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Transfer Student Admissions

Transferring to Fairleigh Dickinson University is fast and easy. Transfer students, whether from a community college or a four-year institution, are provided personalized attention and academic advisement to make the transition to FDU a seamless process.

Choose a Campus

Applicants are invited to apply to either FDU's Florham Campus in Madison, NJ or the Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck, NJ. Applicants are encouraged to speak with an admissions transfer counselor so that we may assist with your application. Applicants are also encouraged to 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.


When to file an application

  1. Applications for admission may be submitted for the fall or spring semesters or summer sessions. Accelerated Nursing applicants can apply for a summer start term.
  2. Applications for admission are processed on a rolling basis; students are encouraged to apply early to allow ample time to complete the application process.

Suggested application deadlines

  • July 15 for Fall term.
  • December 15 for the Spring term.

Housing for transfer students is available on a space-available basis.

How to apply

  • Complete an online application.
  • 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

Transfer students will have completed 24 or more college-credit hours at an accredited post-secondary institution. Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted. A high school transcript need not be submitted unless requested by the admissions office. Applicants with less than 24 credits earned are considered students with advanced standing, and must submit their official high school transcript and SAT or ACT test scores in addition to college transcripts.

Evaluation of Previous Academic Work

Students with an Associate in Arts (AA) or an Associate in Science (AS) Degree can transfer in a maximum of 64 credits. Students from other four-year institutions can transfer in up to 96 credits. Course work with earned grades of A through C will be considered for transfer credit.

Community College Transfer Students

Fairleigh Dickinson University has articulation agreements with most 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. More information about transferring courses from a community college to a four-year college or university in New Jersey is also available at njtransfer.org.

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.

Scholarships 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 GPAs from all institutions attended. 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 with a 3.0 GPA or above 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/Community College Graduates

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

  • completed their associate degree at a partner county or community college of NJ,
  • filled out the non-binding Interest Form for your college (call the admissions office for more information: 800.338.8803)
  • submitted an FDU application, AND
  • been offered admission to FDU.

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 2018 semester, the GPA tiered scholarship information is below.

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.

Students from Community College partnership institutions that choose to live on campus may receive an annual $1,500 housing grant. And if you are an NJ Stars II participant, there may be additional scholarship money available to you.

Bergen Community College and County College of Morris Program Liaisons

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). The program liaisons can assist with providing information about FDU's majors. FDU strongly encourages prospective students to visit campus, and meet transfer advisors and faculty members. 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.