Transferring-to-uw - Prospective-students - Undergraduate (2023)

We currently are not hosting our Transfer Thursday events. We have created a video and handouts that answer many commonly asked questions. Please download the two handouts below and then watch the video. If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at


FAQ Handout

Psychology Major Information Handout


Psychology Major Information Video

Transferring-to-uw - Prospective-students - Undergraduate (1)

Thank you for your interest in the UW Psychology Department. The information in this website will give you better understanding of what it takes to become a psychology major after you transfer to UW. We could not cover everything a transfer student should know, so please feel free to contact us at any time with your questions.

How do I fill out the question regarding major application on the Transfer Student Application for the UW Office of Admissions?

When you transfer to the UW, you will first apply for undergraduate admissions. Then, once you are accepted to the UW and enroll in classes, you can then apply to the major during your first quarter, provided you have all of the pre-requsites completed, described below. When you complete the Application for UW Admissions, you will be asked this question:

First-Choice Major Departmental Application: In additon to this University application, I am/will be submitting a separate departmental application

Please select: I will be submitting a separate departmental application for a future quarter, after enrolling at the University.

What will I learn as a Psychology Major?

You will learn a lot of different ideas, theories and skills as a psychology major at UW. Our department has a strong foundation in scientific and research methodologies with an emphasis on computer and communication skills. In addition, here are some of the learning goals for our majors:

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  • Understand major concepts in human behavior
  • Apply perspectives to various situations
  • Explain behavior on several levels of analysis
  • Utilize the scientific research methods
  • Design and conduct studies
  • Draw on and evaluate research evidence
  • Utilize technology for data collection/analysis
  • Evaluate information as a critical thinker
  • Reflect on information and apply it to your life
  • Be aware of multiculturalism and diversity
  • Use scientific writing to convey a concept
  • Communicate in a variety of settings including writing and oral presentation

What can I do with my Psychology Major?

Because the psychology major offers a broad, social sciences and liberal arts education, there are many different types of careers available for a psychology graduate. Generally speaking, our students do well in business, human resources, marketing, management, research, teaching, social services, sales, and public service, just to name a few. We encourage our students to seek out networking and internship opportunities as undergraduates to gain a greater understanding of their chosen field. We have some opportunities for internships listed on our Psych 497 website, but would be happy to meet with you to discuss a plan for your specific interests.

Many of our students also apply to graduate or professional programs in counseling/therapy, research psychology, teaching, social work, health fields (medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, physicians assistant, etc.), business and the law. If you are interested in continuing your education beyond your bachelors degree, we would enjoy helping you figure out your plans. We have a lot of resources available to help students plan for a graduate or professional program.

For more information on careers, please go to:

Psychology BA vs. BS. Which one should I choose?

Most of our students (about 65%) will select the BA program. The BA program offers a strong foundation in general psychology and is appropriate for many of our students. The BS program was developed to serve our students who have strong math and quantitative skills and are interested in preparing for a research-orientated graduate program. We are happy to work with you on an individual basis to make this decision.

For more information about the differences in the programs, please go to:

What are the Psychology Admission Requirements?

  • The admission requirements for both the Bachelors of Arts and the Bachelors of Science are the same.
  • Psych 101 Introduction to Psychology
  • Psych 202 Biopsychology (sometimes titled Physiological Psychology)
  • Psych 209 Fundamentals of Psychology Research
  • Math 111, 112, 120, 124 or higher or placement into Math 124 (68% or higher on the UW Advanced Math Placement Test). Students interested in the BS program only need Math 120 to apply, but will need Math 124 to register for Psych 317.

* Each course from above must be completed with a 2.0 grade. Students interested in the BS program must have a 2.5 in Psych 209.

** Minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA for Psych 101, 202 and 209.

*** Minimum 2.0 cumulative University of Washington GPA.

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When can I apply to the psychology major?

You must first be enrolled at the University of Washington (Seattle Campus) and have completed all of the departmental admission requirements before you can apply to the major. If you have Psych 101, 202, 209 and math courses complete at the start of your first quarter at UW, you can apply during that quarter. Applications are due the second Friday of autumn, winter, and spring quarters. Admissions is not available for summer. If you need to take Psych 202 or 209 or your math class during your first quarter at UW, then you can apply to the major during your second quarter.

What if my community college doesn't offer Psych 202/Psych 209?

Psych 202 and 209 are not offered frequently at community colleges. If you are at a school that doesn't offer these classes, then you will take them when you get to UW. We save some spaces in these classes for new transfer students to help them prepare for the major. If you are unable to get into one of these spaces, we will help you plan your schedule so you can still graduate on time.

