Transfer FAQ

Mount Holyoke welcomes questions from prospective students and their families. If you don’t see the answer you’re seeking here, feel free to contact admission.

Does Mount Holyoke accept the Common Application?

Yes, transfer students should apply using the Common Application for Transfer Students. Should you experience any difficulty submitting the Common Application, please contact admission.

When are the application deadlines?

For spring entrance, the firm deadline is November 1. For fall entrance, the preferred submission date is March 1, though applications and supporting materials will be accepted until May 1.

Deadline information.

How will my transfer application be read?

Transfer applications are read in a manner similar to that of first-year students, but more emphasis is placed on college-level course work and professors' letters of recommendation.

Financial Aid for International Transfer Students

Does Mount Holyoke accept and offer aid to international transfer students? Yes. The College meets the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted international transfer students. All students who intend to apply for financial aid must do so when they apply for admission and by published deadlines. Because a limited amount of aid is available to support transfer students, it is strongly encouraged that those applying for fall entrance adhere to the March 1 deadline.

Are admission interviews required?

Interviews are not required but are strongly recommended, and can be scheduled on-campus or via Skype.

Will all my credits transfer?

In general, academic credit is granted for liberal arts courses completed with grades of C- or better and most A.P. and I.B. courses with exam grades of 4-5 and 5-7, respectively. You can read more about transferring credits here.

Resources for transfer students on campus.

We understand that transfer students have different concerns than first-year students. Prior to matriculation, transfer students can work with our office to evaluate credits and make preliminary scheduling choices. During orientation, transfer students will find programming especially for them. Transfer support is continued – both formally and informally – throughout a student’s time at the College.

What are Mount Holyoke's academic requirements?

The academic requirements for students who enter Mount Holyoke as transfers are the same as those for students who enter in the first year. These requirements include at least one course in each academic division of the College (Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science and Mathematics); a multicultural perspectives course, a language course, 68 credits outside of the major, physical education units, and a major – some of which may have been completed at a student’s prior institution. In addition, a first-year seminar is required of transfers who enter without sophomore or junior standing.

Does Mount Holyoke welcome transgender students?

Mount Holyoke remains committed to its historic mission as a women’s college, yet we recognize that traditional ideas of gender are being challenged by those whose identity does not conform to the biology of their bodies. A broad range of students are welcomed at Mount Holyoke. A full list of FAQs surrounding our transgender inclusion policy can be read here