Transfer Student Admissions

A Seamless Transition

Arcadia is a diverse community of learners. About 15-20% of the incoming class enter our university as transfer students. Our admissions counselors and staff will work with you to make your transition as seamless as possible.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about applying to Arcadia as a transfer student.

Am I Eligible?

You must meet these minimum requirements in order to be eligible:

  • Be in good standing at your current/previous college or university
  • Have a grade point average of 2.5 or better
  • Have demonstrated the ability to do college-level work

How Do I Apply?

Application & Instructions

To apply for the fall or spring semester, review the special requirements for transfer applicants below, then follow the instructions for undergraduate applicants.

Are you an international transfer student? Review the requirements and steps for international students.

Application Deadlines

June 15 is the priority deadline for fall admission. November 15 is the priority deadline for spring admission.

Apply by the priority deadline if you want to be considered for the Honors Program or Distinguished Scholarship or need to go through a portfolio review. Note: the portfolio review deadline for spring admission is December 15.

If you are enrolled in an academic program at the time of your acceptance, it is understood that you will maintain the same level of academic achievement through the remainder of your current program. If your work falls below a satisfactory level, the acceptance may be rescinded.


If you have successfully completed two or more semesters of full-time college-level work (30 credits or more), you must submit official transcripts from each college you have attended, even if you do not want to receive transfer credit from the institution. You do not have to submit high school transcripts. However, we may request that you do if we determine that they would help us more accurately assess your application.

If you have not completed two or more semesters of full-time college-level work (30 credits or more), you must submit your high school transcript, SAT or ACT scores, and college transcript.

Test Scores

If you graduated from high school five or more years ago, you do not need to submit standardized test scores. 

Supplementary Materials

Applicants should submit whatever materials they believe will assist the admissions staff in assessing their talents and potential. Examples of such materials include a personal statement, recommendations and evidence of achievement, leadership, or community service.

Deposit Deadlines

If you are accepted after May 1, you will need to submit your deposit within two weeks. If you are accepted for the spring semester, you must submit your deposit prior to the start of the semester. More about depositing.

How Many Credits Can I Transfer?

We accept up to 75 credits from regionally accredited two-year institutions and up to 90 credits from regionally accredited four-year institutions.

Find Out How Your Credits Will Transfer
  • Attend a Transfer Day
  • Email your request along with transcripts from each school you have attended to Be sure to include:
    • Your name
    • Phone and email
    • Intended major
    • If you hope to take day or evening courses
    • When you would like to enroll
  • Contact the Office of Enrollment Management to schedule an individual appointment.
Credit for Prior Learning

Arcadia University awards limited credit for prior learning experiences and employment through programs such as The College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), Advanced Placement Exams (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and military experience (JST).

View Qualifying Programs & Requirements

Can I Receive Scholarships?

We will automatically consider you for merit scholarships and achievement awards, including our Distinguished Scholarship. Award amounts range up to $17,500 per year and are renewable automatically for full-time students who remain in good academic standing. We will evaluate your application on the basis of your cumulative GPA and coursework.

Members of Phi Theta Kappa are guaranteed a minimum of $14,500 per year for full-time study if their cumulative transfer GPA is a 3.5 or better (cumulative GPA from all institutions combined) and they have earned a minimum of 30 college credits. Additionally, they must have earned coursework on a full-time basis (12 or more credits per semester) in two or more general academic disciplines.

There is also a $5,000 scholarship opportunity for full-time transfer students who graduated from an approved associate’s program from one of our community college partner schools in the region.

You do not need to complete a separate application for the scholarships described above.

Can I Study Abroad?

Yes. If you are in good academic standing and your academic advisers approve, you can spend a week, a semester or a full academic year studying abroad.

Transfer students typically study abroad during their junior year or the first semester of their senior year. Many also participate in Preview, a unique semester-long 2 credit course with a week-long study abroad component. The program is at a reduced cost, including transportation and hotel accommodations.

What Core Classes Will I Need to Take?

You will need to complete English 101 if you do not have an equivalent course with a “B” or better. In addition, you must complete the Global Connections Experience and Reflection as well as the Senior Capstone Project. The number of credits accepted will determine your remaining course requirements. More information.