Transfer Application Process

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Villanova welcomes applications from students with previous college experience from other institutions*. Candidates are selected for admission on the basis of individual academic merit as determined by their complete college coursework and a Transfer College Report 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.

* If you were previously enrolled at Villanova, you will need to contact the Dean of the college to seek re-enrollment.

How to Apply

Complete the Common Application with the Member School Section for Villanova and submit with required credentials 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 (due to space availability, only able to consider applications for Electrical Engineering)
    • March 1 for the Fitpatrick College of Nursing
  • For the Spring term:
    • November 1 for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and College of Engineering (due to space availability, only able to consider applications for Electrical Engineering)
    • The Villanova School of Business and Fitzpatrick College of Nursing do 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 minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.00/4.00 is strongly recommended for all transfer students.
  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Villanova School of Business will consider students with only one semester of college credit on a case-by-case basis.
  • Due to space limitations, the College of Engineering is currently only considering applications for Electrical Engineering majors.

  • Transfers applying to the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing must first check to ensure they have the required pre-requisites as listed here. The Fitzpatrick College of Nursing will only consider transfer applicants directly into the BSN Transfer Program starting in their Junior year. Transfers who are admitted into the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences may not request a transfer into the Fitzpatrick College of Nursing.
  • Admitted transfer students into the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are not eligible to transfer internally to one of the other Villanova academic colleges. If you intend to earn a degree from the School of Business, Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, or College of Engineering, you must apply directly to that college.
  • All candidates will be notified of their admission decision on-line through their personal Applicant Status Page. 

  • Please Note: It is strongly recommended by the Office of Financial Assistance that transfer applicants who are U.S. citizens/Permanent Residents 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.
  • Need-based institutional grant assistance for students seeking to transfer to Villanova University is limited.  Students seeking need-based financial assistance should complete and submit their required documents by the stated deadlines, and the Office of Financial Assistance will determine eligibility for institutional need-based aid contingent upon funding available at that time.  However, there are various options for financing a Villanova University education.  Please review the Financing Options.

  • Please Note: Only completed files will be reviewed and awarded, therefore students should monitor their Applicant Status Page to view any missing requirements.
  • 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 and Senior Housing Information

Villanova University is unable to offer on-campus housing to transfer students and seniors who are not guaranteed a 4th year of housing through a scholarship program. Given our current residential population, the Office for Residence Life will not maintain a housing wait list for seniors and transfers for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The Office for Residence Life maintains a web page with off-campus housing information, where you will find a list of apartment complexes in the area, a database that may help you find a roommate, and other resources. 

Please note: that this most of the resources on this page are only viewable to Villanova students who are logged into the web site.  Transfer students will receive their log in information shortly after their deposit has been received.

Required Credentials (to be submitted by the deadline)

Completed Transfer Application:
Common Application with the Member School Section for Villanova

Official High School Transcripts: Download Transcript Request Form and 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 institutions 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 College Report: Download the form from the Common Application and provide a copy to your Dean of Students to complete and submit via mail.

Mid-Term Report: Required of applicants in their first year of college.

Application Fee: $80 (there is a fee waiver available through the Common Application if you are a Pell recipient).

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.