Emory College welcomes transfer students from two- and four-year colleges and universities into the sophomore and junior classes in the spring, summer and fall semesters. Transfer applicants must have completed one full academic year of college work, which is usually 30 or more hours at another institution, by the time they would like to start at Emory. Applicants should have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in all college work attempted; most students that are admitted into Emory College have a minimum GPA of 3.5 or better.
Emory College Transfer Admission Deadlines and Notification Times:
|Priority Application Deadline||March 15|
|Financial Aid Application Deadline*||March 15|
|Regular Application Deadline||May 1|
|Priority Application Notification||April 26|
|Regular Application Notification**||May 31|
*Any applicant for fall transfer admission who does not apply for Financial Aid by the March 15 deadline will not be considered for Emory Institutional Aid.
** We will continue to admit a small amount of students on a rolling basis after May 31, as space allows.
Quick Facts about Emory Transfer Admission:
If you have any transfer-related questions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*High school transcript(s) can be waived if a student has spent two years on a college campus or has been out of high school for more than 5 years by emailing email@example.com.
* SAT/ACT/ TOEFL scores can be waived if students have completed over 50 hours of college credit by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Office of Undergraduate Admission does not handle transient study. For applicants who wish to attend Emory College as visiting students, please contact the Office of the Registrar.
Q: Who can transfer to Emory?
A: Emory welcomes transfer applications from students who wish to enter Emory after completing work at another college. Applicants must be withdrawn voluntarily from the college last attended and must be eligible to return to that institution. A student must be able to matriculate at least at sophomore status. Once a student has at least one full year of college credit, he or she may apply for transfer admission to Emory in any of the three semesters—fall, spring, or summer. In order to graduate from Emory College, a transfer student is required to complete the last four semesters (sixty-four semester hours) of coursework at Emory; this is usually equivalent to two years of work. Transfer students may transfer up to sixty semester hours of college credit to Emory College.
Q: Can I apply to both Emory and Oxford College as a transfer student?
A: All transfer students are encouraged to apply directly to Emory College due to the limited time students would spend at Oxford College prior to transitioning to Emory College.
Q: I am interested in receiving an undergraduate degree in Nursing or Business. Should I apply to Emory College?
A: Emory College welcomes students to apply that are interested in any of the academic areas that are available in the College of Arts and Sciences. If students have specific interests in Business or Nursing, we would recommend they apply directly to those programs through the transfer process at the Goizueta Business School or Woodruff Nursing School. Students enrolling in Emory College with the expectation of applying to the Goizueta Business School or the Woodruff Nursing School will be expected to remain enrolled in Emory College for one academic year.
Q: What do you look for in admission of a transfer student?
A: We look at the strength of curriculum at their present institution and a variety of coursework similar to an Emory student's core curriculum. We also want to see grades of mainly A’s and B’s in those courses, as well as strong SAT or ACT scores. Transfer students are expected to have a reasonable level of involvement at their current institution.
Q: Do I need to send my SAT, ACT, or TOEFL scores to Emory?
A: Yes. We require that you send SAT or ACT scores if you have taken them within the last five years. If you are a non-native English speaker, you may send TOEFL scores completed within the last two years.
Q: What courses do I need to take to transfer to Emory College?
A: There are no required courses that students need to take to be eligible for transfer admission to Emory; however, we would hope students have taken a liberal arts curriculum that will prepare them for Emory College. Emory does not accept any form of on-line credit. We are not able to provide advising about course selection for potential applicants. For academic guidance and course selection, it is important to work closely with the faculty and staff at your current institution. For further information about transferring credits, please e-mail email@example.com.
Q: Do I need to complete another application if I have previously applied?
A: No. If you have previously applied to Emory as a transfer student, you do not need to complete another application. Students who wish to apply again will need to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for their applications to be reactivated, and send an official copy of the most recent college transcripts.
Q: What happens after my application is complete?
A: Once all required application information is received, the application committee will begin review of transfer applications for the appropriate term. In selecting transfer students, the application committee considers all of the following criteria: a student's college GPA and program of study, high school record, recommendations, essay responses, and extracurricular activities. We also consider what each student may bring to the Emory College community, and why he or she would like to transfer here. Applications will not be accepted after deadlines, and applications are only available through Common Application .
