Transfer Admission

The University of Rochester encourages students who have begun their academic careers at other colleges or universities to continue their educations here on either a full-time or part-time basis. Ordinarily, students who have previously enrolled for at least one semester of full-time study or who have completed a minimum of 8 credit hours at another college after graduation from high school are eligible to apply for transfer admission. Students undertaking college-level coursework as part of their high school programs, or in order to satisfy high school diploma requirements, are eligible to enter as freshmen, although they are welcome to request academic credit for their college work.

Application Procedure

Transfer students may apply for admission to either the fall or spring semester. The recommended deadline for fall consideration is June 1, and for spring, November 1. It is to the student’s advantage to complete an application well in advance of the semester for which he or she is applying. This is especially true if the student is requesting financial aid and/or on-campus housing.

The School of Nursing does not accept undergraduate transfer students. Students must have a prior associate’s degree in nursing OR a prior non-nursing baccalaureate.

Application Materials

In addition to the transfer Common Application, applicants are required to submit Rochester's Application Supplement for Transfers, all official college transcripts, and at least one letter of recommendation, preferably from a professor. Applicants who have not completed a year of college are also required to submit high school materials. These include: secondary school report, final high school transcript, recommendation from guidance counselor, and official SAT Reasoning or ACT score report(s).

International student applicants who have studied at least a year within the United States are to follow the same application requirements as other applicants. If student applicants have studied outside of the United States, they are required to submit all documents listed above (officially translated, if the originals are not in English) and some additional requirements. Those additional requirements are World Education Services (WES) course-by-course credit evaluation, college course descriptions, and English proficiency scores from Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). All applicants who are not U.S. permanent residents must also submit an International Financial Support Form to be considered for admission.

Academic Review

Emphasis is placed on the most recent coursework completed at the college level; it is reviewed to determine if students are academically prepared to pursue a degree at the University. Applications from candidates who could enter with more than four semesters of transfer credit are generally reviewed by the department in which a major is planned. A maximum of 64 credit hours is transferable to the University of Rochester degree. After reviewing an application, the Committee on Admissions notifies the candidate of its decision soon after the application is completed.

Transfer Credit

Courses taken at another college are evaluated individually for transfer credit and placement. Courses which are judged comparable in level and content to coursework offered at Rochester, and completed with grades of C or better, will transfer for curriculum requirements or for elective credit. When a transfer student applies for a major, the department will designate which transferable courses may be applied toward its requirements.

Residency Requirement

The College requires that students complete a minimum of four semesters of full-time study in residence or, for part-time students, the equivalent number of credit hours to be eligible for the bachelor’s degree. Coursework taken at the University prior to admission as a matriculated student does not count toward the residency requirement.

Transfer students are expected to fulfill all requirements set by the College. The School of Nursing programs for RNs require a minimum of 32 nursing credits taken at the University of Rochester. The School of Nursing Accelerated Programs for Non-Nurses require a minimum of 49 nursing credits.


Transfer applicants customarily receive a housing assignment from the Office of Residential Life if their deposit and the University housing contract are received by the specified date each year. Students in need of housing whose application process is completed after all available space has been allocated will be offered assistance in securing alternative housing.

Campus Visits

Students who are considering transfer are urged to visit the campus to become familiar with the University community and to obtain answers to their questions about Rochester. Requests for application materials and campus visits should be directed to the University of Rochester, Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 270251, Rochester, NY 14627-0251, telephone (585) 275-3221 or (888) 822-2256. Students who bring copies of their transcripts may obtain an advisory opinion of their probable transfer credits and class standing.

Financial Aid

Transfer students in need of financial assistance should file the College Scholarship Service’s (CSS) PROFILE Application and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). It is recommended that students requesting financial assistance complete the application early.

Transfer applicants should note the University does review all transfer applicants for merit-based scholarships. These scholarships do not take into consideration an applicant’s financial need. They are awarded based upon a holistic review of an applicant’s accomplishments and potential contribution. Scholarship awards generally range from $5,000 to $15,000 per year.

The following is a list of some of the merit awards for transfer students: Transfer Dean’s, Transfer Rush Rhees, Wilder Trustee Scholarship, Meliora Alumni, Phi Theta Kappa, Rochester Promise, Rochester Pledge, and Hillside-Rochester Work Scholarship.

For more information about these grants and merit-based awards, applicants should contact the Office of Admissions at (585) 275-3221.

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