How competitive is the psychology major?

The psychology major is considered a capacity-constrained major because we have more students interested in the psychology major than we have spaces for students in our majors classes. Our admission decision is base on a holistic review of each applicant that takes into consideration both academic achievents in Psych 101, 202, and 209 and the response to a required prompt. If you have concerns about your grades, please contact us and we will be able to describe the recent trends for acceptance rates.

Aside from the psychology admission courses, what other classes do you recommend for me at my community college?

Psychology students are required to take some classes in other fields as a part of the major. We encourage our students to take these related field classes if they have time in their schedules at their community college. As discussed above, Psych BA students will need Math 111, 112, 120, 124 or higher and Psych BS students will need Math 120 and 124. Also, students in either major will need to take one anthropology or sociology course (any level) and one Biology course (with a anatomy or physiology base; Biology 118, 161, 162, 180, 200, 201, 202, 203, or 220). Psych BS students will also need Philosophy 120 or 160.

In addition to specific psychology requirements, our students must complete the general education requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences to graduate from UW.

The General Education Requirements are:

  • English Composition (minimum grade C or 2.0)
  • Foreign Language through 3 rd quarter, three years of high school, placement by exam out of the first year level, or native speaker status. (minimum grade C or 2.0 for 3 rd quarter class)
  • Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning *your math course will meet this requirement.
  • Additional Writing (10 credits) *your psychology lab class in the psych major will meet 5 credits of this requirement.
  • Areas of Knowledge (20 credits in each of the following three areas plus 15 credits in any area for a total of 75 credits)
  • Visual, Literary and Performing Arts (VLPA)
  • Individuals and Society (I&S)
  • Natural World (NW)

*15 credits of your psychology courses will also count toward these Areas of Knowledge, as will your anthropology/sociology, math and biology courses.

Since most transfer students are attempting to complete their associate's degrees before transferring to UW, many of these requirements will be fulfilled with their usual coursework. Some of our students will need to pay particular attention to their foreign language and their VLPA classes. If you are at a Washington State Community College, then you can check to see how each of your classes will transfer to UW by looking at the Equivalency Guide located at:

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My community college offers a lot of different math courses. Which pre-calculus class should I take?

If you are attending a Washington state community college, you should check the UW Equivalency Guide to make sure that your class is equivalent to Math 111, 112, 120 or 124 or beyond. If you are attending a different school, then you should check to see if your class is the prerequisite to calculus 1.

Some community colleges divide pre-calculus into a two course sequence. If you are at such a school, you will need to complete through the second pre-calculus course. Students must complete math with a minimum grade of a 2.0 or higher to apply to the psychology major. If you have any questions, please contact us.

My community college offers psychology classes (abnormal, social, developmental psych, etc.). Should I take these classes?

Many of our transfer students are excited to take every psychology class offered. These classes will transfer to UW as 200-level psychology elective courses and will count as credit for graduation. For the psychology major, you only need two 200-level courses (specifically Psych 202 Biopsychology and 209 Research Methods). Therefore, while other 200-level courses from your community college will count as general electives, they will not fulfill specific degree requirements.

How to evaluate your progress towards a UW degree.

MyPlan, the academic planning tool of the UW, is available to you. MyPlan allows you to import your unofficial transcripts from any Washington State Community or Technical College and view how the courses you have already taken translate to coursework at the UW. You can also easily enter any CTC courses you are planning to take, allowing you to view how both completed and projected coursework may transfer. Using MyPlan also provides a better plan for what courses you need to take to meet your academic goals should you be accepted to the UW.

Access MyPlan by logging in with your Google or Facebook account at

Sorry, MyPlan planning can not be used for students who are transfering from an in-state or out-of-state University or out-of-state community college.

How long will it take to get my BA or BS from UW?

If you transfer to UW with 90 credits from your community college, you can usually graduate from UW in six quarters (90 credits). Some students are at UW for one or two extra quarters if they decide to take a reduced course load or to complete a double major or a minor or if they have not taken many of their College of Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements. We enjoy meeting with students to create graduation plans and to discuss difficulties if they arise.

I have more than 90 credits from my community college. How many of these credits will count toward my degree?

After your credits have been evaluated by our Office of Admissions, you will know how your classes transferred to UW. If you have more than 90 credits, we can add some of the additional credits toward the 180 credits needed for graduation if this is useful in completing your academic goals. You can have up to 135 total credits from another school count for your degree. It would be difficult to complete the psychology major in just 45 credits, or three quarters, but we might be able to work out a plan.

