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. You will find abundant opportunities for learning, serving, meeting new friends and new challenges, pursuing your passions and discovering new ones.

Transfer applicants must apply through the Common Application.

Please note, Oxford College and the Goizueta Business School do not accept transfer applicants. Students who wish to complete a BBA at the Goizueta Business School must first complete two full semesters of coursework in Emory College of Arts and Sciences and then apply to Goizueta.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Applications will not be accepted after deadlines, and applications are only available through Common Application.
2018-19 Application Deadlines
Term Application Deadline Financial Aid Deadline Notification
Fall SemesterMarch 15March 15End of April

Who can apply as a transfer student to Emory University?

Emory University considers you a transfer student if you have already graduated from high school and also completed one year (or are in the second semester of your first complete year as a full-time student) as a full-time student in a degree-seeking program at another two-year or four-year college or university. A minimum of 28 credit hours must have been completed or in progress before enrolling at Emory. The 28 hours of credit cannot include credit from AP, IB, or dual-enrollment classes.

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 62 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 admitted into Emory College have a GPA of 3.5 or better. In the 2017-18 cycle, about 25% of transfer applicants were admitted.

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.
  • 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. Test scores are required if the student has not completed two full semesters (or three quarters) of college. If you are currently completing your second semester (or third quarter) of college, test scores must be submitted. We prefer official test scores, but if financial hardship prevents you from sending them to us, we will also accept self-reported test scores (to be verified before enrollment).
  • One faculty recommendation letter (Academic Evaluation)
  • College Official Report
  • Financial Aid Information (if applicable)
  • TOEFL (if applicable)

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. That being said, there are no required courses you must take in order to apply to Emory University as a transfer. We expect that students will have taken a broad curriculum that will prepare them for our academic environment. Before or during the application process, our staff is not able to advise on what classes you should or should not take. Additionally, our staff cannot advise on what classes Emory will or will not accept. 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. Credit evaluation occurs after a student has been admitted. For further information regarding transfer of credit, please visit the AP/IB/Other Credit page.

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 review the required materials.

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

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 for transfer applicants.

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, a minimum of 28 credit hours must have been completed or in progress before enrolling at Emory. The 28 hours of credit cannot include credit from AP, IB, or dual-enrollment classes.

Students need to have completed or be in progress 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 a 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 years old. Emory University is a traditional residential university. We ask that non-traditional students consider this when applying. It is recommended that non-traditional students consider continuing education programs instead. More information can be found at Emory's Continuing Education Center.

Can I be a part-time student?

No, the transfer application is for students who plan to attend full-time.

Can transfer students start in the spring semester?

Spring 2018 was the last semester Emory offered transfer students the opportunity to start in the spring. Transfer students are now only allowed to apply for and begin in fall semesters.

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 of Arts and Sciences 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 School of Nursing. If you have not completed these prerequisites, you should apply to Emory College of Arts and Sciences.

What housing options are available to transfer students?

Housing for transfer students is not guaranteed, but we invite enrolling transfer students to apply for housing if they are interested in living on campus. If housing is available for incoming transfer students, the Office of Residence Life and Housing Operations will make assignments on a first- come first-served basis. Feel free to contact the Housing Office at with any questions about your specific circumstances.

How do I know what credits will transfer?

After you have been admitted, professional staff in the Office of Undergraduate Admission and in the Emory College Office of Education determines what courses will transfer and the number of credits awarded for each course. Please note that transfer credit is evaluated on a tentative basis and may not be finalized until the end or your first semester at Emory.

When will I receive my credit evaluation?

Credit evaluations will be processed within four to five weeks after your offer of admission. Please note that transfer credit is evaluated on a tentative basis and may not be finalized until the end or your first semester at Emory.

Will Emory University take all of my college coursework if I am accepted?

Before or during the application process, our staff is not able to advise on what classes Emory will or will not be able to accept. There are no specific courses required to apply as a transfer student.

After you have been 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 62 credit hours. To graduate from Emory you must obtain 124 total academic credits, 62 hours of which must be completed at Emory University. Students who transfer in the maximum of 62 credits hours will need to complete 128 total academic credits, 62 hours of which must be completed at Emory University. Emory does not grant academic credit for any form of online and/or distance education courses.

If admitted, can I defer my enrollment?

Emory University 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.

If I am not offered admission, can I re-apply?

A transfer applicant denied admission can reapply again for the following fall semester.

If I am not offered admission, can I appeal my decision?

The Admission Committee thoroughly and holistically reviews every applicant. Thus, all decisions are final and cannot be appealed. Due to the high volume of applicants, we are also unable to discuss why a student is (or is not) admitted to the university.

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 University community, and why he or she would like to transfer here.