Admission Overview for Transfer Students

Admission Overview for Transfer Students

Villanova welcomes applications from students with previous college experience. Candidates are selected for admission on the basis of individual merit as determined by their complete college coursework and an evaluation by the Dean of Students from every college attended. An applicant's high school record and class standing, standardized tests scores (SAT and/or ACT), extracurricular involvement and Common Application essay are also considered.

How To Apply

  • Complete the Common Application with the Member School Section for Villanova and submit by application deadline:
    • For the Fall term: June 1 for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business and the College of Engineering; March 1 for the College of Nursing.  
    • For the Spring term: November 1. (The College of Nursing does not consider applications for Spring transfer).
  • Submit eighty dollar ($80) non-refundable application fee.
  • Please send required documents on-line through the Common Application (strongly preferred) or by mail to:

Transfer Committee
Office of University Admission
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Important Information

  • Villanova accepts a maximum of 60 transfer credits from other institutions. In order to earn a degree from Villanova, at least half of all major courses and the final 30 credits of a degree program must be taken here at Villanova. You must earn a grade of "C" or better at an accredited institution in order for appropriate credit to be given.
  • Admission criteria and prior course selections vary slightly depending upon the college and academic program to which you apply. 
  • For consideration, a cumulative GPA of a 3.00/4.00 is recommended for students interested in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business and the College of Nursing. Students interested in transferring into the College of Engineering should have maintained at least a 2.75/4.00 cumulative GPA. 
  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences requires a minimum of two consecutive semesters at a previous institution prior to transfer to Villanova.
  • Please note: it is strongly recommended by the Office of Financial Assistance that any transfer applicant who is a U.S. citizen apply for both admission and need-based financial assistance simultaneously. Please do not wait until you hear of your admission decision to apply for aid.
  • Transfer students with international academic credentials must have their documents translated (if not in English) and evaluated. To find an accredited evaluation company, please visit

Transfer Student Housing Options

While we warmly welcome you as a member of our community, Villanova University is unable to offer transfer students on-campus housing at this time due to limited availability. Therefore, the Office for Residence Life maintains a waiting list for transfer students who desire on-campus housing.   While there is no guarantee that Residence Life will be able to offer on-campus housing to transfer students, historically each year a good percentage of transfer students are housed on campus. 

Candidate's completed Application for Transfer Admission Common Application with the Member School Section for Villanova
Official High School Transcripts Download Transcript Request Formand have secondary school forward directly to Villanova along with official transcripts. It is important that the name on the application matches the name on the secondary school records for all institutions of higher education attended.
Official Transcripts from each post-secondary school attended. Please provide within application, the name and state of all previous colleges/universities attended, the entrance date, and the date of leaving, if applicable.
Official SAT or ACT Scores Scores must be sent directly from the College Board or ACT, or they must be documented on the official high school transcript.
Essay This item allows the candidate to provide information regarding his or her academic background and any special circumstances that need to be brought to the attention of the Admission Committee.
Course Catalog Please send a current course catalog from all colleges and universities that you have attended to the Office of University Admission (Attention:Transfer).  If the colleges and universities that you have attended do not provide a paper catalog, we will accept a Word document with the courses that you have taken copied and pasted from the on-line version. Please make sure to include your name.  Your application can not be reviewed without the catalog.  
Transfer Registrar Report Invite your current college's Registrar to complete this on-line Common Application form or print and return with the College Transcript

Why Villanova?

I have taken on leadership roles in a variety of clubs and organizations on campus. Even though my many extracurricular endeavors and challenging courses make my daily schedule hectic, learning how to balance my responsibilities and complete every task diligently has helped me mature and become a worldlier individual.  My classes, activities, and service trips teach me how to evaluate and find solutions to problems both inside the classroom and in the “real world.”  This unique community has allowed me to accomplish goals which I never thought that I could achieve.  I cannot imagine going to school anywhere else and being as happy as I am at Villanova.  It truly feels like home here.

Anna Heleniak
Communication major

Helpful Facts

Can I find out before I apply if my credits will transfer?

If you are admitted to the University, you will be notified at that time about which of your credits will transfer. While you cannot know for certain at the time of application which of your credits will transfer, you can compare individual course descriptions in your present institution's course catalog with Villanova's on-line course catalog at  By comparing these descriptions, you may be able to ascertain the similarity of the courses and whether your present courses seem to correspond with any Villanova courses.