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Transfer Applicants

Upcoming Event

Join us on Friday, October 20, 2023 for Transfer Application Day!

At Transfer Application Day, you will have the opportunity to meet with our transfer admissions counselors to discuss the entire application process, from admission requirements to filling out an application to credit evaluations.

In addition, students will be given a unique opportunity to submit their Spring 2024 or Fall 2024 Application in person and receive an application fee waiver and assistance from our staff. We will also accept supporting academic documents (including official college and high school transcripts) should you have them readily available.

Please note: This event is not a Transfer Instant Decision Day or Transfer Student Orientation.

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Application Process for Transfer Students

Montclair State University considers a transfer student one who has attempted 16 or more credits from a regionally accredited college or university after graduating high school or earning a high school diploma equivalent. Review our Transfer FAQs for answers to some of the most commonly asked Transfer Admissions questions.

Step 1
Online Application

Complete and submit the application for transfer students.

After you submit the application, you will see instructions for paying the $65 non-refundable application fee (or submitting a fee waiver request) on the status page of your application portal. If you are applying to a program with an audition fee (Dance, Music, Music Therapy, Musical Theater or Theater), you will also see and be able to pay your audition fee through your status page.

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Spring 2024 Transfer Application Fall 2024 Transfer Application

Step 2

College Transcripts

Transfer students are required to submit an official transcript from ALL regionally accredited colleges and/or universities previously attended. Official transcripts must be sent to us directly from your previous college. Transcripts sent by students are not official. Please contact your previous college to have them send your official transcript. Official transcripts may be sent electronically to or via mail to:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue, Cole Hall
Montclair, NJ 07043

You may also submit an unofficial transcript for an admissions decision but your final official transcript will be required for enrollment. Upload your unofficial transcript in your application portal at

High School Transcript

All transfer students must submit an official high school transcript. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed or will have completed an associate’s degree, or students who have completed 30 or more college-level credits at a four-year institution.

Step 3
Test Scores

Although Montclair State University no longer requires SAT or ACT scores, students with fewer than 30 completed college credits may submit their scores if they would like them considered in the application process.

Step 4
Essay/Personal Statement

Essays are optional for most transfer applicants, however, certain majors require students to submit specific essay(s). You can view majors that require essays and their essay prompts here.

If you wish to submit a resume or list of extracurricular activities you’ve participated in for review, you can upload this document in your application or on your status page after submitting your application. Please note that a resume is required for Dance, Musical Theatre, and Theatre majors, but optional for all other programs.

Transfer Admission Standards

We review each application individually. However, when considering an applicant for transfer admission, strong candidates for admission generally meet the following criteria:

  • A sustained, rigorous academic curriculum with an overall “B” average.
  • A demonstrated interest in intended major by displaying academic success in the courses taken.

If you have attended more than one regionally accredited college or university, the grade point average from all schools will be considered.

Specific Admissions Requirements by College/School

In addition to our general Transfer Admission Standards, certain programs have their own specific standards for admission. For more information, visit our admissions requirements page.