Transfer Application Guide Tips

A Guide to Crafting a Strong Transfer Application

Transferring colleges can be an exciting strategic decision for students looking for a better fit for their academic and personal goals.

In fact, students transfer colleges for a variety of reasons, including a change in major, the search for a different campus experience, or more affordable and flexible program and tuition options.

While the process might seem familiar since transfer students have already successfully completed their college applications, there are unique differences and challenges to be aware of.

In today’s article, we’ll provide you with the knowledge and tools to create a transfer application that increases your chances of admission and helps you stand out from other applicants.

What is a transfer application?

Once students complete their research, determine which school they want to transfer to and learn which of their credits will transfer, it’s time to fill out the transfer application.

While transfer applications are similar to first-time college applications, it is a different application with its own set of requirements and deadlines. Plus, transfer students, unlike first-time applicants, have a college transcript, academic history, and potentially specific reasons for transferring.

  • Different applications, different deadlines: Each college or university has its own transfer application and unique deadlines, generally with deadlines in March or April. Students should do their research and stay organized to avoid last-minute applications.


  • Academic history matters: Your college transcripts take center stage, showcasing your academic trajectory. Aim for strong grades, especially in courses relevant to your desired transfer program.


  • Explain your “why”: Be prepared to articulate your reasons for transferring. Was it a change in major, financial constraints, or personal growth? Be honest and introspective, and avoid talking down about your current institution.


  • Show, don’t tell: Back up your reasons with concrete evidence. Did specific coursework or faculty influence your decision? Mention them! Consider using your personal statement to further explain.

At University of Bridgeport, our transfer students must submit:

  • An application for admission through our online application portal or through the Common Application
  • Official college transcript(s) from all previous institutions of higher education attended
  • Proof of high school graduation (official high school transcript or copy of high school diploma)
    • Official high school transcript required for pre-licensure Nursing and Dental Hygiene applicants
    • Not required for RN to BSN and BSN to MSN online applicants
  • Two letters of recommendation
    • Required for Nursing and Dental Hygiene applicants, preferably at least one from a math or science teacher
    • Not required for all other applicants, but highly recommended
  • Personal statement
    • Required for Nursing and Dental Hygiene applicants
    • Not required for all other applicants, but highly recommended


Discover how UB can help you make your career goals a reality. Learn more about transferring to UB today!


5 tips for completing a transfer application

Students who are unhappy in their current school or degree program should not feel pressured to stay. Instead, they should look for schools and degree programs that fit their needs, interests, and goals.

Find a school that provides the academic program you want to pursue, offers its students academic support, and affords a setting that fits your lifestyle.  Then, focus on the following tips for completing a transfer application.

Provide strong recommendations

While every college or university will differ, most schools will ask for two to three letters of recommendation, which can strengthen your overall application.

Choose professors who can speak to your academic potential and personal qualities. Additionally, if you are applying to specific programs like pre-med or nursing, consider professors relevant to those subjects and fields.

Demonstrate competitive course selection

College admissions offices want to see a clear academic path and alignment with their program.

Students can do so by highlighting specific coursework, research experiences, or faculty interactions that align with their transfer goals. In turn, this will show the admissions team that you understand and value their school and program.

Make your case

Students transfer schools for a number of reasons, including:

  • Changing majors
  • Financial concerns
  • Social isolation and change in environment
  • Being close to family
  • School recognition and prestige
  • Poor academic performance
  • Transferring from a 2-year institution to a 4-year institution
  • Sports and international transfers
  • Returning to school to complete a degree

No matter the cause, transfer students should explain their reasoning with genuine clarity and honesty. Focus on future aspirations and opportunities for growth and how the new institution will help you achieve those goals.

This is another opportunity for students to use their personal statement, as it’s one of the best ways for admissions counselors to get a glimpse into who you are as a student and person.

Don’t complain about your current school

While your current school may not be the best fit, avoid making negative comments about your current institution. Instead, students can keep it simple by saying they thought their current school was a good fit, but now their needs have changed.

This level of ownership shows a sense of maturity and self-awareness that college admissions officers appreciate. Then, share what you have learned, your goals for the future, and how their institution will help you achieve them.

Keep track of deadlines

Deadlines are crucial, and students need to do their research and stay on top of the deadlines to ensure they complete their transfer application.

Give yourself plenty of time to work on your application, gather the required materials, and submit it on time or early. Consider attending transfer webinars in order to learn more about deadlines and requirements for your program of interest.

Transfer application support at University of Bridgeport

Deciding when to transfer and completing transfer applications does not have to be scary or overwhelming.

It’s why we offer support from our admissions office, transfer events, and campus tours, including:

  • Open houses: Available in-person and occur in the fall and spring. These are a great way to connect with our admissions team and faculty.
  • Online webinars: Available for academic programs throughout the year.
  • Virtual info sessions: Available weekly and info sessions are completely virtual, allowing you the flexibility to join us from anywhere.
  • Campus tours: Offered daily as well as select Saturdays. Campus tours start with a 30-minute information session presented by an admissions officer, followed by a 50-minute tour of campus. New tour dates are added on an ongoing basis.

We would love to welcome you into the Purple Knight family at University of Bridgeport. Contact us today for more information and tips for completing your transfer application.

We can’t wait to help you succeed in college and your career!