Transfer Applicants

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 admissions requirements?

As a state university, the minimum requirements for admission to Fitchburg State are set by the Commonwealth’s Department of Higher Education. (Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.)

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

If you have any questions, please contact an admissions counselor

How many semester hours can be considered for transfer?

A maximum of 60 semester hours of transfer credit may be accepted for coursework taken at two-year accredited institutions, or credit granted for college - level examinations (CLEP), the military, and/or advanced placement courses

Transfer Equivalencies from Massachusetts Community Colleges and Worcester State University

The maximum increases to 75 semester hours if you attend an accredited four-year institution. Official transfer credit evaluations are conducted by the Registrar's Office after a student is admitted to the 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. 

2014-2015 COSTS*

In-state tuition $  970
Out-of-state tuition $7,050
New England Regional Student Program (NERSP) Tuition** $1,455
Fees for all students $8,290
Average Room & Board $9,020
TOTAL COSTS 2014-2015
In-state (Resident) $18,280
In-state (Commuter) $9,260
Out-of-state (Resident) $24,360
Out-of-state (Commuter) $15,340
Out-of-state (NERSP)** $18,765

*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.

OK, I'm ready to apply! What do I need to do next?

When applying to Fitchburg State, you’ll need to submit the following:

  • Completed Application 
  • Application Fee
  • Application Essay
  • Official High School Transcript*
  • Official SAT or ACT Scores*
  • Official College Transcript (all colleges attended)
  • Letters of Recommendation (Optional)
  • Resume (Optional)

*If you have completed an Associate's degree at the time of application, you do not need to submit an official high school transcript. Also, if at the time of application you will have graduated from high school 3 or more years ago or you have 24 or more transferable college credits, you do not need to submit SAT or ACT scores.

Additional information to help you along the way: