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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is considered a transfer student?

A student defined as a transfer has earned 12 or more transferable college credit hours after post-high school completion, from a regionally accredited institution, or a student who is 22 years of age or older and has transferable credit.

If I'm PSEO, am I considered a transfer student?

No, you are not considered a transfer student because you are a high school student concurrently enrolled in a college or university. Post-secondary students must apply to the college through the first-year admissions office.

Who are non-degree-seeking students?

Non-degree-seeking students are those enrolled in coursework at the College who choose not to apply the credits toward a degree or licensure at St. Scholastica. Non-degree-seeking students pay regular-rate tuition out-of-pocket and are not eligible to apply for financial aid. Those seeking to be a non-degree-seeking student need to complete an application.

What is the required GPA for acceptance?

A cumulative 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or higher is required for regular acceptance to the College.

What is a cumulative GPA?

The cumulative GPA is the average GPA when all your GPAs from multiple schools are combined. Students having attended more than one school after high school will have their cumulative GPA calculated for acceptance and/or establishing eligibility for the Transfer Student Benedictine Scholarship. PSEO and graduate-level courses are not factored into the cumulative GPA.

What if my GPA doesn't meet the requirement?

Conditional acceptance may be offered to students who have a cumulative GPA less than 2.0. Upon acceptance of this admission status, the student must complete a 2.0 on all credits attempted during their term of entry.

Are ACT, PSAT or SAT test scores needed for entrance into the College?

No, transfer students are not required to submit scores from these testing sources.

When is the best time to transfer to St. Scholastica?

The earlier you apply to the College, the better! Once you've decided to apply, contact us to set up a time to speak with a Transfer Admissions Counselor and map your next steps.

We recognize that some students look for the ease of applying to many colleges at once. We are now proud to be a member of the Common App. Transfer students are welcome to use the Common App to apply.

Should I finish my two-year degree before transferring to St. Scholastica?

It’s not necessary to complete your two-year/Associate Degree before transferring to St. Scholastica. However, community college students who complete a degree before transferring have their credits accepted in entirety, instead of on a course by course evaluation process.

How do I apply?

You can apply online. It will only take a few minutes to complete. To start your application, click on "Undergraduate or Transfer Application," then select the "Create a New Account" button. Once your account is created, you will have access to your application portal. Log in to your application portal to continue an incomplete application, track the receipt of your transcripts, access your admission decision letter, and submit your decision response form. 

We recognize that some students look for the ease of applying to many colleges at once. We are now proud to be a member of the Common App. Transfer students are welcome to use the Common App to apply.

What types of documentation will I need to apply for transfer admission and receive transfer credit?

You will need official transcripts, and possible course syllabi and a catalog from your current college if your courses need to be evaluated on a course-by-course basis.

When is the application deadline?

There is no deadline for applying. CSS operates on a rolling admissions program, which means that applications are processed as they come in. However, students are encouraged to apply as far in advance as possible to the term in which they are interested in transferring.

How long should I wait for an acceptance decision?

As soon as all transcripts from an applicant's previous colleges are received, the file is processed for acceptance and an application decision notification will be sent to your application portal. 

When do I need to make my final decision?

Technically, your final decision need not be made until the day before classes begin. However, to ensure your place in classes and access to on campus housing, you should decide as soon as possible.

How will I know if my courses will transfer?

Finding out how your courses will transfer BEFORE transferring to St. Scholastica is preferable. However, CSS does not perform formal credit evaluations until after you have been accepted. We have provided transfer guides and incoming credits and course information to help you gain a better understanding of what will transfer. 

You also can provide any supporting documents with your Transfer Admissions Counselor, who will provide you with an unofficial credit/course evaluation to give you the closest estimate possible.

What courses am I required to take?

General education (also known as Veritas) requirements are a core area of the curriculum emphasizing courses intended to provoke inquiry, reflection and critical thinking. The courses are integrated into the student's major course of study. The general education requirements, or equivalent, must be completed before a degree is awarded. Review our Transfer Guides page to find out if a class satisfies the general education requirement at St. Scholastica.

What if I want to change my major?

It's best to let your advisor know so he or she can help you pick courses that may compliment multiple majors.

Can a transfer guide help me?

Transfer guides outline courses that transfer and count toward your major for a specific program of study. Using these guides will take away the guesswork. Search our transfer guides to help you determine how your credits will transfer to St. Scholastica.

How can I find help paying for college?

All main campus transfer students receive Transfer Benedictine Scholarship and most students also use financial aid, grants and apply for additional scholarships to cover the cost of college. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and check out our college's Financial Aid Page for more information.

Will my financial aid transfer?

Financial aid doesn't transfer between institutions because different colleges have their own ways of awarding aid. Check out our college's Financial Aid Page for more information.

Does St. Scholastica offer scholarships?

St. Scholastica offers several scholarships for transfer students. Additionally, the scholarship directory helps students identify other scholarship opportunities. 

What is the Transfer Benedictine Scholarship?

The Transfer Benedictine Scholarship is an academic merit scholarship based on your entering/transfer cumulative GPA. The scholarship is not based on need.

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Brenda Panger, Associate Director of Transfer AdmissionsBrenda Panger
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