Transfer Information


Transfer Admission

As a transfer applicant, the next step in your educational journey may be even more critical than your initial college choice. Time, experience, and growth have led you to consider new opportunities and a new academic direction — and you’re not alone.

Approximately 80 students transfer to PC each year. Here, they find a tradition of academic excellence; a warm, welcoming community; and the resources and opportunities needed to succeed after graduation.


Office of Admission

Phone: 401.865.2535
Fax:    401.865.2826

Application Deadlines

Fall Term

April 1 – Application review begins
Priority deadline for St. Rose Of Lima Scholarship eligibility

April – Review of completed applications begins

May 1 – Applications due

Spring Term

November 1 – Review of completed applications begins

December 1 – Applications due

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Transfer Guidelines

Transfer admission is selective, but our experienced staff is sensitive to individual circumstances and needs. Our Committee on Admission will review your application, college transcripts, high school records, college courses in progress, standardized test scores (if you choose to submit them), required essay, and intended major (if you have selected one), as well as college disciplinary records to assess whether your credentials and attributes make the grade. We require a full year of coursework, in full-time attendance, at another accredited institution for students who have previously applied to the Providence College, but were not granted admission. We strongly recommend the successful completion of approximately 24 credits in one year of full-time study. Courses pursued at a two-year college should reflect a broad, liberal arts perspective. If you are attending a community college, the associate in arts in liberal arts (often called simply a “transfer program”) is your best choice. Transfer applicants should achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in order to be in a competitive position for consideration by the Committee on Admission.

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Application Requirements

Application Fee: $65

The application fee is waived for students who have previously applied to the Providence College.

College Report

The Transfer College Report must be completed by a college or university official who has access to both academic and disciplinary records. It may be necessary to submit the report to two separate officials to complete the form. Your application will not be reviewed without this form and it should be sent to

Official Transcript

Please request that the following documents be sent to Providence College:

  • Official final high school transcript
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

Transcripts must be submitted directly from the high school or college to Providence College in order to be considered official. They can be sent electronically to transfer@providence

Midterm Report

Mid-term grades should be submitted if available, but they are not required to complete an application.

Personal Statement

Please let us know why you wish to transfer. We will use this essay to evaluate writing skills as well as to learn about your reasons for entering the transfer process.

Academic Evaluation (optional)

This form may provide helpful information to the Committee on Admission. However, it is not required to complete an application.

Course Description/Class Syllabi

Please email course descriptions or class syllabi for all of your courses, including those you are currently taking, to  If you no longer have your class syllabi, you can request them directly from your professor, or contact the academic department in which the course was taken. Courses cannot be evaluated to meet core requirements without the class syllabi.

Standardized Test Scores

Submission of standardized test scores is optional. Students who choose not to submit SAT or ACT test scores will not be penalized in the review for admission.

Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Courses:
Transfer applicants are asked to forward an official College Board or any high school Advanced Placement (AP) courses in which they earned a 4 or 5 on the examination.

Providence College also recognizes credit earned through the International Baccalaureate (IB), an internationally recognized curriculum and examination program. Applicants should submit official documentation of each IB Higher Level examination for which they earned a score of 5, 6, or 7 to the Office of Admission. Each successfully passed IB Higher Level examination will earn three credits. Please note that AP, IB, or dual enrollment credit is used for placement only and will not advance a student’s standing. For additional information regarding college credit earned while in high school, please reference the Providence College Undergraduate Catalog.

Supporting Materials

Supporting materials should be emailed to Any mailed documents should be sent to:
Providence College, Office of Admission, 1 Cunningham Square, Providence, RI 02918-0001

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Providence College will make your transfer application process as personalized and comprehensive as possible. An admission interview — which we recommend but do not require — is the best way to get to know the College and to plan effectively for transition.

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Financial Aid

Providence College is committed to assisting eligible students, within the limits of available institutional and federal funding. Need-based aid is available through institutional and federal need-based grants, loans, and work opportunities. Transfer students must complete the CSS Profile Form and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by May 15 for fall applicants and December 1 for spring applicants.

A St. Rose of Lima Transfer Scholarship of up to $22,000 per year is available to transfer students who have demonstrated superior academic performance in college coursework completed prior to enrolling in the fall semester. Students who have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in a rigorous full-time liberal arts program of study will be considered for these awards. While a 3.5 cumulative GPA does not guarantee a scholarship, it suggests the minimum type of performance necessary to be a competitive candidate. Students must complete a full year of coursework before transferring to Providence College to be eligible for consideration for the St. Rose of Lima Transfer Scholarship. The scholarship is renewable for each year of uninterrupted study at Providence College but will not extend past the expected date of graduation year as indicated on the enrollment reservation form. The scholarship is available only for students entering in the fall semester. It is strongly suggested students apply by the April 1 Priority Deadline to be considered for this scholarship.

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Admission Decisions

Three decisions emerge from review by the Committee on Admission: acceptance, denial, or deferral.

Deferral is a common practice whereby the Committee on Admission elects to wait for coursework in progress to be completed, and final grades submitted, prior to a final admission review. Notification of the committee’s decision follows as soon as possible — normally within five business days of the receipt of the requested grades.

The Committee on Admission sometimes recommends the completion of an additional semester in a full-time liberal arts curriculum prior to further admission consideration. This is also a deferral, yet it differs from the regular deferral process. In such instances, the committee has determined that, for sound academic reasons, the student is better served by waiting for admission consideration for the next entry term. The student is notified of the committee’s decision and is given an option of progressing with review for admission consideration for the next term or withdrawing the application.

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Additional Resources

Not everyone’s path to college admission and completion is the same. If you have questions about readmission, reinstatement, deferring enrollment, or other considerations, please review the Providence College’s policies regarding special circumstances.