FAQs for Transfer Students

1.  What makes FDU so “transfer friendly?”

Our streamlined admissions program makes transferring simple and straightforward. We offer:

  • Advisors who work with you to ensure as many as your credits will transfer as possible.
  • Articulation agreements with a number of community colleges designed to streamline admission and the number of credits that can be transferred to FDU.
  • Financial aid counseling for transfer students.

2.  Are scholarships available for transfer students?

Absolutely! Academic transfer scholarships range up to a total of $14,000. Plus, members of Phi Theta Kappa qualify for merit scholarships up to a total of $16,000. Proof of PTK membership and an earned associate's degree are required for eligibility.

If you are enrolled in FDU’s Burgundy-Blue Connection (BBC) program at your local community college, you’ll receive a total of $6,000 over the course of four acadmic semester ($1,500 per semester) provided you maintained a 2.5 GPA or better while completing your associate’s degree. This BBC grant is in addition to other academic awards.

3. How can I visit the campus?

Information Sessions and Student-Led Campus Tours are offered weekdays and many Saturdays throughout the year. Both provide a perfect opportunity for us to get to know you — and for you to personally experience FDU.  

During the year, we also offer special events like Open Houses and Discover Your Major Days. Details can be found at fdu.edu/visit.

4. What criteria are used to evaluate my application?

Your application is reviewed on the strength of the college-level courses you have completed and your cumulative grade point average. Your high school transcripts may also be used in order to develop a composite of your qualifications.

5.  Which of my classes will transfer?

Once you have completed an application to the University and have been accepted, a thorough evaluation of all of your college transcripts will be made. You will receive a course-by-course breakdown of what credits are accepted. You’ll then meet with an academic advisor who will help you determine the right classes needed to achieve your academic goals.

6. When is the best time to apply?

The University admits students on a rolling basis. However, for maximum financial aid and campus housing consideration, you should apply by the following suggested deadlines:

Fall:   August 1            Spring:   December 15            Summer:   April 1

7. Who qualifies as a transfer student?

Transfer students have completed 24 credits or more of college-level course work at an accredited institution other than Fairleigh Dickinson University.

8. Can I earn extra credit through exams?

Yes, through the College Board’s College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Advanced Placement (AP), TECEP and for work experience through the University’s unique Portfolio Review assessment. Credits may also be earned through evaluation by the American Council on Education (ACE) and PONSI.

FDU offers online, evening and weekend classes tailored to the needs of adult learners, plus highly personalized advisement and support programs. For details, contact the Office of Adult & Part-Time Admissions at 201-692-2551  or email achieve@fdu.edu

Transfer Fast Facts

FDU accepts up to 96 credits from accredited four-year institutions (90 credits maximum for the Bachelor of Individualized Studies majors) and up to 64 credits from accredited two-year institutions (60 credits maximum for the Bachelor of Individualized Studies majors). Full details on University policies for transfer students and advanced standing can be found in FDU’s Undergraduate Bulletin under the “Admissions” section.

FDU awards transfer credit for coursework that is comparable in content and depth to a similar course at FDU. Credit is awarded only for courses completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or better.

Only your credits from previous courses transfer; the grade point average (GPA) earned does not transfer.