Undergraduate Transfer Students

Are you a student with prior college experience looking to transfer to Northwestern? Learn how to apply as a transfer student and connect with an admissions counselor.
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Undergraduate Transfer Students – Undergraduate transfer students are those pursuing traditional (day-school) degrees.

Applying as an Undergraduate Transfer Student

  1. Complete an Application for Admission.
  2. Submit official or unofficial collegiate transcripts:
    1. Transcripts may be mailed to: University of Northwestern Admissions, 3003 Snelling Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55113.
    2. Or, e-mail transcripts to admissions@unwsp.edu.
    3. Or, drop off all transcripts at the University of Northwestern Admissions Office.
  3. If you do not have have post-high school collegiate GPA, please submit a final and official high school transcript.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring 2019 Term - Application Deadline December 15, 2018
  • Fall 2019 Term - Application Deadline August 1, 2019

Transfer Credits

A transfer credit evaluation may be requested to determine how your credits will apply to your desired major at Northwestern. Northwestern accepts coursework with grades of C- or higher from accredited and some non-accredited institutions. Classes are evaluated for transfer on a course-by-course basis.

For a bachelor’s degree or an associate degree, a minimum of 30 credits must be completed at Northwestern. Additionally, a minimum of 50 percent of major and minor coursework must be completed at Northwestern. Finally, students must have completed a minimum number of credits at Northwestern to be eligible for undergraduate graduation honors (30-59 credits for “with distinction” honors and minimum of 60 credits for Latin honors; see the catalog for more information).

All courses must be college-level to fulfill traditional undergraduate core curriculum requirements. Remedial coursework will not fulfill degree requirements.  Please see course catalog or contact the transfer counselor for details.

NOTE – Please note that the transfer credit evaluation option is not offered for potential nursing students. A transfer credit evaluation will be automatically completed and sent upon admittance to the university and receipt of all collegiate transcripts.

Academic Minimums

Prospective transfer students may be admitted with a minimum collegiate GPA of 2.50. Prospective post-baccalaureate students may be admitted with a minimum collegiate GPA of 2.75. A limited number of students with below-standard academic credentials may be transitionally admitted upon an additional review process.

Class Standing

A student’s class standing is based upon the number of transferable credits and credits by examination earned before matriculation.

Transferable CreditsClass Standing
1-29Freshman
30-59 Sophomore
60-89Junior
90+Senior
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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