Emory University welcomes applications from prospective Transfer students. Emory is a community of enthusiastic global citizens and knowledge seekers and we are thrilled that you are considering becoming a member of this community. As you research Emory you will find that opportunities abound here for learning, serving, meeting new friends and new challenges, pursuing your passions and discovering new ones. We know that the transfer process can be a daunting one so we have provided you with answers to your most important questions as a guide.
Important Dates and Deadlines
|Term||Application Deadline||Financial Aid Deadline||Notification|
|Spring Semester*||November 1||November 1||Mid-December|
|Summer Semester||April 1||N/A||Late April|
|Fall Semester (Priority)**||March 15||March 15||Late April|
|Fall Semester (Regular)||May 1||March 15||Mid-June|
*International transfer applicants not currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university, are only permitted to apply for the Fall or Summer term.
**Students applying for Priority admission for the Fall Semester are unable to also be considered for Regular admission.
Who can Apply as a Transfer to Emory University?Emory University considers you a transfer student if you have completed one year as a full-time student in a degree-seeking program at another 2-year or 4-year college or university after completing high school. A minimum of 28 credit hours is required, not including AP, IB or dual enrollment credit. A transfer student is required to complete two years (4 semesters) of coursework at Emory University, for that reason a transfer may only transfer up to 60 semester hours of college credit to Emory University.
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. Applicants may apply for transfer admission while still enrolled at another college or university, but will be required to voluntarily withdraw from that other school if they are admitted to Emory and choose to enroll. Students who were expelled, forced to withdraw, or are currently on academic probation at another college or university are not eligible for transfer admission.
Required Application Materials
- Common Application
- Questions and Writing Supplement section of the Emory University "My College" tab of the Common Application.
- $75 application fee
- All fee waiver requests are processed by the Common Application. Please follow the prompts found on the Common Application to acquire a fee waiver if one is needed at the time of applying.
- Official Transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended (including summer coursework).
- Official High School Transcripts
- Transcript should include all four years and graduation date.
- Standardized Test Scores - ACT or SAT (required if student has less than two semesters of college work completed)
- One faculty recommendation letter
- Registrar Report
- Financial Aid Information (if applicable)
- TOEFL (if applicable)
Financial AidTo be considered for financial assistance students must apply for financial aid upon applying for admission to Emory University. Students who do not have the required financial aid information in by the deadline will not be considered for institutional gift assistance. Please visit the Financial Aid Office website to review the materials required to apply for financial assistance.
- Merit-based aid is not available for transfer students
- Need-based aid is not available for international students
- All international applicants must complete the International Student Certification of Finance form
If you have any questions regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid directly at email@example.com or by calling 404.727.6039.
International ApplicantsAn international transfer student is neither a U.S. Citizen nor a U.S. Permanent Resident. Emory University values our international applicants; therefore, it is important that international applicants follow all guidelines listed below to enable us to review your application in proper context.
- International applicants who are not currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university can only apply for the summer or fall terms.
- All international applicants must complete the International Student Certification of Finance form. Additional financial verification post-admission may also be required.
- Official TOEFL scores are required for all international applicants unless the student meets one of the following criteria:
- Have completed 4 consecutive years of a full academic curriculum in English immediately prior to enrolling
- Received a score of 670 or higher on the SAT critical reading
- Earned a 7.5 or higher on the IELTS if the TOEFL was not taken
Required Courses & Credit EvaluationsEmory University has a deep institutional commitment to the liberal arts research university model, so students who are most successful at Emory have a respect for both. To transfer into Emory University there are no required courses, however, we expect that students will have taken a broad curriculum that will prepare them for our academic environment. We are not able to provide advising about course selection for potential applicants, but applicants are encouraged to work with the faculty and staff at their current institution to make the best personal academic choices.
Emory University does not evaluate credit prior to offering admission to an applicant. For further information regarding transfer of credit, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I apply to Oxford College as a transfer student?
No. Oxford College does not accept transfer students.
Does Emory offer interviews for transfer applicants?
Due to the large number of applicants, Emory does not offer interviews.
I have been out of school for a while and no longer have contact with my professors. Who should write my letter of recommendation?
You may submit an employer recommendation if you have been out of college for at least one full year.
Can I apply to Emory with a GED or directly out of the Military?
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 eligible to apply to Emory.
What if I already have a bachelor's degree?
Individuals already holding a bachelor's degree are not eligible for admission to Emory College as transfer or visiting student. For graduate degree information, visit The Laney Graduate School.
You may also apply for "Special Standing" through The Laney Graduate School if you have a bachelor's degree and would simply like to take undergraduate courses.
Do Emory's transfer admission policies provide opportunities for non-traditional students?
Non-traditional students are frequently defined as a student outside the usual college age range of 18-22. Since Emory focuses on the traditional residential university experience, it is recommended that non-traditional students take that fact into consideration when applying.
Can I be a part-time student?
No, the transfer application is for students who plan to attend full-time.
I am interested in business, where do I apply?
Students interested in the Goizueta Business School should consider the following when applying as a transfer student:
- You will be required to spend at least one academic year at Emory College before being eligible to apply to the Goizueta Business School.
- Students who have an interest in business and have more than two complete years of college work are discouraged from applying due to the Goizueta School of Business application requirements.
- The Goizueta Business School does not directly accept transfer students
I am interested in nursing, where do I apply?
Students interested in the School of Nursing (SON) should be aware of the following when applying as a transfer student:
- Review the prerequisites for applying for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. If you have completed these requirements by the time you would like to start at Emory, you should apply directly to the SON. If you have not completed these prerequisites, you should apply to Emory College.
What housing options are available to transfer students?
All second-year students are required to live in University housing. Third-year students are not required to live on campus but are encouraged to apply. Please note that second- and third-year is a university designation, unrelated to academic credits; typically it is based on the year of high school graduation, with the goal to keep you with your academic and social peers. The determination made by the Office of Residence Life and Housing should be considered final. If you are unsure of your status, please contact email@example.com for confirmation before making alternate housing plans.
How do I know what credits will transfer?
Professional staff in the Office of Undergraduate Admission and in the Emory College Office determines what courses will transfer and the number of credits awarded for each course.
When will I receive my credit evaluation?
You will receive this information upon an offer of admission.
Will Emory University take all of my college coursework if I am accepted?
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 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 does not grant academic credit for any form of online / distance education courses.
If admitted, can I defer my enrollment?
Emory College does not defer transfer admission; students that are admitted for a specific term must choose to enroll for that term or forfeit their admission. Students who want to be considered for a subsequent term will need to re-apply.
What happens after my application is complete?
Once all required application information is received, the admission committee will begin review of transfer applications for the appropriate term. In selecting transfer students, the admission 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.
How will I be notified of my admission decision?
Students will be notified of their admission decisions online through their OPUS account. Applicants will receive an email with detailed instructions for setting up their OPUS network ID and password a few days after the downloading and processing of their submitted application. Once you have obtained your network ID and password, you are directed to go to: www.opus.emory.edu. 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.