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Frequently Asked Questions

How many of my credits will transfer?

Up to 60 credits from a regionally accredited two-year institution or regionally accredited four-year institution may transfer with you to AU.

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.

If all of my schools are presented on one transcript, do I still have to send transcripts from the other school?

Please have official transcripts sent from each postsecondary institution you have attended even if they appear together on a single document.

Do I have to send you all my transcripts if there are some that I do not care to get credit for?

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.

Can I use transfer credit to satisfy the AU Core Curriculum Requirements?

Transfer credit earned at an accredited college or University may be used to satisfy some AU Core requirements.

College Writing: Transfer students who present 6 hours of acceptable composition credit from another institution will satisfy the College Writing requirement by passing the Writing Proficiency Examination within the first calendar year of admission to AU. Transfer students who present 3 hours of acceptable composition credit from another institution may satisfy the College Writing requirement within the first calendar year by passing a course that is in the College Writing sequence and approved by the College Writing Program with a grade of C or better.

University Math: Students may satisfy the University Math (Q1) requirement by transferring a course equivalent to MATH-15x or higher from an AG-rated collegiate institution.

Habits of Mind: Students who transfer 0-14 credits must satisfy all five Habits of Mind; those who transfer 15-29 credits must take courses from four Habits of Mind; those who transfer 30-44 credits must take courses from three Habits of Mind; those who transfer 45-59 credits must take courses from two Habits of Mind; those who bring 60+ credits must take one Habit of Mind course. Students may select, in consultation with an academic advisor, which Habits of Mind to complete.

Integrative Courses: Transfer credit may be applied to specific degree program requirements at the academic unit’s discretion. If the equivalent AU course is considered to be part of the AU Core Curriculum, the transfer course may also be applied to the AU Core’s integrative requirement.

Can I get military credits?

Yes, you can be awarded military credit. For more information on military credit, please visit our military credit guidelines page.

Is there on-campus housing?

Housing is offered to transfer students on a space available basis, but is not guaranteed. Preference is given to transfer students who are admitted with 36 or fewer credits and who have submitted an enrollment deposit and housing application by July 1. See the Transfer Housing page for full details.

Are scholarships available for transfer students?

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 May 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.

Can a transfer student apply for financial aid?

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 May 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 May 1 of the previous year.

Is there an orientation program for transfer students?

Orientation, Transition & Retention conducts orientation programs for both fall and spring transfer students. Fall transfer students are invited to select from two options for orientation. They can participate in a two-day intensive orientation program in July or a one-day nuts and bolts program in August. Spring transfers are invited to a two-day orientation in January.

How soon will I be notified of my admissions decision?

Transfer decisions are released on a rolling basis. Our goal is to release your decision as soon as possible.

Domestic Applicants

  • If you submit a complete application on or before the November 1 application deadline, you will be notified of your decision on a rolling basis approximately four to six weeks after all admission materials have been received.

International Applicants

Students studying outside of the United States who need an F or J visa to study in the United States

  • If you submit a complete application on or before the October 1 application deadline, you will be notified of your admission decision on a rolling basis approximately four to six weeks after all admission materials have been received.

How can I learn about the status of my application?

We encourage you to create a prospective student portal account. The portal will indicate your application status.

Do I need a particular amount of credits to transfer? Do I need my associate's degree?

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 60 credits.

Do I need to submit my high school transcript and SAT scores?

If you apply with less than 24 credits, you must provide the admissions office with your official high school transcript and official college transcript(s). If you apply with 24 or more credits, simply provide your official college transcript(s). We do not require the submission of standardized test scores for transfer applicants.

Is there an English proficiency requirement for international students?

If English is not your native language, you must take the TOEFL (minimum score of 80 on the new Internet Based TOEFL-IBT, sub-scores for each section of the TOEFL should be 20 or higher. To be considered competitive, a 90 iBT score or above is recommended). 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 score of 23.

For more information regarding English proficiency requirements and applying to AU as an international transfer applicant, please visit our International Transfer Applicants website.