Q: How will I be notified of my admission decision?
A: Students will be notified of their admission decisions through OPUS . If you have completed your application and do not have an OPUS account, please go to the following link: https://secure.web.emory.edu/it/acm/getpassword.cfm or call 404-727-7777.
Q: Does Emory have a Residency Requirement?
A: Students must carry a full-time academic load (12 Credit Hours) for at least four consecutive semesters, not including summer sessions, and must accumulate a minimum of 60 degree credits at Emory College.
Q: What about interviews?
A: Due to application volume, interviews are not available for transfer applicants. We encourage you to explore Emory’s website, as well as our YouTube channel. You may also email email@example.com with questions.
Q: Do I need to send in all of my official college transcripts, including classes that I took at a local college in the summer?
A: We require all official college transcripts from schools that you have attended, including summer coursework. That is the only way we can award you credit for those classes.
Q: Should I send in my high school transcript?
A: If you are applying and have been in college fewer than two years, you will need to submit your high school transcript. Please note that at any time when reviewing your application, the admission committee can request additional information, which may include your high school transcript, even if you have more than the required two years of college work.
Q: I have been out of school for a while and don't have contact with any of my former professors. Who can I have write me a letter of recommendation?
A: If you have not taken classes on a college campus in a few years, please contact the Office of Admission. You may be permitted to have your employer, rather than a faculty member, provide the recommendation.
Q: Can I apply to Emory with a GED or directly out of the Military?
A: While Emory recognizes the completion of GED programs and service to our country, students will need to complete 28 hours at an accredited college or university before they will be able to apply as an undergraduate student at Emory College.
Q: What if I already have a bachelor's degree?
A: Individuals already holding a bachelor’s degree are not eligible for admission to Emory College as transfer or visiting students. For graduate degree information, visit The Laney Graduate School.
Q: How many credits do I need before I can apply as a transfer student to Emory University?
A: You need a minimum of 28 credit hours of college work, which does not include AP or IB credit.
Q: Will Emory University take all of my college coursework if I am accepted?
A: We will review your official transcripts with the required accompanying descriptions of courses from your institution's course catalog only after you have been accepted. If the class description is similar to what we offer here at Emory, that course will count towards Emory graduation credit. We will award a maximum of 60 credit hours. To graduate from Emory, you must complete 64 credit hours on the Emory campus. Emory’s course catalog can be found here.
Q: Who determines if my credits are transferrable?
A: Professional staff in the Undergraduate Office of Admission and in the Emory College Office determines what courses will transfer and the number of credits awarded.
Q: When will I receive an evaluation of my transferrable credits?
A: Credit evaluations are completed AFTER a student has been admitted to Emory College. Evaluations are emailed to students.
Q: Will I receive credits for AP, IB, or A-Level exams?
A: If you have an official score report sent directly from the College Board or appropriate testing agency, we will award college credit for the exam scores we accept.
Q: What are the requirements for international transfer students?
A: TOEFL scores are encouraged but not required, so long as you submit ACT or SAT scores. Applicants who have not taken a TOEFL, SAT, or ACT exam, but have completed 2 full years of college work, may request to have the test requirement waived. In the case that an applicant has an IELTS score, but not a TOEFL score, these may be submitted. General expectations are for admissible applicants to have scored above a 95 on the TOEFL or above a 7.0 on the IELTS.
Q: What about finances for international students?
A: All international applicants must complete the International Student Certification of Finance form. Please be aware that no need-based aid is available for international applicants.
Q: When will I receive my I-20 if accepted into Emory College?
A: Once you have paid your admission deposit of $475.00, we will confirm we have everything to process your student visa (F-1). Within 2 weeks of your paid deposit, you should receive your I-20, sent via Federal Express or UPS. If you are currently in school in the United States on an F-1 student visa, you will need to have your current institution release your SEVIS record to us using the Transfer Clearance form.
Mary Lou Romero
“My experience at Emory as a transfer student has been amazing and rewarding. The diversity of Emory’s student body, in terms of cultural backgrounds and academic interests, has provided me with wonderful friendships.
“Although Emory is a big place with big opportunities, I immediately felt at home and treated like an important part of the community. Since I transferred, every day that I wake up at Emory, I know that it is the school where I want to grow, learn and enjoy some of the best moments of my life.”