FAQs for Transfer Applicants

How do I know when my transfer application is complete?

When your transfer application is received electronically by Stonehill you will be sent an acknowledgement email. You will also be given a password that will allow you to access the Admission Portal where you can check on the status of your application materials. You will be able to see the date when each of the parts of your application has been received and which documents have not been received. We cannot review your application until it is complete, so we urge you to keep checking your admission portal until all materials have been received.

If all of the courses I have taken at post-secondary institutions are not listed on one transcript, do I have to send in an official transcripts from each institution?

Yes. You need to request that official transcripts be sent directly to the Stonehill Office of Admission from every post-secondary institution that you have attended, even if the final transcript lists all of the courses you have taken, and even if you are not seeking credit for courses taken at these institutions. Evaluation of your admission application is based upon your cumulative grade point average, therefore, each transcript factors into our final decision.

What do I do if I have attended more than one college/university?

Many transfer students have attended more than one college or university before they apply to Stonehill. You must submit the Registrar’s Report Form from the last college or university attended. Please request that this form be filled out completely. In addition, applicants must submit an official transcript from every college and university where credit was earned or attempted. The Transfer Registrar Report form is included in the online Common Application.

Do I need to submit my high school transcript and SAT scores to apply as a transfer?

All transfer students must have an official transcript sent to the Stonehill Office of Admission from their high school. Stonehill is a “Test Optional” school for all applicants, so we DO NOT require transfer students to submit SAT or ACT scores.

What if English is not my first language? Do I need to take the TOEFL or the IELTS?

International first-year and transfer applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores as part of their application for admission. The recommended TOEFL score is 575 on the written exam or 80 on the internet-based exam. The recommended IELTS score is 7.0. TOEFL/IELTS results will be waived for students who score 600 or higher on the Critical Reading and Writing portions of the SAT. While U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents whose native language is not English are not required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS, applicants are welcome to do so to better demonstrate their English proficiency.

If I have a G.E.D. will my application be looked at differently than applicants who have a high school diploma?

No. All transfer applicants must have either a high school diploma or a G.E.D. and they need to have either the high school transcript or the G.E.D. test result sent directly to the Stonehill College Admissions Office.

If I was a poor student in high school, but have done better in college/university will I still have a chance of being admitted as a transfer?

The Committee of Admission reviews your whole academic record when evaluating your candidacy. The committee looks to identify improvement in your academic work. Many transfer students did not work up to their potential in high school, but then applied themselves in college and strengthened their academic records. Your most recent academic work and the grades in the courses most relevant to your major will be closely evaluated in your transfer review. If you applied to Stonehill in the past and were not accepted we typically require that you complete at least a year of college level work before you apply as a transfer student.

Can I transfer in either Fall or Spring semester?

Yes. We accept transfer students in both semesters. Generally, the same admission requirements and the same level of selectivity are applied when reviewing transfer applications for either semester. The number of transfer openings and the number of transfer applicants can vary between semesters and that can affect the competitiveness of the transfer process.

Can I apply to transfer in the Spring semester after my first semester in college?

Yes. You may apply to transfer in the Spring semester of your first year, but most of our admission decision will be based on your high school transcript. We do require that all transfer students submit a Mid-Term Report Form in which all of your professors write in your current grades so that we can evaluate how you are doing in your current semester of work. Students who were not accepted as a freshmen applicant must complete a full year at another institution before they reapply as a transfer.

If I applied as a freshman can I use the same application for my transfer application?

No. Stonehill uses the Common Application for first year applicants and the Common Application for Transfers for transfer applicants. While some of the information is the same in both applications, most of the transfer application information is different. All transfers should submit the completed Common Application for Transfers and all of the required forms. If you applied as a freshman we will include your first year application materials in your new transfer application, but you will still need to submit a new transfer application.

Can I schedule an interview?

Yes. You can schedule a transfer interview by calling the main Office of Admission number at 508-565-1373. Interviews are not required, but they are a good place to ask questions directly, learn about Stonehill and our admission policies and get an idea of what courses will transfer. Interviews are evaluative and an “interview report” will be filed in your application. When you come for an interview it is good to bring in unofficial transcripts from the previous schools you have attended.

Do you offer Open House programs for transfer students?

We offer a number of visit opportunities for transfer students. To see all scheduled events, visit here.

Is it easier to be admitted to one major over another?

Prospective transfer students submit an application to Stonehill College, not to a specific major. Students list a major on their transfer application, but if they are admissible to the College they will be accepted regardless of the major they list on their application. Once on campus, transfer students meet with the transfer advisor in Academic Services to discuss previous coursework and the requirements to complete a major at Stonehill. If a transfer student knows which major they want to pursue, then they will also be assigned an advisor in that major. Some majors may be more challenging to complete in four years based on your prior college work.

If I apply as a transfer and do not get in, can I reapply in the future?

Yes. You can reapply if you were not accepted the first time you applied. We do store records for all applicants for the last few years, so we will have many of your documents and transcripts on file. We do require that all transfer students who were not accepted or did not enroll the first time that they applied file a new Common Transfer Application. You will need to send in transcripts for any additional work you have completed between applications and also send in a Mid-Term Report Form for the work you are doing in the present semester.

Can I take courses as a part-time degree candidate?

Yes. You can attend Stonehill as a part–time degree student, but part-time degree students can only take one or two courses per semester. Most of the classes at Stonehill are offered during the day and therefore you would not be able to complete a part-time degree program if you could only attend classes at night. You should know that part time students do not qualify for financial aid for these courses and they cannot live on campus.

