Transfer Admissions

How to apply for transfer to Westfield State University as a full-time undergraduate day student

Transfer applicants are those who have attempted to complete any number of college courses at a regionally accredited college or university after high school graduation and prior to their planned enrollment term at Westfield State.

All transfer applicants must submit the Office of Admission’s application form and fee*, an official high school transcript* (or its equivalent), official transcripts from all colleges previously attended, including Westfield State University, if applicable, and a list of college courses in progress during the term that immediately precedes the planned enrollment term at Westfield.  Applicants with fewer than 24 transferable credit hours earned at the time of application also must submit SAT or ACT scores, unless they graduated high school more than three years prior to their planned enrollment term at Westfield. 

Please note that applicants who fail to submit complete and official original copies of all prior academic transcripts and other required documents are subject to University policies on academic honesty, which include rescinding an offer of admission.

*Applicants who graduate from the Massachusetts community college system prior to enrolling at Westfield are exempted from submitting the application fee, and generally are exempted from submitting the high school transcript.  Online applicants must select the form designed specifically for Mass community college graduates.  Eligible MassTransfer and Joint Admissions students may submit a paper copy of the MassTransfer Enrollment Form or the Joint Admissions Intent to Enroll Form rather than the Westfield State application, but are not required to do so.  MassTransfer and Joint Admissions enrollment forms are available at each community college’s transfer office.

Apply for full-time undergraduate day transfer admission online or print a paper copy of Westfield’s transfer application form.

When to apply for transfer

The full-time undergraduate day Admission Office accepts applications annually for the fall and spring semesters.  New applications are printed annually by the Admission Office, which generally are available on paper and online the first week of September.  Applications for the coming fall semester should be filed between January 1 and the March 1 deadline, after grades have been posted for the current fall term, and spring term course registration has occurred.  Students planning to take summer term courses immediately prior to their fall enrollment date at Westfield also are required to submit official summer course registration information.  Applications should not be submitted sooner than one semester before the student’s intended enrollment date at Westfield.

The fall semester MassTransfer application priority filing deadline is February 15; the Joint Admissions priority filing deadline is March 1.  Mass community college system applicants who plan to complete associate’s degree requirements in August and enroll at Westfield in September are required to file their applications by the posted deadline and submit official summer course registration information before an admission decision can be made.  Since summer course registration usually begins at the Mass community colleges annually around April 1, please be advised that application files for August graduates may become complete after university-sponsored housing is full and admission has closed for some major programs.

Spring semester applications should be filed between September 1 and the November 15 deadline.  The MassTransfer and Joint Admissions priority filing deadline is October 15.

Applications may not be accepted after these filing dates.  Please contact the Admission Office to determine whether applications continue to be accepted.

Transfer applicant requests for university sponsored housing

University-sponsored housing is not guaranteed to transfer students, and the number of spaces offered in the admission process varies for each application cycle.  Consequently, it is strongly recommended that applicants requesting housing complete their application files early. Those who are offered housing in the admission process will be so notified in their acceptance letters.  Students accepted with housing are encouraged to submit their enrollment deposits early since the deposit must be received before the university can mail a required housing contract to new students for completion. 

Enrolling students must complete and return the housing contract to the Office of Residential Life by that office’s posted deadline before they can be awarded their housing assignments.  New students who do not return the housing contract to Residential Life by that office’s deadline will forfeit their placement in university sponsored housing.

When are decisions made?

Notification of acceptance for transfer applicants begins in February for fall admission, in October for spring admission, and continues until all available spaces or resources are filled, or until it becomes too late to complete processing for the coming semester.  All applicants who complete their application files will be notified of an admission decision.  All accepted students who decide to enroll at Westfield are required to submit an enrollment deposit. Each student’s acceptance letter lists the required deposit amount and deadline for its submission. Deposits received after the posted deadline may not be accepted.

Transfer admission standards

Transfer admission is selective and decisions are made on an individual basis by the Admission staff after a careful review of all required application materials, including high school credentials, where appropriate. The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) sets minimum standards for admission consideration; and Westfield exercises its right to set higher admission standards than those established by the DHE.  Admission standards are subject to change.  Applicants who meet minimum eligibility requirements are not guaranteed admission. Qualified transfer applicants, including those with MassTransfer and Joint Admissions status, will be offered admission in writing as long as space remains available. 

