Transfer students have been an integral part of the Northwood University fabric since the earliest years of the school. Some of these students have enrolled at Northwood University after attending a community college; others from four year public and private universities, and some after serving in the military. Students may enter Northwood at any point in their college career. Regardless of what path brings students to Northwood, our admissions staff will help students apply the credits already earned and the experiences already gained elsewhere into their Northwood curriculum.
New students to Northwood University who have graduated from high school and have earned college credit at another college or university prior to attendance at Northwood University are considered Transfer Students. Northwood University evaluates credit only from regionally accredited academic institutions. Applicants must submit records of all institutions attended, however only credits hours from regionally accredited institutions are transferable. Admission will be based on the total number of hours earned and cumulative GPA, which will be calculated based on cumulative hours attempted. Students interested in transferring to Northwood must be in good standing at an accredited college or university. Call the Admissions Office of the Northwood campus you are planning to attend. An admissions counselor will help guide you through the process. Transfer student scholarships are available.
Which Kind of Transfer Student Are You?
Transfer students fall into two categories:
- Students who have some college credits from an accredited college or university, but do not have an associate's degree.
- Students who have earned an associate's degree from an accredited community or junior college.
1. Transfers Who Will Not Have an Associate's Degree Prior to Transferring
Transfer students are those who have earned 24 hours of transferable college credit or more from a regionally accredited institution. Please note that credit hours earned from remedial coursework do not apply.
Any student who has 23 hours or less of college credit will be considered for freshman admission, but will still need to provide official college transcripts when applying for admission. While we recommend completing an associate’s degree prior to transfer, is not required to apply as a transfer student to Northwood.
We encourage transfer students to have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA when transferring to Northwood, but, all students will be reviewed on an individual basis, and are still encouraged to apply.
If transferring after completing more than two years at another school, Northwood requires transfer students to complete at least 31 semester hours at Northwood. A minimum total of 123 semester hours are required for graduation. Northwood does not require a two-year residency to graduate, as many other schools do.
Northwood's Registrar's Office will review your school transcript(s) to determine which courses will transfer and how many credits will be accepted. Only courses with a "C" or better will transfer.
2. Transfers with an Associate's Degree
The completion of an associate's degree from a regionally accredited institution is recommended before transferring to Northwood. This ensures the transfer of all associate degree course credits. Upon admission, junior status is immediately received. Junior status does not guarantee completion of an academic program in two years.
Transfer Course Equivalency Guides
Transfer Course Equivalency Guides have been created for Texas community colleges. There is a guide for each major that shows which courses will transfer to Northwood. These guides are not a comprehensive list of every course that may transfer to Northwood University. If you have a course not listed on the guide, be sure to check with a Northwood University Transfer Admissions Counselor to determine transferability.
Financial Assistance is Available
New Transfer students with a minimum of 24 earned semester hours and a 2.7+ GPA are eligible for our Transfer Scholarships ranging from $2500- $7500! In addition, Northwood University also offers Phi Theta Kappa/Business Club Scholarships.
Over 80% of Northwood students receive some form of financial aid. Aid is available through other Northwood University grants, and the Federal Aid. For additional information please visit financial aid area of our website.
Future Transfer Students
A student who plans to transfer to Northwood in the future should contact the Office of Admissions to speak to a transfer counselor. This will allow the student to be advised on the appropriate classes and/or electives to take depending on the student's transfer goals. Early planning is better, but a transfer counselor can advise a student at any point regarding their transfer to Northwood.
International Transfer Students
International transfer students are those students who are transferring from a two or four year institution from within the United States. International transfer students are also eligible to receive the transfer academic scholarships. For more information on requirements please see the International Student web page.
Talk to an Admissions Representative
If you are considering transferring to Northwood University, it is strongly advised that you talk with a Northwood admissions representative about your courses and credits.