Admission factors What We Consider
All applications for transfer admission are reviewed and evaluated individually and holistically. Admission decisions are made after careful consideration of the strength of the applicant’s academic background; his or her record of achievement and accomplishment, both in and outside of the classroom; and related factors reported by the applicant in writing.
The Office of Admissions considers the following items when looking for evidence of a strong academic background:
- Substantial coursework from a challenging academic institution
- Evidence of relevant coursework and experiences related to your field of study
- Required courses for specific areas of study
- Evidence of a positive academic trend
During the application review process, the Office of Admissions seeks to fill limited space with the most qualified applicants. In addition to considering whether an applicant has the GPA and the courses needed to transfer, additional factors help to identify which applicants will be offered space at the university.
The following items form the basis for evaluating an applicant’s record of achievement and accomplishment:
- Achievement: Indications of a superior level of achievement in a particular area or particular attributes that would enhance a department or college
- Letters of recommendation: Letters that attest to an applicant’s qualifications for their respective program
- Resume: Information on a personal resume that attests to the applicant’s skills, abilities, experiences, and/or background
- Audition or portfolio: Performance at an audition or the quality of a portfolio submitted when required for a specific major (see Architecture, Art & Art History, Music, and Dance)
- TOEFL: Scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (when required)
- Special circumstances: A variety of special circumstances may also affect the final admission decision. These circumstances include socio-economic standing; educational goals; cultural background; employment, internships, etc.; race or ethnicity; personal experiences and hardships; personal responsibilities; and any additional information submitted by the applicant.