Admissions Office

Transfer students

Cate Llewellyn '21

Political science major, history minor

"At first, transferring colleges seemed like a daunting task—I was nervous about integrating myself into the social and academic environment on campus. As it turned out, I had nothing to be nervous about. Everyone I interacted with, especially in my first year, made it clear that they wanted to help me find my passions and to have the best Union experience possible."

photo of Cate Llewellyn '21

Transfer students may apply to any of our three academic terms. The deadline for fall term applications is April 15. Winter term applications are due by November 1. Spring term applications are due February 1. After the deadline, please call the Admissions office to discuss a late application. Fall transfer applications are considered on a rolling basis throughout the summer.

Applying

To be considered for transfer admission, please submit the following:

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Application materials may be submitted electronically to admissions@union.edu or mailed to Office of Admissions, Grant Hall, 807 Union Street, Schenectady, NY 12308. Please note all transcripts must be official copies sent to Union directly from the issuing institution.

What we look for

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Successful transfer applicants present a 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) in at least one semester of full-time academic work in courses comparable to those offered at Union College. Consideration is also given to recommendations and personal qualities. In particular, we look for students who can participate enthusiastically and constructively in the life of the College.

Union has a longstanding commitment to admitting an economically diverse student body. We meet the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students. In order to meet this commitment we are need aware in the admissions process.

Transfer of credits

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Transfer credit decisions are made by the Dean of Studies and faculty members, who work together to determine which courses will transfer from other institutions. Courses in the liberal arts, sciences and engineering that are roughly comparable to courses taught at Union are usually awarded credit. Credit is only given for courses in which a student has earned a C or better.

Union accepts a maximum of two years' worth of credit (about 60 credits from a semester school) or the equivalent of 18 Union College courses. Union also does have a maximum limit for considering applicants: once a student has completed more than four full years of college-level work, they are no longer eligible to transfer, unless they are seeking a second degree in engineering.

For additional information, please see our guidelines below:

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

  • What if I am an international transfer student – what else do I need to do to apply?
    • International applicants must submit certified English translations of all secondary and university-level course work completed.
    • We also require a recent TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo English Test score if English is not your first language. Only in very rare circumstances do we waive this requirement. After submitting your application, you may email admissions@union.edu to request a waiver form.
    • If you wish to submit an interview, you may do so via InitialView, Duolingo, or Vericant.
  • Is an interview required?

    A personal interview is not required for your application, but you may contact us at admissions@union.edu to inquire about availability. Unfortunately we're unable to offer on-campus interviews at this time.

  • May I reapply if I previously applied as a first-year student?

    Yes, by reapplying using the Common Application or Coalition Application for Transfer students.

  • How important are my high school grades and standardized test scores?

    Since the transfer process is a competitive one, an applicant’s entire academic history is considered in the admissions process. However, the longer a student has already been in college, the less important standardized test scores or the high school record becomes.

  • Is financial aid available for transfer students?

    Yes. Financial aid applicants must submit the CSS PROFILE Form, available online at www.collegeboard.org, the Free Application for Federal student Aid (FAFSA), available at www.fafsa.gov as well as some supplemental forms. These must be submitted by the admissions application deadline. Union also offers merit-based financial assistance to qualified transfer students.

    International students seeking financial assistance must complete the College Board's CSS Profile. This application is available online at www.collegeboard.org. The International Certification of Finances will also be required for students prior to enrollment at the College. It is recommended that applicants to the College be prepared to contribute a minimum of $7,500 U.S. towards their cost of attendance.

  • Is housing available?

    Although housing is not guaranteed for transfer students, the Office of Residential Life makes every effort to provide on-campus housing for all transfers who request it.