Undergraduate Admissions

  • Transfer Students

    Take the next step in your educational journey

    We welcome your interest in transferring to Worcester State University, a leading public university located in the residential northwest side of Worcester, New England’s second largest city.

    Each year, approximately 450 undergraduate transfer students enter Worcester State each fall and become part of our dynamic and supportive campus community. Our goal is to make your transfer admissions process as smooth and seamless as possible. We encourage you to visit our campus, stop by our Admissions Transfer Center, and let us help you begin the next step in your educational journey.

  • Transfer Admissions Process

    Required Documents

    • Application for Undergraduate Admission and $50 fee
    • Official high school transcript or GED score report (required of all applicants)
    • Official transcript from every college/university attended (except Worcester State)**
    • Education Break Explanation if you've taken any time off between high school and college and/or between college semesters
    • Essay, letters of recommendation, resume, etc. (Optional)

    After all of the required documents are received, an admission decision will be made for you. If you have attended more than one college/university, the cumulative GPA earned at the college/university most recently attended will be the primary focus of your admission decision. If accepted, you'll receive a decision letter that includes the estimated transfer credit count. When you submit your deposit, you'll receive a transfer credit summary (called a degree audit) via email.

    This preliminary review of your credits is subject to change upon review of your major transfer courses by an academic department chair or if you question the placement of any non-major courses.
    **If you fail to disclose any prior college/university experience during the admissions process, you'll be considered to have misrepresented your academic history, and—if accepted—your admission is subject to being rescinded.

    Transfer Admission Deadlines

    Priority Application Filing Dates: All materials should be submitted as early as possible.

    Fall Semester (September Entrance)
    January 15
    Nursing (BSN) and Occupational Studies (BSOS) – fall only
    (Fall enrollment only - limited space into the first year level)
    March 1
    Nursing LPN-to-BS (Track III) only  
    May 1
    Regular Decision (excluding Nursing and Occupational Studies)
    Nursing RN-to-BS (Track II) only


    Spring Semester (January Entrance)
    November 15
    Regular Decision

    *Students accepted for Fall transfer into Occupational Studies (BSOS) must begin taking courses in Summer Session I. 

    After these dates, the Admissions Office may still accept applications. Please note that certain majors may not be available to students completing their applications after the priority filing dates. Housing may be by waitlist and financial aid limited.

    All pertinent deposits and the orientation fee are due on or before May 1 for those students who meet the priority deadlines.

    Transfer Admissions Criteria

    In order to be considered for admission to Worcester State as a Transfer Applicant, you must meet one of the following requirements:

    • 12 to 23 transferable college credits and a minimum 2.5 college GPA
    • Up to 23 transferable college credits, a minimum 2.0 college GPA, and a combination of high school  grades and SAT/ACT scores that meet first-year admission standards
    • 24 or more transferable college credits and a minimum 2.0 GPA

    If you've earned college credits while enrolled in high school, you're considered a first-year applicant and must meet the first-year student admissions standards. Transferable college credits are academically-based, college-level courses completed at a regionally accredited college or university in which you received a grade of C- or better.

    Maximum Transfer Credit Limits

    • 72 credits from one or more 2-year college
    • 90 credits from one or more 4-year college or university
    • 90 credits from a blend of 2-year and 4-year colleges or universities (with a maximum of 72 credits out of the 90 credits from any 2-year colleges attended)

    In order to receive a degree from Worcester State University as a transfer student, you must complete at least 30 of your last 40 credits and earn the majority (more than 50%) of credits in your major and minor (if elected) at here at Worcester State.

    Transfer Credit Policies

    Worcester State University determines transferability of credits from other colleges and universities based on best practices as outlined by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers, the American Council on Education, and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Transfer and allocation of credit is determined based on the sending institution’s regional accreditation, the comparability of the learning experience to WSU, and the applicability of the learning experience to the student’s selected major/minor at WSU.

    Stipulations that apply to transfer credit include:

    • College-level courses completed at colleges and universities accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, or similar regional associations, are acceptable for transfer to WSU.
    • Coursework completed at non-regionally accredited institutions is considered on an individual basis, through a thorough examination of course content, syllabi, and/or learning objectives. Students may appeal the denial of transfer of credit from non-regionally accredited institutions to the Admissions Office.
    • Transferability and allocation of courses to Liberal Arts and Sciences Curriculum (LASC) and/or free electives must be approved by the Admissions Office and Academic Success Center, according to established LASC transfer policies.
    • Substitutions of transfer credit in the requirements of the major/minor must be approved by the department in which the major/minor is housed.
    • The completion of the MassTransfer Block at any Massachusetts community college, satisfies the WSU general core/LASC requirements, with the possible addition of 2 courses (6 hours) including a capstone course and another LASC content area course of the student's choice. Completion of the MassTransfer Block is confirmed upon receipt of an official transcript stamped with “MTB Complete.” Transfer students without the MassTransfer Block can transfer a maximum of 40 credits into LASC.
    • The maximum number of credits that can be transferred from a community or junior college to WSU is 72. The maximum number of credits that can be transferred from a four-year institution to WSU is 90. If a student has attended a combination of 2-year and 4-year institutions, a maximum of 90 credits, including no more than 72 credits from the 2-year college(s), can be transferred.
    • A residency requirement at WSU exists, which includes completion of at least 30 of the last 40 credits of any degree program and completion of more than half of the major/minor courses while matriculated at WSU.
    • All transfer courses must be college-level. WSU does not accept remedial or developmental coursework in transfer.
    • Courses earned with grades of C- or better will be considered for transfer.
    • Life-experience credit, internships, practica, colloquia, and cooperative education experiences at another college cannot be transferred to WSU. Credit for such experiences may be offered at WSU, through a review with the American Council of Education College Credit Recommendation Service.
    • The transfer credit evaluation process is conducted for new transfer students upon their deposit to WSU. Prior to depositing, new transfer students are provided an estimation of transferable credits in their acceptance letter.