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Transfer Students

We seek unconventional thinkers, dreamers, and doers who are passionate about using their creative works to impact society.

Because you've already enrolled at other schools on your journey to realize your creative and educational goals, we know that finding that “right-fit” school is a high priority. Our admissions process is designed for us to get to know you—and for you to get to know us—with the goal of helping us both make that “right-fit” decision. We look forward to getting to know you.


UArts accepts applications for admission on a rolling basis, which means there is no set deadline to apply.  

If you wish to be considered for financial aid, we recommend that you complete the admissions process and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by

  • October 15 for spring admission or

  • February 15 for fall admission.

The FAFSA can be submitted as early as October 1 for entry in the fall semester the following year.

Application Process

  1. Submit your application for admission.

  2. Submit the non-refundable $60 application fee.

  3. Submit official transcripts from each college attended.

  4. Submit official and final high school transcripts if you have not yet completed a minimum of 24 credits of college-level coursework with a minimum of 18 academic, non-studio, credits.

  5. Submit a personal statement.

  6. Complete a portfolio review, interview or audition.

  7. Though not required, feel free to submit any of these optional materials.

Beginning in November, an offer of admission will be issued within two weeks of completing all of the above steps and will include notification of any merit-based scholarship you may have been awarded.

If you filed the FAFSA and included the Federal School Code for UArts (003350), you will be sent a need-based financial aid package two to three weeks after receipt of your admissions notification.

Transfer Placement

Transfer placement is determined case-by-case based on:

  1. a review of submitted coursework completed at other colleges or universities.

  2. the way in which that coursework relates to the four-year curriculum of the intended program of transfer and not necessarily on the overall total of previous credits earned. 

  3. the results of a required portfolio review, interview, or audition. 

In order to earn an undergraduate degree from UArts, transfer students must earn a minimum of 48 credits in residence at the university, including a minimum of 30 credits of coursework in their major.

Transferable credits will only be applied to the requirements stipulated for a UArts degree. For this reason, transfer students may be required to complete more than the minimum 48 credits in residency regardless of the number of credits earned at previously attended institutions.

Transfer Credit Awards

The following criteria must be met for coursework to be eligible for transfer.

  • A minimum grade of C must have been achieved.

  • The course must be undergraduate level.

  • Dual enrollment courses will be evaluated for eligible transfer credit based on verification received from the high school.

Transfer credit may be awarded for courses successfully completed at regionally accredited institutions, which are similar in content, and of comparable standards, to those offered at the university. Course descriptions and/or syllabi may be requested to ensure proper evaluation.

Transfer credit is also available through the Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) programs.

The total number of transfer credits awarded will be based on the level of placement in the major. Once placement is determined, transfer credits will be awarded per the following guiding principles.

  1. Studio-based coursework will be awarded first and then only up to the level of major placement.  A minimum of 30 credits in residence must be completed in the major.

  2. Liberal Arts credit will then be awarded up to a maximum of 36 credits.

  3. Open Elective credit will then be awarded up to the maximum required in each major.

  4. Students placed in the first-year of their major program can transfer up to 48 credits.

  5. Students placed in the second-year of their major program can transfer up to 60 credits.

  6. Students placed in the third-year of their major program can transfer up to 72 credits.

  7. Eligible credits that were not awarded due to credit caps will be documented in the event that they can be awarded in the future (based on individual academic progress). 

  8. Post-matriculation, a maximum of 15 credits may be considered for transfer.

Auditions & Portfolios

Click on your desired program below to learn more about audition and portfolio requirements.

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Dates & Scheduling

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A great way to get to know more about UArts, while receiving answers to all of your questions, is to visit us. Please see the section below entitled Visit, Tour, Connect for more information about Transfer Information Sessions, Open Houses, campus tours and more.

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