FAQs about Transferring to Western New England University
What are the criteria for acceptance as a transfer student to Western New England University?
Admission is primarily based on academic achievement, measured by high school and college transcripts. Typically, successful applicants have a college grade point average of a C+ or better after completing at least two full-time semesters. However, all students are reviewed as individuals, with unique and special circumstances surrounding their desire to transfer from their previous institution to Western New England University.
How do I apply to Western New England University as a transfer student?
We have rolling admissions in both the fall and spring semesters. To apply, submit the following:
Download an application here, apply online with our institutional application, or apply online through The Common Application. If you apply online, be sure your application fee, transcripts, test scores, and recommendation are sent by mail.
Official transcript(s) from all post-secondary institutions attended
Official high school transcript (or copy of GED)
One academic recommendation letter
Essay or Personal Statement
*Waived if you have successfully completed more than 24 credits or have been out of high school for more than five years.
An admissions counselor will review your completed application and send you a decision within approximately two to three weeks. Students are encouraged to submit all application materials by December 1 if applying for the spring semester and by July 1 if applying for the fall semester.
What credits will you accept from my previous institution?
Normally, credit is allowed for each course that is equivalent to a corresponding course at Western New England University provided that the grade earned is a C- or above, and the course is at the 100 level or above. Developmental or basic course work is not accepted. We will accept up to 70 credits from two-year colleges and up to 90 credits from four-year colleges (including any applicable two-year college credits). Within a few weeks of acceptance, we will send a degree audit showing how each previous course applies to your specific degree program at Western New England University.
What other colleges and universities does Western New England University have articulation agreements with?
Western New England University has articulation agreements with the following institutions: Asnuntuck Community College, Berkshire Community College, Greenfield Community College, Holyoke Community College, Hudson Valley Community College, Manchester Community College (CT), Mohawk Valley Community College, Quinebaug Valley Community College, Quinsigamond Community College and Springfield Technical Community College. Western New England also partners with the four Western Massachusetts community colleges in the Joint Admissions Program. To learn more about the Joint Admissions Program, please click here.
Is financial aid available for transfer students?
Yes. Need-based financial aid is granted on a rolling basis, through completion of the FAFSA. You can complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Are there special scholarships for transfer students?
Merit scholarships are awarded annually to transfer students who enroll with at least 12 transfer credits. For consideration, students must have at least a 3.00 GPA from their previous college. The scholarship is renewable if a 2.70 Western New England University GPA is maintained.
What type of housing is available to me as a transfer student?
The University has several options for residence hall living. Transfer students who enroll as freshmen will reside in our "traditional" halls. Sophomores often live in the Plymouth Residence Complex, the LaRiviere Living and Learning Center, or Commonwealth Hall. These residential units provide suite-style living with two students to a room. Some upperclassmen live in our Gateway Village which houses students in one, two, and three bedroom apartments. Evergreen Village and Southwood Hall offer students, usually seniors, an opportunity to live in townhouses or two and four bedroom apartments.
How many credits do I have to complete at Western New England University to get a degree?
It is necessary for a transfer student to complete at least 30 credit hours of study at the University in order to be granted a degree.
How many transfer students attend Western New England University and from where do they transfer?
Each year, over 150 full-time students transfer to Western New England University. Some students find that their original college choice was not the perfect "fit" and transfer out of that four-year institution to our University. About half of our transfer students arrive from two-year institutions.
What academic support services are available to me at Western New England University?
In addition to the Writing Center, Math Center, and Science Center, which all have tutors available to you, the Office of the Dean of First Year Students and Students in Transition and your academic advisor are also excellent resources. The University also has a Student Disability Services (SDS) Office where services are offered to students who require academic accommodations.
What does the University offer in internship opportunities and job placement assistance?
To provide hands-on experience, the University offers a network of over 1,000 businesses and organizations where students can serve as interns, do field work, conduct engineering design projects, or student teach.