Transfer Student Requirements

Transfer admission to Washington University is both 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.

Transfer Admission Guidelines

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 3.5/3.6 GPA 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 generally recommend you 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.

Selecting an Academic Division

You must select one of our five undergraduate divisions (Architecture, Art, Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering) when you apply. You should select the division which offers the major program that most interests you. Because slots for transfer students are very limited, when you are admitted to a division you will be expected to remain in that division after you enroll at Washington University. Should you decide to pursue a major in a different division, you will be required to apply for transfer into that division after one full semester at Washington University. Transferring between divisions is not guaranteed.


Transferring as a pre-medicine student is challenging. We recommend that students interested in pre-medicine apply as junior-level transfers having completed the following coursework:

  • Two semesters of general chemistry (with lab)
  • Two semesters of organic chemistry (with lab)
  • Calculus I & II at the college level
  • At least one writing course
  • We also encourage the completion of some biology coursework at the college level
  • Physics is a plus if taken, but not a "deal breaker" (*Calculus-Based Physics in particular is recommended.)

College Preparation/Pre-Medicine Course Requirements for U.S. Medical Schools:

Students will need TWO semesters each of:

  • General chemistry (with lab)
  • Organic chemistry (with lab)
  • Biology (with lab)
  • Physics (with lab)
  • Mathematics (including calculus)
  • English (at least one in composition)

Additional coursework in biology and chemistry is advised. Some medical schools will not accept Advanced Placement credit in lieu of these requirements.

Please contact Associate Dean Carolyn Herman at (314) 935-8076 or, for questions about transferring to Washington University as a pre-medicine student.

College of Arts & Sciences

Please contact either Assistant Dean Warren J. Davis at (314) 935-6806 or, or Associate Dean Carolyn Herman (for students interested in studying science and pre-health science) at (314) 935-8076 or, for questions about transfer admission to the College of Arts & Sciences.

Olin Business School

Transfer applicants to the Olin Business School:

  • Must have completed Calculus I & II at the college level. (Please note that Calculus II can’t be taken the summer before enrolling.)
  • Sophomore level transfer candidates should have completed microeconomics at the college level.
  • Junior level transfer candidates should also have completed financial accounting, macroeconomics, and perhaps managerial accounting.

Please contact Assistant Dean Lanna Skadden at (314) 935-4758 or with any questions.

School of Engineering & Applied Science

  • Every applicant to SEAS must have completed an English composition course, two semesters of calculus-based physics, and sufficient calculus to be prepared to take differential equations.
  • Applicants interested in chemical engineering should also have completed sufficient chemistry to be prepared to take organic chemistry.
  • Applicants interested in biomedical engineering should also have completed sufficient chemistry to be prepared to take organic chemistry and a biology course that includes cellular, molecular, and genetics work.
  • Applicants interested in computer science, instead of taking the required two semesters of calculus-based physics courses, may substitute 8 units of approved other natural science courses from the following departments: Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Environmental Studies, or Physics.
  • Ideally, applicants will have calculus grades and general GPA of at least a B+.

Please contact Kim Shilling, Assistant Dean, at (314) 935-6100 or by email at with any questions.

Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts - College of Art & College of Architecture

  • 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 digital portfolio should include 12-15 pieces showing a variety of art experiences, including drawings, work utilizing design principles, and some work in color.
  • Suggested coursework:
    • For architecture
      • Art History
      • General liberal arts courses
      • Calculus
      • Physics
      • At least one semester of drawing
    • For art
      • Art History
      • General liberal arts courses
      • Two semesters of drawing
      • Several other studio art classes

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

Additional Requirements

Applicants who took either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and/or the American College Test (ACT) during high school must submit the test score results as part of their application. Tests taken during college are inadmissible.

International students whose first language is not English are required to submit results from either the TOEFL or IELTS.

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.

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, including 30 credit hours of junior- or senior-level course work.

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.

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