Transfer FAQs

  1. What is ASU’s definition of a transfer student?
  2. What are the admission requirements for transfer students?
  3. Will I have to send ACT/SAT test scores to apply?
  4. Will I have to send high school transcripts to apply?
  5. Can I transfer college credits?
  6. How do I choose a major?
  7. I attended ASU previously as a transfer student. Am I a transfer student or a readmission student?
  8. I’d like to talk to someone at ASU about transferring. Is there a person I can talk to?
  9. I am ready to apply. What do I do?
  10. Do I have to have an associates degree to transfer?
  11. I am in high school and taking college courses. Am I considered a transfer student?
  12. How do I gain residency?
  13. Do I have to send all my transcripts?
  14. What prerequisites do I need to complete before transferring to ASU?
  15. Can I live on campus as a transfer student?

More FAQs below specific to California residents.

1. What is ASU’s definition of a transfer student?

A transfer student is anyone applying for admission to ASU who has attended a college or university after high school graduation. Most students who completed courses while still in high school (dual enrollment) are considered freshmen.

2. What are the admission requirements for transfer students?

Please see transfer admission requirements for details.

3. Will I have to send ACT/SAT test scores to apply?

It depends on your particular situation. If you are transferring fewer than 24 transferable credits, you must also meet freshman admission requirements, which may require ACT/SAT scores. Also, some majors, such as business, require a particular ACT/SAT score for admission into the program. See degree search for major-specific admission information.

4. Will I have to send high school transcripts to apply?

Yes, unless you meet the following: you have an associate degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution posted on transcripts.

High school transcripts should be sent directly from your high school to:

ASU Admission Services
P.O. Box 870112
Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

5. Can I transfer college credits?

Please see how credit transfers to ASU for details.

6. How do I choose a major?

There are a variety of resources available to help you select a major. You can start by visiting degree search to explore the types of degree programs at ASU. You can also talk with a transfer representative.

7. I attended ASU previously as a transfer student. Am I a transfer student or a readmission student?

If you have previously attended ASU as a degree-seeking student, you will be considered a readmission student. Please see readmission information

8. I’d like to talk to someone at ASU about transferring. Is there a person I can talk to?

Yes. ASU has a staff of transfer specialists who are specifically trained to discuss transferring to ASU. Answer a few short questions and we will contact you.

9. I am ready to apply. What do I do next?

Congratulations on making the decision to pursue your bachelor’s degree at ASU. Apply online, send all official transcripts and pay the application fee by the preferential deadline specified for each semester. This will start the transfer admissions process. Soon after you apply, you will receive a notice confirming that your application has been received and it will include information on how to monitor the status of your application.

10. Do I have to have an associate degree to transfer?

No, you can transfer at anytime as long as you meet transfer admission requirements. However,  ASU recommends attaining your associate degree before transferring. 

11. I am in high school and taking college courses. Am I considered a transfer student?

No. Please see ASU’s definition of a transfer student in question 1.

12. How do I gain residency?

Being declared a resident by the State of Arizona differs from being considered a resident for tuition purposes by ASU. The Residency Classification office has specific guidelines to follow when determining a student’s residency status, initially based on the information provided on the application for admission. For more information, please review the Residency Classification Survey.

13. Do I have to send all my transcripts?

Yes. In order for ASU to determine whether you meet admission requirements, we must evaluate your entire academic history including course work completed  at each institution attended.

14. What prerequisites do I need to complete before transferring to ASU?

There are no prerequisites required to be admitted to ASU, unless you have fewer than 24 transferable credits. Students with less than 24 transferable credits are required to meet freshman admission requirements, including aptitude and competency requirements.

15. Can I live on campus as a transfer student?

Yes, ASU has housing devoted specifically to upper-division students, and strongly encourage all students to live on campus their first year at ASU. For more information, refer to the University Housing website.

There is also a variety of off-campus housing options in close proximity to ASU’s campuses. For more information on off-campus housing, check out the Center for Off-Campus & Commuter Student Services (OCCSS).

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FAQs for California residents

1. If attending a CA community college, is the IGETC/ CSU GE required for transfer?
The IGETC/CSU GE is not a requirement for admission to ASU. It is optional whether a California community college student chooses to transfer in with their general education courses completed or not. Completing either GE pattern and getting certified by your community college will, however, satisfy many of the General Studies requirements at ASU.

2. What does it mean to get IGETC/CSU GE certified?
Getting certified means you have completed all General Education requirements at your CA community college. If you have confirmed with your community college counselor that you are eligible for the certification, ASU will require that you submit the official certification along with your official transcripts to the Admissions Services.

3. Currently, I don't meet the WUE admissions requirements. Should I wait to apply?
No. Even though you may not currently qualify for WUE, we will always re-evaluate your admission to the program if you currently have courses in progress and submit your last and final transcripts.

4. I live in California but would like to meet with an ASU representative to discuss the transfer process. Is there anyone I can speak to in person?
Most certainly! ASU representatives will be throughout the state of California attending college transfer fairs and hosting various visits at California community colleges.

See where we are currently scheduled to visit

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