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Ready for a change? Each year, Brandeis welcomes approximately 50 students to our community who began their studies at other universities. Whether you're in search of a major or minor your current college doesn't offer or are looking for a campus that openly and unequivocally supports and welcomes Jewish students, apply to transfer to Brandeis. 

Much of the transfer application process is similar to what you may have experienced as applying to college as a first-year student. Please review the list below carefully. It outlines everything you need to include with your application. It also includes additional items that are required for international transfer students.

All Transfer Applicants

  • A completed Common Application.
  • $80 application fee (or fee waiver).
  • Official copies of all high school transcripts and/or GED certificate.
  • Official college transcript(s) from all post-secondary school institutions that you attended.
  • A Transfer College Report (pdf) from all colleges/universities you have attended as a degree-seeking student.
  • A letter of recommendation from a college instructor who has taught you in a core academic course (math, science, social sciences/humanities, languages or English).
  • A Mid-Term Report (pdf) that includes grades for all classes, if you're currently in school.
  • Financial documentation (if applying for aid):
    • A completed CSS Profile.
    • A completed FAFSA.
    • Most recent tax returns for both you and your parent(s).
  • SAT and/or ACT scores are not required for transfer students though they will be reviewed with your application if submitted.

International Transfer Applicants

If you are an international student applying as a transfer, please note these additional requirements:

  • English Proficiency. International students for whom English is not their native language should submit results of an English proficiency exam. Students have the choice of submitting scores from one of the following exams:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
    • IELTS (International English Language Testing System).
    • Duolingo English Test (DET).
    • Applicants who have completed two university-level English composition courses taught in the United States with a grade of B or better are exempt from this requirement.
    • Applicants who attended a high school where the primary language of instruction was English for four or more years are exempt from this requirement.
  • Financial Documentation. If you are not applying for financial aid, you must submit:
    • The Certification of Finances for International Students through your DEISconnect portal.
    • Supporting financial documentation, demonstrating the funds that the family will contribute to the applicant's education for the first year of study. Examples are statements of earnings from employers, certification of finances from banks or other financial institutions, or tax returns if available.

Undocumented / DACA Applicants

Undocumented/out-of status students, with or without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) status, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) students, and those with Asylum Status are welcome and encouraged to apply to Brandeis. These applicants will be given full consideration for admission.

If your status falls into any of these categories, you'll need to submit a CSS Profile to be considered for need-based financial aid. 

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