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The Transfer Application Process

Application Timeline

Transfer applicants can apply for the fall or the spring semesters (Dance majors can only apply for the fall). Most apply after completion of at least one full-time semester (15 credit hours) or one year of full-time course work at a college or university (30 credit hours). Fordham recommends that students apply as soon as possible in their undergraduate career. The average transfer student applies with between 15-45 credit hours completed or in progress.

Fall Semester Admission

November 1 - Common Application Open for Submission
March 15 - Decision Notification begins on a rolling basis
June 1 - Application Deadline

Spring Semester Admission

August 1 - Common Application Open for Submission
November 1 - Application Deadline *extended to December 1

*Admission decisions are provided on a rolling basis beginning October 15th

Application Requirements

Fordham uses the Common Application for Transfers Students that can be found Applicants are encouraged to apply online. Fordham requires the following to complete an application.

Important: Applicants should provide a working and accurate email address when they apply as email is the primary way Fordham communicates with transfer applicants.


  • Common Application
  • Official College Transcript(s) 
    • Required from all institutions attended, even if you were a non-matriculated or a part-time student. If you earned college credit in high school, an official transcript from that institution is required.
    • Under the Academic History quadrant of your Common Application, select the Colleges Attended section, and click the ""Download Transcript Request Form"" button and follow the instructions. 
    • Official transcripts may also be emailed or mailed to the Office of Admission directly by your institution.
  • Unofficial High School Transcript or High School Equivalency Exam Results 
    • To be eligible to apply as a transfer, an applicant is required to have graduated from high school or received a high school equivalency diploma. 
    • The applicant may provide this information by email, mail, or by uploading it to the Common Application. 
    • An official high school transcript or exam results may instead be sent to Fordham directly by your high school or the equivalency exam testing agency.
    • The document must include date of high school graduation or completion date of high school equivalency exam.
    • Fordham accepts the GED, TASC, and HiSet as high school equivalency exams.
    • All students who are admitted and enroll at Fordham must submit an official, final high school transcript, or official high school equivalency exam results, prior to the start of classes.
  • Transfer College Report 
    • An academic official at the institution you currently or most recently attended should complete all portions of the transfer college report. 
    • The purpose of this form is to confirm your academic, student conduct, and overall standing. 
    • Please be sure all questions are answered on the form. When complete, your institution should email or mail the document to us directly. Please note that we are unable to accept the transfer college report from an applicant.
    • A letter of good standing from a school official that addresses all questions listed on the form can serve as a substitute.
  • Transfer Mid-Term Report 
    • Mid term grades are required for some applicants. If you have not yet completed one year of full-time college coursework (less than 24 credits), the mid-term report is required. 
    • The mid-term report will be waived for all other applicants unless specifically requested. If you are not currently enrolled in classes, the mid-term report is waived. 
    • The purpose of this form is to report what your grades are in each of your classes for your current coursework. All classes must be reported. 
    • The applicant may provide the mid-term report by email, mail, or by uploading it to the Common Application.
  • Official Standardized Test Scores
    • The SAT or ACT is required for some applicants. If you have not yet completed one year of full-time college coursework (less than 24 credits), submission of official scores is required. 
    • Official scores should be sent directly through the College Board or ACT. SAT code: 2259; ACT code: 2748.
  • $70 Application Fee
    • An applicant whose financial circumstances would pose a major barrier to applying to college can demonstrate their financial need by meeting one of the guidelines outlined in the Common Application. If one or more of the guidelines apply to you, you will automatically qualify to have your Common Application fees waived.
    • We are pleased to offer waived application fees for members and dependents of members of the US Armed Forces.  If you indicate you are a veteran on the Common Application, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at to receive an application fee waiver.

Additional Information

The following documents are not required but may enhance an application and allow the admission committee to reach a decision sooner in the process:

  • Personal Statement: Fordham suggests applicants submit a brief statement as to why they are transferring schools. If the applicant addresses this question in the Common Application essay then there is no need to submit a separate statement. This may be included with the common application or it may be sent to Fordham separately via traditional mail or email.
  • Faculty Letter of Recommendation: The letter may come via traditional mail, email or electronically via the Common Application.
  • Final Report (Common App Form)
  • Timeline of Academic Career: A brief timeline outlining the applicant’s academic progress is helpful for the admission committee; especially if there are significant gaps in the applicant’s record or the applicant has attended multiple universities and colleges.
  • Resume

Application material can be sent to Fordham in one of three ways:

  • Via the Common Application
  • Via email to
  • Via mail to: Fordham University, Office of Admission, 441 E. Fordham Rd.; Bronx, NY 10458
    • Application materials for both campus locations should be mailed to this address

Undergraduate College Options for Transfer Students

Applying To The Gabelli School Of Business

Fordham’s Gabelli School of Business offers distinct programs at each of our two New York City campuses. Students select only one campus (the Gabelli School of Business at Rose Hill or the Gabelli School of Business at Lincoln Center) and a corresponding major on their application. Applications are accepted for both the fall and spring semesters. All Gabelli School of Business students complete a liberal arts core, a business core, a major and concentration, and electives. More information about the curriculum can be found in our course bulletin.

Applying to the Gabelli School of Business at Rose Hill
The vast majority of transfer applicants who apply for a business program apply to the Rose Hill campus as multiple majors are offered. 