To be considered for admission, transfer applicants generally must earn a minimum of 12 transferable credits before submitting an application and achieve at least a 2.50 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), as determined by Westfield State Admission staff, and including all prior post-secondary college experiences combined. Higher or different admission standards apply to some transfer applicants, as follows:

  • All Mass community college graduates who qualify for the MassTransfer Program with Westfield are subject to a 2.50 cumulative average, as determined by the sending community college, for admission to most major programs. A 2.60 average is required for MassTransfer admission to Education licensure programs; a 2.70 average is required for MassTransfer admission to the Athletic Training and Movement science majors, beginning in 2014.
  • All Mass community college graduates who qualify for the Joint Admissions Program with Westfield are subject to a 2.50 cumulative average, as determined by the sending community college, for admission to all major programs, including Education licensure, Athletic Training, and Movement Science.  (The Joint Admissions Program expires after fall 2014 enrollment at Westfield.)
  • The Athletic Training and Movement Science majors require a 2.70 cumulative grade point average for consideration, beginning with 2014 enrollment and including MassTransfer Program applicants.  Westfield-designated Joint Admissions Program students are subject to a 2.50 average. (The Joint Admissions Program expires after fall 2014 enrollment at Westfield.
  • The Criminal Justice major requires a 2.70 minimum cumulative grade point average for consideration, excluding students who qualify for the Joint Admissions and MassTransfer Programs with Westfield.  Westfield-designated Joint Admissions and MassTransfer Program students are subject to a 2.50 average.
  • All Westfield Education licensure programs require a 2.60 or 2.80 minimum cumulative average for consideration. Applicants who do not qualify for either the MassTransfer Program or Joint Admissions Program with Westfield must earn a 2.60 average with up to 60 transferable credits earned.  A 2.80 average is required for students with more than 60 transferable credits earned.
  • Applicants with fewer than 24 transferable credits earned at the time of application may be subject to additional standards set by the Mass DHE and Westfield State for high school grades and course work (college preparatory-level units noted below), and standardized testing.
  • Applicants with fewer than 12 transferable credits earned at the time of application are required to meet high school standards set by the Mass DHE and Westfield State for GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and completion of the 16 college preparatory-level units of course work noted below. 

English

4 years

Mathematics (Algebra 1 & 2; Geometry or Trigonometry; or comparable course work)

3 years

Social Sciences, including 1 year of U.S. History

2 years

Sciences, including 2 years with laboratory work

3 years

Foreign Language (one language)

2 years

Electives (taken from the above list and/or Fine & Performing Arts and Computer Science)

2 years

All transfer applicants who do not have MassTransfer Block, MassTransfer Program, Joint Admissions Program, or 1990 Commonwealth Transfer Compact status are expected to complete course work that is equivalent to these 16 academic units prior to enrollment.

To determine transfer eligibility, the Admission staff recalculates a cumulative grade point average for all applicants except Mass community college graduates with 1990 Commonwealth Transfer Compact, Joint Admissions, and MassTransfer Program status. Westfield's grade point average calculation includes all prior grades earned (A - F) in courses with potentially transferable content.

A two-step process: determining admission eligibility & awarding transfer credits

Step One: An admission decision is made after all prior college transcripts (and other required documents) have been received and examined and an overall cumulative grade point average has been calculated for admission eligibility based on all prior grades earned (A - F) in courses with potentially transferable contents. Mass community college graduates with 1990 Commonwealth Transfer Compact, Joint Admissions, and MassTransfer Program status are subject to a different methodology for determining admission eligibility. Please refer to those sections for specific information.

Step Two: Students who meet eligibility criteria based on Step One and are selected for admission then have their transcripts evaluated for the purpose of awarding transfer credits. Please refer to the General Transfer Policies section for basic transfer credit evaluation guidelines.

When and how are transfer credits evaluated in the admission process?

When applicants receive an acceptance letter from the Admission Office, they also receive a preliminary transfer credit audit listing the courses that will transfer to Westfield in general terms, including credits earned for courses in progress at the time of acceptance.  This audit is considered "preliminary" since it awards transferable credits, but does not apply them to a specific degree program.  However, the preliminary audit does identify any transferable courses that fulfill Westfield’s general education core requirements for graduation.  Additionally, students transferring to Westfield from another institution in the Mass public higher education system will have any transfer benefits to which they are entitled at the time of acceptance awarded by the Admission staff and posted on their preliminary transfer credit audits.

