Transfer Students

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.

Transfer applicants must apply through the Common Application. Please note, Oxford College does not accept transfer applicants.

Important Dates and Deadlines

2016-17 Application Deadlines
TermApplication DeadlineFinancial Aid DeadlineNotification
Spring Semester* October 15November 1 Mid-November
Fall Semester March 15March 15 End of April

*International transfer applicants not currently enrolled in a U.S. college or university, are only permitted to apply for the Fall semester. Those international transfer applicants enrolled in a U.S. college or university and admitted to Emory for the Spring semester, need to know the process to transfer a visa record to Emory will need to occur quickly. The holiday period at the end of December to early January may impede the transfer of a visa record if the student does not meet our request for documents in a timely way. One's cooperation with this important part of the application is greatly appreciated.

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 (or are in the second semester of your first complete 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 (dual-enrollment credit does not count). 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 student may only transfer up to 64 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 sections of the Emory University "My College" tab of the Common Application.
  • $75 application fee
    • All fee waiver requests are processed through 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 (Academic Evaluation)
  • College Official Report
  • Financial Aid Information (if applicable)
  • TOEFL (if applicable)

Financial Aid

To 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.

If you have any questions regarding financial aid, please contact the Office of Financial Aid directly at or by calling 404.727.6039.

International Applicants

An 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 fall semester.
  • 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
    • Received a score of 30 or higher on the English subset of the ACT
    • Earned a 7.5 or higher on the IELTS if the TOEFL was not taken

Required Courses & Credit Evaluations

Emory 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 visit or contact

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 as a transfer student.

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. It is recommended that non-traditional students consider continuing education programs instead:

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:
  • The Goizueta Business School does not directly accept transfer students.
  • Goizueta prefers students to do the majority of their business coursework in the program, so students with a number of business school classes from another institution are not good candidates for transfer.
  • You will be required to spend at least one academic year at Emory College before being eligible to apply to the Goizueta Business School, and the admission to the program requires a strong academic performance and involvement at Emory, not just at your previous school.
  • The Goizueta Business School requires a minimum of four semesters of enrollment for all students graduating from their program.
  • Students who have an interest in business and have completed two years of college work are not good candidates for transfer to Emory, because at a minimum transfer students will spend an additional three full years (one at Emory and two at Goizueta) before graduating.

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 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?

Credit evaluations will be processed within four to five weeks after your 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 64 credit hours. To graduate from Emory you must obtain 124 total academic credits, 64 hours on the Emory campus. Students who transfer in the maximum of 64 credits hours will need to complete 128 total academic credits, once again 64 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 who are admitted for a specific term must choose to enroll for that term or forfeit their admission. An admitted student who chooses not to enroll must wait a full academic year and submit a completely new application via the Common Application to be considered again for admission. For example, a student admitted for the spring term who chooses not to enroll can apply again via the Common Application for the following spring term or beyond, but not the nearest upcoming fall term.

If I am not offered admission as a spring term applicant, can I re-apply for the fall term?

A transfer applicant denied admission for the spring term cannot re-apply for the fall term of the same calendar year. The next term one would be eligible for would be the spring the next year.

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.