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Transfer Student Admissions

Fairleigh Dickinson University welcomes applications from students with previous college experience. The transfer application process is fast, easy, and tailored specifically for students with advanced standing. Fairleigh Dickinson University offers personalized attention and academic advisement to make each student's transition process, whether from a community college or another four-year institution, as seamless as possible.

Choose a Campus

While a personal interview is not required, the University may request an interview before making a final decision on an applicant. A candidate for admission is encouraged to make a personal appointment with an admissions counselor in order to discuss admission eligibility or education plans and/or take a campus tour. Each campus arranges visits through its Office of Admissions. You need to know which campus you will attend before you apply.

Read agenda and register for the luncheon and seminar

Florham Luncheon and Seminar

Meet the faculty, take a class, tour the campus, and learn how to apply.


When to file an application

  1. Applications for admission may be submitted for the fall semester, spring semester or summer sessions.
  2. Applications for admission are processed on a rolling basis; therefore, students are encouraged to apply early to allow ample time to complete the application process.

Apply no later than:

  • April 1 for the Summer term.
  • July 15 for Fall term. Clinical rotations begin in the Fall, therefore Fairleigh Dickinson University cannot accept nursing applications for the Spring Semester.
  • December 15 for the Spring term.

Transfer students looking for housing would have to have deposits and housing documents by the housing deadline:

  • May 1 for the housing deadline.

How to apply

  • Complete an online application (Fee waived).
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities to:

    Fairleigh Dickinson University
    Admissions Operations, H-DH3-10
    1000 River Rd.
    Teaneck, NJ 07666

Admission Requirements

Transfer Students and Advanced Standing

These students have graduated from an accredited secondary school (high school) and have completed 24 or more college-credit hours at an accredited post-secondary institution other than Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Transfer applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Any student who has earned 24 or more credits of satisfactory course work need not submit a high school transcript for admission unless requested.

Applicants with less than 24 credits earned must submit their official high school transcript and SAT or ACT scores.

Evaluation of Previous Academic Work

Students with an Associate in Arts (AA) or an Associate in Science (AS) Degree

All credits earned at a college from which a student received an associate degree will be evaluated for transfer to Fairleigh Dickinson University degree programs. Course work in which grades of A through C have been earned will be considered for transfer. Grades of C- or D may only be eligible for transfer to nonmajor courses.

A maximum of 64 credits will be transferred from two-year associate degree programs, and a maximum of 90 credits will be transferred from four-year baccalaureate degree programs. No more than 90 credits may be transferred in total from any previous undergraduate experience.

Students with credits earned beyond their associate degree in a four-year baccalaureate degree program may have courses with grades of A through C evaluated for transfer. Grades below C (C- through F) will not be accepted for transfer.

Students without an Associate in Arts (AA) or an Associate in Science (AS) Degree

Courses from regionally accredited institutions will be evaluated for transfer if they are applicable to Fairleigh Dickinson University degree programs and grades of A through C have been earned. Grades below C (C- through F) will not be accepted for transfer.

Students with Credits Earned Toward a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree:

Only grades of A through C are transferable.

Students from Nonregionally Accredited Institutions

Qualified students from other than regionally accredited institutions may request consideration for admission on the basis of successful past academic performance.

Community College Transfer Students

Fairleigh Dickinson University has articulation agreements with all New Jersey county and community colleges. Prospective county and community college transfer students are encouraged to contact the transfer counselor at their community college for more information or call the FDU Admissions Office at (800) 338-8803.

For more information on transferring courses from a community college to a four-year college or university in New Jersey, visit njtransfer.org.

Grades and Grade Points

For new students, transfer credits will not be computed in the cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) earned at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Residency Requirement/Time Limit on Degree Completion

A transfer student may receive credit for either formal course work or through proficiency examination to the extent that the credits transferred do not circumvent existing University policy requiring a minimum of 30 credits in residence including at least 50 percent of the credits required for the major. In those instances in which only the minimum number of credits are completed at Fairleigh Dickinson University, they must be taken in a time sequence equivalent to the seventh- and eighth-semester standing of the baccalaureate study.

Any course work completed more than 10 years before the projected date of the degree conferrence (including work for which credit is transferred from another college) shall be evaluated for its currency. Where it is deemed appropriate, the department will design a course of study to familiarize the student with more recent developments. The individual program will be outlined in writing to the student.

Scholarhips and Financial Aid

Transfer Merit Scholarships

All admissible full-time transfer applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships. Merit scholarships are awarded based on the student's cumulative collegiate GPA. Awards range between $10,000 and $18,000 annually.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK)

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) members who graduate from a regionally accredited two-year institution with an associate's degree qualify for a PTK Scholarship award up to $19,000 (renewable for up to four semesters). Applicants must provide proof of PTK membership at the time they submit an application.

Need-Based Financial Aid

All students are encouraged to file a FAFSA in order to be considered for need-based aid. Qualifying students may receive both merit and need-based aid.

FDU Scholars: Outstanding County/Community College Graduates

County and community college students are eligible for the FDU Scholars' 40% tuition reduction as soon as they have:

Students who have received their associate degree after October, 2015 are eligible. The FDU Scholars Program discount is available to county/community college graduates choosing to enroll part-time or full-time at FDU.

For FDU Scholar students planning to attend FDU in the Fall 2017 semester, the GPA tiered scholarship information is below.

Your county or community college GPA determines your award:

Required GPA Scholarship
Less than 3.0 40% off the current FDU tuition rate
Between 3.0 and 3.49 $15,000 off the current FDU tuition rate
3.5 or higher $18,000 off the current FDU tuition rate
Phi Theta Kappa members with 3.0 or higher $19,000 off the current FDU tuition rate

Students with a 3.0 GPA or above may be eligible for an additional Scholars Grant.

In addition, if you choose to live on campus, you will receive a yearly $1,500 housing grant. And if you are an NJ Stars II participant, there is additional scholarship money available to you.

Meet with the FDU Scholars Program Liaison

Interested students should set up a meeting as soon as possible to discuss how their county/community college curriculum requirements will also satisfy the FDU requirements. Meetings are encouraged each semester so your current county college advisor, the FDU Scholars liaison and you, the student, can monitor how to integrate each school's courses for a seamless transition from associate to bachelor's degree completion.

The FDU Scholars Liaisons are available frequently at Bergen Community College (BCC) and County College of Morris (CCM) our "home" counties. Visits to other county/community colleges are available, but less frequent. The liaison will be able to give you more insight into the FDU major of your choice and open the door to communication with FDU faculty members. FDU strongly encourages prospective students to visit campus, meet faculty members, and sit in on a few classes. Call, email, or stop by to schedule an appointment.

  • BCC-FDU Scholars
    • Almida Hernandez, BCC-FDU Scholars Liaison
    • Email: BCC-FDUScholars@fdu.edu, Phone: (201) 493-4088
    • Location: BCC Pitkin Education Center, Center for Student Success, Room A 126B
    • Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • CCM-FDU Scholars
    • Jessica Kane, CCM-FDU Scholars Liaison
    • Email: CCM-FDUScholars@fdu.edu, Phone: 973-443-8008
    • Location: CCM Cohen Hall Alcove
    • Hours: Thursdays from 11 AM to 1 PM

As you near your graduation from county/community college FDU Scholars Liaison, along with academic advisors, will create a FDU schedule with you for your first semester.

Our goal is to help you achieve your academic dreams. We are two schools with one goal: Your success.