Interested in transferring to UC? Here is what you need to know:
General Transfer Admission Requirements
Applicants who have earned 12 or more college-level credits (generally, courses numbered 100 and above) at another institution, have a minimum 2.0 grade point average (on a 4.0-point scale) and are in good standing at the institution last attended must submit the following documentation for consideration by Admissions staff:
- Completed online or paper Undergraduate Application for Admission
- $25 application fee or application fee waiver
- Unofficial transcripts at time of admissions and then Official transcript from EACH university or college previously attended by the start of the second semester;
- Transfer Clearance Form from most recent school attended (the Office of Admissions will advise applicants if they qualify to complete the form)
- Students who do not submit all required transcripts by the requested date will not be able to receive financial aid until all college transcripts are received
- Applicants who have earned fewer than 12 college level credits must also submit high school and college transcripts
Prospective transfer students may send their college transcripts at any time during their current college enrollment for transcript evaluation by the University of Charleston. Applicants who are accepted at the University of Charleston must submit a final official transcript to the Office of Admissions before the start of the second semester of enrollment. The Transfer Clearance Form is strongly recommended prior to enrollment but must be submitted prior to the start of second semester of enrollment.
Transfer applicants who have been granted general admission will have the opportunity to review the evaluation of his or her transcript after review by the Regional Records staff. Only non-remedial courses earned from a regionally accredited college or university will be considered for transfer. (See Evaluation of Transfer Equivalency Policy Section.) More information on the policies for evaluation of transfer credits and specific Articulation Agreements can be found on the Student Right-to-know Information page. Only non-remedial courses earned from a regionally accredited college or university will be considered for transfer. Download the Evaluation of Transfer Equivalency Policy.
Only courses with earned grades of “C” or better will transfer unless a transfer agreement exists between the University of Charleston and another institution. No grades are recorded for courses accepted in transfer. A student’s grade point average at the University of Charleston will be based only upon credits earned at the University of Charleston.
The Office of Admissions reserves the right to deny general admission or request additional application materials for applicants whose scores fall below the stated minimums.
Applicants whose scores fall below a 2.0 must submit an essay (at least one page in length, single spaced) containing the following information:
- Explanation of low GPA;
- Description of applicant’s college readiness and preparedness;
- Career goals; and
- Other items the applicant and admissions counselor deem relevant to their application.
An applicant can choose to submit this essay at the time of application. However, the Office of Admissions will formally request it after receipt of all required materials necessary for review. Additionally, the Office of Admissions may request an interview with the applicant. Neither the essay nor the interview guarantees admission. The Executive Vice-President & Chief Admissions Officer will review contract transfer applications.
Applicants who demonstrate the ability to be successful in a university environment may be offered admission into the Academic Success Academy. As part of this program, students will participate in a curriculum specifically designed to develop foundational academic skills for success in college and will have an hour cap of 15 hours. This includes:
- Meeting Academic Success Academy Advisors during SOAR/Orientation and periodically during the term to assess academic success and connect with resources;
- Placement in Academic Success Academy courses (based on ACT/SAT sub-scores)
- COMM 101 (Standalone)- Foundational College Writing
- ASC 089- Academic Reading
- ASC 091- Personal Academic Success
Students in the Academic Success Academy must achieve a minimum of a 2.0 GPA and passing grades in all Academic Success Academy coursework to exit from the program. Students who cannot successfully complete the requirements/curriculum in three semesters may be considered for academic probation or dismissal.
Courses with a direct equivalency to a University of Charleston course carrying LLO designations will automatically receive LLO credit; and
Students must bring requests for non-equivalent courses to the appropriate LLO Roundtable for approval. The necessary form and a description of the process for submission of these requests are available in the Student Solutions Center. (link to LLO page)
A transfer student is an applicant who has earned 12 or more college-level credits (generally, courses numbered 100 and above) at another institution
- Official transcripts from all prior and currently attended university level institutions are required for an admittance decision.
- Evaluation of credits: International students who have taken post-secondary courses outside the United States are required to have their international credentials professionally evaluated by a third-party organization. Two acceptable examples of an evaluation by a third-party organization are a “course by course” evaluation by either of the following organizations:
Note: students who do not present a “course by course” WES or ECE evaluation may not receive transfer credit for previously completed coursework.
- Exam requirements: International transfer students whose primary language is not English are required to complete one of the following:
- Complete 12 or more semester hours of transferable credit with required grade point average of 2.25 from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university.
- Complete one semester of college level English composition from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university with a grade of C or above.
- The college board’s test of english as a foreign language (TOEFL)
- A minimum score of 550 is required for the paper-based test (pBT) and a 61 for the Internet-based test (iBT)
- The International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- A minimum of 6.0 is required
- The duolingo exam
- A minimum of 2.6 is required
- The PTE Academic exam
- A minimum of 54 is required
- Other standardized English exams are accepted only upon pre-approval from the Director of International Programs.
- Copy of current passport information and/or photo page and if applicable, student visa page.
- The University of Charleston reserves the right to administer an English proficiency test to any student whose primary language is not English. This test is taken during International Student Orientation before the start of classes. If a student is found lacking in English proficiency, he or she will be required to take the coursework in English as a Second Language (ESL) currently offered at the University of Charleston. If the needed ESL coursework is not offered, the University of Charleston reserves the right to refer the student to an Intensive English Language Program.
- Students from the following list of countries do not need to submit an ESL test score but should still submit an SAT or ACT score
- American Samoa, Anguilla, Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada (English-speaking provinces), Cayman Islands, Dominica, Federal States of Micronesia, Grenada, Guyana,Jamaica, Liberia, Montserrat, New Zealand, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Kitts and Nevis, Trinidad and Tabago,Turks and Caicos, United Kingdom and Ireland, US Virgin Islands
Learn more about UC’s transfer equivalency policies.