Transfer Applicants

Our April 15 priority deadline for housing has passed. Please note that the last day to submit a deposit to guarantee housing for the fall is July 1.

You know you're a transfer applicant when...

  • You have a high school diploma or GED and
  • You have enrolled in any college or university after high school, even for just one course

Thinking about transferring to Fitchburg State? Here are some answers to questions you might have to help you with the admissions process.

What are the application requirements?

In order to be considered for admission to Fitchburg State University, Transfer Students should submit the following material:

  • Application (Applicants who are eligible for Mass Transfer should not submit this form)
  • Application Fee
  • SAT scores (not required if you have 24 or more transferable* college credits or if you graduated from high school more than 3 years ago)
  • Final High School Transcript (sent directly from your high school but not required if you have earned an Associates Degree)
  • Official College Transcripts sent directly from each institution where you enrolled in a course
  • Essay
  • Students, who are not US citizens or Permanent Residents, should view the International Student Requirements

Optional Credentials that you can submit with your application:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Admission Interview (Call the Admission Office at 978.665.3144 to schedule)

Am I admissible?

Applicants must meet one of the three following criteria

  1. 12-23 transferable* college credits and a minimum 2.5 college GPA; or
  2. Up to 23 transferable* college credits, a minimum 2.0 college GPA and must also meet the admissions standards for freshman applicants; or
  3. 24 or more transferable* credits and a minimum 2.0 college GPA

*courses with grades below a C- or any remedial coursework are not included in this total

If you have any questions, please contact our Transfer Admission Counselor

How many semester hours can be considered for transfer?

A maximum of 60 semester hours of transfer credit may be accepted from regionally accredited two-year colleges/institutions and a maximum of 75 credits from four-year colleges/institutions. These credits may be mixed (i.e., 45 credits from a two-year college and 30 credits from a four-year college). Military credits, CLEP, AP, and DANTES are treated as two-year institutions. A minimum grade of 1.7 ('C-') is required for transfer. Developmental courses are non-transferrable. If a course does not match a specific course offered at Fitchburg State University, it appears as a "Transfer Elective"

Official transfer credit evaluations are conducted by the Registrar's Office after a student is admitted to the university.

Transfer Equivalencies from Massachusetts Community Colleges and Worcester State University

I attend a Massachusetts community college or state university. Does that make it easier to transfer my credits?

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education established MassTransfer – this program makes the transfer process between Massachusetts’ higher education institutions easier.

For general information regarding the program, visit the MassTransfer website. You can also find a detailed list of approved MassTransfer linked programs. Only students in linked programs are eligible to apply through MassTransfer. Also, you must apply while in attendance at your current community college or state university. Please contact your college Transfer Office for more information. To apply under the MassTransfer program, please visit the MassTransfer website.

Due to the competitive nature of some of our majors, higher admissions standards may be applied and space cannot be guaranteed in certain programs, such as Film/Video Production, Photography, Game Design and Nursing.

How much does Fitchburg State cost & do you offer financial aid?

Fitchburg State University is very affordable. You can see what our costs are in the chart below. And, we offer about $32 million in financial assistance to 80% of our students. The financial aid we offer is in two forms: need-based aid and merit aid. For more information, visit our costs and financial aid page.

2015-2016 COSTS*
In-state tuition $970
Out-of-state tuition $7,050
New England Regional Student Program (NERSP) Tuition** $1,455
Fees for all students $8,965
Average Room & Board $9,210
TOTAL COSTS 2015-2016
In-state (Resident) $19,163
In-state (Commuter) $9,953
Out-of-state (Resident) $25,243
Out-of-state (Commuter) $16,033
Out-of-state (NERSP)** $19,648

*Costs are subject to change

**The New England Regional Tuition Student Program (NERSP) offers a discount on our tuition and fees for students who reside in specific New England states and who are studying specific majors as shown in the chart below.

Discounts offered to students living in New England states studying the following programs
VERMONT Earth Systems Science
  Game Design
  Industrial Technology
  Special Education
  Technology Education
NEW HAMPSHIRE Communications Media
  Game Design
  Industrial Technology
  Special Education
  Technology Education
CONNECTICUT Communications Media
  Game Design
RHODE ISLAND Communications Media
  Earth Systems Sciences
  Game Design
  Industrial Technology
MAINE Communications Media
  Technology Education
  Game Design

Everything looks great! How do I schedule a visit to check out the campus?

We would love to have you visit the campus. Many students say once they visit, they can’t imagine going anywhere else.

Additional information to help you along the way: