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Transfer: FAQs

Have questions about transferring to Marist? We can help you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Transferring to Marist

Applying and Admission

What is required for admission to Marist College?

The application requirements for transfer applicants include:

  • Completed Undergraduate Admission Application, with fee: We accept either the Marist application or the Common application with a Marist supplement.
  • Official transcript(s): from all high schools attended, as well as all colleges attended.
  • Writing sample: a response to one of the essay topics from the application.
  • One Letter of Recommendation.
  • Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) results: if English is not your primary language.
  • Certificate of Financial Resources form: for non-U.S. citizens.

What are the admission deadlines?

These are our preferred application deadlines for transfer students. Please note for fall 2020, we will continue to review applications on a rolling space-available basis through August.

Fall semester June 1
Spring semester November 1

When are admission decisions mailed?

Once a student's file is complete, we will review as an Admission Committee. We will begin emailing Spring 2021 admission decisions in late September. 

What are the most important criteria in the admission review process?

The admission committee takes multiple aspects into consideration during the application review process, including your academic preparation and performance, extracurricular and leadership accomplishments, recommendations, essay, standardized test scores (Marist is now test-optional), and interest in Marist.

We understand that transfer students often take different paths prior to coming to Marist. The Committee is sensitive to the many challenges that some of our transfer students face.

Does it matter if I complete my application online or on paper?

The admission committee values online and paper applications exactly the same, so you are encouraged to complete whichever form is easiest for you.

Do I need to submit SAT Subject Tests?

Marist does not require its applicants to submit SAT Subject test results, but if you've already taken any SAT Subject Tests, we encourage you to forward your scores to the Office of Admission.

What if I can't afford the application fee?

If the admission application fee poses a financial hardship on your family, the college will waive it. We accept the College Board Fee Waiver form (available from and completed by your transfer counselor) or a letter written on your behalf on official stationery from someone at your college who can attest to your inability to pay this fee.

Will Marist accept AP or IB credit?

Many students can accelerate their college program by earning advanced standing through AP and IB credit in high school. Please view the lists below of what is required on the exam(s) and how many credits the student will receive. All official test results should be submitted directly to the Registrar Office.

Can you explain how transfer credits are determined?

College courses that you have may be considered for, and if appropriate, awarded transfer credit to Marist College. The courses must be taken at an accredited college or university, and students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in the course. Marist will review the course level and material to determine if it is viable for transfer.  Transfers from two-year colleges must complete at least 50 credits hours at Marist. Transfers from four-year colleges must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at Marist. Up to 70 credits may be accepted from a community college or accredited two-year institution, although fulfilling requirements toward a student's degree is dependent on meeting all specific program requirements for that degree. All transfer students must complete a minimum of 12 hours of upper-level credits in the major field. A maximum of eight transfer credits can be accepted towards a minor, concentration, or certificate.

Note: Marist will accept P grades for transferable credit for P grades earned during the student's spring 2020 semester. 

Scholarships & Financial Aid

How much does Marist cost?

Students often worry that they can't afford a private education, but we put our resources to work to make a Marist education possible for all qualified students. Visit Marist's Student Financial Services to see the current tuition rate for transfer students.

Does Marist offer Financial Aid?

Yes! Approximately 90 percent of Marist students receive some form of financial assistance, including scholarships, grants, loans and work opportunities.

Does Marist offer any merit-based scholarships?

Yes! In addition to federal, state, and institutional funding, applicants can be awarded up to $25,000 in merit-based scholarship awards. When you apply for admission to Marist, you are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships; there is no additional application.

What scholarship opportunities are available?

Many different need- and merit-based scholarship programs are available to transfer students. Please visit our Scholarships for Transfer Students page to learn more and review the entire list of opportunities.

How do I apply for need-based financial aid?

You are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply for financial assistance.