Admissions Office

Transfer students

Emily Armlin '23

Biochemistry major

"When looking for the right fit for me, I knew that I wanted the support of a strong science department since I wanted to pursue a career in the sciences. I also have a passion for music and dance. Union really encouraged me to pursue my interests in both the sciences and the arts."

"I was worried about the leap I was taking into a new community mid-year, but the overwhelming support and warm welcome from everyone I’ve met has allowed me to embrace my unique experiences and explore so many wonderful new opportunities. The possibilities here are endless, and I am so happy to now call Union home."

Emily Armlin

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


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

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Application materials may be submitted electronically to 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.

Optional Supplemental Essay Question

Applicants may choose to answer on for the following questions in 100-250 words:

  • At Union College, we strive to enhance our vibrant learning community by promoting a sense of belonging both inside and outside the classroom. Leading with wisdom, empathy and courage, we share the responsibility of creating a welcoming environment where each and every person at Union is respected and valued. What does belonging mean to you, and how will you contribute to building community as a Union student?
  • The Union College Challenge calls for members of the community to commit to trying new things, exploring new ideas or seeking new experiences - whether big or small - and sharing their personal challenges. Describe an experience that pushed you out of your comfort zone. What did that experience teach you about yourself or others, and how will it influence your time at Union?

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. English language proficiency waivers are granted on an individual basis at the discretion of the admissions team. To receive our ELPT Waiver Request Form, you may email after submitting your application. The form will then be added to your Union applicant portal to complete.
    • If you wish to submit an interview, you may do so via InitialView or Vericant.
  • Is an interview required?

    A personal interview is not required for your application, but you may view our current appointment times and register for an online interview. All of our interviews are offered online.

  • 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, the Free Application for Federal student Aid (FAFSA), available at 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 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. While we ask students to contribute a minimum of $7,500 per year towards their education, applicants who can contribute $30,000 or more per year will be most competitive for admission. International applicants should be advised, however, that competition for funding is intense as it is limited.

  • 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.