Accepted students who choose to enroll will have their preliminary transfer credit audits reviewed automatically for major standing by their respective academic department chairs shortly before each semester’s scheduled course registration day for new transfer students.  However, accepted students who have received their preliminary transfer audits and want to know how their awarded transfer credits apply to their designated major at Westfield before registering for their first semester courses may schedule an advising appointment with the respective academic department chair or the Academic Advising Center.

Please note that Admission staff are not academic advisors and cannot determine whether and how transferable courses meet requirements for major programs. Interviews are not conducted as part of the admission process, and transcripts from transfer institutions are reviewed only in conjunction with the admission decision-making process, which occurs after an application file becomes complete. Students who complete their application files will be notified of an admission decision in writing as soon as it is made, and the preliminary transfer credit audit will be prepared and sent shortly after notification of acceptance.  Students who would like to schedule an academic advising appointment may contact the Academic Advising Center or the academic department chair of their designated major program after they have received both an acceptance letter and a preliminary transfer credit audit from the Admission Office.  Click here for academic advising contact information.

An official college transcript including final grades earned for courses in progress at the time of acceptance is required for enrolling students before the start of classes for each student’s first semester at Westfield.  During the first semester at Westfield, the Registrar’s staff will amend students’ transfer audits to include final grades earned for transferable courses that were in progress at the time of acceptance (recorded as “IP” on the preliminary transfer credit audit), and adjust the number of transferable credits earned or the various transfer benefits awarded, as needed.

Some general transfer policies

Transfer applicants generally must earn at least 12 transferable credits before submitting an application. Students who are attempting their first term of college course work beyond high school graduation at the time of application will not receive an admission decision until a final official grade report or transcript for the term in progress is received.  Consequently, these applicants often aren’t able to complete their files until after admission has closed for the term.  For this reason, transfer applications are not considered for the spring semester if the applicant’s first term in college is the preceding fall, (which usually is the fall term immediately following high school graduation). However, for spring 2014 only, transfer applicants for whom fall 2013 is their first term in college after high school graduation will be considered, provided their application forms, official high school transcripts including date of graduation, SAT/ACT scores, and copies of their fall 2013 college course schedules are received by the Admission Office no later than November 15.  Applicants who meet the November 15 deadline will be considered further, pending receipt of unofficial fall 2013 college grade reports no later than Monday, January 6, 2014.  Please note that the November 15 and January 6 deadlines are absolute for these spring 2014 applicants.

Applicants who previously attended another college but withdrew prior to completing a term still must submit an official transcript that documents their withdrawal without earning grades or penalties.

Applicants who fail to declare any prior college experience attempted since high school graduation are considered to have misrepresented their academic histories and will be subject to Westfield policies on academic honesty, which include rescinding an offer of admission.

Credits may be transferred from colleges and universities holding regional accreditation recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education, in academic disciplines that are compatible with Westfield’s curriculum.

Developmental, basic skills, and high school-level course work is not transferable.

Students may receive up to 90 credits from regionally accredited colleges or universities attended previously, including up to 67 credits from regionally accredited two-year colleges.

A minimum of 30 credits in residency is required to complete the bachelor's degree. Some major programs may require additional or specific credit requirements.

Qualified transfer applicants with more than 45 semester hours earned by their planned enrollment date must be accepted into a major program, and cannot be accepted with Undeclared status.  Transfer applicants are not eligible to apply through the Admission Office for consideration in the Liberal Studies major or the Nursing major.

Transferable credits are awarded at the time of acceptance for grades of C- (1.7 on a 4.0 scale) or higher. However, accepted Massachusetts community college graduates who are awarded MassTransfer Program or Commonwealth Transfer Compact status may transfer grades of D (1.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher as part of the 60-credit guarantee of those statewide programs.  Accepted MassTransfer Block students may transfer D grades only for courses counted toward completion of the 34-credit MassTransfer Block.  D- grades (0.7 on a 4.0 scale) are not transferable for any students. 

Courses with an earned grade of "Pass" potentially are transferable depending upon course content, providing the definition of a “Pass” grade at the sending institution is equal to a minimum standard grade of C- (1.7 on a 4.0 scale); however, "Pass" grades/credits are not included in the calculation of a cumulative grade point average to determine admission eligibility.

