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What Admission Requirements Are Important as a Transfer?

Many admission requirements transfer students have are similar to new college student requirements. Here's some expert advice on a few key items to have.

Joan Isaac MohrJoan Isaac Mohr
Vice President and Dean of Admissions

Quinnipiac University
It depends on the college. It may also depend on the program you hope to transfer into, but these five key things are typically what most colleges will look for from their transfer students.

  • Colleges will look at your grades, semester averages as well as your overall GPA.
  • They’ll consider major prerequisite courses for certain programs, like your science classes if you plan to major in Nursing. Obviously, the more academic work you’ve completed in college, the more they will rely on your college work to make their decision.
  • Your essay is a way to indicate why you’re interested in transferring, and if there are any gaps in your education, it’s helpful to explain those as well.
  • Transfer students may be asked to take a placement test in math, English, or a language. Check with the admission or registrar's office at the college you plan to attend to learn more.
  • Colleges usually need to receive your high school transcript if you haven’t completed a certain amount of class hours or course credits—unless you’ll complete your associate degree at a community college before you enroll—then they’ll need to see proof of your degree.

Looking for great resources to help get you through transferring? Check out Our Best Advice for the Transfer Admission Process!

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