Admission requirements for transfer students

Requirements for all transfer students


  • If you are on academic dismissal from a previous institution at the time of application, you will not be permitted to enroll at UA for a period of one calendar year.
  • If you attended UA prior to attending your most current institution, you must reapply.
  • Only transfer students in good academic standing will be admitted.

Transfer students are eligible for admission to The University of Akron who have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and who are in good standing at their previous institution.

Applicants with a GPA lower than 2.0 will have their applications considered on a case-by-case basis. Additional materials may be requested for review before a final admission decision is made.

Please note: Many UA programs have selective admissions guidelines and procedures for transfer students.

Additional requirements by college

Each academic college has its own criteria for transfer admission.

If you are not sure which college offers your major, see our list of undergraduate majors and graduate programs.

Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

  • Completion of 30 semester credit hours
  • Completion of English Composition I & II
  • Completion of 3 cr. of Mathematics or Statistics
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA for all majors except the following:
    • Political Science requires a 2.2 major & 2.2 cumulative GPA,
    • English requires a 2.2 cumulative GPA and 2.0 in the major
    • Sociology requires a 2.2 cumulative GPA and 2.0 in the major
    • Schools of Art; Music; Dance, Theater, and Arts Administration; and  Family & Consumer Sciences each require a 2.30 cumulative GPA for their programs
    • School of Communication requires a 2.5 cumulative GPA
    • Admission to the Child Development major also requires completion of 7400:201, Courtship and Marriage and Family Relationships and 7400:265, Child Development
  • Schools of Dance and Music require auditions
  • Mary Schiller Myers School of Art requires a portfolio review
  • Approval from the Dean

College of Applied Science and Technology (formerly Summit College)

  • 2.00 cumulative GPA
  • Emergency Management requires an associate degree in public safety-related fields

College of Business Administration

To be admitted to The College of Business Administration, students must have completed the courses listed below and have an overall 2.5 grade point average:

  • English Composition I and II (3300:111 and 3300:112)
  • Speech (7600:105 or 7600:106)
  • College Algebra (3450:145) or Calculus with Business Applications (3450:210)
  • Principles of Microeconomics (3250:200) or Principles of Macroeconomics (3250:201)
  • Accounting Principles I (6200:201) OR
  • Spreadsheet Modeling & Decision Analysis (6250:250) OR
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship (6300:201) OR
  • Legal & Social Environment of Business (6400:220) OR
  • Marketing Principles (6600:205)

College of Education

  • 3.0 in prerequisite coursework
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA with 30 semester hours of credit
  • There may be additional requirements according to the program

College of Engineering

  • 2.30 GPA in three of the following four areas: cumulative GPA, engineering, math and science with 30 semester hours of credit
  • Required coursework includes a grade of C- or better in calculus I and II

College of Health Professions

  • School of Social Work requires a 2.75 GPA
    • School of Social Work transfer credits for courses in the social work major will be considered only if they are from a CSWE-accredited program.
  • School of Nutrition and Dietetics and the School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology require a 3.00 GPA with 12 semester hours of credit including one prerequisite science course (chemistry or anatomy & physiology)
  • School of Nursing requires 3.00 GPA with 12 semester hours of credit including one prerequisite science course (chemistry or anatomy & physiology)
    • Transcripts from all schools of nursing are required
    • Required coursework includes a grade of C or better in all prerequisites
    • Approximately 160 students are admitted each year to nursing through a competitive science GPA rank order selection
  • School of Sport Science and Wellness Education majors:  Athletic Training, Exercise Science, and Sports Studies majors require 12 semester credits of transfer coursework; 3.0 GPA; and 1 pre-requisite science course completed.
  • School of Allied Health majors:  Respiratory Care, Radiologic Technology and Surgical Assisting require separate admission into each of the programs. A 3.0 GPA, one pre-requisite science course and 12 credit hours are required for direct admission to College of Health Professions for these majors:  Respiratory Therapy, Radiological Technology, and Surgical Technology. A 2.3 GPA, one pre-requisite science course and 12 credit hours are required for direct admission to the Medical Assisting major.

Pre-major or exploring majors

  • 2.00 cumulative GPA
  • Students that have below a 2.00 cumulative GPA will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis

Defining a transfer student

A transfer student is a student applying for admission to The University of Akron who is attending or has previously attended another regionally accredited institution of higher learning. A student is also considered a transfer student if he/she attended UA after high school, transferred to another school and is returning to UA.



Visit the Transfer and Adult Student Enrollment Center, write to or call 330-972-7009 or 1-855-828-7267.