Undergraduate Transfer Admissions

It’s not about where you start—it’s about where you finish. It's time to make the move to Canisius.

If you have previous college credits from a two-year college or another four-year institution, we welcome you to apply to Canisius. Any applicant who has enrolled in courses at another college or university after the completion of high school must apply as a transfer student.

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How Does Transferring Work?

Learn more about our transfer process, including how your credits will carry over and what scholarships might be available.

Transferring from a two year school

Find your school and see exactly how your credits can be applied using our transfer articulation agreements.

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What materials do I need?
  • A completed application Personal Essay (at least 250 words)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended
  • Official high school transcripts*
  • Official SAT/ACT scores*

*Required only if you have fewer than 24 college credits or if you are applying to a program in the School of Education


Are there GPA requirements? 

When reviewing applications for admission, the Admissions Committee looks for students with a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher.
 GPA requirements vary between schools: 
-College of Arts & Sciences: 2.0+
-Richard J. Wehle School of Business: 2.5+
-School of Education: 3.0+, plus high school transcripts and official SAT/ACT scores.

How will my credits transfer?

1. After you apply and send us transcripts from each college or university you have attended, a full transfer credit evaluation will be completed and mailed to you within a couple of weeks after you are officially accepted.

2. You can also contact the registrar’s office for a preliminary credit evaluation before you apply.

Canisius College accepts transfer credit from accredited colleges/university’s, AP, IB, CLEP, and Military credit. Students may transfer a maximum of 90 credits, with a maximum of 60 credits awarded for courses from 2-year schools.

What are the important deadlines?

The two main deadlines to remember are the Canisius admissions deadline and the FAFSA deadline:

Transfer Application Deadline: Rolling Admission. That means you can apply to transfer any time throughout the year.

Complete the FAFSA: File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible and definitely by the recommended deadline of February 15, 2021, to determine your eligibility for all forms of aid.

Remember: Transfer students can enroll for both the fall and spring semesters.


Are there scholarships available?

Yes! Take a look at the full list of scholarships available to transfer students:

View Transfer Scholarships


Questions? Connect with your Counselor

Jeannette Delaney - Transfer & Re-admit Students
Interim Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions
716-888-2214 | @email

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Previously Attended Canisius?

Welcome back! Students who have taken a year or more off or who are looking to come back for a second bachelor’s degree should complete the re-admit application for admission. The Office of Undergraduate Admission will review your application and inform you of your next steps to make your transition back as smooth as possible. In addition to the application, we also request that you send us a brief essay explaining your educational and career goals. Indicate what you plan to accomplish by re-enrolling at Canisius. We also request a recent copy of your resume and any official transcripts from colleges or universities you have attended since you left. If you have any questions, please feel free to email: admissions@canisius.edu

Visit Our Campus
During the transferring process we encourage you to visit Canisius and experience our vibrant urban campus community in person.