With over 700 transfer students joining BU each year, BU welcomes transfer students who will thrive in our community—a mix of students with a wide variety of interests, talents, and goals.

We know that as a transfer student you are looking for a university that will open doors, and BU has many pathways to help you achieve your goals. We believe that transfer students provide a unique perspective on the college experience and the kind of drive that is the hallmark of a BU student.

A Guide for Transfer Students


Transfer Applicant Checklist

In addition to the credentials, below, international applicants must also submit the credentials listed on the International?Applicants page.

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • College Transcript(s)
  • Transfer Report(s)
  • High School Transcript and Proof of Graduation

Fall 2020 Transfer Academic Profile

Total Applicants 5,164
Total Enrolled Students 840
Average College GPA 3.66

Additional Details


Transfer Report(s)

The Transfer Report can be found here, or on the Common Application or Coalition Application. Please ask a dean, registrar, or other college official with access to your disciplinary record at each institution you attended as a degree candidate to complete and submit this form to schforms@bu.edu.



Standardized Tests

BU does not require standardized test scores (SAT/ACT) for transfer admission.


Questrom School of Business Applicants

  • Applicants to the Questrom School of Business need to have taken a college-level Calculus course or completed an AP/IB-level Calculus course in high school.

Previous applicants

If you previously applied and were denied admission to BU, you may reapply only after completing one full academic year of coursework elsewhere. If you were offered but did not accept admission to the College of General Studies, you can reapply to the College of General Studies after one semester of coursework elsewhere.


Deferring Admission

Admitted transfer students cannot defer their offer of admission to a future term. If unable to attend, students must reapply for a future term.

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