We accept transfer students into our entering sophomore and junior classes for the fall semester only, and the application deadline is March 1. When reviewing applications, we consider your high school record, college GPA and program of study, extracurricular activities, recommendations, and essay responses. We’re also interested in how you’ll fit into the Hopkins community and why you want to transfer here.
For information about important dates and deadlines, check here.
How many credit hours do I need to transfer to Hopkins?
Transfer applicants must have graduated high school and completed more than 12 semester-based credits at another institution. If you’ve graduated from high school and enrolled in college but don’t have more than 12 credits, or you’re enrolled in a dual enrollment or early college program, you should apply as a first-year student.
What majors can I pursue?
When you apply, you’ll select a first-choice and second-choice major. Transfer admissions is space-dependent, and the number of spots available in each major varies from year to year. You’ll be reviewed for your first-choice major, and if we aren’t able to offer admission to that program, you’ll automatically be considered for your second-choice major. The only major that isn’t available to transfer students is Biomedical Engineering.
If I’m admitted, can I change my major?
Yes. However, we can’t guarantee that space in your first-choice major will become available. Changing your major may also affect your preliminary credit evaluation and estimated time to graduation. You should meet with your academic advisor before making any changes.
What courses do I need to take to transfer to Hopkins?
We don’t require transfer students to have taken any specific courses in the past. Instead, we offer general guidelines to prepare you for a successful transition. You can find these on our Transfer Credit Policies page.
Can I do pre-health or pre-law as a transfer student?
We recommend that junior transfer students wait to apply to health profession schools until after completing their senior year at Hopkins. Pre-law applicants generally apply to law school either during the fall of their senior year or after they graduate. Once you arrive on campus, you should schedule an appointment with a pre-professional advisor to discuss your individual situation.
Can a teaching assistant write my letter of recommendation?
While we prefer letters of recommendations from faculty members, you may submit one from a teaching assistant, as long as they had the primary responsibility of evaluating your class performance.
Are there language requirements for international transfer students?
There are no language test requirements for international transfer students, but these scores may help support your application. If English isn’t your primary language, or if you haven’t attended an English language school in the last three years, we recommend taking the TOEFL, IELTS, or the Duolingo English Test (DET).
When are financial aid applications due for transfer students?
You should submit your financial aid application by March 15.
How long will it take to complete my degree at Hopkins?
To receive a bachelor’s degree from Hopkins, you must carry a full-time academic load for at least four consecutive semesters—not including summer sessions—and accumulate a minimum of 60 degree credits here.
What percentage of transfer applicants are accepted each year?
The exact percentage varies from year to year. In recent years, it’s been around 10 percent.
Transfer admission is highly competitive and based on space availability and other factors. Applicants are evaluated on a holistic set of criteria, including academic success, engagement, and ability to contribute to campus life.
If I’m admitted as a transfer student, can I defer my enrollment?
Because we base transfer decisions on space availability in a specific academic term, admitted transfer students aren’t able to defer their enrollment.
Does Hopkins have housing for transfer students?
Students entering Hopkins with one year of college experience are required to live in on-campus housing. If you have two or more years of college experience, you can live off campus.