How to Become a Transfer Student

Whether your current college isn’t a good fit for you or you’ve relocated to the area and want to continue your undergraduate studies, Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio welcomes you. In fact, thirty-five percent of our students are transfers from other institutions!

The support you need as a transfer student

It can be daunting to transfer colleges. But as a transfer student at Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio, you’ll feel welcomed, supported, and part of a vibrant Catholic university that is focused on your success — personally, professionally, and spiritually. Your Franciscan transfer admissions counselor will be just a call, text, or email away to answer your questions, from how to transfer colleges, to concerns about transfer credits.

Step 1: Apply

Begin your transfer process by filling out the online application. You can start it now and come back to finish it any time.

Step 2: Transcripts

Be sure to have all colleges that you have attended submit an official transcript to us. Contact the registrar at each institution for their protocol on requesting an official transcript.

Step 3: Transfer Credits

Full credit will be given for most courses transferred from an institution accredited by one of the regional accreditation associations, provided certain GPA and other requirements are met. We’ll work with you to make sure you get all the credits you deserve.

Visit Our Campus

Our beautiful campus is a great setting in which to learn, but the real benefit to visiting campus is meeting the people. Your fellow students, professors, and especially the friars, make our campus truly unique.

Transferring Requirements

In order to transfer successfully, you must have received a cumulative college GPA of 2.2 or higher after completing at least 24 college-level credits from an accredited institution. (SAT/ACT not required).

If you have not yet received 24 college-level credits, your high school GPA and SAT or ACT score will be considered along with your college GPA. Midterm grade reports may be required.

Nursing Students

As a freshman, you may transfer to Franciscan University as a pre-nursing student or as a sophomore nursing major. If you want to transfer to the sophomore level, you must make your request in writing and have:

  • Completed the nursing admission form
  • Earned a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Successfully completed required freshman sciences with a grade of C or above
  • Successfully completed your freshman course requirements

Note: Nursing credits earned from other institutions are not transferable. Contact the Franciscan University Office of Admissions or the Department of Nursing if you have questions.

Steps to Apply for Undergraduate Admission

  1. Complete the application for admission
  2. Send an official copy of your high school transcript to the Franciscan Admissions Office.
  3. If SAT or ACT scores are not part of your high school transcript you must request scores be sent to the Franciscan Admissions Office. Ask your high school for request forms. If unavailable, contact SAT or ACT  and request the testing agency send directly to Franciscan Admissions.

Send transcripts, test scores, and other documents to:

Office of Admissions
Franciscan University Admissions
1235 University Boulevard
Steubenville, OH 43952

If you intend to enroll upon acceptance you must submit:

  1. A non-refundable enrollment deposit of $300
  2. A Confidential Health Record Form
  3. Final official transcripts of all high school and college course work
  4. Housing contract and roommate form (on-campus students only).
Trasferring Credits to Franciscan

Top of mind for you as a transfer student is how to transfer college credits to Franciscan University in Ohio. If you have specific questions after reviewing the following information contact the Franciscan University Office of the Registrar at 740-283-6226 or

  • Full credit will be given for most courses transferred from an institution accredited by one of the regional accreditation associations, provided the grade for each course is C (2.00) or better.
  • Courses in which a grade below a college C are earned are not automatically transferable.
  • No college credit will be given for homeschool or correspondence course work.
  • Canadian students: Ontario Academic Credits (OAC) are NOT accepted for credit.
  • A final Advanced Standing Evaluation will be done after all official transcripts have been received. This evaluation is subject to the approval of your academic advisor.
  • Students who register for courses without an Advanced Standing Evaluation assume total responsibility for any registration errors.
  • In no case may a student earn credit for a course, or equivalent, for which prior credit was earned.

Articulation Agreements

To help you make a smooth transition between institutions, Franciscan University has articulation agreements with several colleges and universities in Ohio and across the United States. Review the articulation agreements list and, if you have questions, contact the Franciscan University Office of the Registrar at 740-283-6226 or