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Policies & Procedures


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. Students who have graduated from high school or earned a high school equivalence and have earned eight or more college credits at a college or university following graduation 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 first years, although they are welcome to request academic credit for their college work.

Application Procedure

Transfer students to Arts, Sciences, & Engineering (AS&E) may apply for admission to either the fall or spring semester. The recommended deadline for fall priority consideration is March 15, and October 15 for spring. 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. Applications are accepted and considered on a rolling basis after the priority application deadline.

The School of Nursing has non-entry level transfer programs. Students must have a prior associate’s degree or diploma in nursing and a current RN license or a prior non-nursing baccalaureate. Applicants that fit either of these categories should apply directly with the School of Nursing.

Application Materials

In addition to the transfer Common Application or Coalition for College Application, applicants are required to submit all official college transcripts, and at least one letter of recommendation, preferably from a professor; College Officials Report, and suggested mid-term grades. Applicants who have not completed a year of college are also required to submit high school material and it’s suggested for others.

High school material includes:

  • Final high school transcript
  • Recommendation from guidance counselor

International Students

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 an applicant has studied outside the US, they are required to submit all documents listed above (officially translated, if the originals are not in English) and the following:

  • Financial documentation
  • English language proficiency exam results from Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or PET Academic

International transfer applicants who have completed a year or more of college work in the US and have taken a college-level writing course may seek a waiver for the English language proficiency. All applicants who are not US permanent residents must also submit an International Financial Support Form or the CSS PROFILE to be considered for admission.

Academic Review

Each student’s application is reviewed holistically using a committee process that entails a comprehensive evaluation of each candidate. 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. After reviewing an application, the Office of Admissions notifies the candidate of the decision.

Testing Policy

The Office of Admissions supervises a holistic review process that incorporates a variety of factors, including many kinds of academic records, including standardized tests. Because secondary school courses, grading practices, and standards vary, applicants must show additional evidence of preparation through standardized national and international examination results. As we seek to enroll a diverse and talented class each year, our review procedures allow for students to demonstrate readiness through a test-optional policy.

Transfer Credit

Courses taken at another college are evaluated individually for transfer credit and placement. Courses that 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. Admissions offers will include a pre-enrollment Transfer Credit Evaluation.

A maximum of 64 credit hours from a two-year school may transfer to the University of Rochester 128 credit hour minimum for degree completion. Students transferring from a four-year school may transfer with more than 64 credits.

When a transfer student applies to declare a major once enrolled at Rochester, the department will designate which transferable courses may be applied as equivalent courses 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 curriculum 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 requires a minimum of 49 nursing credits.


Rochester welcomes transfer students to join our residential undergraduate community. Enrolled transfers will receive a Residential Life Housing Contract and the Office of Residential Life will provide housing assignments. In recent years, on-campus housing has been very popular and they might not be able to accommodate every transfer student who wants to live on campus. Students will be placed based on available space and will be offered assistance in securing alternative housing.

Campus Visits

Students who are considering transferring are urged to visit the campus to become familiar with the University community and to obtain answers to their questions about Rochester. Students can schedule campus visits online or call (585) 275-3221. Students may request an advisory opinion of their probable transfer credits and class standing by scheduling an advising appointment and providing copies of their transcripts.

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 at the same time they complete admissions application material.

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 on a holistic review of an applicant’s accomplishments and potential contribution. Scholarship awards may range from $8,000 to $20,000 per year.

For more information about financial aid and merit-based scholarships, applicants should contact the Office of Admissions at (585) 275-3221.

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