Transfer Student Application Process

Application Deadlines

Fall Transfer 
  • Deadline: March 15
  • Notification: late April

Transfer Status

An applicant is considered a transfer student at Wesleyan if they have completed at least one full-time year of college and the equivalent of at least six Wesleyan credits by the time they matriculate at Wesleyan. One Wesleyan credit is considered equivalent to four semester hours or six quarter hours. Students who have taken college courses through a high school program or part-time only will normally be considered first-year applicants. Applicants, including international students, may not discount academic credits in order to qualify as first-year applicants. Wesleyan does not grant a second bachelor’s degree.

Non-traditional Students

Applicants who have significant interruptions in their schooling, either in high school or during college, or who were home schooled should provide a thorough explanation of their educational situation, background and chronology in the personal statement or in an additional essay. Competitive applicants will need to have enrolled recently in a full-time course of study to demonstrate a record of success in such a program.

Re-applying as a Transfer

Re-applicants (i.e. students who have applied to Wesleyan but never matriculated) must submit a new application. Applicants who have been denied admission to Wesleyan must wait one full year before re-applying.

Transfer Credits

We provide a credit review with the offer of admission, but generally coursework will be creditable and will help to determine transfer admission eligibility if:

  • the course was taken on a college campus (not a college-level course taken at high school)

  • the course is similar to a course offered by a Wesleyan department or is from a department or program available at Wesleyan

  • the course is at the college level (e.g. algebra would not count)

  • a grade of C- (B- for a summer course) or better was earned.

Students can use a maximum of two AP or IB credits toward the Wesleyan degree. See the relevant section of the graduation requirements section of the Registrar’s page.


Application Requirements

    1. Common Application for transfer admission

    2. College Report

    3. Official transcript(s) of ALL college work to date

    4. Official final high school transcript or proof of graduation (i.e. GED)

    5. Mid-term report if currently enrolled

    6. Two instructor evaluations

      Instructor evaluations are from college teachers of academic courses. Applicants from larger schools, especially first year students, may be concerned about this component of the application. We have received very helpful evaluations from graduate Teaching Assistants as well as from faculty with whom the applicant has spoken about the reasons for transfer. The College Report may present a similar issue because academic deans may not know the student personally. Some larger schools have a policy to attach a form letter to the report. Wesleyan accepts these form letters without prejudice against the applicant. Students may submit teacher evaluations from high school teachers, but these should be in addition to the College Instructor Evaluations and not a replacement.

    7. Interviews (on campus or virtual) are optional but encouraged for all applicants.

    8. A $65 non-refundable application fee or Fee Waiver Request


Optional Application Materials

Standardized Testing

Wesleyan does not require transfer applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the application for admission. Students can decide for themselves whether or not their scores reflect their academic ability and if they would like their test scores to be considered alongside their college and high school transcripts. Scores of tests taken during high school are accepted, as are scores of more recent testing, if a candidate elects to submit them.


Transfer interviews, which are evaluative and play a role in the admission process, are helpful to both the transfer applicant and the admission committee.