Transfer Students

Transfer Credit Policy 

If your university is recognized by the Ministry of Education in your home country or if it is directly accredited by one of the US regional accrediting bodies, we will grant transfer credit. Students can receive up to 90 credits from a 4-year institution and up to 64 credits from a two-year institution. Students must submit official post-secondary transcripts and course descriptions in English in order to receive transfer credit and have a grade of C or better. Please note that transfer credit will not be awarded for remedial level classes. The academic unit will determine direct equivalency for any major required courses.

Transfer credit is a two step process. Step 1 involves international admissions posting transfer credit and determining liberal studies designations. Step 2 involves the student providing course descriptions and syllabi to their department. The student will work with their department adviser to determine if any classes transferred in meet major requirements.

Please note that international students transferring to Northern Arizona University may look up course equivalencies. Please visit the AZTransfer website, select "Northern Arizona University", then select the institution from which you intend to transfer.

Transfer in SEVIS

Students currently attending a secondary or postsecondary institution in the USA will be able to transfer their I-20 from their current institution to NAU. In the student’s acceptance packet a Transfer Form will be sent to the admitted student. To complete the SEVIS transfer procedure, we must verify that the student is (was) in valid F-1 status at the school in the term preceding the student’s transfer or preceding an authorized vacation. The form will be completed by the student’s current international student adviser and can be accessed online here.

Admissions Policy 

An application is considered complete and a decision will be made when all official secondary and post-secondary transcripts are received.

Students will be offered admission to an undergraduate program with a minimum of 35 credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or “C”; an associate’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or “C”; or a bachelor’s degree (post-bachelor’s degree student or student going for a second bachelor’s degree) with a cumulative GPA of “C”.

Students will be considered for undergraduate admission with a 2.0 or “C” or higher GPA in at least 24 transferrable academic post-secondary credits. PLEASE NOTE: Transfer students who are under the age of 22 and have not earned an associate's degree with a 2.0 GPA or “C”, or the AGEC in Arizona or the California IGETC with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) will be evaluated based upon a combination of secondary and post-secondary courses.

Health Insurance Requirements

Click here to view Transfer Student Health Insurance Requirements.