In addition to my regular course work for the psychology major, what other opportunities are available for psychology students?

Many students are interested in another academic field and find that our major works really well for those who want to complete a minor or a second major. A complete list of majors at UW may be found at:

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A complete list of UW minors may be found at:

We require that all of our students, either in the BA or BS program, complete an independent learning experience. Although this experience can vary for students, usually they choose to work in one of our research labs or to complete a psychology related internship. Each quarter, we offer over 120 different research opportunities for students. More information may be found on our Psych 499 and Psych 497 websites.

In addition, many of our students will choose to get actively involved on campus in a student organization or will do independent community service. Some students will elect to study aboard either for a month in the summer or for a quarter or longer. For more information about studying abroad, please see the Study Abroad website.

What is the process for applying as a transfer student?

Transfer students should first apply to the UW through the Office of Admissions. The application deadline for Summer and Autumn quarter admissions is Feb 15. The deadline for Winter quarter admissions is on Sept 1. The UW does not admit students to start in Spring quarter. International students may only apply to the UW in Feb for the Summer and Autumn quarters. Please see the UW Office of Admissions website for more information about the transfer process. When you apply to the UW, you will be asked a question regarding your First Choice Major Application. Please select the answer: "I will be submitting a separate departmental application for a future quarter, after enrolling at the University." We do not accept applications to the major until you have matriculated at the UW.

I have a Bachelors degree and I want to apply to the UW as a post-baccalaureate student. Any advice?

Due to the demand for our major and competition for seats in classes from students seeking first undergraduate degrees, The Department of Psychology is currently not accepting post-baccalaureate applications.

Post-bac study can be complicated and time-intensive. In many cases, our advisers can help you find an easier way of preparing for graduate study, or they can help you put together your best application. Please contact our advising office if this is the case.

I would like to take classes as a non-matriculated (non-degree seeking) student. Who should I contact?

Classes at the UW may be taken on a course-by-course basis without being in a degree program or admitted to the UW by enrolling as a non-degree seeking student. Information about registration and enrollment can be found on the non-degree seeking website.

Interested students will need instructor permission and some signatures before officially registering for classes. Due to demand and space capacity in Psychology classes, non-degree seeking students may not receive instructor approval. Please reach out to the advising office if you have any questions or need assistance.

When can I meet with a psychology adviser?

We are happy to meet with prospective UW students at any point in their planning process. We can look over your transcripts and give you advice about which classes to select at your community college or we can talk to you about the process of applying to UW as a transfer student. We can sort out a graduation plan once you get to UW or help you register for classes. We can identify different university resources and help you if any difficulties arise. We spend a lot of time helping students with understanding how to apply to graduate programs or how to get an internship or job.


Making an appointment with a psychology adviser is easy. Just give us a call at 206-543-2698 or send us an email, at We look forward to hearing from you!

Transfer Thursdays

The University of Washington offers Transfer Thursdays for prospective transfer students interested in applying for admission to the University of Washington. Every Thursday afternoon at 2:30 PM, in the Undergraduate Gateway Center (Mary Gates Hall) and the Office of Admissions (Schmitz Hall) there is an information session about transfer application procedures. Academic advisers are available from 1-5 PM to assist prospective transfer students in planning their transition to the UW. Contact the Undergraduate Gateway Center at 206-543-2551 for details, or visit

***Departmental Info Sessions are not currently offered*** The Psychology Advising Office offers weekly transfer student information sessions that discuss admission and graduation requirements, the orientation of the department, resources on campus, and preparation for transferring. These sessions are offered every Thursday, 3:30-4:30 PM in our office in room 119A in Guthrie Hall. *** Please watch the video at the top of this page


Are transfer students more likely to be accepted? ›

The first thing you should know is that college transfer acceptance rates are lower than freshman acceptance rates. According to NACAC's 2019 State of College Admission report, the average admit rate for transfer students was 61% compared to 66% for freshmen.

How hard is it to transfer into UW? ›

UW-Seattle accepts 48.69% transfer applicants, which is competitive. To have a shot at transferring into UW-Seattle, you should have a current GPA of at least 3.8 - ideally you're GPA will be around 3.95.

Is it easier to transfer into UW? ›

University of Washington Transfer Acceptance Rate

In comparison, the general acceptance rate for students applying to UW is 56%. Although the transfer acceptance rate is noticeably lower, the UW does still use the same holistic review process for admissions decisions that they use with first-year applicants.

