The Board of Admissions conducts a rigorous and holistic review of each application. To ensure the most comprehensive review of your application for admission, transfer applicants must submit the following credentials:
The Common Application
Please complete and submit the Common Application.
Specify a school or college
You must apply to a specific BU school or college and indicate an area of academic interest. To see all of your options, please refer to our Schools, Colleges, and Programs guide. As a transfer applicant, you may not apply as an undeclared major in any school or college. Please note that admission to BU schools, colleges, and programs, is dependent on program size and competition.
Application fee and materials
Your $80 nonrefundable application fee can be paid by credit card when you submit the Common Application.
Please note that all materials and documents submitted as part of an application for admission become the property of Boston University and cannot be returned.
Submit official transcripts of all college or university coursework completed at the time of application.
Transfer College Report
The Transfer College Report form is found on the Common Application. Please ask a Dean or other college official with access to your disciplinary record at each institution you attended to complete and submit this form.
To facilitate our review of courses for credit evaluation, we request that transfer applicants submit syllabi for all courses taken. Syllabi from other colleges and universities within the United States should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All syllabi for courses taken outside of the United States should be sent via email to email@example.com. For all course syllabi, include your name and date of birth at the top of each page. PDF is our required file format.
High School Transcript and Proof of Graduation
All transfer applicants must submit official copies of their secondary school transcripts, including proof of graduation.
Make sure your transcript documents that you graduated from high school. If you enrolled in a college degree program before graduating high school (such as Early Admission, Dual Enrollment, or Running Start), indicate your enrollment on the Common Application. If you haven’t graduated from a regionally accredited high school, submit results of your Test of General Education Development (GED) or high school equivalency exam.
For information regarding the review of homeschooled applicants, please see the high school transcript section on the instructions for freshman applicants page.
Print the Instructor Evaluation form found on the Common Application and give it to a faculty member who is directly familiar with your work. Please allow enough time for your instructor to write the evaluation and stress the importance of returning the form by the application deadline.
You must submit two essays in the space provided on the Common Application.
Additional Supporting Credentials
Please do not submit portfolios, videos, CDs, DVDs, tapes, PowerPoint presentations, or other multi-media materials or artistic work through email. These materials will not be considered by the Board of Admissions or reviewed by faculty. Artistic portfolios and auditions are considered for College of Fine Arts applicants only.
Portfolios and Auditions
The College of Fine Arts requires a portfolio or an audition as part of its application. Visit the College of Fine Arts website for more information.
Interviews are not required for admission with one exception: applicants to nonperformance majors in the School of Theatre.
Also, please read the following detailed instructions carefully before beginning your application.
BU Applicant Link Account
In order for Admissions to stay in contact with you, it’s crucial that you include a valid email address on your application and notify us whenever you change this address. Once your application is processed, we will email you instructions for setting up a secure account on the Applicant Link. This will allow you to:
- check for missing application credentials
- view your admission decision
Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your email contacts or approved senders list to ensure that our messages can reach your account.
English is the language of instruction at Boston University. You must be able to understand rapid, idiomatic English and express yourself clearly in speech and writing.
If your first language or the primary language spoken in your home is not English, you must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
For more information on BU’s English proficiency requirements, please visit the Transfer Applicants (International) Application Instructions page and refer to the English Proficiency Testing Results section.
January Admission (Spring Semester)
Many BU programs have a January Admission option but some don’t. Please check your chosen program on the Program Requirements chart.
If you previously applied and were denied admission to Boston University, 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.
Admitted transfer students cannot defer their offer of admission to a future term. If unable to attend, students must reapply for a future term.
Standardized Testing Results
Boston University does not require standardized test scores (SAT/ACT with writing) for transfer admission. However, if your first language or the primary language spoken in your home is not English, you must take either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams (see the English Proficiency section below).