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Transfer Students

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


Our transfer students come from a range of educational and experiential backgrounds, and we appreciate that. We look forward to getting to know you and learning how UArts can help you realize your goals.



UArts offers recommended priority deadlines; students who apply and submit all required materials by the priority deadline will receive first consideration for scholarship aid from UArts. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling, space-available basis. 

International students requiring an F-1 visa for study in the U.S. may be subject to earlier deadlines to provide time for completion of the visa process. Contact Admissions for guidance if you are an international student who wishes to apply after the priority deadline.

Spring 2024 priority deadline: Oct. 15, 2023

Fall 2024 priority deadline: Feb. 15, 2024

We cannot accept spring 2024 applications after Jan. 8, 2024, and cannot accept fall 2024 applications after Aug. 16, 2024.


Financial Aid

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

  • Oct. 15 for spring admission 

  • March 15 for fall admission

We encourage students to complete the FAFSA by March 15, if possible.

Many students and families have encountered technical challenges while trying to complete the FAFSA this year. If this is the case for you, continue to utilize the FAFSA support resources until your issue is resolved. UArts will ensure that all admitted students who file the FAFSA are eligible for the same institutional funding to support your costs.

Application Process

  • Start or resume your application.

    • The application includes two required short-answer questions: What excites you about UArts? What inspires you?

  • $60 nonrefundable application fee

    • If you qualify for a fee waiver from NACAC, CollegeBoard, UArts or another source, indicate that on your application. If the cost of the application fee is a barrier, contact Admissions to request a fee waiver code.

  • Official high school transcript

    • Official transcripts must be sent directly from your school by mail, email or a secure electronic document-delivery service. 

    • If you’ve attended high school outside the U.S., read the additional guidelines for international transcripts. 

    • High school transcripts may be waived for transfer applicants who have completed a minimum of 24 credits of college-level coursework, including a minimum of 18 academic, non-studio credits.

  • Official college transcript(s)

    • Official transcripts must be sent directly from all the colleges you have attended by mail, email or a secure electronic document-delivery service. 

    • If you’ve attended college outside the U.S., you are required to have an official course-by-course evaluation of your college coursework sent to UArts. Additional guidelines for international transcripts are available. 

  • Audition or portfolio 

    • A portfolio is required for all Art, Design, Film and Writing programs. The portfolio may be uploaded during the application process or via your applicant status portal after submission. You must confirm when your submission is complete via the linked electronic form before your portfolio can be reviewed for admission. View a full list of portfolio requirements by program. 

    • Auditions or interviews are required for all Dance, Music and Theater programs. After submitting your application, go to your applicant status portal to register for your virtual or on-campus audition day. View a full list of audition requirements by program. 

  • Optional letters of recommendation

    • Letters of recommendation from teachers or mentors are optional and may be submitted by the recommender via email to or by your high school through a secure electronic document-delivery service. 

Transfer Placement

Admitted transfer students will receive a preliminary transfer credit evaluation with their decision letter. If you are currently enrolled in courses, tentative transfer credit may be indicated. A final transfer credit evaluation will be completed for deposited students once all final transcripts have been received.

Transfer placement is determined case-by-case based on

  • A review of submitted coursework completed at other colleges or universities.

  • 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. 

  • 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 might 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 at the 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 might 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 awarded transfer credits will be based on the level of placement in the major. Once placement is determined, transfer credits will be awarded according to the following guiding principles.

  • 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.

  • Liberal arts credit will then be awarded, up to a maximum of 36 credits.

  • Open elective credit will then be awarded, up to the maximum required in each major.

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

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

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

  • 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). 

  • Post-matriculation, a maximum of 15 credits might be considered for transfer.

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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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