How can I increase my chances of getting into UW? ›

How to Improve Your Chances of Getting into the University of Washington
  1. Achieve at least a 3.79 GPA while taking the most challenging classes available. ...
  2. Write engaging essays. ...
  3. Cultivate strong extracurriculars. ...
  4. Aim for a 1430 SAT and 33 ACT.
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Can you get denied as a transfer student? ›

Yes, but for many schools transfer admissions can be more selective than applying from high school. Follow the advice below.

Can you get rejected as a transfer student? ›

You can ask a four-year school to reconsider if you get rejected or wait-listed at first. You're understandably hurting if the transfer college at the top of your list just rejected you. But your crusade to get into your dream school isn't necessarily over.

Is it easier or harder to get in as a transfer? ›

#1 – It's easier to get admitted to a college as a transfer student than it is as a freshman. Colleges lose students every year so they need to fill those spots or they are losing expenses that are budgeted for.

What GPA do you need to get into UW as a transfer student? ›

Minimum requirements for consideration: Hold a minimum 2.0 transferable college GPA. Submit all official college transcripts. Proof of English proficiency, in some cases.

What is the lowest GPA to get into UW? ›

GPA is an essential factor for admission to the University of Washington. Students require a 3.75 and above University Of Washington GPA to take admitted to the university. Top-rated schools like the University of Washington receive numerous applications every year.

Are acceptance rates higher for transfers? ›

So though admission rates for transfer students are lower than rates for first-year students, that doesn't mean you're up against impossible odds. The processes for transfer students are changing, and planning will protect you from many of the common obstacles transfer students run into.

What makes a good transfer applicant? ›

They want to see a demonstrated effort to do well and commitment to a program, as well as a plan for how your new school will help you achieve your goals. A strong transfer application will look much like a strong freshman application, but with letters of recommendation and grades from college instead of high school.

Is a 3.8 UW good? ›

If your school uses an unweighted GPA scale, a 3.8 is one of the highest GPAs you can get. You're most likely earning As and A-s in all of your classes.

Can I get into UW with a 3.9 GPA? ›

You still need to meet the rest of the application requirements, and your GPA shouldn't be too far off from the school average of 3.8. But you won't need dazzling extracurriculars and breathtaking letters of recommendation to get in. You can get in based on the merits of your score alone.

Can I get into UW with a 3.8 GPA? ›

Is your high school GPA good enough for UW-Seattle? The average high school GPA for admitted students at UW-Seattle is 3.8 on a 4.0 scale. (You can calculate your high school a GPA here.) This is a very competitive GPA, and UW-Seattle is clearly accepting students at the top of their high school class.

What does UW look for in a student? ›

The UW's curriculum is rigorous, and Admissions screens every applicant to make sure that he or she will be academically successful. To do this, we consider the courses a student has taken, the grades he or she earned and SAT/ACT scores.

Is it hard to meet people as a transfer student? ›

Myth: It's hard for transfer students to make friends.

Gregariousness and timidity don't know class years or your transfer status. But, fortunately, wherever you're coming from, colleges and universities have plenty of ways for you to meet people and build a new circle of friends on campus.

Can you appeal a college transfer rejection? ›

If you've been rejected from a college, there's a chance that you can and should appeal that rejection letter. In many cases, however, an appeal is really not appropriate and you should respect the college's decision.

Does transfer approval guarantee admission? ›

Does JAMB transfer approval guarantee admission? Yes, admission is certain to the new course after accepting transfer approval.

Can you apply to a university again after getting rejected? ›

Can you reapply to a college after getting rejected? The short answer is, yes! You can reapply to the vast majority of colleges; however, it's often not your best option. In this article, we walk you through what your choices are and how you can make the right one for you.

Can you ask colleges why you got rejected? ›

There is no rule keeping denied students from asking admissions officers the reason for the decision. However, it's very much likely for them to get a generic response or none at all. It's a better idea for denied students to ask admissions officers what they could do for increased admissions chances.

What are the most common reasons for being a transfer student? ›

Good Reasons to Transfer Colleges
  • You want to challenge yourself academically. ...
  • You can't afford the tuition and living costs expenses. ...
  • You feel like you don't belong in the school you initially intended. ...
  • The school's location isn't convenient for you. ...
  • You don't like the school's social scene. ...
  • You want to switch majors.

Is a 3.0 good enough to transfer? ›

Common application colleges tend to have higher transfer requirements, with some requiring a 2.5 to 3.0 GPA to transfer, with some program-specific requirements being even higher.

