Transfer Admissions Requirements
Your grades do not solely determine transfer admission to Springfield College. While they are important in determining eligibility for merit scholarships, your GPA is not the only factor determining our admission decision. Transfer admissions officers rely on all of the elements of your application (essay, letters of recommendation, official college transcripts, official final high school transcripts or GED, transfer college report, SAT/ACT scores for applicants transferring in less than 12 college credits, and recommended interview) to paint a complete picture of you and your potential. If you have concerns about your GPA, we encourage you to speak with the transfer coordinator at the time of your application.
Springfield College will require you to submit official transcripts from any previously attended colleges. From these transcripts, we will obtain a cumulative college GPA, which is considered in the application review process and to determine transfer merit scholarships.
Your college transcripts are an important factor in the review for transfer admission, as your performance in college is the most accurate indicator of success at Springfield College. If you have a concern about your college GPA, connect with the transfer coordinator to have a conversation.
High School GPA
Students admitted to Springfield College must have graduated from an approved secondary school (high school) or have obtained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) by the time of their enrollment.
Springfield College will require you to submit your official final high school transcripts, which reflect your high school coursework and cumulative grade point average. Both are important factors in admission.
Springfield College recommends that you have pursued the strongest college preparatory program available in your secondary school (high school).
Springfield College also looks for students who participate in a diverse set of co-curricular activities in high school and college, particularly in areas related to your intended field of study. Such activities might include athletic teams, cultural groups, or community service agencies.
A personal essay is required to complete your transfer application at Springfield College. It is very important that you be thoughtful with this essay since it is evaluated carefully. Take your time, write convincingly, spell correctly, use complete sentences, and check your grammar.
Your personal statement essay gives you a chance to show the transfer coordinator who you really are beyond the academic requirements and why you are interested in transferring to Springfield College. Your essay is important in evaluating your application for admission as it allows you to show your personality, intelligence, values, and future aspirations.
Transfer College Report
A transfer college report is required from all previously attended colleges. The transfer college report allows us to see your academic and judicial history at these schools. You should complete the top portion of the document, while a school official (dean of students, advisor, or registrar) must complete the bottom portion.
Certain academic programs at Springfield College will require more than one recommendation to complete your application. If you are applying to a program that requires additional recommendations, you will be notified by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
While only one academic recommendation is required to complete your application, you are welcome to submit additional letters of recommendations.
Although it is optional, we encourage you to participate in an interview with our transfer coordinator or a member of our alumni community. The interview will take place during your visit to campus or with an alumni local to you if you are unable to visit campus. If you are concerned about your GPA, the interview can be very important in helping our transfer coordinator better understand who you are as a student.
SAT/ACT Scores (for students with fewer than 12 college credits)
Springfield College will require you to submit your SAT/ACT test scores. See your guidance counselor for test dates and locations close to you.
Many colleges are currently considering whether to adopt test-optional admissions practices. Springfield College has always placed a greater emphasis on a student’s achievements in the classroom and community than on standardized tests, and we are aware that recent studies have suggested that standardized test scores are not always valid predictors of a student’s potential for academic success during the first year of college. However, while we understand that the SAT and ACT are not perfect predictors of college preparedness, we are also aware of flaws in other aspects of a student’s application materials, such as the inconsistent grading systems across the nation’s high schools. We believe that standardized test scores represent a unique way for prospective students to demonstrate their academic ability, and so we have elected to continue considering these test scores in our admissions process for students who have completed less than 12 credits of coursework.
Because we are aware of the fact that SAT and ACT scores may not accurately reflect a student’s ability to perform well academically in college, we encourage students with low test scores to reach out to the transfer coordinator at Springfield to discuss your concern. If you do not believe that your test scores accurately reflect your academic potential, you will want to take very seriously the additional requirements including the application essay, recommendation letter(s), and interview.