Information for Transfer Applicants

Wesleyan enrolls approximately 50 transfer students every fall. These students come from other four-year colleges and universities, as well as two-year colleges, and transfer to Wesleyan as sophomores or juniors. Transfer students enrich our campus community and add an incredible amount to the life and character of Wesleyan.

Students looking to transfer to Wesleyan must apply by submitting a Common Application online.

Application Deadlines

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

Transfer Eligibility 

Transfer students come to Wesleyan from a variety of institutions and experiences. To be eligible to apply as a transfer student, one must:  

  • Have a high school diploma (or its equivalent) 
  • Have studied full-time at another institution 
  • Completed at least one full year of undergraduate coursework (a minimum of 6 Wesleyan credits) but not more than two full years (a maximum of 16 Wesleyan credits) by the time they matriculate.  Please note that 1 Wesleyan credit is equivalent to 4 semester hours or 6 quarter hours. 
  • Be entering as a 1st semester sophomore, 2nd semester sophomore, or 1st semester junior, based on total number of credits 

Students entering as a 2nd semester junior (or beyond) are not eligible for admission. Wesleyan does not discount previously earned credits, nor do we grant a second bachelor’s degree.  

Students who have taken college courses through a high school dual enrollment program (including Bard High School Early College Network) are welcome to apply as first-year applicants. Students enrolled at Bard College at Simons Rock or other residential early college programs are encouraged to contact our office prior to applying. 

Financial Aid for Transfer Students

  • We will automatically waive the application fee for any student applying for financial aid.
  • Wesleyan meets 100% of demonstrated financial need.  We do this by creating a financial aid package (based on our assessment) that bridges the difference between the total cost of attendance and your family's expected financial contribution.
  • Our financial aid packages are loan-free.

Our commitment to meet full demonstrated need extends to every year of enrollment. Students who either 1) miss the financial aid deadline, or 2) who indicate on their application that they will not apply for financial aid and are admitted, will not be considered for financial aid during their first two semesters at Wesleyan.

Financial aid for international transfer students is very limited.

However, Wesleyan does offer financial aid to students who are undocumented and have DACA status.  International students not requesting financial aid should submit documentation verifying sufficient financial resources and/or outside scholarships to meet the expense of a Wesleyan education.  Please use the International Student Certification of Finances form and submit the completed form with your application. For more information, visit our Financial Aid Office website.