Transfer Standards and Credit Policy

The selection process for admission is competitive as a result of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s (DHE) admissions standards for all public four-year universities in Massachusetts, in addition to the large number of applications received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Decisions are made on an individual basis by the Admission Committee after a careful review of all required application materials.

The following minimum standards have been established for transfer students:

  • 12-23 transferable college credit and a 2.50 college GPA* or
  • Up to 23 transferable college credit, a 2.00 college GPA*, and a high school transcript that meets the admissions standards for freshman applicants (SAT I required) or
  • 24 or more transferable college credit and a 2.00 college GPA*

Please note: Admission standards are subject to change. Applicants who meet minimum eligibility requirements are not guaranteed admission. Some programs of study require higher GPAs.

*For the purposes of transfer GPA recalculation, transferrable credits are to be calculated based on non-remedial credits earned from the most recently attended higher education institution. Students who have earned college credits while enrolled in high school are not transfer students and must meet the admissions standards for freshman applicants.

Transfer credit is awarded for college-level courses completed at regionally accredited colleges and universities in the liberal arts and sciences as well as some professional courses. Transfer credit is given only for courses in which the student received a grade of C- or higher. There is no limit to the amount of credit which can be transferred. In order to graduate with a degree from FSU, students must complete a minimum of 32 semester hours (8 courses).

Accepted students will receive an initial tentative evaluation of coursework completed at colleges/universities attended and/or are currently enrolled in, approximately two weeks from the date of their acceptance. FSU students must complete a minimum of 32 courses, including courses for general education in addition to courses for major and related requirements. Access our Transfer Course Equivalencies tool to see a list of courses that have transferred from outside institutions to FSU.

View our academic worksheets, four year program completion plans, and the Undergraduate Catalog available through the Advising Center. For a list of General Education requirements, please download the Undergraduate Catalog. If after reviewing this information you have additional questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.