Transfer Student FAQ

What is Saint Mary's policy regarding credit transfer?

As a general rule, courses similar to those offered at Saint Mary's, taken at an accredited institution, with grades of C or higher could be transferrable.  Saint Mary's College will accept a maximum of 68 credits from other accredited colleges and universities.  Click here for more information on our credit transfer policy.

What types of courses are recommended for transfer to Saint Mary's College?

We encourage you to take courses that will fulfill general education requirements.  The subjects that fulfill our general education requirements include English, foreign language, social sciences and humanities, lab sciences, religious studies and theology, fine arts, and mathematics.  

  • Foreign Language: Credits earned in an introductory level language course will transfer only if the language is different from the language studied in high school.  Credits earned in courses beyond the introductory level will transfer if it is the same language studied in high school.
  • Sciences: The Saint Mary's science requirement can be fulfilled only by classes including lab work.  Non-lab courses transfer as electives only.
  • Mathematics: Lower-level, skills-based math courses are not awarded credit.  A few college algebra and pre-calculus courses may transfer for elective credit, but only after careful review by our academic advisors.

When is the best time to transfer to Saint Mary's?

Most transfer applicants apply to Saint Mary's during their first or second year of study.  We welcome applicants for both the fall and spring semesters.  Some students find the process of transferring easier when they are in contact with one of our Transfer Admission Coordinators early in their academic careers.  Due to the highly structured nature of the curriculum in some of our departments (i.e. business administration, elementary education, music, fine arts, biology, chemistry, and nursing) you are encouraged to seek advice on course selections as soon as possible.  To get in touch with our Transfer Admission Coordinator, please call (800) 551-7621.

Are interviews a requirement of the transfer admission process?

A personal interview is strongly recommended, but not required.  When interviewing, it is recommended that you bring copies of your transcript(s).  We invite you to come to our campus to learn more about student life at Saint Mary's.  Talk with our Transfer Admission Coordinator, meet our students, faculty, and coaches, attend a class, and tour our campus.  We can tailor your campus visit to your individual interests, thus we encourage you to contact us in advance to plan your visit.

To arrange a campus visit, contact our Campus Visit Coordinator at (800) 551-7621 or campusvisit@saintmarys.edu.