Transfer Applicants

If you have completed one term as a full-time student in a degree-seeking program at another college or university, you must apply to the University of Chicago as a transfer student. High school students who have taken college-level courses should apply as first-year applicants.

If you would like to visit the University to study for one year or less before returning to another institution, you should apply as a student-at-largeStudents who already have a bachelor’s degree are not eligible to apply to the undergraduate College at the University of Chicago, as the College does not grant second bachelor’s degrees. However, you are welcome to pursue a graduate degree or apply as a graduate-student-at-large through the Graham School of General Studies.


Application Due Date March 1*
Admission Decision Release Date Early May
Student Reply Due Date June 1*

*11:59pm applicant's local time

Transfer students may only enter the College in the Autumn Quarter.

Application Materials

Optional Components

Submitting Documents

Learn more about submitting application documents.

Transfer Credit and Academic Requirements

Transfer students must attend the College for at least two academic years (six quarters), completing the Core curriculum, at least 18 courses, and at least half of their major with UChicago. Tentative evaluations of transfer credit are conducted by the Office of the Dean of Students and mailed out over the summer to enrolling students. Learn more about transfer credit.

Most transfer students can complete their studies with no more than one extra quarter beyond the usual four college years, although this may depend on how coursework elsewhere relates to the structure of a UChicago degree program. 

Financial Aid

The University of Chicago meets a student’s full demonstrated need throughout their undergraduate career at UChicago. The number of quarters for which you receive financial aid will depend on your transfer credit evaluation, which you will receive after you are offered admission.  Learn more about applying for financial aid.

If you are neither a citizen of the United States nor a permanent resident, then we consider you to be an international transfer applicant, even if you are currently studying at a U.S. college or university. International transfer applicants are not eligible for financial aid.