Credits earned more than 10 years prior to an applicant’s planned enrollment date at Westfield are evaluated on a course-by-course basis, considering course content, grades earned of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher, and both the applicability and current relevance of each course to a designated major program at Westfield. Current policy allows up to 60 older transfer credits to be awarded.

Students transferring into the Criminal Justice major are required to meet Massachusetts Quinn Bill guidelines, which state that credit cannot be transferred toward completion of the bachelor's degree for life experience, tech-prep courses completed in high school, military, police academy, or other training.  (However, ROTC courses may be transferred, according to university policy.)  And, no more than 10% of a completed associate's degree (or 6 credits) may transfer as credit for knowledge-based examinations such as CLEP, Dantes, and AP. Guidelines stipulate further that credits may be transferred into the Criminal Justice degree program only from regionally accredited institutions (higher education institutions in New England are regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, or NEASC).

Online course equivalency guides and MassTransfer brochures

Prospective transfer students who have completed course work at a Mass community college or Asnuntuck Community College, CT, may access our online course equivalency guides to determine whether and how some or all of their courses transfer to Westfield.  Click here for currently available course equivalency guides.

Additionally, prospective students currently enrolled at a Mass community college can determine whether they are entitled to receive MassTransfer benefits if they transfer to Westfield by accessing the MassTransfer Details brochure designed specifically for their current community college.  Click here to access MassTransfer Details brochures.  (Please note that a brochure is not available for Greenfield Community College at this time.)

The MassTransfer Program

Beginning fall 2009, students who enroll at any Mass public higher education institution will be eligible to participate in MassTransfer, a statewide program that replaces and enhances the Commonwealth Transfer Compact and the Joint Admissions Program.    To qualify for benefits, students must complete the various MassTransfer Program criteria described below before transferring to Westfield from any two-year or four-year Mass public higher education institution.  Qualifying students are eligible to receive either some or all of the following program benefits if they apply for transfer to Westfield beginning fall 2010:

  • Students who earn any associate’s degree from a Mass community college are exempted from submitting an application fee.  (This benefit exceeds the scope of the MassTransfer policy and is unique to Westfield.)
  • Mass community college graduates of associate’s degree programs designated for MassTransfer by Westfield will be guaranteed admission to a Westfield-designated bachelor’s degree program, provided they earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative average at the time of application (2.6 minimum average required for education licensure programs; 2.7 minimum cumulative average required for Athletic Training and Movement Science), complete their application files by the designated priority filing date, do not enroll at any other institution after earning the associate’s degree, and space is available in the designated bachelor’s degree program.
  • Mass community college graduates who complete the 34-credit MassTransfer Block of liberal arts and sciences courses as part of a Westfield-designated MassTransfer associate’s degree program will be awarded a minimum of 60 college-level transfer credits toward completion of the bachelor’s degree, including D grades (1.0 on a 4.0 scale), but excluding D- grades.  These students also will be eligible for the MassTransfer Tuition Waiver benefits (see the section, MassTransfer Tuition Waiver Program, for details) if their community college graduation QPA is at least 3.00 as printed on an official degree-bearing transcript.
  • Mass community college graduates who complete the 34-credit MassTransfer Block of liberal arts and sciences courses as part of a non-Westfield-designated MassTransfer associate’s degree program will be awarded a minimum of 60 college-level transfer credits toward completion of the bachelor’s degree, including D grades (1.0 on a 4.0 scale), but excluding D- grades.
  • Students transferring to Westfield from any two-year or four-year Mass public higher education institution after completing the 34-credit MassTransfer Block, (as certified by the sending Mass public higher education institution), will be required to complete no more than 6 credits/2 courses of Westfield’s general education core requirements, exclusive of courses that are required for a student’s major program.  The additional 0 to 6 credits of required Westfield core course work to be completed will be determined by the Admission Office in accordance with Westfield’s academic policies at the time of acceptance and will appear on the accepted student’s preliminary transfer credit audit.   
  • A complete list of each Mass community college’s MassTransfer-approved programs with WSU is printed in WSU’s MassTransfer Details brochures and posted on the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education website.

