INFORMATION FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS
Wesleyan typically enrolls approximately 60 transfer students each fall and approximately 15 transfer students each spring semester. Wesleyan transfer students come from other four year colleges and universities, as well as two year colleges, and transfer to Wesleyan as sophomores and juniors. Transfers add a great deal to the life and character of Wesleyan and are helped and encouraged to make a rapid transition out of “transfer” status and into all the privileges and responsibilities that come with being a Wesleyan student.
All transfer applicants must apply by submitting a Common Application online.
|Term of Entry||Application Deadline||Notification Date|
|Fall||March 15||mid May|
|Spring||November 1||mid December|
An applicant is considered a transfer student at Wesleyan if they have completed at least one full-time year of college and the equivalent of at least six Wesleyan credits by the time they matriculate at Wesleyan. One Wesleyan credit is considered equivalent to four semester hours or six quarter hours. Students who have taken college courses through a high school or part-time only will normally be considered first-year applicants. Applicants, including international students, may not discount academic credits in order to qualify as first-year applicants. Wesleyan does not grant a second bachelor’s degree.
Applicants who have significant interruptions in their schooling or who were home schooled should provide a thorough explanation of their educational situation, background and chronology in the personal statement or in an additional essay. Competitive applicants will need to have enrolled recently in a full-time course of study to demonstrate a record of success in such a program.
Re-applying as a Transfer
Re-applicants (i.e. students who have applied to Wesleyan but never matriculated) must submit a new application. Applicants who have been denied admission to Wesleyan must wait one full year before re-applying.
We provide a credit review with the offer of admission, but generally coursework will be creditable and will help to determine transfer admission eligibility if:
the course was taken on a college campus (not a college-level course taken at high school)
the course is similar to a course offered by a Wesleyan department or is from a department or program available at Wesleyan
the course is at the college level (e.g. algebra would not count)
a grade of C- (B- for a summer course) or better was earned.
Students can use a maximum of two AP or IB credits toward the Wesleyan degree. See the relevant section of the graduation requirements section of the Registrar’s page.
Additional Transfer Information
- Financial Aid for Transfer Students
For each student who is selected for admission, Wesleyan is committed to providing the full amount of financial aid he or she is qualified to receive based on our determination of financial need. The commitment to meet a student’s full need extends to every year of enrollment. Students who indicate on their application that they will NOT be applying for financial aid and are admitted WILL NOT be considered for Wesleyan financial aid during their first two (2) semesters at Wesleyan.
Financial aid for foreign transfer students is not available. Applications from students who are neither U.S. citizens nor U.S. Permanent Residents requesting financial aid will not be considered. Foreign students NOT requesting financial aid should submit documentation verifying sufficient personal resources or outside scholarships to meet the expense of a Wesleyan education. Please use the “International Student Certification of Finances” form and submit the completed form with your application.
- Special Programs
We have a special interest in Connecticut Community College (CCC) adult students. The Etherington Scholars Program, a scholarship program named for Wesleyan’s former president Edwin Etherington, attracts some of the top graduates of these two-year state colleges and helps them prepare for a productive future in Connecticut. All CCC transfer applicants are considered for the Etherington Scholarship on the basis of financial need. You need not use a separate form in order to apply for this scholarship.Wesleyan also offers a special endowed scholarship to U.S. military veterans. No special application is required, but please be sure to notify the Admission Office of your military status, and provide a copy of your DD214.
- Application Requirements
Common Application for transfer admission
Official transcript(s) of ALL college work to date
Official final high school transcript or proof of graduation (i.e. GED)
Mid-year grade report if currently enrolled
Two instructor evaluations
Instructor evaluations are from college teachers of academic courses. Applicants from larger schools, especially first year students, may be concerned about this component of the application. We have received very helpful evaluations from graduate Teaching Assistants as well as from faculty with whom the applicant has spoken about the reasons for transfer. The College Report may present a similar issue because academic deans may not know the student personally. Some larger schools have a policy to attach a form letter to the report. Wesleyan accepts these form letters without prejudice against the applicant. Students may submit teacher evaluations from high school teachers, but these should be in addition to the College Instructor Evaluations and not a replacement.
Campus interviews are required for applicants attending a Connecticut Community College and for those who are already taking classes at Wesleyan. Interviews are optional for all other transfer applicants (see below).
- A $55 non-refundable application fee or Fee Waiver Request
- Optional Application Materials
Wesleyan does not require transfer applicants to submit SAT or ACT scores as part of the application for admission. Students can decide for themselves whether or not their scores reflect their academic ability and if they would like their test scores to be considered alongside their college and high school transcripts. Scores of tests taken during high school are accepted, as are scores of more recent testing, if a candidate elects to submit them.
Personal interviews, which are evaluative and play a role in the admission process, are helpful to both the applicant and the admission committee. Please contact the Office of Admission at (860) 685-3000 as soon as possible to schedule an on-campus interview as appointments are limited. Interviews are also available in your area with alumni interviewers. Campus interviews are required for applicants attending a Connecticut Community College and for those who are already taking classes at Wesleyan.
Supplemental materialsApplicants may submit supporting materials in music, theatre, visual arts, and scientific research that represent a special accomplishment or reflect an education goal. All supplementary materials must be submitted through SlideRoom, which can be accessed through the Common Application.