Arts and Sciences Admissions

Transfer and Visiting Students

Transfer and Visiting Students

An applicant is considered to be a transfer student if they meet one of the following criteria: 1) They have been enrolled in a degree-seeking program, regardless of how many credits have been earned. 2) They have earned more than 30 semester hours of credit without being enrolled in a degree-seeking program. This is determined on a case-by-case basis, so students who fall into this category are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to discuss their situations.

Transfer students may apply for either the spring or the fall semester. The deadline for Spring admission is November 15th and the deadline for Fall admission is March 15th. Applications completed after these deadlines will be considered as space allows. We accept transfer applications from students in their first, second, and third years of college. If you are currently in your first year of study at another college, you may only apply for fall admission.

Transferring Credit

Credits are typically eligible for transfer if they are received from an accredited institution and are in a subject area that falls within the scope of a liberal arts education. The total allowed for all transfer of credit may not exceed 16 full academic courses (64 credits). We can't guarantee that credit accepted for transfer will automatically be applied toward your major; acceptance requires the approval of the appropriate department or program. You have a time limit of one year from when you enter Oberlin to request transfer of credit and provide documentation. The complete transfer of credit policies can be viewed at the Registrar's website.

Visiting Students

Students interested in applying for Visiting Student status should contact the Office of Admissions to discuss eligibility and application requirements.

What We Look For

When reviewing the applications of transfer students, Oberlin admissions counselors engage in a holistic evaluation process. This means many factors are considered with each application, with no one component of the application singled out as most important.

  • We seek a transfer class that represents a variety of talents, viewpoints, and achievements.
  • We require both high school and college transcripts, though we do place more weight on the work a student has completed in college.
  • We prefer a high school record demonstrating proficiency equivalent to four years of English, four years of mathematics, three years of the same foreign language, three years of laboratory science, and three years of social studies. If the high school record does not display these proficiencies, we strongly recommend that efforts are made to meet these benchmarks in college.
  • We prefer applicants to have maintained breadth in their college curriculums to the extent permitted by their current programs.
  • Although we require you to provide standardized test scores, no applicant is ever granted or denied admission to Oberlin solely on the basis of test scores.