Transfer Students | St. Lawrence University Admissions

Transfer Students

St. Lawrence University welcomes applications from qualified students who wish to transfer from two-year or four-year institutions. Transfer students are considered for admission with advanced academic standing. Due to St. Lawrence University’s graduation and residency requirements, no student can transfer more than two years’ work from another institution. Graduates of two-year colleges who have completed a liberal arts program and have met the standards for admission are normally admitted with junior standing. 

Transfer Application Checklist

St. Lawrence seeks to admit students who are academically driven and passionate about the world around them. Successful transfer applicants have typically earned a 2.8 or higher GPA in their college coursework, and we will also review your high school transcripts.  We use a holistic process to evaluate applications, and we require the following materials for a complete application:

  • Common Application or St. Lawrence Application
  • $60 application fee or approved fee waiver
  • Academic Evaluation for Transfers (a letter of recommendation from a college professor)
  • Official high school transcript(s)
  • Official college transcripts(s)
  • Transfer College Report (to be filled out by an official at your current college)
  • Mid-Term Report (to be filled out by each of your professors for your current classes)

Life outside the classroom is also an important part of our campus culture, and our students are involved in many different ways! We are looking for students who will contribute positively to our campus community by continuing with activities and involvements and who are willing to try new things on our campus. Make sure you let us know about your extracurricular and co-curricular involvements, as well as your hobbies and interests, in the Activities Section of your application.

Test Optional & Self-Reported Score Policy

Test scores (SAT or ACT) are optional for U.S. citizens and permanent residents, including transfer students. Students must indicate on their application which scores, if any, they wish to be considered in the application process.

If you decide to submit your scores, St. Lawrence will now accept self-reported scores at the time of your application. This means that you can send us your scores through:

  • An official score report sent by the testing agency (SAT/TOEFL code: 2805; ACT code: 2896)
  • Via email from your high school counselor
  • On your official high school transcript (if your school includes test scores on transcripts)
  • Self-reported by sending a screenshot or PDF of your full student score report to (don’t forget to include your name!)

If you choose to self-report your scores and if you’ve taken the test multiple times, please keep in mind that you should submit all of your results for the test(s) chosen for consideration. You should not convert, superscore, or recalculate your self-reported scores in any fashion. If you decide to enroll at St. Lawrence, you will need to submit official test scores via the testing agency, final high school transcript, or your school counselor. 

Please note: your admission decision could be at risk if your self-reported scores differ in any way from your official score reports.


The application deadline for our fall entry term is March 1. The application deadline for our spring entry term is November 1.

If you have missed the deadline but are still interested in applying to St. Lawrence, please be in touch with Mary Kelley (for domestic students) or Musa Khalidi (for international students) to discuss your options.

We do our best to notify students of their decisions as quickly as we can. After our November 1 and March 1 deadlines, students can generally expect to hear from us one month after the deadline. For students with whom we are working after the application deadline, their decision timeline depends upon the date of the completion of their application. Typically, these students can expect to hear within two to three weeks of the completion of their application. 

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Transfer students are considered for scholarships in the same manner as first-year applicants. Academic merit scholarships are awarded based on a students’ academic record and achievements. Additionally, transfer students are invited to apply for our Leadership Scholarship, Community Service Scholarship, and Presidential Diversity Scholarship, and we ask that essays for these scholarships are submitted at the same time as the Common Application or St. Lawrence Application. You can find more information on our Scholarships page. International transfer students can find more information here. 

Transfer students interested in need-based financial aid must submit their FAFSA to St. Lawrence University. We ask that you submit your FAFSA at the same time that you submit your Common Application or St. Lawrence Application.

Students who are officially part of an HEOP or EOP program at another New York State college or university or part of a SEEK or DISCOVER program at a New York State community college can be considered for our HEOP program. Space in HEOP may not be available for transfer students in every semester, and students who are interested in this option should be in touch with our HEOP staff to express their interest in transferring to St. Lawrence.

