Lawrence welcomes transfer applications from students that have attempted 12 or more college credits post-high school graduation or have an associates of science or arts. As an institution that prizes individuality and values diversity, Lawrence knows that transfer students often bring with them new or different perspectives that enrich not only their own educational experiences but those of other students.

Dates and Deadlines

Fall Term: July 1st, with notification on a rolling basis.
Winter Term: November 1--Notification: November 15

Because many colleges have semester calendars, September and January entrances are most popular. However, we discourage applications for Term II (January) from students who have completed only one semester or term elsewhere.

If you are an international student who would like to transfer to Lawrence, please make sure to use the international admissions checklist when applying. 

If you are a conservatory of music student who would like to transfer to Lawrence, please make sure to use the conservatory transfer student checklist when applying.

We accept either the Common Application or the Lawrence Application with no preference for one over the other. Lawrence University does not charge an application fee. We look forward to hearing from you.

Common Application

Lawrence Application

What We Consider

Application review is about more than just evaluating a transcript and some test scores. Lawrence's review process takes into consideration every piece of information you choose to send our way. Applicants should display the potential and drive to complete a bachelor’s degree at a liberal arts college, have earned a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.75 or better, and demonstrate leadership abilities and critical thinking skills.

Application Requirements include: 

  • Common App or Lawrence Application 
  • Final High School Transcript 
  • College Transcripts (from every college you attended, including dual-credit during high school)
  • Essay (Why Transfer statement and short answer questions) 
  • Recommendation Letter (preferably from a college instructor or similar) 
  • Test Scores (optional) 
  • Interview (optional)

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to live on campus?

Lawrence is a residential college--by design and policy--and students are required to live on campus. Exceptions are granted only to fifth-year students (including those starting their fifth year after high school), married students, students with a documented domestic partner, and/or students with dependent children.

Can you evaluate my transcripts before I apply?

Domestic Students: Yes, if you would like an informal evaluation, you may send a copy of your college transcript with an email and attach your unofficial transcript requesting an assessment to Jaime Gonzalez. Please note that this informal assessment is provisional and not binding.

International Students: Lawrence requires a Course by Course Evaluation Report directly from ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) or WES (World Education Services). If you have questions, please contact, Marcy O’Malley.

Are transfer students eligible for scholarships?

Transfer students are eligible for merit-based scholarships up to $30,000 per year! Phi Theta Kappa scholars will receive a scholarship of $30,000 upon admittance. Learn more about the financial aid offered to transfer students at Lawrence and see the financial aid checklist.

If I applied to Lawrence before, must I reapply?

If you completed an application to Lawrence within the past year, you may reactivate your previous application folder by writing or emailing the admissions office. There is no application fee required for reactivation. Refer to the checklist to see what items you anticipate we still need to complete your file. Otherwise we will notify you of any outstanding documents.

Do you consider freshman applications midyear?

Lawrence typically discourages applications for Term II or Term III from students who have completed only one term of coursework elsewhere or who have not previously enrolled at a college following high school graduation. (This is due to the unique nature of Freshman Studies, a two-term course for first-year students, and because a new student orientation is offered only in the fall.)

Contact Us

We have admissions officers dedicated to transfer admissions; feel free to contact them anytime.

Jaime Gonzalez
Director of Transfer Admissions and Transition, Assistant Director of Admissions

Marcy O'Malley
Director of International Admissions for International Transfer Students

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