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Transfer Application Requirements

An invitation to students affected by college closures

In light of recent announcements by Massachusetts colleges that are closing next year, we want to reach out to inform those students that our community at Fitchburg State University is ready to welcome students to continue their studies on our campus.

If your college is affected, we will expedite review of your application and will waive your application fee and essay.

For more information, please call Associate Director of Transfer Admissions Daniel Connolly at 978-665-3143, or email him at We stand ready to assist you.

Transfer Requirements

To help you with the transfer process, we’ve included an overview of requirements below.

If you have questions about whether or not you meet the requirements to apply, please feel free to contact us.

Daniel Connolly
Associate Director of Transfer Admissions


Spring 2018

  • November 1 - Merit Scholarship Consideration or the Game Design Major
  • December 1 - All other programs  

Even though the priority deadline has passed, applications will still continue to be reviewed on a space available basis

Fall 2018

  • January 1 - Nursing and Game Design
  • March 1 - FAFSA 
  • June 1 - Housing & Merit Scholarship Consideration
  • July 15 - Commuter

*Applications received after these priority deadlines will still be accepted, but on a space available basis.

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What you'll need to apply

  • Application
  • Letters of recommendation (optional, not required)
  • Resume (optional, not required)
  • 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 our International Student Requirements

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

Transfer requirements (you must meet one of three)

  • 12-23 transferable* college credits and a minimum 2.5 college GPA; or
  • Up to 23 transferable* college credits, a minimum 2.0 college GPA and must also meet the admissions standards for freshman applicants; or
  • 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

Semester hours that can be transferred

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.


If you attend a Massachusetts community college or state university, then it is easier for you to transfer your credits.

For more details on this program you can visit the MassTransfer website, but we recommend using the Fitchburg State application if you choose to apply to our campus. You can also find a detailed list of approved MassTransfer linked programs. Only students in linked programs are eligible to apply as MassTransfer.

You must apply while in attendance at your current community college or state university. Please contact your current college’s transfer office for more information.