Transfer Application Checklist

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  • Undergraduate Admissions
    Fax: 202-885-1025

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  • Complete the Common Application or Universal College Application in its entirety (including the application essay).

  • Send us your transcripts. Official transcript(s) or mark sheets enclosed in a sealed envelope from all colleges or universities attended should be sent to AU. Make sure that your full legal name and date of birth are on the transcripts.

  • Pay the application fee. Using a credit card or e-check, pay the nonrefundable $70 application fee required for all applications. If payment of the application fee would cause your family undue hardship, fee waivers are available (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only).

  • Send your application materials. Send all supporting documents to the following address:

      American University
      Undergraduate Admissions
      4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
      Washington, DC 20016-8001

Additional Documents

  • One letter of recommendation is required for transfer students. You will be required to select and assign at least one Academic Evaluator within the Common Application. If you request recommendations outside of the Common Application, they should appear on official letterhead and include your full name and Social Security number (or date of birth) and be sent directly to American University.

  • Interruption of study. If you have been out of school for a semester or longer, excluding summers and school-designated breaks, you must provide us with a statement describing your activities during the period(s) you were out of school. You may submit a resume instead of a statement if the resume explains the interruption.

Transfer Students with Less Than 24 Semester Hours

  • High school transcript. Have your high school send AU an official copy of your final high school transcript.

Minimum Admissions Requirements

Students who wish to be considered for transfer admission must be in good academic and social standing at all previously attended schools.

Competitive transfer applicants have a GPA of at least 2.5/4.0 at their current institution. The following AU academic units have specific minimum GPA requirements:

  • Kogod School of Business: 2.5
  • School of Communication: 2.5
  • School of Education: 2.7
  • School of International Service: 3.0
  • School of Public Affairs: 2.5

English Proficiency

If English is not your first language (regardless of citizenship), please send proof of English proficiency (TOEFL, or SAT or ACT with writing or IELTS).

When Will I Hear?

Your application will be reviewed only after your file is complete. You will be notified in writing of missing documents, but you should also check your application status through the Prospective Student Portal. You will be notified of your admission decision on a rolling basis approximately four to six weeks after all admission materials have been received. Notification of your financial aid award (if applicable) will be sent at a later date.

Common Application

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The Common Application is one of two ways students can apply to AU.

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Universal College Application

Universal College Application

The Universal College Application is one of two ways students can apply to AU.

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AU Code Numbers

SAT I & SAT II: 5007
ACT: 0648
TOEFL: 5007
AP: 5007

Ways to Apply