Chatham University

Transfer Students

  • Over 1/3 of Chatham's undergraduate student body are transfer students. Chatham's generous transfer credit policy allows students to transfer in up to 90 credits
  • Chatham's completion degree programs offer flexibility through online courses for working students
  • Earn both your bachelor's and master's degrees in as few as five years with our Integrated Graduate Programs.

Transfer student applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed application for admission
  • Official academic transcripts from all past colleges and university in which student was enrolled
  • Official high school transcripts (Form - DOC)
  • SAT (Chatham code: 2081) or ACT (Chatham Code: 3538) scores*
  • Essay or writing sample
  • One or more letters of recommendation from a professor, community member, employer, etc. (Form - PDF)

Students may apply using our test-optional policy and choose not to submit their standardized test scores at the time of application. If not submitting their scores, in addition to the required application materials, applicants must submit the following:

  • Résumé
  • Graded academic writing sample
  • Complete an on-campus interview
  • Portfolio (optional)

If applicants feel that these materials do not adequately represent their academic abilities or explain their academic history, they are encouraged to submit additional explanatory materials to strengthen their application.

*Transfer students with more than 24 transferrable credits do not need to provide their official high school transcript or test scores.

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Important Academic Polices for Transfer of Credit


For first-year students 23 years of age or older...

There are several unique advantages to being a Gateway student:

Prior Learning Assessment
Prior Learning Assesment is meant to assist Gateway students in identifying areas of college-level experiential learning. As such, degree-seeking Gateway students have an opportunity to be awarded academic credit for post-secondary knowledge gained prior to matriculating at Chatham University. Gateway students wishing to develop a portfolio are enrolled in a course that guides students through each and every step of the portfolio development process. Accordingly, Gateway students can potentially earn a maximum of 30 credits towards their educational goals. Read more about portfolio development for Gateway students.