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Butler University Bulletin

Transfer Students

Any student who has completed 12 or more hours of college course work after high school graduation and is seeking to complete an undergraduate degree, or any student seeking a second undergraduate degree, is considered a transfer student and must submit the Application for Transfer Admission and Scholarships.

The admission of transfer students is made on a selective basis. In evaluating transfer applications for admission, the University takes into account the accreditation and the general quality of previous course work. Applicants must be in good standing with their previous colleges/universities; a total cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is preferred for admission consideration for most majors, with no grades below C- in the most recent semester. It is recommended that transfer applicants to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences have a B average (3.0/4.0) or greater for admission consideration. Eligibility for consideration does not guarantee admission. Any transfer applicant whose high school record would not have met Butler’s requirements for first-year student admission is required to demonstrate a strong record of college-level work after a minimum of one year of study.

A student who has completed fewer than 12 hours of successful college course work after high school graduation will be required to meet the criteria as defined for first-year student admission, in addition to submitting official transcripts of all college-level work.

Applying for Transfer Admission

Applications for transfer admission are reviewed on a rolling basis. (Students applying to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences should refer to the appropriate sections below.) To be considered for admission as a transfer student, students must submit the following:

  • Application for Transfer Admission accompanied by the nonrefundable application fee. (The fee is waived for applications filed online.)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended, sent directly from the schools to the Office of Admission. Only transcripts received from the registrar of former colleges will be treated as official. Concealing previous college attendance is grounds for denial and dismissal.
  • Certification that the student is in good standing, not on probation, and eligible to return to that college.
  • Official high school transcript indicating the date of graduation from a secondary school approved by a state or regional accrediting agency is required for transfer students with fewer than 20 college semester credits after high school graduation. Students who did not complete high school but successfully completed the General Education Development (GED) test should submit official satisfactory GED results if they will have fewer than 20 college semester credits. Neither is required of students who have earned a four-year undergraduate degree.
  • Official ACT or SAT scores (waived if applicant has graduated from high school or equivalent more than four years prior) for transfer students with fewer than 20 college semester credits after high school graduation/earning GED.
    • If the prospective student seeks to transfer into the College of Education, the student is required to have an ACT score of 24 or higher, an SAT 1 score of 1100 or higher, an SAT R score of 1170 or higher, or passing scores on the state CASA exam for transfer admission consideration.
  • Official AP or CLEP results. Exam scores should be sent to the Office of Registration and Records.
  • For international students: official results of the TOEFL indicating a score of 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based). We also accept IELTS, SAT, or ACT scores.

All application materials become the property of Butler University. Transcripts received from other institutions will not be returned to the student or released to another institution or third party.

Transfer Scholarships

Scholarships are available for students who transfer to Butler for fall and spring semester and enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours of study per semester. Contact the Office of Admission for application deadline information.

College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Transfer Applicants—Special Requirements

Pharmacy transfer applicants are considered only for fall entry. Previous applicants electing to reapply to the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences should submit a new application for admission and transcripts of additional course work. The final decisions for determining which applicants will be admitted and which will be placed on the waiting list for the professional phase are made by the College’s Academic Affairs Committee.

Pharmacy Applicants

Students transferring into pharmacy are required to study no fewer than four years at Butler University to complete the degree. Transfer applications for the pre-professional phase of the pharmacy program should be submitted to the Office of Admission by December 1 (postmark date). Students applying to the professional phase of the program should complete an application through the Pharmacy College Application Service (PharmCAS: by January 1 (recommended Butler deadline). Selected candidates will be invited to campus for an interview with faculty. Consideration for transfer admission into the program is limited to:

  • Students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0 (highly recommended)
  • Students who hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited school in the United States
  • Students who hold a bachelor’s degree from a school outside the United States
  • International students who also submit TOEFL scores as described above for transfer students

Enrolling in the University as a Transfer Student

Newly admitted transfer students must submit an enrollment deposit, which will be applied to the first semester’s costs. For students entering as transfer students in the fall semester, the deposit is refundable through August 1 (January 1 for spring semester). Fall semester deposits paid after May 1 are nonrefundable (after January 1 for spring semester). Admitted students who have not already earned a four-year undergraduate degree also must submit an official final transcript from the most recent college attended with most recent grades posted and the final high school transcript with graduation date posted.