How to Apply
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Fill out a Transfer Application online.
To be eligible for advanced standing as a transfer, a student needs to have taken generally equivalent coursework elsewhere, be in good academic and disciplinary standing, and be eligible to return to the institution from which the student is transferring. Generally, transfers are required to have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
Students who wish to transfer need to keep in mind that normally at least half of the credits in the major and minor fields and certain core courses should be taken at the Mount. (In any case, a minimum of 30 credit hours must be completed at Mount St. Mary’s as a senior-year requirement.) Usually, no more than 60 credit hours will be accepted for transfer. Exceptions allowing the transfer of up to 75 credits are permitted under articulation agreements for transfer students from Frederick Community College, Harrisburg Area Community College and Hagerstown Community College.
The university tries to be flexible with respect to core curricular requirements for transfer students. For those entering with sophomore or junior status, several foundational requirements may be waived; courses from the students’ previous institutions will fulfill many of the university’s core requirements.
Normally, along with a letter of acceptance, transfer students will receive a written summary of their transfer credits accompanied by an evaluation of their remaining core and major requirements. All traditional academic courses from accredited institutions are eligible for transfer; no remedial or developmental courses will be considered. Only grades of C (2.0) or higher will be accepted for transfer; all courses transferred are listed on the transcript with a grade of Pass (P) and are not counted in the cumulative average.
An application for transfer admission should include:
A completed personal application form, along with the $45 application fee, and an accounting for all elapsed time since secondary-school graduation
A complete and final official copy of your secondary-school transcript (typically waived for those who have been out of high school 10 or more years)
Official copies of transcripts of all previous post-secondary enrollment (if more than one institution, copies from each attended), along with a copy of the appropriate catalog from the previously attended institution(s)
If you have attended another institution within the last two years, at least one recommendation from a professor who has taught you in an academic course; if not, then at least one personal recommendation (an employer, for example).
An application file must be completed by June 1 for fall entrance, or by December 1 for spring entrance. The admissions office will normally notify transfer applicants of its decision within two weeks of the completion of the application. Transfer applications received after the deadlines will be considered on a space-available basis.
Talk to the Transfer Student Coordinator
If you have questions about the above information, please call the Admissions Office at (301) 447-5214 or 800-448-4347, or e-mail our Transfer Student Coordinator, Mary Catherine James.