What is the hardest school to transfer into? ›

The 14 Hardest Schools to Transfer to in 2022
  1. Harvard University — Cambridge, MA. ...
  2. Stanford University — Stanford, CA. ...
  3. Princeton University — Princeton, NJ. ...
  4. Yale University — New Haven, CT. ...
  5. 5. California Institute of Technology — Pasadena, CA. ...
  6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology — Cambridge, MA.
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How can I improve my transfer students chances? ›

  1. 10 Tips For Prospective College Transfer Students. ...
  2. Write Down Your Reasons for Transferring Universities. ...
  3. Research the Institution. ...
  4. Read the University Transfer Policy Carefully. ...
  5. Take Advantage of Your Second Chance. ...
  6. Take Care with Your Transfer Applications. ...
  7. Plan Financially for Your University Transfer.

Is 3.3 A good transfer GPA? ›

A 3.3 GPA is considered a “B” grade and is on the borderline between a B and B+. Most (if not all) colleges and universities accept applications from students with a 3.3 GPA.

What is a good GPA for transfer students? ›

The average GPA of admitted transfer students is above 3.5 and admitted students have completed most or all major preparatory courses. We give highest priority to applicants from California community colleges and other UC campuses.

What happens to GPA when transferred? ›

Your GPA will not transfer to your new college.

Unless you are transferring within a public college system, the GPA you graduate with will be calculated based on your grades at your new college.

Is UW a Tier 1 school? ›

Tier 1 schools include: Stanford, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, UChicago, Caltech, Columbia, Brown, Northwestern, The University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Duke, Vanderbilt, Cornell, Johns Hopkins, and Rice.

Can I get into University of Washington with a 2.5 GPA? ›

Successful applicants will typically exceed a cum GPA of 3.0 with no individual GPA below 2.5. Courses must be completed prior to application. Calculus : MATH 124, 125 and 126 (or Hons Calculus sequence: MATH 134, 135 and 136)

What was the UW acceptance rate 2022? ›

University of Washington admissions is more selective with an acceptance rate of 53%. Half the applicants admitted to University of Washington have an SAT score between 1220 and 1470 or an ACT score of 29 and 34.

Which university accepts the most transfer students? ›

Colleges with the Most Transfer Students
National UniversityLa Jolla, CA3,300
California State Polytechnic University--PomonaPomona, CA3,274
Texas State UniversitySan Marcos, TX3,112
Eastern Illinois UniversityCharleston, IL2,871
17 more rows

What is the best year to transfer college? ›

After two years can be a great time to transfer because you will have completed many prerequisite courses, and at your new school, can invest your time in fulfilling your major requirements. However, this is not a necessity. Many students transfer after one year of study, because their first school was not a great fit.

What colleges have the highest transfer acceptance rate? ›

Schools With Favorable Transfer Admission Rates
RankSchoolTransfer Accept %
4Georgia Tech40.7
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What do admissions officers look for in transfer students? ›

Transfer students are evaluated on the basis of the GPA earned and the college work they have completed. If a student is right on the edge between being accepted or not, then in that case Letters of Recommendation may make an impact in the decision process.

How do you stand out in transfer applications? ›

How do I become a competitive transfer applicant?
  1. Finish general education requirements. ...
  2. Earn high grades. ...
  3. Befriend your professors. ...
  4. Take advantage of your school. ...
  5. Enjoy the extracurricular activities and opportunities that are offered. ...
  6. Find a job.

What makes a transfer applicant stand out? ›

There are two main things that you want to highlight in a transfer admissions essay. Firstly, why your prospective transfer school is a perfect fit for you. Secondly, what unique attributes and talents you will bring to campus. Share with your prospective new academic home what makes them attractive and unique.

Does a 3.87 GPA round up? ›

Additionally, you may wonder, can you round up GPA on your resume? The short answer is yes, but only to one decimal place (e.g., 3.49 rounded up to 3.5). This guide will cover everything you want know about GPA on resume.

What is a 93 GPA on a 4.0 scale? ›

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Is a 3.8 good enough for Harvard? ›

To get to Harvard your GPA has to be at least a 4.0 and even then if you get in your lucky but they require at least a 4.18 GPA only .

Is a GPA of 3.9 out of 5 good? ›

Considering the highest possible GPA is 4.0, it's pretty easy to unequivocally say yes, a 3.9 is a great GPA. The average high school student graduates with a 3.0, so your achievement is well-above average and qualifies for you for acceptance into even the most competitive institutions.

