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. Let us help you begin the next step in your educational journey.

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    Course Transfer

    How will my courses transfer to Worcester State?

    Use the CollegeSource Transfer Evaluation System course equivalency list to determine whether your courses will transfer to Worcester State.

    Get Answers about Transferring

    Transfer Basics


    Transfer Admissions Process


    Your Degree Audit


    We encourage you to take advantage of one or more of the virtual opportunities offered by the Admissions Transfer Center this summer to learn more about transferring to Worcester State:

  • Transfer Decision Days

    On-campus Transfer Decision Days

    Transfer Decision Days will take place in the Transfer Center from 1:00-4:00 p.m. as a 20-minute appointments on:

    Virtual Transfer Decision Days

    Virtual Transfer Decision Days will be hosted via Zoom from 9 a.m.-12:00 pm.m on the following dates:

    Please note that Decision Day appointments are intended for students who have completed a minimum of 12 college-level credits.

    During your appointment, you will receive a preliminary admission decision and learn about your next transfer process steps. In-person appointments should bring official transcripts of all previously attended colleges to the appointment while virtual appointments should be prepared to share college transcripts via their online student portals. Additional requirements will be sent via email upon registration of the Decision Day appointment.

    Students interested in all majors, with the exception of Nursing and Occupational Therapy (due to the selective admission criteria for these majors), are welcome.

    Transfer Information Sessions

    Interested in becoming a member of the Worcester State community? Join the Transfer Center staff at one of our upcoming Transfer Information Sessions offered both on-campus and virtually to learn more about the transfer enrollment process and more.

    On-campus Transfer Information Sessions

    On-campus Transfer Information Sessions will take place in the Sullivan Academic building, Room 125, from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. on:

    Virtual Transfer Information Sessions

    Virtual Transfer Information Sessions will be hosted via Zoom between 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the following dates:

    Walk-in Wednesdays

    Drop in to the Admissions Transfer Center’s office hours on Wednesdays between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. for a one-on-one appointment to discuss transferring to Worcester State. The Admissions Transfer Center is located in the Shaughnessy Administration Building on the first floor in Suite 101-E.

    Calling ahead, 508-929-8018, to confirm availability and wait times is strongly encouraged. Zoom appointments are available by request at transfer@worcester.edu.

    Individual Appointments

    The Admissions Transfer Center is hosting in-person and virtual individual appointments Monday through Thursday. Virtual appointments can be scheduled in the form of Zoom meetings or phone consultations.

    Request an Appointment

  • Frequantly Asked Questions

    What is a transfer student?

    A transfer student is any individual who has enrolled in a minimum of one college course after graduating from high school. Typically, a transfer student has completed a minimum of one semester at a college recently or in the past. Transfer students may have earned an Associate’s degree or three years of college credit.

    Are transfer students required to participate in MajorPlus?

    It depends on the number of credits you transfer to Worcester State. MajorPlus is required for transfers students who bring in 45 or fewer credits. It is optional for transfer students who bring in 46 or more credits.

    I’m in my first semester of college. Can I still be considered for admission as a transfer student?

    Yes. In order to make the most informed and expedited admission decision for you, please:

    • Email the Transfer Center (transfer@worcester.edu) a screenshot of your current grades via your current college’s online student portal, or
    • Complete a Current Grades Report (available from the Transfer Center), or
    • Schedule a meeting (in-person or Zoom) during which you can share your current grades with the Transfer Center.

    If you are accepted based on your current grades, there will be no change to your admission decision as long as your final semester grades closely match the current grades that you share.

    I’ve been accepted. What is my next step?

    If you wish to accept your offer of admission to Worcester State, your next enrollment step is to pay the non-refundable admission deposit by the deadline stipulated on your acceptance letter. Once the Admissions Office receives and processes the deposit, the other offices and departments involved in the enrollment process will begin to send you important emails to your Worcester State email account regarding such matters as new student advising and course registration.

    I was a student at Worcester State, but I withdrew. How can I be re-admitted?

