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Transfer Application Process


  • Undergraduate Transfer Admission Process

    Students who have attended a college/university full time since graduating from high school may apply as a transfer applicant.  The university operates on rolling admission and encourages transfer applicants to apply at least two weeks prior to their desired entrance term. 

    Transfer Students may submit any of the following applications:

    Official High School & College Transcripts:

    Submit official high school and college transcripts.  Students who have attempted or earned credits from multiple institutions will need to submit an official transcript from each school.  Transcripts are considered official when sent by a secure electronic transcript service or in a sealed envelope by the corresponding institution

    College Clearance Form:

    Students who have left an institution for reasons other than graduation must complete a College Clearance Form (provided by Saint Francis University) at the time of application.  This form is typically completed by a member of the office of Judicial Affairs, Student Conduct, Dean of Students at your most recent college.

    Standardized Testing:

    Applicants are required to submit scores from either the SAT I or ACT. Use the codes below to have your official scores sent directly to SFU. These scores are waived for students who have graduated from high school 5 years or more.
    SAT code #2797
    ACT code #3682

    Transfer Personal Essay:

    Transfer applicants are asked to provide a statement that addresses their reasons for transferring and the objectives they hope to achieve.

    Letter of Recommendation:

    Transfer students are required to submit at least one letter of recommendation from a professor who has taught you in an academic subject.
    Students applying for admission to the Nursing Program should have the nursing evaluation form completed and submitted instead of the letter of recommendation.
    Information can be submitted via:
    Email:
    Admissions@francis.edu
    Fax: 814-472-3335
    Mail: Saint Francis University 
    Office of Admissions 
    PO Box 600
    Loretto, PA 15940

    Admissions Requirements 

    • Transfer candidates must be in good standing at their previous institution(s) and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and 12 transferable credits to be considered for admission to Saint Francis University. Meeting the minimum grade point average does not guarantee admission to all academic programs.
    • The Physical Therapy Program will accept transfer applications on a space available basis. A department interview is required after an application and supporting material have been received.
    • Transfer candidates must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.0 GPA in math/science requirements to be considered for admission into the physical therapy program.
    • Transfer candidates must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 2.6 GPA in math/science requirements to be considered for admission into the nursing program.
    • The Occupational Therapy and Physician Assistant Departments do not accept undergraduate transfer students. Interested students can apply for the Healthcare Studies Pre-OT/Pre-PA programs. Candidates must have a minimum and major GPA of 2.75.

    Transfer Credit

    • Students can transfer a maximum of 64 credits to Saint Francis University.
    • Grades of “C” or better from accredited colleges and universities will be considered for transfer credit.
    • Developmental, review or remedial courses are not transferable. A course for which no credit is given at the original institution cannot be transferred for credit at Saint Francis University.
    • Science courses will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
    • Students who attend Pennsylvania community colleges and state universities can find course equivalencies at PA Trac.
    • Transfer credits are not used in the computation of your grade point average at Saint Francis University.
    • Military credits can be considered for transfer credit.

    Articulation Agreements

    Saint Francis University has articulation agreements for undergraduate transfer admission with the following institutions:   

    • Pennsylvania’s statewide transfer and articulation system
    • Pennsylvania Highlands Community College 
    • Cambria Rowe Business College
    • South Hills Business School  

      Please contact the Office of Admissions for further information regarding the agreements. 

    Second Degree

    • Candidates for a second bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 32 credits at Saint Francis University.
    • Six credits of Religious Studies must be completed at Saint Francis University in order to fulfill core requirements.