Transferring to the University of Rochester

Transfer students from other colleges and universities must satisfy all requirements for graduation. There is a special cluster provision created for transfer students to help them meet these requirements. Academic advisors in the College Center for Advising Services are available to assist transfer students with their questions about the Rochester Curriculum.

All students transferring to the University are expected to attend the Transfer Orientation Program offered in August prior to the start of the fall semester and in January prior to the start of the spring semester.

No more than six courses (24 credit hours) can be transferred to a College degree program by students whose first experience at the University of Rochester is as a non-matriculated student. Students who were previously matriculated and then register for University of Rochester coursework as a non-matriculated student are ineligible to use these courses toward a degree without paying the difference in tuition.

Transfer students should also read the enrollment policy and residency requirement page.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to transfer students. Application forms for financial aid and information are available from the Financial Aid Office in Wallis Hall.

Transferring out of the University

Students who are thinking about transferring out of the University should discuss their plans with an advisor in the College Center for Advising Services. Information and referrals from CCAS may be given in an attempt to facilitate the transfer, or to resolve problems at Rochester that may have prompted a desire to transfer.

The College Center for Advising Services can assist students with the transfer process by providing a recommendation from the dean of the College when transferring to another university. Students must submit the Student Request for Dean’s Signature/Approval along with any forms that require information about your academic standing and academic and disciplinary records. If you are submitting a “College Report,” the student information portion of the form should be completed, signed, scanned, and returned to CCAS. Students should also clearly indicate the recipient’s name and email. Please ask your receiving institution if additional electronic forms requiring your information are required, in addition to documentation we provide. For additional questions, contact Liz Flanagan (

Once a student has made the decision to transfer to another college, an advisor in CCAS will provide the student with a change of status form so that the student can withdraw from the University of Rochester. The College encourages all students who transfer, to complete an online exit survey. This information is helpful in better understanding the circumstances that lead students to transfer. Students who transfer from the University of Rochester and wish to return at a later time, may apply to return by submitting an application for readmission.