Transfer Benefits & FAQs

Benefits of transferring:
  • Campus Life

    Housing Mentorship and Resources

    Learn about the Transfer Year Experience and the Transfer Community Special Interest Housing Group here!  These programs connect transfer students with mentorship, resources, and events during the first year after transferring to KU.

    Transfer students are able to secure on-campus housing for the duration of their time at KU.  We offer a Transfer Community Special Interest Group in Dixon Hall for students interested in mentorship, transfer-specific events and workshops, and social events.  Transfer students are also able to live in suite-style or apartment and townhouse living options.  View our housing options here.

    Commuter Lounge

    Transfer students who commute to KU have access to our Commuter Lounge, which is located in the McFarland Student Union Building.  The Commuter Lounge features computers for student use, a microwave, and a comfortable place to study between classes

    Student Services

    Transfer students are encouraged to utilize all of the beneficial student services on campus that are free of charge!  These services include both academic and general services that will help you to make the most of your time at KU.

    Student Involvement

    KU offers more than 200 student organizations including Greek, academic, religious, cultural, social, athletic, and performance-related groups.  Choose to get involved and make your time on campus memorable!  KU's transfer-specific organizations include the Kutztown Alliance of Transfer Students and the Tau Sigma National Honor Society for Transfer Students.

  • Academic Benefits

    Partnerships

    KU has established transfer agreements with many community colleges to ensure a smooth transfer.  View our transfer agreements here.  

    Internships and Research

    Transfer students are able to complete internships for academic credit.  Some programs require internships as part of the curriculum.  Transfer students also have opportunities to complete research with faculty and on their own.

    Honors Program

    Transfer students are able to participate in the Honors Program if the criteria are met.

Application Questions:
  • Q: Are SAT or ACT scores required for transfer students?

    A: Kutztown University currently is a test-optional school and does not require SAT or ACT scores with an application. Transfer students who have completed 12 or more credits at the 100-level or higher are not required to provide SAT or ACT scores.

  • Q: Do I need to send my high school transcript?

    A: If you are earning an Associate’s Degree, you do not need to send your high school transcript for the admissions review process. You will need to submit your high school transcript with proof of graduation if you are not earning an Associate’s Degree. Proof of graduation is required for financial aid purposes. Please have all official transcripts sent to admissions@kutztown.edu.

Credit Evaluation:
  • Q: Does a “D” grade transfer?

    A: All college-level credits from institutions recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation will be accepted as transfer credits.  This includes D grades.  Certain courses may need to be repeated in order to meet major requirements for graduation. Be sure to work with your academic advisor and the Registrar’s Office for degree requirements and progress.

  • Q: Does my GPA transfer?

    A: Your courses and credits from previous institutions may transfer, but your GPA will not. The grades obtained only from courses completed at KU will determine your GPA at KU.

  • Q: What is the maximum number of credits that I can transfer?

    A: Kutztown University does not set a limit on how many credits may transfer. Keep in mind that all students must complete a minimum of 120 credits total to earn a Bachelor’s Degree. Students must complete at least 30 of the final 60 credits at KU and 50% of their major/minor courses must be taken at KU. Be sure to work with your Academic Advisor and the Registrar’s Office for degree requirements and progress.

  • Q: Will all of my courses transfer to Kutztown University?

    A: All college-level credits from institutions recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation will be accepted as transfer credits.  This includes D grades.  Certain courses may need to be repeated in order to meet major requirements for graduation. Be sure to work with your academic advisor and the Registrar’s Office for degree requirements and progress.

Degree progress:
  • Q: How do I obtain my General Education (Gen Ed) waiver?

    A: The Admissions Office needs a copy of your final official transcript showing that you completed an Associate’s Degree. Please have all official transcripts sent to admissions@kutztown.edu.With this documentation, you are also eligible for the Transfer Housing and Book awards.

  • Q: Can I earn my Bachelor’s Degree in two years after completing my Associate’s Degree?

    A. After completing an Associate’s Degree, many students who are enrolled full-time can plan on completing a Bachelor’s Degree in two years. It would be beneficial to be enrolled in a similar major degree program for the Associate’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree. Students would need to work closely with an academic advisor. Students must complete and pass all prerequisite, major, and degree elective courses. Certain degree programs could require additional coursework.

  • Q: Can I view copies of degree plans/ program check sheets for majors at KU?

    A: You can access a listing of our Academic Majors (https://www.kutztown.edu/academics/courses/checksheets-and-planners.html) where you explore the degree requirements and academic planners of our many majors and minors available. Be sure to review the current version of our check sheets by selecting the document with a green checkmark next to it.

  • Q: Will any of my transfer credits apply to my major?

    A: The academic department of your intended major will determine how your transferrable credits will apply to your degree program. This can be clarified at our orientation experience and reviewed again every time you met with your assigned Academic Advisor.

  • Q: I have been out of school for 10 or more years. Do I have to start over again?

    A: After receiving all official transcripts, courses will be evaluated by the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar's Office determines the acceptability of these credits following acceptance to KU. Courses completed 10 or more years prior to continuing a degree, or starting a new degree, might not count towards requirements for graduation. For transfer students, these courses might not transfer. Such courses may no longer be required for the degree or updated in content. Be sure to work with your academic advisor and the Registrar’s Office for degree requirements and progress.

Next Steps After Depositing…
  • Q: Can transfer students live on campus?

    A: Transfer students do have the ability to live on campus. Housing options can be found here (https://www.kutztown.edu/about-ku/administrative-offices/residence-life-housing-and-dining-services/housing-information-and-residence-halls.html).

  • Q: When will I be given a schedule?

    A: After you pay your Advanced Registration Deposit, you will register for the Transfer Student Orientation. As part of your orientation experience, you will obtain your first KU schedule. Each academic department handles this differently. Be sure to keep an eye on your KU Student email for updates. Any questions can be asked to the New Student Orientation team at orientation@kutztown.edu.

  • Q: When will I be assigned my advisor?

    A: On your first day of classes at Kutztown University, you will be assigned an advisor within your major department. This is visible in your student portal once assigned.