Midwest for Transfer Students.

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