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Transfer Student Academic Requirements

Transfer admission to Washington University is selective and competitive.

You should apply as a transfer student if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • You have finished secondary school and completed some college study.
  • You would like to be considered for admission with advanced standing at Washington University.
  • You are interested in enrolling full-time in an undergraduate degree program with a specific academic focus.
  • You have never attended any of Washington University’s full-time, degree-granting schools.

Your Academic Preparation

Transfer admission to Washington University is both selective and competitive. In any given year any academic division may have from zero to a small handful of slots available. With this small number of transfer spots open, we recommend the strongest candidates for admission present proof of a high school diploma or equivalent and proof of a high level of academic success at their current institution. Successful applicants present at least a B+ average from a two-year or four-year college in courses across a broad academic curriculum. Some of our academic divisions require specific grades in specific courses. For example, students with interests in engineering, business, or the physical or biological sciences must present a strong background in science and mathematics including calculus. In addition, you must have left your current institution and all previous institutions in good standing and be eligible to return.
If you have been away from a formal academic setting for more than two years, we require you to complete at least one year (30 hours) of work at another college or university before submitting your application for transfer admission.
If you are in your first year of college, you must present at least one completed semester of full-time college work with your application for transfer admission or submit a completed Mid-Semester Progress Report.
College of Arts & Sciences: Transfer applicants to the College of Arts & Sciences who have further questions should contact either Assistant Dean Warren J. Davis at (314) 935-6806 or, or Associate Dean Carolyn Herman at (314) 935-8076 or (for students interested in studying science and pre-health science).
Olin Business School: Transfer applicants to the Olin Business School must have completed Calculus II at the college level. If you have questions about applying to the business school, please contact Assistant Dean Lanna Skadden at (314) 935-4758 or
School of Engineering & Applied Science: Transfer applicants to the School of Engineering should have completed two semesters of calculus-based physics and sufficient calculus to be prepared to take differential equations; they also should have satisfied the English Composition requirement. Applicants interested in biomedical or chemical engineering should also have completed sufficient chemistry to be prepared to take organic chemistry. If you have questions about applying, please call Assistant Dean Kim Shilling at (314) 935-6995 or
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts: Transfer applicants to the College of Art and College of Architecture are required to submit a portfolio for review by the faculty using the SlideRoom function on the Common Application. The portfolio should include 10-20 pieces showing a variety of art experiences, including drawings, work utilizing design principles, and some work in color. If you have questions about applying to the College of Architecture or the College of Art, please contact Georgia Binnington, Associate Dean of Students for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, at (314) 935-6532 or

Transfer Credit

Washington University awards academic credit for course work that resembles, by official description, a comparable course offering from one of its five undergraduate schools. No credit is given for CLEP exams, standard-level IB exams, correspondence/online courses, or departmental placement exams given by another institution. To assure proper transfer credit, please submit a copy of the catalog description for any course whose nature is not immediately clear by title or course number. Credit is awarded if grades of C or better appear on your transcript. Final decisions concerning transferring course credits are made by your academic dean at Washington University. The Washington University transcript will only include grades earned at Washington University. Grades earned at your previous institution will not be recorded or included in the grade point average.

Advanced Placement

Many departments at Washington University will accept for credit and placement a score of 4 or 5 on the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) tests or a score of 5 or better on the higher-level International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. Official score reports should be sent to the appropriate dean’s office after admission has been granted.

Additional Requirements

Students admitted to Architecture, Art, Arts & Sciences, or Business may transfer a maximum of 60 semester hours of credit toward the degree at Washington University. Engineering has no maximum limit.

If you plan to enroll in Architecture, Art, Arts & Sciences, or Business you must complete the final 60 hours and a minimum of four consecutive full-time semesters in residence in order to earn a degree. In Arts & Sciences, at least 45 hours must be from Arts & Sciences coursework. If you plan to enroll in Engineering in order to complete a Bachelor of Science degree, you will need to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours which includes 30 credit hours of junior- or senior-level course work.