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 Transfer Common Application with appropriate Program information and submit with required credentials by one of the following deadlines:

  • 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 see required credentials for detailed information as to how to submit materials. Items to be mailed must be sent to:

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

Important Information

 
Admission and Transfer Credit Consideration:
  • Only completed files will be reviewed, therefore students should monitor their Applicant Status Page to view any missing requirements.
  • For consideration, a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.00/4.00 is strongly recommended for all transfer students.
  • 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.
  • 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 www.naces.org.
Information by College
  • 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. 
Financial Aid consideration (domestic candidates):
  • 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.

Transfer and Senior Housing Information

Villanova University is unable to guarantee housing to transfer students, but will maintain a housing wait list for the 2019-2020 academic year for transfers who submit the Enrollment Deposit (non-refundable).  Residence Life will utilize the date students submit their Enrollment Deposit as a guide for offering students on-campus housing.


To assist with finding off campus housing, 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:  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)

Transfer Application: Complete the Common Application and select Add Program (BSN Transfer, Spring 2019, Fall 2019).

Official Transcripts from EACH post-secondary school attended: Complete the Academic History section of the Common Application.  In order to submit official transcripts, you may:

  1. Submit directly from your institution(s) to Villanova University
  2. Submit via a transcript delivery service (Parchment Delivery Services, Clearinghouse, etc.)
  3. Via the Common Application (download the Transcript Request Form

Course Catalog:  Upload a copy of course descriptions from your course catalog(s) from all institutions that you have attended to the Program Materials section of the Common Application. Your application cannot be reviewed without the descriptions.  

Mid-Term Report: Submit a Mid-Term report, which can be downloaded from the Program Materials section of the Common Application.  Please submit via mail or email (anne.marie.pisani@villanova.edu).

Transfer College Report: Print and complete top portion of the Transfer College Report and then provide to your Dean of Students to complete and submit directly to Villanova via mail or email (anne.marie.pisani@villanova.edu).

Official High School Transcripts: Download the Transcript Request Form and have the secondary school forward directly to Villanova along with official transcripts.  

Official test SAT or ACT Scores and TOEFL/IELTS (for international students): 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 academic background and any special circumstances that need to be brought to the attention of the Admission Committee.

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

Please submit everything by the appropriate deadline.

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 www.catalog.villanova.edu.  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.