Admission Requirements
To be eligible to apply, an applicant must have completed one of the following: 

  • High school Pre-calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus (AB or BC), or IB Math
  • College level Pre-calculus, Calculus, or Finite Math

The following college classes are recommended for applicants to the Gabelli School of Business at Rose Hill, but are not required for admission purposes:

  • Basic Macroeconomics
  • Basic Microeconomics
  • Statistics
  • Pre-calculus, Calculus, or Finite Math (one of these math courses is required for admission if the applicant has not completed high school Pre-calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus, or IB Math)

Applying to the Gabelli School of Business at Lincoln Center
The Gabelli School of Business at Lincoln Center offers one major in Global Business. The program welcomes a very small incoming transfer class each semester so availability is typically limited and admission is very selective. There are specific academic requirements that applicants must meet in order to be eligible for this competitive program. Should an applicant not be admitted as a Global Business major, the Committee on Admission may elect to offer the applicant the opportunity to be considered for an alternate college choice. The Gabelli School of Business at Rose Hill offers a secondary concentration in Global Business.

Admission Requirements
For applicants that have completed or are in the process of completing one year or more of full-time college coursework, the following college classes are required to be eligible to apply:

  • Basic Macroeconomics
  • Basic Microeconomics
  • Statistics
  • Calculus, Finite Math, or a more advanced math course

For applicants that have completed less than one year of full-time college coursework (typically spring semester transfer applicants who are in their first year of college), the following coursework is required to be eligible to apply:

  • High school Pre-calculus, Calculus, AP Calculus (AB or BC), or IB Math
  • College level Pre-calculus, Calculus, or Finite Math

If an applicant with less than one year of full-time college coursework is admitted and enrolls in the Gabelli School of Business at Lincoln Center, the following courses must be completed prior to the fall semester of the student's sophomore year:

  • Basic Macroeconomics
  • Basic Microeconomics
  • Statistics
  • Calculus, Finite Math, or a more advanced math course

Dance and Theatre Transfer Students

Applicants interested in pursuing Dance or Theatre as a major must audition as part of the application process. Please see the Dance and Theatre department websites for details on the audition process.

International Transfers

Please refer to our International Transfer website for detailed information.

Internal Transfers

Current Fordham students who wish to transfer colleges within Fordham should speak to their class dean to discuss the internal transfer process.

Should You Apply as a Transfer Student?

Any applicant who graduated from high school or received a high school equivalency diploma, who completed or will complete coursework at a 2 or 4 year regionally accredited college or university at the time of application, and who intends to enroll full-time (15 credit hours per semester) in one of Fordham’s three undergraduate colleges to pursue a bachelors degree qualifies as a transfer applicant. A student must meet all of these criteria to be considered a transfer applicant.

Any student who earns college credit after completing a secondary school diploma is considered a transfer student, regardless of the number of credits completed. Both matriculated and non-matriculated students who earn credit will be considered a transfer. If you have audited a class or completed non credit coursework, then you may be considered an incoming first year student. Typically, students who complete language intensive classes, who do not earn credit, are considered an incoming first year student.

Students who begin their studies at a college or university and withdraw prior to earning credit must contact the Office of Admission via email at to confirm their status. In order to be considered as a first year, a student must withdraw prior to the add/drop date at the institution they attended and provide official documentation (college transcript, withdrawal form) indicating the date of their withdrawal. In addition, to be considered a first year, the student must not have had any financial aid disbursed from the federal government while at the college or university that he or she attended.

The Office of Admission will exercise professional judgment and consider each student’s circumstances to ensure that, regardless of status (first year or transfer), the best interest of the student’s needs are met related to enrollment.

Who should not apply as a transfer applicant?

  • Non Traditional Students
    • Some applicants apply as traditional undergraduate transfer applicants but should consider applying to Fordham through Fordham’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies (PCS). Applicants who are returning to school after more than a year off, who have significant life experience after high school graduation, who work full-time, who have attended several(3 or more) colleges and universities since high school graduation, who have more than 60 credit hours of college coursework completed, or who have served in the military are encouraged to explore the educational options offered by Fordham’s PCS. This encouragement is not to prevent applicants from applying as a traditional transfer student but to ensure they have explored the best possible options academically, financially and socially for their future. Please read the section below on PCS or follow the link for more information on the advantages of enrolling in Fordham’s PCS.
  • HEOP/EOP/CD/SEEK Students
    • A student who is currently in HEOP/EOP/CD/SEEK at his or her current institution may apply as a transfer student to one of Fordham University’s full-time undergraduate colleges by responding to the HEOP question on the Common Application Member Questions for Transfer Students. Please contact the HEOP Office directly for updates on the transfer admission process and space availability.
  • Visiting Students
    • Students seeking short-term, full-time study at Fordham for a fall or spring semester while matriculated at another college or university should apply for visiting student admission.
  • Former Fordham Students
    • A former Fordham student attempting to return to full-time undergraduate study at the university must complete the Undergraduate Readmit Application Form to be submitted to the appropriate college dean’s office. The Form is located in the myFordham portal, within the Student Tab, under My Academic Notifications.  If the returning student has taken courses at another university or college in the interim, an official transcript must be submitted to the dean’s office upon reapplication.
  • Post Grad Students or Students Seeking a Second Bachelors Degree
    • Please contact PCS.