Is a 3.97 unweighted GPA good? ›

Assuming an unweighted GPA, a 3.9 means that you're doing exceptionally well. This GPA indicates that you've earned all As on average across all of your classes. If you've been taking high level classes, this is all the more impressive.

Does UW look at unweighted GPA? ›

Note: The UW does not weight or prioritize one model of college-level course over another. Comparable coursework completed through AP, IB, Cambridge, Running Start and College in the High School are viewed equally for admission purposes.

How hard is it to transfer to UW? ›

The acceptance rate for UW transfers sits around 47% each year.

Why is UW acceptance rate so high? ›

The University of Washington is a public institution and being a resident of the state will give your admissions odds a boost—74% of UW's student body are Washington residents and all 39 of the state's counties are represented on campus.

Is a 3.82 GPA good in college? ›

A 3.8 GPA, or Grade Point Average, is equivalent to an A- letter grade on a 4.0 GPA scale. This means is equivalent to a 90-92%. The national average GPA is 3.0 which means a 3.8 is far above average. Because a 3.8 is already so high it can be hard to raise, but with hard work and dedication it is possible!

What is the most popular major at UW? ›

The most popular majors at University of Washington include: Social Sciences; Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Engineering; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Psychology; Communication, ...

What is the best UW dorm? ›

Below we have compiled a list of some of the top dorms that you can stay in at the University of Washington!
  • McMahon Hall. ...
  • Willow Hall. ...
  • Terry Hall. ...
  • Poplar Hall. ...
  • Hansee Hall. ...
  • Maple Hall. ...
  • Lander Hall. ...
  • McCarty Hall. Address: 2100 NE Whitman Ct, Seattle, WA 98195 This residence hall is near northern campus.
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How selective is University of Washington? ›

University of Washington admissions is more selective with an acceptance rate of 53%. Half the applicants admitted to University of Washington have an SAT score between 1220 and 1470 or an ACT score of 29 and 34.

Do transfers have a higher acceptance rate? ›

So though admission rates for transfer students are lower than rates for first-year students, that doesn't mean you're up against impossible odds. The processes for transfer students are changing, and planning will protect you from many of the common obstacles transfer students run into.

Is it harder to apply as a transfer? ›

The acceptance rate for transfer students is generally lower than it is for freshman. That doesn't mean you shouldn't be a transfer student or that it's a bad choice—it means you need to plan ahead and follow through, just as you would if you were a high school student applying to a four-year school.

Which University accepts most transfer students? ›

Colleges with the Most Transfer Students
National UniversityLa Jolla, CA3,300
California State Polytechnic University--PomonaPomona, CA3,274
Texas State UniversitySan Marcos, TX3,112
Eastern Illinois UniversityCharleston, IL2,871
17 more rows

How can I increase my chances of getting my transfer? ›

5 Ways to Improve Your College Transfer Application
  1. Be mindful of deadlines. ...
  2. Collect all necessary documents and transcripts. ...
  3. Write a stellar application essay. ...
  4. Review all requirements. ...
  5. Connect with your admissions counselor.
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What is a good enough transfer GPA? ›

Successful transfer applicants present evidence of exceptionally strong college performance in demanding courses. The average GPA of admitted transfer students is usually 3.8 and above. Some schools explicitly lay out their GPA requirements.

What do college admissions look for in transfer students? ›

Transfer students are evaluated on the basis of the GPA earned and the college work they have completed. If a student is right on the edge between being accepted or not, then in that case Letters of Recommendation may make an impact in the decision process.

Does your GPA stay the same when you transfer? ›

Your GPA will not transfer to your new college.

Unless you are transferring within a public college system, the GPA you graduate with will be calculated based on your grades at your new college.

Is it better to apply as a first year or transfer student? ›

It's worth noting that some colleges treat everyone the same – meaning there is no distinction (advantage/disadvantage) between a transfer applicant or freshman applicant – before worrying too much about it, check the websites of your target schools to see if they have different application processes for different ...

Is it hard to make friends as a transfer student? ›

Myth: It's hard for transfer students to make friends.

Gregariousness and timidity don't know class years or your transfer status. But, fortunately, wherever you're coming from, colleges and universities have plenty of ways for you to meet people and build a new circle of friends on campus.

Is it harder to transfer to a university? ›

On average in the United States, the acceptance rate for transfer students in 66%, compared to 62% for first-time college students. Some schools will even actively seek out transfer students. However, you can boost your chance of acceptance even further by ensuring that you stay focused in your current classes.


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