Transfer Requirements & Process

Eligibility & Credit Transfer

Transfer applicants to Stanford may have taken a unique path to their undergraduate studies, and therefore it is important to review the transfer eligibility guidelines.


Review these guidelines to determine your eligibility for transfer admission:

  • Students who have enrolled either full-time or as a degree-seeking student after graduating from high school must apply for transfer admission.
  • Students who are dual-enrolled in both high school and college programs should apply for freshman admission.
  • Students must have a high school diploma or the equivalent in order to enroll at Stanford.
  • Transfer coursework must be completed at an accredited degree-granting institution; coursework completed in vocational, technical, performance or professional programs are not considered.
  • Transfer students are required to complete at least two years of full-time enrollment at Stanford in order to attain a bachelor's degree from the university.
  • Students who have already earned a bachelor's degree are not eligible to apply for undergraduate admission, but they may contact the Graduate Admissions Office at for information about admission to Stanford's graduate programs.

Transfer of Credits

Transfer credit is reviewed and awarded by the Stanford University Office of the University Registrar according to Faculty Senate policy. While Stanford has no articulation agreements with any college or institution, we have found that a course generally receives transfer credit at Stanford if it meets the following conditions:

  • It is completed at an accredited institution
  • It is substantially similar to courses offered at Stanford
  • It is completed with a grade of  C- or better
  • It does not duplicate, overlap or regress previous coursework

The transferability of specific courses is ultimately determined by the Office of the University Registrar once students are admitted. This policy may change from year to year, so you should always consult the most recent Stanford Bulletin and the Office of the University Registrar for the most current information.

Updated on December 18, 2014 11:12 AM