Transfer Students

We’re happy you’re considering Northwestern to continue your education. Our transfer students make up 20 percent of our total student body. We’re committed to making your transition as smooth as possible. Your transfer admission counselor is dedicated to working directly with you.
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Applying as a Transfer Student

If you have earned college credit after graduating from high school, you are considered a transfer student.
  1. Complete an Application for Admission
  2. Submit official or unofficial collegiate transcripts:
    1. Request that previous school mail transcripts to: University of Northwestern-Admissions, 3003 Snelling Ave N St. Paul, MN, 55113
    2. Or, request that previous school e-mail digital transcripts to: 
    3. Or, drop off transcript at University of Northwestern Admissions 
  3. If a student does not have a post-high school collegiate GPA, the student must submit an official high school transcript.
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    Transfer Student Resources

    Are you a student with prior college experience and looking to transfer to Northwestern? Learn how to apply as a transfer student and see if you qualify for a scholarship. Our experts can also help...

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    Credit by Examination

    You can earn credit for selected courses if you have passed standardized examinations such as Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST, and International Baccalaureate...

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    DSST Testing

    DSST tests help you earn credit for the kinds of things people might learn in nontraditional ways, such as on the job or through a hobby. DSST tests cover more than 30 subject areas.

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Adult Undergraduate Transfer Credit
Adult students have great opportunities to receive credit for prior learning. Our Student Academic Services office can help to determine how your credits transfer so you can finish your degree faster.
Adult Undergraduate Individual Courses
General education and elective courses can be earned through on-site or online courses or transferred in from other institutions.
Military & Veteran Services
You may be eligible to count some of your military experience towards credits at Northwestern, saving you both time and money! Official high school transcripts are needed to verify your GPA.
Bible Requirements for Transfer Students
Transfer students are required to complete Bible courses on a proportional basis according to the number of transferable credits brought in prior to becoming a Northwestern student.
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