Transferring to St. Olaf College

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. Transfer applicants are encouraged to visit the campus for a tour, class visit, and meeting with the transfer counselor. Please schedule your visit at least a week in advance so we can arrange a class visit. When you come to campus, please bring a transcript from your current college or university for a preliminary evaluation.

Note: International Transfer students need to apply as International Students and should follow the application process for international students.

Transfer Application Timeline

Fall 2017 Transfers:
April 1, Priority deadline
After April 1, applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please call to discuss your situation and your interest in transferring to St. Olaf.

Mid-year Transfers:
November 1, 2016 Priority deadline for J-Term (January) enrollment
December 1, 2016 Priority deadline for Spring Term (February) enrollment

Transfer Application Checklist

(See below for exceptions for those who are reactivating a previous St. Olaf application.)

  1. Common Application (We waive the $40 application fee for all applications submitted online; use the special transfer section of the Common Application.)
  2. Official college or university transcript, including a “work in progress” listing. (Please submit a paper version.)
  3. Official high school transcript
  4. Official ACT or SAT scores
  5. One academic letter of recommendation, submitted online through the Common Application.
  6. Transfer College Report,  submitted offline (available to print from the Common Application)

Transfer Reactivation Application Checklist

If you submitted an application within the past two years but enrolled at another college or university, you may reactivate your application materials.  Please submit the following additional application materials:

  1. Reactivation Form
  2. Final High School Transcript through spring semester of your senior year
  3. College or University Transcript for any coursework completed
  4. Transfer College Report, submitted offline (available to print from the Common Application)

Note:  if you applied but were not previously admitted to St. Olaf College, please contact the transfer coordinator, Angelique Dietz, at  She will review your file and advise you on how to strengthen your new application.

Transfer Financial Aid Application

St. Olaf has a long tradition of meeting the demonstrated need of all admitted students, including transfer students. Please review the three steps to apply for need-based financial aid on our Transfer Student Financial Aid webpage.  For the broadest eligibility for need-based financial aid, please submit both the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with your application to the college.

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. 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 transfer credit page on the Registrar’s website for more details on transferring credits.

NOTE: No matter how many courses or credits the registrar approves, all transfer students must complete at least two full academic years of course work at St. Olaf College.

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. Are merit scholarship available for transfer students?
Yes. St. Olaf offers competitive merit scholarships for transfer students that recognize achievement and potential for academic success.  Transfer scholarships between $5,000 and $15,000 per year are awarded to student based on our review of information in the transfer application.  Transfer students may also apply for Art, Dance, and Theater scholarships.  The deadline to complete your Art, Dance, or Theater Scholarship application is January 15.  Please contact the department directly for more information.

4. I am interested in being a music major or enrolling in the Bachelor of Music degree program. Does this affect my transfer application?
Yes. All music applications for transfer students must be submitted by the January 15th deadline. 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 the application procedures for all transfer applicants. The deadline to apply for music scholarships is January 15, for the following fall term. Before you start the application process, you are strongly encouraged to discuss your plans with Molly Boes, our Assistant Dean of Fine Arts Recruitment. You can contact her at 507-786-3297 or

5. 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 a student’s sophomore year. Transfer students should start both applications simultaneously and work closely with both the transfer counselor and the nursing program. Current 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