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.

Transfer Applicant Checklist

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

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

Additional Details

Transfer College Report(s)

The Transfer College Report can be found here, or on the Common 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.


Academic Recommendation

On the Common Application under Program Materials, please request one academic instructor who is directly familiar with your work to complete a recommendation. Please allow enough time for your instructor to write the recommendation and stress the importance of submitting the form by the application deadline.


Standardized Tests

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


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.

A Life-Changing Application

More than just academics, a BU education prepares you to make the most of life. So discover why clicking "send" on your application is a smart choice.