Transfer Admission - FAQs

Who is considered a transfer student?

I have attended Saint Mary's in the past, but withdrew from the College. Do I need to apply as a transfer student to continue my education at Saint Mary's?

How do I apply for admission to Saint Mary's College as a transfer student?

What is Saint Mary's policy regarding credit transfer?

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

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

Can I transfer into the Nursing program at Saint Mary's?

Is an informational meeting required as part of the transfer admission process?

Are transfer students considered for scholarships?

Is there an orientation program for transfer students?

How can I make my transfer application most competitive?

When will I be notified of my admission decision?

Are transfer students required to live on campus?

 

Who is considered a transfer student?

A student who has earned 12 or more college credits from an accredited institution since graduating from high school is considered a transfer student. A student who has not yet graduated from high school or who has taken less than 12 college credits at another institution since graduating from high school is considered a first-year student.

I have attended Saint Mary's in the past, but withdrew from the College. Do I need to apply as a transfer student to continue my education at Saint Mary's?

A student who has officially withdrawn from Saint Mary's and has earned college credit from another accredited institution since leaving the College should complete an application for transfer admission. A student who has officially withdrawn from Saint Mary's but has not earned college credit from any other accredited institution should send a written request to the Office of Academic Affairs stating her reason for wishing to be readmitted. In either case, the student will be notified of her readmission status after her application or request has been evaluated.

How do I apply for admission to Saint Mary's College as a transfer student?

Saint Mary's is a member of the Common Application, so our transfer applicants will need to complete the online application for transfer admission. More details on how to apply can be found here.

What is Saint Mary's policy regarding credit transfer?

As a general rule, college-level courses similar to those offered at Saint Mary's that were taken at an accredited institution, and that were completed with a grade of C or higher may be transferrable.  Saint Mary's College will accept a maximum of 68 credits from other accredited colleges and universities. Once a student applies for transfer admission to Saint Mary's, an official transfer credit evaluation will take place.  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 at Saint Mary's.  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 our Transfer Admission Coordinator early in their academic career.  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 or email admission@saintmarys.edu.

Can I transfer into the Nursing program at Saint Mary's?

Our transfer students are able to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Saint Mary's. Our nursing program is not direct admit, but the Department of Nursing will review your application as part of the transfer admission process and make a recommendation for admission to Saint Mary's based upon your transfer application. A year of prerequisite courses must be taken at Saint Mary's prior to applying to the Nursing program, so a transfer student interested in pursuing Nursing can expect to spend at least three years completing her degree at Saint Mary's.

Is an informational meeting required as part of the transfer admission process?

An informational meeting is recommended for prospective transfer students, but not required.  If you choose to schedule an informational meeting, we recommend that you bring copies of your transcript(s) to the meeting.  We invite you to visit our campus to learn more about life at Saint Mary's through talking with our Transfer Admission Coordinator; meeting our students, faculty, and coaches; attending a class; and touring campus.  We can tailor your experience to your individual interests, so please 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.

Are transfer students considered for scholarships?

Yes! Transfer students are eligible for the same merit-based scholarships that our first-year students are eligible for. If you earn a scholarship as a transfer student, you will receive notification of your scholarship offer with your acceptance letter to Saint Mary's.

Is there an orientation program for transfer students?

Yes, our transfer students will be invited to the same orientation as our first-year students, along with a few additional sessions that are geared specifically toward the needs of a transfer student.

How can I make my transfer application most competitive?

Of the information submitted, the Admission Committee attaches greatest importance to your collegiate academic record. Ordinarily, a student is expected to have attained a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale), or two consecutive semesters of full-time work at a 2.7 to be considered for transfer admission. The number of courses taken per semester, as well as the rigor of those courses, is also taken into account.

When will I be notified of my admission decision?

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, so you can expect to receive a decision from Saint Mary's within 2-4 weeks of the date your application becomes complete.

Are transfer students required to live on campus?

Saint Mary's is a residential college, so students are expected to live on campus for six semesters, including any time spent living on another college campus or studying abroad. Students who are married, who have reached the age of 23, or who are living with a parent or guardian within 30 miles of campus may be exempt from this requirement. More information on residency requirement exceptions can be found here.