Transfer Students

Who can submit a transfer application to Swarthmore?

Students who have completed the equivalent of two or more semesters of college or university-level coursework by the end of the current academic year must apply for transfer admission. The admissions status for students who have completed some credits, but less than the equivalent of two semesters of college or university-level coursework will be decided on a case-by-case basis. 

Students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree, or higher, are not eligible to apply.

What do I need to do to apply to Swarthmore?

The Admissions Office reviews all required application documents to make an admission decision. Transfer applicants must submit official transcripts for both their college and secondary school coursework. A Transfer College Report from your current (or most recent) institution is also required.

A complete list of transfer application requirements, including the Common Application, writing prompts, and academic recommendations, can be found in the Apply to Swarthmore section of this website.

Transfer applications are due April 1. Transfer applicants are notified of decisions on or before May 30.

Does Swarthmore accept transfer applications for the spring semester?

No.  The transfer application deadline is April 1 and all applicants are evaluated for admission to the fall semester of each academic year only.

Do you offer interviews for transfer applicants?

Yes. Swarthmore offers transfer applicants the opportunity to interview with an alumnus/a in your local area.  On-campus interviews are not available.  Transfer interviews occur during the months of February and March.  Please complete our transfer interview request form.

Is financial aid available for transfer students?

Need-based financial assistance is available for transfer students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.  Transfer applications are not accepted from international citizens who require financial aid.

Are standardized test scores required?

Standardized test scores are optional for transfer applicants. However, we will review any test scores that an applicant chooses to send.

Can I submit a transfer application if I am a high school student who has taken college courses?

High school students who have enrolled in college courses to explore their academic interests or for dual-enrollment purposes should apply as First-Year applicants.  Swarthmore does not typically grant transfer credit for college courses taken during high school. Please visit our Registrar’s website for more information about our high school transfer credit policy.

I am a junior at my current institution. Can I submit a transfer application to Swarthmore? 

All undergraduates must complete four semesters of study at Swarthmore College as part of our bachelor’s degree requirements. We do not encourage transfer applications from students who have completed the equivalent of six or more semesters of college coursework. If you have any questions about your academic status or program and our graduation requirements, please contact our office.

How are transfer credits awarded?

Transfer credit evaluations are provided to students who have been admitted in May. Applicants can review our College Catalog for a complete listing of our courses and department requirements. This should be helpful in comparing your previous college courses with ones offered at Swarthmore.

Details about our transfer credit policies for prospective students are available on our Registrar’s Office website.  

Who can I contact if I have questions?

You can reach Zarinah James, Associate Dean of Admissions, at and Martin Warner, Registrar, at if you have any questions.