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Transfer Application Requirements

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

We have increased the limit of earned academic credits that prospective students can transfer from other institutions of higher education.

The new policy allows transfer students to bring 90 credits from regionally accredited four-year institutions and 75 credits from regionally accredited two-year schools.

The university is not changing its requirement that transfer students complete at least 50 percent of the coursework in their major at Fitchburg State, as well as one-quarter of their overall undergraduate credits.

If you have questions about whether or not you meet the requirements to apply, please feel free to contact a transfer counselor at 978.665.3144 or by email.



An invitation to students affected by college closures

In light of recent announcements, we want to inform students that our community welcomes them to continue their studies on our campus.

If your college is affected, we will expedite review of your application. In addition, we will waive the $50 application fee and required essay.

Requirements and Other Information

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2021 Deadlines

Spring 2021

November 1 for Game Design

December 1 for all other programs

Fall 2021

  • December 1 - Game Design
  • January 1 - LPN to BSN
  • March 1 - FAFSA & merit scholarship consideration
  • July 1 - On campus housing 
  • August 1 - Commuter students

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

What you'll need to apply

  • Application (MassTransfer applicants should use our application)
  • Application Fee (waived if Mass Transfer or military) 
  • Final High School Transcript (sent directly from your high school but not required if you have earned an Associates Degree or higher)
  • Official College Transcripts sent directly from each institution where you enrolled in a course
  • Letter of recommendation (for merit scholarships)
  • Essay (for merit scholarships) 
  • Students who are not US citizens or Permanent Residents should view our International Student Requirements

Transfer requirements (you must meet one of three)

  • 12-23 transferable* college level credits and a minimum 2.5 college GPA; or
  • Up to 23 transferable* college level credits, a minimum 2.0 college GPA and must also meet the admissions standards for freshman applicants; or
  • 24 or more transferable* college level 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 75 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 90 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 online 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.

Need to get in contact with your Admissions Counselor?

Email Limari Rivera at

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