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Spelman College Class of 2019

Transfer Admission Requirements

The Office of Admissions is currently accepting applications for the 2020-21 academic year via the Common Application.

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Important Dates

Fall Term
Application Deadline: April 1
Decision Mailed: May 1
Confirm Your Enrollment: June 1

Spring Term
Application Deadline: November 1
Decision Mailed: December 1
Confirm Your Enrollment: December 20

Did you know that nearly 1/3 of students make the decision to transfer to another institution?
Many students begin their education at another school and then realize that they might be looking for something different. We hope that you will find the perfect fit at Spelman. Our admissions counselors are eager to share more about the transfer admission process and the support that we offer our transfer students.

Who is Considered a Transfer Applicant?

A transfer applicant has completed a high school diploma, or its equivalent, and has attended another college for at least one term as a degree-seeking student. Transfer admission to Spelman is selective and students applying must have earned fewer than 60 semester hours or the equivalent at their previous institutions. Applicants must be in good standing and eligible to return to their previous institutions. Students with fewer than one year of attempted college credits as a full-time student (30 earned semester hours or the equivalent) must meet new first-time applicant eligibility as well as transfer admission requirements. Transfer applicants should specify a major other than undecided.

Admission for Transfer Applicants

A complete application will include:
  • Completed application for admission through the Common Application.
  • $40 online application fee (Transfer and Guest Applicants are not eligible for fee waivers)
  • Official transcripts from each post-secondary school attended (Make sure you list every college and university you’ve ever attended on your application. Inaccuracies are cause for denial or dismissal.)
  • Two recommendations from post-secondary instructors/deans
  • Official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores (if transferring with less than 30 earned credits)

Please Note: Limited space is available for transfer students, and some majors may not be available. If you have 31 or more earned credit hours, it is at the discretion of the Admissions committee to request test scores and official high school transcript to assist in rendering a decision.

Financial Aid

At Spelman, more than 85 percent of our students received some form of financial assistance to support their enrollment and success. The majority of funds administered by Spelman College’s Office of Financial Aid come from federal and state sources.  Students are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), as soon as possible. Oct. 1 is the earliest that students can complete their FAFSA.

Transfer Scholarships

Spelman does not provide merit scholarships for transfer students. Once you have been at Spelman for two (2) semesters, there is the opportunity to apply for endowed and institutional scholarships. We recommend that students planning to transfer to Spelman focus their efforts on locating and securing scholarships through external sources.

Don’t delay; start researching and applying for outside scholarships early and often (try to complete at least four to five scholarship applications each month). Taking the time to research and complete scholarship applications will make a huge difference in how you finance your college education; you can never have too much scholarship money, so be sure to apply for outside funding opportunities.

Housing for Transfer Students

On-campus housing opportunities for incoming transfer students are not guaranteed. Transfer students may submit a housing application however, applications will be reviewed based on availability, and will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. Our priority in assignment will be those transfer students who are less than 20 years old AND who have less than two years of enrollment in college. These students are bound by the Spelman College Two-Year Residency Requirement.

Transfer students who are older than 20 years of age, will be completing a waiting list application ONLY which does NOT guarantee that we will be able to offer you on-campus housing at Spelman. Therefore, we strongly recommend that all incoming transfer students consider off-campus housing first. Our Office of Commuter Services provides a list of nearby options to assist students in their search.

Honors Program Admission

Transfer students are not automatically admitted into the Ethel Waddell Githii Honors Program based on their enrollment in the Honors College or Honors Program from which they are exiting. We invite transfer students with a 3.5 GPA at the conclusion of their first year of college to apply for admission. Eligible transfer students should follow this link to access the application.

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