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Transfer Students

For a smooth transition and a respected degree, consider Notre Dame. Every year, approximately 60 students transfer to our university for our welcoming community and the many programs that enable them to complete their degrees in a timely manner.

You may also qualify for Notre Dame’s new Community College Reverse Transfer Program, which enables you to earn an associate degree while working toward your bachelor’s degree at Notre Dame. Notre Dame has special reverse transfer partnerships with Howard Community College, Anne Arundel Community College and the Community College of Baltimore County, but all Maryland community colleges participate in reverse transfer.

Transfer Policy

Students are eligible to transfer up to 68 credits from a community college and up to 90 credits in transfer from another four-year institution. Students must receive a grade of C or higher in their courses to receive credit at Notre Dame. Transfer credits are evaluated using the University's transfer policy and all prospective students have the opportunity to have their credits evaluated prior to applying to Notre Dame. 

The admissions counselors at the Women's College can provide an unofficial evaluation and transfer overview during an initial, individualized visit to campus or during one of the many transfer fairs and programs in which we participate.

Transfer Admissions Process

We strongly encourage transfer students to apply early to ensure the best selection of classes and to obtain financial aid. Applications are completed on a rolling basis year-round, however, we encourage all students to apply and be accepted at least a month before the start of each semester, especially if they plan to secure financial aid. The priority filing date for transfer students is March 15 for fall transfer admission and December 15 for spring transfer admission. Applications received after these dates will be reviewed on a space-available basis. 

Selection for transfer admission

The following information is assessed during the application review process:

  • Quality and strength of the student’s curriculum
  • Grades received in all college-level courses, especially those in the liberal arts, math and sciences
  • Writing skills as evidenced through an essay or writing sample

Application Check List for Transfer Students

Transfer students applying to Notre Dame are asked to submit the following documents for consideration:

  • Completed application (online form or paper copy) Apply for Admission
  • $45 application fee or signed waiver from an alumna, alumnus, staff or faculty member
  • Official high school transcript (Not required for students with at least 30 hours of transferable college credits; SAT or ACT scores are required for those with fewer than 30 credit hours.)
  • Official college transcripts from all academic institutions previously attended
  • Collegiate Writing Sample or Admissions Essay

For those students interested in admissions to the Womens College Bachelor of Science in Nursing, please review the additional admissions criteria and process involved in being accepted to the nursing program.

Financial aid assistance

Financial aid is available to all students. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required to access these resources. All students should plan to file the FAFSA for consideration of assistance from the federal/state government, external companies/agencies and Notre Dame institutional need-based grants.  Additional information on financial aid and other important forms can be found on the Financial Aid page.

Additional transfer information

  • Maryland Articulation System (ARTSYS) used by several community colleges within the state to provide recommended transfer programs to students during their first two years of study. The information in ARTSYS allows students to view how their credits will transfer from their local community college to Notre Dame. 
  • If there are any questions about the information in ARTSYS, students should contact either their admissions counselor or the registrar at Notre Dame.
  • In addition to the valuable information provided to all students through ARTSYS, the University also maintains formal articulation agreements. Articulation agreements show the course by course outline of how general education requirements and/or department-specific requirements are transferred to Notre Dame’s academic program of study.
  • Currently, Notre Dame has official articulation agreements with the following colleges/universities (general education as well as department to department agreements in selected programs of study):
    • China Women’s University
    • College of Southern Maryland
    • Community Colleges of Baltimore County (CCBC)
    • Cottey College (Missouri)
    • Howard Community College
    • Prince George’s Community College
  • Notre Dame is consistently working with the area colleges to develop additional program to program specific agreements. Each year the University identifies new program agreements based on conversations with community college colleagues and transfer students.
  • In addition to the participation in ARTSYS and the articulation agreements listed above, the University also participates in the state-wide articulation programs for the RN to BSN completion (Nursing) and the AAT to bachelor’s degree program for education students.

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Schedule a visit to meet with an admissions counselor to learn more about transferring credits and the transfer admissions process. Campus tours, class visits and appointments with academic departments are also available.

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