If accepted, can I defer my admission?

Yes. Students who are accepted can defer their admission for one year. Students who wish to defer need to pay their enrollment deposit to hold their place in the class and complete a deferral form. Students who defer their admission may NOT enroll in classes during the deferment period. If a deferred student does take additional classes, then their deferral is canceled and they would need to reapply or reactivate their old transfer application.

What are the most important criteria that the Committee on Admission evaluates when reviewing a transfer application?

Each transfer application is carefully and holistically reviewed by the transfer counselor and then reviewed again by the Dean of Admission. The most important parts of a transfer application are college/university transcripts, professor recommendations, personal statements, the School Official’s Report and the high school transcript. The most emphasis in the evaluation is placed on your academic work in college. If a transfer applicant has completed less than a year of college work we also pay close attention to the preparation and grades received in high school. We also evaluate each applicant’s ability to contribute to the Stonehill community and the reason why he or she would like to transfer to Stonehill. If an applicant has experienced a drop in their academic performance, then we expect that they will address the problem in their personal statement or essay and that they will have improved their performance in the subsequent semesters. Most successful transfers have a 3.0 or higher grade point average in their college work.

How long will it take me to graduate?

The time you have to spend at Stonehill will be determined by the total number of courses that are accepted in transfer, the number of core requirements transfer courses that are accepted into our Cornerstone Program and the degree program you wish to pursue. You need to take at least half (60 of the required 124 credits to graduate) at Stonehill and at least half of the required courses in your major at Stonehill.

How can I find out more information about my major, course offerings and graduation requirements?

The best way to research your major, course offerings and graduation requirements is to consult our online catalog. The online catalog has a wealth of information about the academic options and opportunities you can find at Stonehill.

How many students are admitted as transfers each year?

Typically we would like to enroll approximately 15-20 new transfer students in the spring semester and 30-45 new transfers in the fall semester. We typically receive between 35-65 transfer applications for the spring semester and 140-190 transfer applications for the fall semester.

When will I know my admission decision?

Most applicants for the spring semester will know their admission decision between December 1-31 and fall semester transfer applicants will be notified between April 15-May 31. You cannot be reviewed until your application materials are all received, so be sure to keep checking your application status on the Admission portal.

When can I choose my classes?

After you have paid your enrollment deposit you will be contacted by your transfer academic advisor, inviting you to come in for a personal consultation. During your meeting with the transfer advisor you will review your Stonehill degree audit, learn what courses have been accepted into the Cornerstone Program, into your major and what courses were accepted as electives. You will discuss your career and educational objectives with your advisor and complete a plan for the rest of your studies at Stonehill. You will then work with your advisor to choose and register for your next semester classes and review any questions you have about your academic future at Stonehill.

Is housing available for transfer students?

Housing availability for transfer students is dependent on room availability on campus. Most transfer students are awarded campus residence, but housing is not guaranteed regardless of your date of application. Admitted transfer students will be notified in their acceptance letter if they were given on campus housing.

Is there Orientation for Transfer students?

Yes. Stonehill's Office of Academic Services & Advising hosts a one-day orientation for new transfer students before the first day of classes each semester. Transfer students also participate in a 5-week New Transfer Experience course that includes a thorough introduction to life at Stonehill. 

Is there any advantage to applying early?

The earlier that you submit your transfer application, the sooner the Office of Admission can contact you to let you know what pieces of your application are still missing so you can complete your application earlier. The earlier that your application is complete, the earlier you will receive an admission decision. Applications received after our application deadline will be reviewed on a space available basis.

How is class standing determined?

Class standing at Stonehill is determined by the number of credit hours a student has completed. To complete a degree at Stonehill a student must complete 124 credit hours.

Does Stonehill offer Yellow Ribbon GI Educational benefits?

Yes. As a supporting institution of the Yellow Ribbon Program through the Post-9/11 GI Bill Veteran Educational Assistance Act, Stonehill provides financial support to Post-9/11 veterans. Participants of the Yellow Ribbon Program must be admitted to Stonehill through the traditional transfer admission process before Yellow Ribbon considerations are made. There are restrictions for eligibility for this program so for additional information about the Yellow Ribbon Program and how it applies to veterans who were accepted by Stonehill contact Eric Newnum in Student Financial Services at 508-565-1076.

Does applying for Financial Aid affect my chances of acceptance?

No. Stonehill adheres to a need-blind admission policy for transfer applicants.

Do you offer any tuition payment plans?

Yes. Specific information on tuition payment plans can be found on the Student Accounts website. Questions on the plan can be directed to studentsaccounts@stonehill.edu or 508-565-1394.

I was accepted as a freshman and received a strong financial aid award—will I receive the same award as a transfer?

Not necessarily. When you apply as a transfer student you have to resubmit both the FAFSA and the CSS PROFILE forms. Stonehill will award need-based financial aid based on the review of the financial information you provide on these forms, and your family’s financial situation might have changed since you applied as a first year student.

Transfer students will be reconsidered for merit awards based on their academic record in both high school and college. Transfer merit scholarships are awarded individually and range in value between $10,000 and $20,000. Awards may align with scholarships that were previously given, provided that the applicant has maintained a consistent level of success.

For additional information about Stonehill’s financial assistance programs and application procedures please consult the Financial Aid & Scholarships section of our website or you can speak directly to a Financial Aid Counselor by calling Student Financial Services at 508-565-1088.

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