Contact Information

If you have questions that are not answered on the transfer web page, contact our office directly at 800-285-1856 or e-mail Mary Kelley with your questions; international students should direct questions to Musa Khalidi, Executive Director of International Admissions.

Transfer Student FAQs

How does St. Lawrence University define a transfer student?
A transfer student is defined as anyone who has matriculated at another post-secondary institution, even if the student has not earned any credits. A high school student who took college courses while still in high school is not considered a transfer student.

Should I visit campus?
Transfer students are invited to visit campus to learn more about the St. Lawrence community. During your visit we encourage you to have an admissions interview and tour. Learn more about the campus visit or arrange your visit.

What is the profile of a successful transfer applicant?
Generally, we are seeking transfer applicants who have demonstrated success in a challenging college curriculum. More specifically, successful transfer applicants have earned at least a 2.8 G.P.A. during their college career. Although we review the high school transcripts of all transfer applicants, more weight will be placed on the high school record for applicants who are in their first year of college.

If I apply, when will I be notified of the decision?
In general, students receive notification of their admissions decision one month after their application is complete. All application materials for spring transfer students must be postmarked or submitted electronically by November 1; application materials for fall transfer students must be submitted by March 1. Applications received after these dates are considered on a space-available basis.

What is the cost of tuition, room and board for an academic year?
Tuition and fees for the year can be found here.

How much of my current course credit will transfer to St. Lawrence? What class year will I be when I register?
Transfer credit and class year are determined by the Registrar after a thorough review of the student's transcript(s). Generally a minimum grade of 2.0 or C must be earned to obtain SLU credit for the course. SLU will accept a maximum of 17.5 course units towards its graduation requirements of 33.5 units. This means that a student is required to take at least 16 course units as a matriculated student at SLU. This typically takes at least two years. Graduates of two-year colleges who have completed a liberal arts program and who have met standards of admission are usually admitted with junior standing. Normal academic progress for others is as follows:

End of Semester Units Completed
1 4.5
2 9.0
3 13.0
4 17.5
6 25.5
7 29.5
8 33.5

Are transfer students eligible for New York State HEOP?
Only students who are officially part of an EOP or HEOP program at another New York state university or part of a SEEK or DISCOVER program at a New York state community college will be considered for our HEOP program. Space in HEOP may not be available every semester. Transfer students being considered for HEOP may be required to submit the application prior to the normally stated deadlines and should contact the HEOP staff to express their interest in transferring.

What support services are available to transfer students?
Students at St. Lawrence have a wide variety of support available to them throughout the campus. Community Assistants and Residential Coordinators are available in the living areas to assist with student life issues. The Director of Student Activities & Leadership is available to assist students in the transition into a new environment.  Transfer student initially work with the Associate Dean for Academic Advising until they choose an advisor from the department of their major. All students have access to the Academic Advising Office, WORD studio, Language Resource Center, Quantitative Resource Center, and the Office of Special Needs and Disability and Accessibility Services.

What type of co-curricular opportunities exist for students at St. Lawrence?
Over 100 clubs and organizations that reflect student interests exist on campus. These include, but are not limited to, the following: academic societies, sororities and fraternities, the campus newspaper, a cappella groups for men and women, community service organizations, outdoor clubs and 35 varsity sport teams, as well as intramural sports activities. 

Are transfer students required to live on campus? What housing options are available to transfer students?
St. Lawrence is a four-year residential university; the residential experience is integral to the educational process. Most students are required to live in University residence halls, theme cottages or sorority or fraternity houses during each semester at the University. The majority of upperclass students live in residence halls where most floors are coeducational. Singles, doubles, triples, quads and suites are available. Because of the residential nature of the campus, off-campus housing is generally limited to married students, students with children, nontraditional students, and commuter students living with their families. The Steiner Residences (senior townhouses) offer a transitional living space for 120 seniors. 

University Resources

Academic Achievement Office
Disability and Accessibility Services

Housing/Residential Life
Peterson Quantitative Resource Center 
Language Resource Center 
Student Activities and Leadership
WORD Studio