Up to 60 credits from a regionally accredited two-year institution and up to 75 credits from a regionally accredited four-year institution may transfer with you to AU. An overall maximum of 75 semester hours may be transferred toward a bachelor's degree from a combination of credit sources.
Additionally, all courses must meet the following requirements in order to transfer:
- Grades of "C" or above
- Content is beyond a technical level (e.g. keyboarding, car care, sewing)
- Math courses: Pre-Calculus and above. We also accept Statistics
Please have official transcripts sent from each postsecondary institution you have attended even if they appear together on a single document.
Please send official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions you have attended even if there are some that you are not seeking credit for. Evaluation of your admissions application is based upon your cumulative grade point average; therefore each transcript factors into our final decision.
It is possible to satisfy all of the General Education Requirements with transfer credit, if the transfer courses are deemed equivalent to AU General Education courses. Prospective students should review the course articulation database to see which courses have already been evaluated and are considered AU General Education equivalents. Courses that are not listed in the database will be evaluated upon admission and students will be informed as to their applicability towards the General Education requirement.
Yes, you can be awarded military credit. If your courses were completed through a regionally accredited collegiate institution, then we require an official transcript. If your courses were offered through a military, non-collegiate program, then please have the following materials sent to us for evaluation:
"AARTS" transcript— Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System. To request an AARTS transcript, go to http://aarts.army.mil/.
OR "SMART" transcript—Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript. To request a SMART transcript, go to https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/transcript.html.
OR Air Force members must contact the Community College of the Air Force for a free transcript. To request an Air Force transcript, go to http://www.maxwell.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.asp.
**American University will accept up to 30 semester hours of military credit as long as it is applicable toward a liberal arts degree.
On-campus housing is available but not guaranteed, regardless of your date of application. Students complete their housing applications when they submit their Enrollment Agreement Form (located in their admit packets or completed online at my.american.edu). We encourage students to complete their admissions application by the March 1 priority consideration deadline. This will enable applicants to receive a timely admissions decision and therefore, complete their Enrollment Agreement Form early.
All students must demonstrate the ability to pass the mandatory Finite Mathematics course required for graduation from AU. Admitted transfer students will take a math placement test to determine the appropriate level of math placement. Students that have taken Calculus I with a grade of “B” or better have already fulfilled the university math requirement and therefore do not need to take the placement test.
Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) scholarships are available to students who are members of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Priority consideration is given to students who apply for fall semester by March 1. Students who would like to be considered should submit the following:
AU undergraduate application
Letter of recommendation/verification from your PTK advisor
Official transcripts indicating that you have completed at least 45 credit hours. A scholarship committee will determine statistical requirements per year.
There are a limited number of merit scholarships for students transferring from four-year institutions. Priority consideration is given to students who apply for the fall semester by March 1, have completed at least 45 credit hours and have maintained a competitive grade point average. A scholarship committee determines statistical requirements per year.
Transfer students can apply for consideration for need-based financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the CSS/Financial Aid Profile by the March 1 deadline. Please visit Applying for Financial Aid for specific information on the financial aid application process.
Spring applicants must submit all financial aid forms by March 1 of the previous year.
The Office of New Student Programs conducts a two-day intensive orientation program (Transfer Transitions) for transfer students in July and August for all fall deposit paid students. Spring transfers are invited to a two-day orientation in January.
Transfer admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis. Typically, decisions are released four to six weeks after we have received your completed application.
We encourage you to create a prospective student portal account. The portal will indicate your application status.
It is not necessary to have an associate‘s degree in order to transfer to AU. You may transfer at any point in your college career. Some students may transfer with as few as three credits and others may transfer with as many as 75 credits.
If you apply with less than 24 credits, you must provide the admissions office with your official high school transcript, official SAT or ACT scores and official college transcript. If you apply with 24 or more credits, simply provide your official college transcript(s).
If English is not your native language, you must take the TOEFL (minimum score of 80 on the new Internet Based TOEFL-IBT). AU also has an institutional proficiency test that students may take (Kansas Exam). Students can meet the English proficiency requirement by taking English Composition I and II at a U.S. college/university with a grade of “C” or better. Finally, students may submit official SAT results with a minimum score of 530 on the Critical Reading section or official ACT results with a minimum English sub-score of 23.