Transfer Students

Continue your journey at the center of it all.

When you choose to complete your degree at Alma, you’ll receive personalized attention and consideration for generous scholarships.

We’re the only college in Michigan with a commitment that ensures you’ll graduate on time. Here, transfer students don’t start over, they get started.

At A Glance


Transfer students in our vibrant campus community


For Best Undergraduate Teaching in the Midwest by U.S. World and Report 2022

Ready to begin your journey as a Scot?

Applying is easy. Get started now, or scroll down for details on credits, processes and timelines.

Applying to Alma

Applying to Alma

Students who have earned college credit(s) after receiving their high school diploma are considered transfer students and should apply as such. Those who have earned a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher are most competitive to receive an offer of transfer admission to Alma College.

As a transfer student, you can complete the free Alma College application or apply through the Common Application.

Please submit the following materials to be considered for admission:

  • A completed application for admission.
  • Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are required. Applicants with less than 25 college credits must also submit an official high school transcript with the graduation date.

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Key Dates and Deadlines

Key Dates and Deadlines

Alma College offers rolling admissions to transfer students. That means that you can apply at any point throughout the year. Students can apply to begin in the Fall (August) or Winter (January) term.

How Will My Credits Transfer?

How Will My Credits Transfer?

Transfer Pathways


Transfer Credit Policy

Alma College accepts credit earned from regionally accredited colleges or universities in the United States. International credit is evaluated using guidance from AACRAO and World Education Services. An evaluation of credit earned is available upon submission of an application and transcripts to the Admissions Office. Transfer students entering Alma College with an awarded associate’s degree or comparable work will have the “Explore and Theme” requirements in the Core Curriculum waived. “Comparable work” means the equivalent of four full-time college terms with a minimum of 56 Alma credits accepted for transfer. This must include at least three credits each of courses addressing laboratory science, arts or humanities, and social science, plus at least nine additional credits of work outside of the primary area of emphasis.

All transfer students with 25+ credits will have the First Year Seminar (FYS) requirement and one Spring Term requirement waived. Students are still required to take one Spring Term course at Alma.

Limitations are as follows:

  1. Only non-developmental courses that are graded “C” (2.0) or higher are accepted for credit.
  2. All transfer students must complete the final 52 credits for the degree in residence at Alma or in an Alma-approved program.
  3. Transferred credit must be documented by receipt of an official transcript from each institution attended.
  4. Transfer credits from courses below the 100-level do not count toward the 136 credits required for graduation.

Transfer students are encouraged to consult with the Registrar’s Office to review transfer credit equivalencies


Transfer Credit Evaluation Tool

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Scholarships and Financial Aid

When you invest in your future at Alma, we’re with you every step of the way. Our generous scholarships are designed to make the next steps of your college journey as smooth and accessible as possible.

Transfer Student Scholarships

Transfer Housing and Dining

Transfer Housing and Dining

When you transfer to Alma College, you choose a close-knit community committed to your success. You’ll experience personalized mentorship from faculty and staff. You’ll find your people with 80+ student clubs and organizations. And you’ll make lifelong friends as you live and learn alongside your peers.

Plus, to support you in your transfer journey, we offer generous financial awards of up to $6,000 to students who choose to live on campus — to ensure it is as affordable as it is fun!

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP)

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides transfer and non-traditional students with extra support to navigate the college experience and graduate on time.

  • A student mentor, who was also a transfer student, to help guide you.
  • Direct access to financial counseling, academic advising and career development.
  • Access to faculty mentors through workshops and social events.
  • A close-knit community of students with similar experience.
  • Access to the Transfer Living Learning Community, a residency-based academic support program for all incoming transfer and non-traditional students.
  • An increased potential for success at Alma College and beyond.

If you qualify for TAP, you will receive an invitation via email during Summer 2024. Contact your admissions representative to learn more about TAP.

Commit to Alma

Commit to Alma

Submit your $300 commitment deposit in order to make your decision official. 

Commit to Alma


Get in Touch

Contact the Admissions Office

(800) 321-ALMA