The MassTransfer Tuition Waiver Program   

Mass community college graduates of Westfield-designated MassTransfer and Joint Admissions associate’s degree programs are eligible to receive this tuition reduction benefit (one-third off the annual in-state tuition rate at Westfield State) if their cumulative grade point average as calculated and verified by the community college upon completion of the associate’s degree is at least 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.  Qualified students also must enroll at Westfield State within one year of completing requirements for the associate’s degree without enrolling at another institution in the interim period, including the Westfield State University Division of Graduate and Continuing Education.  A final official community college transcript, including degree completion information, must be received before tuition reduction benefits are granted.  Eligible students who continuously are enrolled at Westfield and continue to earn a cumulative average of 3.00 or higher as calculated by the Westfield Registrar at the end of each year of study will remain eligible to receive the reduced tuition rate for a maximum period of two years (four semesters).

The reduced tuition benefit will be awarded to qualified students only after Westfield State has received written verification of eligibility from the community college and the final official community college transcript.  Please bear in mind that this benefit will not be applied to student bills in the Student Accounts Office until the verification process is complete.  Students are expected to reconcile their bills in full by the due date, whether or not the tuition reduction benefit has been applied. 

Eligible students who enroll in the fall semester, but fail to submit the required, final official community college transcript during the annual processing cycle, July 1 – October 1, should notify the Admission Office or Bursar upon submitting the transcript that they would like to be considered for the tuition reduction.  Fall enrollees who fail to submit the required transcript and request benefit consideration by June 1 of the following year will lose any tuition benefit to which they otherwise would have been entitled for any but the academic year in progress at the time their transcript is received and the request for benefit consideration is made. 

Eligible students who enroll in the spring semester, but fail to submit the required, final official community college transcript during the annual processing cycle, January 1 – March 1, should notify the Admission Office or Bursar upon submitting the transcript that they would like to be considered for the tuition reduction.  Spring enrollees who fail to submit the required transcript and request benefit consideration by June 1 of the year in which they enroll will lose any tuition benefit to which they otherwise would have been entitled for any but the academic year in progress at the time their transcript is received and the request for benefit consideration is made.

Notification of eligibility for Tuition Waiver Program benefits is sent by the Admission Office to the Financial Aid Office beginning in mid-July for September enrollees and in early February for January enrollees.  Student bills are adjusted accordingly after the Financial Aid Office records awards for eligible students.        

The 1990 Commonwealth Transfer Compact 

Students who enroll at a Mass community college beginning fall 1990 and graduate by August 2013 in a designated liberal arts transfer program before transferring to Westfield through fall 2014 will be awarded 1990 Transfer Compact status upon completion of the associate’s degree.  Students who transfer directly to Westfield upon receiving the associate’s degree under the 1990 Transfer Compact will be admitted to their major of choice provided they meet admission standards (minimum 2.5 to 2.7 on a 4.0 scale required, depending on major) and space is available at the time the admission decision is made.  Additionally, students are guaranteed junior status with at least 60 college-level transfer credits (excluding grades of D-), and the 35-credit liberal arts Compact “core” of studies from the community college will transfer directly into Westfield’s general education core as a unit.  1990 Transfer Compact students are exempted from completing additional core requirements at Westfield, and are not required to submit an application fee.

The Commonwealth Transfer Compact will expire for Mass community college students who complete the associate’s degree after August 2013, and for students who complete the associate’s degree by the August 2013 deadline, but do not enroll at Westfield until after fall 2014.  The Compact already has expired for students who enrolled at Mass community colleges beginning in fall 2009.

The Massachusetts Joint Admissions Program

From fall 1997 through August 2013 Mass community college students who graduate from associate’s degree programs specifically designated for Joint Admissions by Westfield State are guaranteed admission to a related Joint Admissions major as designated by Westfield, provided they complete the associate’s degree with at least a 2.5 cumulative average before transferring through fall 2014, do not enroll at any other institution after receiving the associate’s degree, complete their application files by the designated priority filing deadline, and space remains available in the corresponding bachelor’s degree program. 

Qualified Joint Admissions students are eligible for TAP benefits (Tuition Advantage Program), which are the same as those for the MassTransfer Tuition Waiver Program.  Please refer to the section entitled, The MassTransfer Tuition Waiver Program, for details.

The Joint Admissions Program will expire for Mass community college students who complete the associate’s degree after August 2013, and for students who complete the associate’s degree by the August 2013 deadline, but do not enroll at Westfield until after fall 2014.  Joint Admissions already has expired for students who enrolled at Mass community colleges beginning in fall 2009.