    If you attempted any undergraduate coursework at another regionally accredited college or university since withdrawing from Worcester State, you will need to reapply through the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

    If you have not attempted any undergraduate coursework at another regionally accredited college or university since withdrawing from Worcester State, you will need to apply for reinstatement. The reinstatement application is available through the Registrar's Office.

  • Get the Details about Transferring

    There are several steps that you should follow and deadlines you should be aware of as you prepare to transfer to Worcester State. Please read through the following lists:

  • Transfer Admissions Process

    Required Documents

    • Application for Undergraduate Admission and $50 fee
    • Official high school transcript or GED score report (required of all students excluding those who've already earned an Associate's or Bachelor's degree)
    • 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)
    • Official TEAS exam report for transfer students applying into the BSN Nursing (Track I) major - excludes second bachelor degree candidates. Minimum passing score of 78 required.
    • Official NACE exam report for all transfer students applying into the Nursing Track III LPN to BS major. The minimum passing scores are as follows:
      NACE ExamsRequired Score
      Foundations of Nursing72
      Nursing Care of the Child62
      Nursing Care of the Childbearing Family62
    • Additional Documents for Students with International Education Credentials:
      • Official high school transcript or national exam scores (unless student has earned an associate degree or higher)
      • Official general evaluation of high school transcript or national exam scores (unless student has completed an associate degree or higher)
      • Official international college/university transcript(s)
      • Course-by-course evaluation of all college/university transcripts by a professional evaluation service, such as The Center for Educational Documentation, World Education Services, Spantran, or Josef Silny & Associates, Inc.
      • Submission of college/university course descriptions or syllabi are also required for the purpose of creating a transfer credit evaluation.
      • Notarized translation is required if any of the above transcripts/documents are not in English.

    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 a transfer credit summary (called a degree audit).

    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.

    Disclaimer: Students interested in the BSN Nursing (Track I) major must apply directly into this program. Students offered admission under a different major or current Worcester State students may not change their major to Nursing at a later time.

    Note: Effective for fall 2019 entry, transfer applications will NOT be accepted for Occupational Studies (BSOS).

    Transfer Admission Deadlines

    Priority Application Filing Dates

    All materials should be submitted as early as possible.

    Fall Semester (September Entrance)
    January 15 (firm)
    Nursing (BS) – fall only
    (Fall enrollment only - limited space into the first-year level)
    May 1
    Nursing (LPN-to-BSN)
    February 1
    Nursing (RN-to-BSN)

    Spring Semester (January Entrance)
    November 15
    Regular Decision

    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.

    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 Worcester State, and the applicability of the learning experience to the student’s selected major/minor at Worcester State.

    Stipulations that apply to transfer credit include:

    • College-level courses completed at colleges and universities accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education, Inc. (NECHE), formerly the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), or similar regional associations, are acceptable for transfer to Worcester State.
    • 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 or the STEM Block at any Massachusetts community college satisfies the Worcester State general core/LASC requirements with the addition of 2 LASC content area courses (6 credits) 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 Worcester State is 72. The maximum number of credits that can be transferred from a four-year institution to Worcester State 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 Worcester State 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 Worcester State.
    • All transfer courses must be college-level. Worcester State 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 Worcester State. Credit for such experiences may be offered at Worcester State, through a review with the American Council of Education College Credit Recommendation Service.
    • A transfer credit evaluation process is prepared for new transfer students upon their acceptance to Worcester State. New transfer students are also provided an estimate of transferable credits in their acceptance letter.

    Reverse Transfer

    Transfer students who transfer from a Massachusetts community college and have completed at least 30 college-level credits at a Massachusetts community college, but not yet earned their associate degrees, may be able to transfer credits earned at Worcester State University to fulfill their associate degree requirements. The program is called “Reverse Transfer” and students can find more information and complete the Participation Form online.

  • MassTransfer

    Effective for Spring 2021 entry and beyond, MassTransfer applicants can complete and submit an online Worcester State University Application for Undergraduate Admission via the MassTransfer website. MassTransfer applicants should follow all Worcester State University transfer admission deadlines, including any deadline extensions as they occur.