Transfer Admissions Requirements


Transfers with less than 30 earned credit hours

  1. Applicants should present a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on all attempted college work.
  2. Applicants must be in good academic standing at their last attended institution.
  3. Applicants must also meet all freshman admissions requirements as stated in freshman admissions section.
  4. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants who are not selected for their chosen term of entry may appeal the admissions decision through the Faculty Committee on Student Admission process.

Transfers with 30 - 59 earned credit hours

  1. Applicants should present a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on all attempted college work.
  2. Applicants must be in good academic standing at their last attended institution.
  3. Applicants must also meet all freshman admissions requirements as stated in freshman admissions section, or successfully completed (C or higher) at least one English composition course, and one college level math course.
  4. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants who are not selected for their chosen term of entry may appeal the admissions decision through the Faculty Committee on Student Admission process.

Transferring with more than 60 earned credit hours

  1. Applicants should present a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher on all attempted college work.
  2. Applicants must be in good academic standing at their last attended institution.
  3. All transfer applicants must have completed eight to ten credit hours of sequential foreign language or its equivalent in quarter hours prior to enrollment at Florida Atlantic University.*
  4. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants who are not selected for their chosen term of entry may appeal the admissions decision through the Faculty Committee on Student Admission process.

* This requirement may be satisfied by presenting proof that two units of a sequential foreign language were completed in high school or by passing a CLEP or other designated examination of proficiency. If the foreign language admission requirement is not met at the time of transfer, then it becomes a graduation requirement.


Transferring with 90+ attempted/earned credit hours

  1. All applicants who have attempted more than 90 college credits will be individually reviewed on a course by course basis. Important information:
  2. Applicants should present a cumulative GPA of 2.25 or higher on all attempted college work AND should have completed 67% or more of their attempted coursework.
  3. Applicants must be in good academic standing at their last attended institution.
  4. Applicants with 90 or more attempted credits who have not completed pre-requisite coursework for their intended degree program will likely not be admitted
  5. Applicants with over 90 credits must meet FAU admissions requirements as well as their intended academic program requirements.
  6. Students who have attempted core courses within academic programs and pre-requisites more than 3 times will not be admitted to FAU. Example: Enrolled and attempted Calculus I three times and failed, or below required minimum grade or withdrew, and interested in Engineering or Business.
  7. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.
  8. Applicants with an AA degree and additional coursework attempted / earned are held to the 90+ standards
  9. Students who have attempted 90 or more college credits may have exhausted their financial aid eligibility.

In 2009, the Florida Legislature implemented Section 1009.286, Florida Statutes to encourage students to complete their baccalaureate degree as quickly and efficiently as possible. It established what is commonly referred to as an "Excess Credit Hour Surcharge." The bill requires universities to add a surcharge to each credit hour taken in excess of the total number of credit hours required to complete the degree being pursued.


AA degree transfer student

Transferring with an Associate in Arts Degree from a Florida College System or State University System institution:

  1. As stated above, admission to the School of Architecture, Honors College and Nursing is limited access. All applicants must meet the specific course and grade point average requirements for direct admission to those colleges.
  2. College of Business, College of Engineering & Computer Science, School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, and Music majors are selective and have additional requirements.
  3. Students in the College of Education must have passed all four parts of the General Knowledge Exam that are required for any teacher preparation program. 

Math Boot Camp

Students who have one or two unsuccessful attempts at college math courses will be required to attend the FAU Math Boot Camp prior to being able to register for another attempt.


Second Bachelors Degree

Students applying for a second baccalaureate degree must have received their first bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution and achieved a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.


Returning Student

If you are a former degree-seeking FAU student, but not currently enrolled, your eligibility to return will depend on several factors. If you have not attended for at least three consecutive semesters, you must re-apply for admission.


International Transfers

In addition to meeting the University admissions requirements, International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency, as determined by the university. Visit the Undergraduate International Admissions for more information on the different methods to prove English proficiency at FAU.


Military Credits

Consistent with Florida Board of Governors Regulation 6.013, Military Veterans and Active Duty, students who are or were members of the United States Armed Forces may earn appropriate academic college credit for college-level training and education acquired in the military. College credit will be granted to students with military training and coursework that is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE), subject to institution transfer practices and limitations on amount, level, etc., of transfer credit. Military training coursework will be subject to the same treatment as any other transfer credit evaluated, with the utilization of the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services for determining equivalency and alignment of military coursework with applicable University courses. If the coursework fulfills a general education, major course, and/or degree requirement, consistent with the college/department policy, the credit will be granted for meeting that requirement toward graduation. Applicable course credit may include elective course credit toward the degree.

To apply for such credit, military veterans or active duty service members should submit one of the following forms of documentation and evidence of appropriate test scores on the DSST Examination Program (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) in college and technical subjects. 

Required Documentation

For the United States Army, United States Coast Guard, United States Marine Corps, United States Navy:

For the United States Air Force:

For the Department of Defense:


Admissions Requirements by College

Transfer applicants should be aware that additional requirements are necessary for several college and majors. :

 


Admission Decisions

An official, written notification will be mailed to admitted students only. Students deferred for updated test scores or students not offered admission will be notified through our regular online status check only and not through the mail. To check your application status online please go to www.fau.edu/admissions and click on Check your Status".

Responses to questions on the application related to disciplinary and criminal history are required for all applicants. Students with past misconduct must submit a full statement of relevant facts plus additional information if deemed necessary. Each application will be reviewed on its individual merits. The University reserves the right to deny admission to an applicant when it determines that admission of the student represents a safety risk to the University community. Appeals may be made to the Admissions Review Board within two weeks from the receipt of the denial. Withholding information or giving false information may make you ineligible for admission.

Your admission to FAU is specified for a certain semester , and you must enroll during that term. If you wish to change your entry term, make your request by email to admissions@fau.edu or by submitting the Change of Entry Date form.

While your admission is for a specific term, your application and fee are valid for one academic year (three consecutive semesters). Your request for a change of entry term must be received by the stated application deadlines. If a student attends another collegiate institution in the interim, an official transcript of all work attempted/completed is required. A new application and the application fee are required when admission is changed to a term that begins more than three semesters after the initial admission entry term (example: fall term to a future fall term = new application and fee are required).

Please note that admission to the initial term of entry does not guarantee admission to a future term. The Change of Entry option is not available for incoming freshman students.


Admissions Appeal

The Faculty Committee on Student Admissions responds to admissions appeals. For an appeal to have merit, it must bring to light new compelling academic and/or personal information that was not addressed in the initial application.

While all appeals are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, the rate of a decision being reversed based on an appeal has historically been very low.

Please go to/admissions/FCSA.php for information on how to appeal a decision.

New test scores and/or an updated transcript do not require an appeal. Please contact the Office of Admissions when submitting the new, updated information.