Transfer Students

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If you're applying to Swarthmore as a transfer student, your application is due April 1, and you will receive your decision by mid-May. Swarthmore admits transfer students each year for fall enrollment only. 

Required Transfer Application Materials

  • Common Application or Coalition Application 
  • $60 application fee or fee waiver (Swarthmore College does not charge an application fee for any student currently enrolled in a community or junior college.)
  • Secondary school final report
  • Official final high school transcript(s)
  • Transfer College Report (Common Application form) or Transfer Report (Coalition Application form) from your most recent college/university
  • Official college transcript(s) from all colleges or universities previously attended or currently attending
  • Two academic evaluations, including at least one recommendation from a recent college instructor
  • Transfer Mid-Term Report (Common Application form) or Curriculum Report (Coalition Application form), which is required for applicants who are currently enrolled in a college or university

Optional Transfer Application Materials

  • Self-reported or official standardized test scores

  • Swarthmore offers transfer applicants the opportunity to interview with an alum in an applicant’s local area.
    If you are applying as a transfer student, you may interview with an alum in your local area. Registration for off-campus interviews for transfer applicants will begin in January, 2019. We do not offer on-campus interviews for transfer applicants.

Eligibility for Transfer Admissions

You may apply for transfer admission if you have completed the equivalent of two or more semesters of college or university-level coursework by the end of the current academic year. We make admissions decisions on a case-by-case basis for students who have completed less than the equivalent of two semesters of college or university-level coursework. We discourage transfer applications from students who have completed the equivalent of six or more semesters of college coursework. Students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree or higher are not eligible for transfer admission.

International Transfer Applicants

If you are an international student and have matriculated at another university in the U.S. or abroad, you must apply as a transfer student to Swarthmore, even if you are willing to forego the credit you earned elsewhere. International transfer students who require financial aid to attend are not eligible for transfer. All international transfer applicants must document complete financial independence for their total time at Swarthmore and must document all courses taken for credit or non-credit at all secondary and tertiary educational institutions prior to enrollment at Swarthmore.  

Undocumented Transfer Applicants

If you have graduated from a U.S. high school, or earned a high school equivalency diploma in the U.S., as an undocumented student or with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, you may apply for transfer admission, regardless of your financial need. Application review for undocumented and DACA transfer students is need-blind, as it is for domestic applicants.

Financial Aid for Transfer Applicants

Please review financial aid application instructions and deadlines for transfer applicants who are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or students who are undocumented or have received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status and graduated from a U.S. high school or earned a high school equivalency diploma in the U.S. Financial aid is not available for international transfer students.

College Credit for Transfer Applicants

Transfer credit evaluations are provided in May to students who have been admitted. The Registrar’s Office manages transfer credit policies for prospective students.  

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. The Registrar’s Office manages placement and credit policies for prospective students.


Transfer Decision Application Deadline: April 1, 2019

Admission decisions will be released by mid-May.

Learn More 

We encourage students to join our mailing list to receive information about transferring to Swarthmore. If you would like to talk to a current student who transferred to Swarthmore, visit Ask a Transfer Swattie. If you have questions, please email Admissions Counselor Chris Capron or Registrar Martin Warner. Transfer coordinators at two-year institutions are also encouraged to contact Chris with any questions.