Transfer Student Admissions

The University welcomes applicants who have demonstrated success at other institutions of higher education and who have met all university-wide entrance requirements either in high school or in college. For the purpose of admission, a transfer candidate is one who has enrolled in college-level courses for credit after completion of secondary school.

All transfer students are considered for admission on a space-available, competitive basis.

In making transfer admission decisions, the admissions office reviews all academic information available: official transcripts of all college-level work and the high school record (or equivalent). Submission of standardized test scores such as the SAT or the ACT is not required for transfer candidates.

Transfer candidates are subject to the minimum entrance requirements outlined for first-year candidates, including the specific college’s or school’s additional requirements. Any entrance requirement not fulfilled in high school can be met by an equivalent semester-long college course prior to admission to UVM.

For transfer candidates who have earned fewer than twenty-one college-level semester credits, the quality of the high school record and course rigor is reviewed in conjunction with the college record. After twenty-one earned semester credits, the college grade point average and course selection are the most important factors in a decision. The admissions office still reviews the high school record to determine if all university-wide entrance requirements have been met. Students who were wait-listed or denied admission previously as high school students should be working toward completion of a minimum of twenty-one credits at the point of applying to UVM.

The minimum grade-point average requirement for all transfer candidates is 2.8 on a four-point scale. Generally, a 3.0 average or above is recommended to be competitive. Transfer applicants are encouraged to review progression and graduation requirements for each college or school.

Additional Transfer Requirements

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

A limited number of seats may be available for qualified applicants interested in transferring to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences. Applicants to the nursing major must have completed approximately thirty semester credits of the non-nursing required course work from the first year of the curriculum. Qualified applicants to all other majors will be considered on a space-available basis.


The Grossman School of Business (GSB) requires transfer candidates to have completed at least one semester of college-level calculus and one semester of college-level economics (microeconomics or macroeconomics is preferred) with at least a cumulative transfer GPA of 2.75 or higher. AP and CLEP credits are acceptable. Transfer candidates who do not meet these requirements will be considered for their second major choice outside of the Grossman School of Business and are encouraged to work with a GSB advisor to internally transfer once the pre-requisite requirements are satisfied.

Upper-level business transfer credits must come from an AACSB-accredited institution to be considered for equivalent transfer credit.

Honors College

Transfer students with first-year standing and a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.40 from their former institution(s) are eligible to apply for sophomore admission to the Honors College. Students with junior or senior standing cannot be considered for the Honors College as they are not able to complete the necessary curricular requirements to become Honors College Scholars. Admission to the university is a prerequisite for applying to the Honors College. Students may work on both applications concurrently, but no action will be taken on the Honors College application until the student is admitted to the university.

Transfer Credit Policy

Students seeking to transfer academic credit may do so only for courses that are taken at a regionally accredited degree granting institution and are comparable in content, nature, and intensity to courses taught in the corresponding discipline at the University of Vermont. Credit is not given for transfer courses with grades lower than C. To ensure transferability of courses to be taken elsewhere, degree students must secure prior approval for each course in writing from the Office of Transfer Affairs. Questions regarding credit transfer should be directed to the Office of Transfer Affairs, 339 Waterman, (802) 656-0867 or email:

The Office of Transfer Affairs reviews each college-level course taken by transfer candidates accepted for admission. Transfer candidates are notified electronically with their official credit evaluation. To receive transfer credit, a course must have been taken at a regionally accredited degree-granting college or university for credit; it must be comparable in content, nature, and intensity to a course offered at UVM; and the grade earned must be comparable to a C or higher as indicated on an official transcript. The dean (or their designate) of the college or school determines the applicability of the transfer course(s) to the student’s degree requirements at the university. Credit is given for course content only once; it is the student’s responsibility not to duplicate courses. There are limits on the number of credits transferred that may be applied to the degree program and the major selected. In general, 30 of the last 45 credits earned for the UVM degree must be taken at the university.

The UVM grade-point average reflects only course work taken here. Grades from other institutions are not calculated into the UVM GPA and will not appear on a UVM transcript.

Credits for college-level courses taken while in high school can sometimes be transferred to UVM. See the section " College Credit for High School Classes" under General Undergraduate Admissions.

Diversity Requirement and Transfer Credit

To be considered for diversity credit, a course must carry at least three credits (or the equivalent). This process begins with the Office of Transfer Affairs, where you should submit the following materials. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

  • A detailed syllabus of the transferred course in question. Additional supporting documentation may be requested if deemed necessary.
  • An essay of approximately one page that explicitly states which requirement (D1 or D2) you are attempting to fulfill and how the transferred course meets the diversity criteria.

Consult the General Education website for more information.