Transfer Application Requirements

Eligibility & Transfer Credit

Many transfer applicants have taken a unique path to their undergraduate studies. Review these guidelines to determine your eligibility for transfer admission.  


  • Students who have completed high school and have completed courses for college credit in an associates or bachelor’s degree program must apply for transfer admission.
  • Students who are dual-enrolled in both high school and college programs should apply for freshman admission.
  • Students must have a high school diploma, the state equivalent of a high school diploma, or a GED in order to enroll at Stanford.
  • Transfer coursework must be completed at an accredited degree-granting institution; coursework completed in vocational, technical, performance or professional programs is not considered.
  • Transfer students are required to complete at least two years of full-time enrollment at Stanford in order to attain a bachelor's degree from the university.
  • Students who have already earned a bachelor's degree are not eligible to apply for undergraduate admission, but they may contact the Graduate Admissions Office at

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit is reviewed and awarded by Stanford's Office of the University Registrar according to Faculty Senate policy. While Stanford has no articulation agreements with any college or institution, a course generally receives transfer credit if it meets the following conditions:

  • It is completed at an accredited institution
  • It is substantially similar to courses offered at Stanford
  • It is completed with a grade of C- or better
  • It does not duplicate, overlap or regress previous coursework

The transferability of specific courses is ultimately determined by the Registrar's Office once students are admitted. Transferability policy may change from year to year. Consult the Stanford Bulletin and the Office of the University Registrar for current information.

Updated on December 19, 2019 3:43 PM