Transfer students are a welcome addition to the St. Olaf community. They bring diversity and fresh perspectives to the St. Olaf academic experience. Transfer students are admitted on the same selective basis as regular first-year students, are eligible for financial aid, may compete for a limited number of merit scholarships, and are guaranteed housing for the duration of their enrollment at St. Olaf College. We may not be certain of the exact number of transfer students we can admit until well into spring of the preceding academic year. Transfer applicants are encouraged to visit the campus for a tour, class visit, and meeting with the transfer counselor. Please allow two weeks for arranging a class visit and bring a college transcript for a preliminary evaluation.
Note: International Transfer students need to apply as International Students and should follow the application process for international students.
St. Olaf College will consider mid-year transfer applications on a space-available basis. Contact our transfer counselor at 507-786-3305 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. We do welcome applications for matriculation in fall 2014; please observe the following application timeline.
Transfer Application Checklist
(See below for exceptions for those who are re-activating a previous St. Olaf application.)
- Common Application (We waive the $40 application fee for all applications submitted online; use the special transfer section of the Common Application.)
- Official college or university transcript, including a “work in progress” listing. (Please submit a paper version.)
- Official high school transcript
- Official ACT or SAT scores
- One academic letter of recommendation, available online through the Common Application.
- Registrar’s Report, available online through the Common Application.
Transfer Reactivation Application Checklist
- Reactivation Form
- Final High School Transcript through spring semester of your senior year
- College or University Transcript
- Registrar’s Report, available online through the Common Application
Transfer Application Timeline
Priority Consideration Deadline: April 1*
Transfer Merit Scholarship Deadline ($7,500 per academic year): April 1
Notification Date: May 1
Response Date: Deposit ($600) due on June 1.
*Exceptions: Transfer applicants for admission to the music or nursing major need to submit their full application (including financial aid application) no later January 15, 2014, and need to contact the departments no later than mid-November to start the application process to those majors. We will consider transfer applicants after April 1 on a space-available basis.
Questions Frequently Asked by Transfer Students
1. Which of my credits will transfer to St. Olaf?
The registrar will conduct a formal audit of your official transcript and will evaluate each course on an individual basis. In general, course work that is liberal arts in nature for which you have received at least a C grade will be transferable. Any transfer student will need to complete at least two full academic years of course work at St. Olaf College. A final audit will be conducted upon receipt of a final and official transcript from your current college or university, as well official scores of AP and IB exams. You will receive this well in advance of registering for course work at St. Olaf College. Transfer students will register for classes during the introduction week in September, ahead of the incoming first-year students. Please see the online St. Olaf catalog for more details on transferring credits.
2. Do I need to provide standardized test scores?
Yes. We accept ACT and/or SAT scores. Under exceptional circumstances we may waive the test score requirement. Please contact the transfer counselor to discuss this.
3. I am interested in being a music major or enrolling in the Bachelor of Music degree program. Does this affect my transfer application?
Yes, you will have to apply for transfer by the deadline of December 15. The Admissions Office makes the admission decision for all applicants to the college, including those applying to the Bachelor of Music degree program, so you should follow all application procedures like other transfer applicants. The deadline to apply for music scholarships is December 15, 2013, for fall 2014. Before you start the application process, you are strongly encouraged to discuss your plans with the music admissions coordinator, Mary Hakes. You can contact her at 507-786-3297 or email@example.com.
4. I am interested in the nursing program. Does this affect my transfer application?
The Admissions Office makes the admission decision for all applicants to the college, including those interested in the nursing program. The nursing program conducts its internal admission process for the nursing major in the fall of the student’s sophomore year. Transfer students should start both applications simultaneously and work closely with both the transfer counselor and the nursing program. College sophomores should start the application process by contacting the nursing program no later than October of their sophomore year, and submit the Common Application to the Admissions Office at the same time.
If you have further questions about the transfer application process, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.