FAQs

Find answers to your most frequently asked questions on transferring to St. John's.

Who is a transfer?
If you have attended an institution of higher education for any period of time after graduating from high school, you must apply as a transfer. Transfer students are evaluated primarily on the basis of their college-level work.

Do you accept credits from my college?
A credit evaluation is completed within 48 hours of a student’s acceptance. To receive an evaluation you must provide an application and transcripts from all college and universities you’ve attend. St. John’s has a flexible transfer credit policy requiring a C or better for all course work.

What is the maximum number of transfer credits St. Johns University will accept?
We can accept no more than 90 credits can be transferred to St. John’s. All transfer students are required to complete a least 1 year of residency to graduate with a degree from us.

How many credits and what GPA do I need to be admitted?
Applicants to St. John’s are very different from one another, presenting a variety of academic and extracurricular activities. Your admission to St John’s is based on many factors, not only your GPA. Students are encouraged to apply with at least 12 credits completed. The average GPA accepted to St. John’s is a 2.5.

Do I need to submit high school transcript?
Transfer applicants who have not completed an Associates Degree must provide a high school transcript with graduation date on it.

When should I apply?
St. John’s offers rolling admissions, so we accept applications year round.

Are scholarships available for transfer students?
Merit-based scholarships are available for students who have completed at least 12 college credits (not including AP) and range from $7,000 to $15,000 per year. Students who are graduating with or already possess an Associate’s Degree are eligible for the $15,000 Transfer Distinction Award. Phi Theta Kappa members are also awarded an additional annual scholarship in the amount of $2000. Scholarships are awarded based on the academic strength of the applicant and at the time of admission. No separate application is required. The Merit Scholarship and the Transfer Distinction Award cannot be combined.

What do I need to do to get the scholarships?
You are automatically evaluated for a transfer scholarship when you apply. You will be eligible to receive the PTK scholarship if it is indicated on your transcript, or if you submit proof that you are part of the Honor Society (i.e., a letter from the advisor or a certificate which can be emailed to transfers@stjohns.edu)

Do I need a certain amount of credits to get a scholarship?
You would need at least 12 college credits to be evaluated for a transfer scholarship.

Can scholarship amounts be re-evaluated if I send an updated transcript?
Yes. If you send us your most recent transcript, you can be re-evaluated for an academic scholarship. However, there is no guarantee something will change and it MUST be presented prior to the beginning of the semester in which you plan to enroll.

Does St. Johns University provide housing for transfer students?
Yes. Housing is available for transfer students.

Is housing guaranteed for my junior and senior year?
Housing is never guaranteed, but there is a higher chance or getting housing if your deposit is sent in by May 1. Contact Residence Life for more information at 718-990-2417.

Can I reapply to St. Johns University?
Yes.  If you have applied to St. John’s within the past year, you may reactivate your application by notifying the Office of Admission in writing. Please email transfers@stjohns.edu to request to reactivate your application, including information about what you have done since your original application, to which college/program you wish to apply, and for which semester you wish to apply. You must ensure that we have received all your supporting documentation which may include standardized test scores, high school transcript(s), GED, and/or college transcript(s).

Can I earn a second Bachelor's degree?
St. John’s does not allow students to pursue a second Bachelor’s degree unless it is in a discipline that differs from their first Bachelor’s degree. Students are reviewed on a case by case basis by the Dean of their intended college. For more information please contact transfers@stjohns.edu.

Are transfer students eligible for financial aid?
Transfer students can apply for federal aid by visiting www.fafsa.ed.gov and filling out the financial aid application for the proper year. You will have to switch your current school code to the St. John’s school code (002823). Call 718-990-2000 at any time to check your financial aid status.

Can I apply to the Pharmacy program?
No, the Pharmacy program is a 0-6 program designed only for students coming straight from high school. They cannot have any college credits prior to entering. This policy is in accordance with the Accreditation Council of Pharmaceutical Education.

Can I apply to the Physician’s Assistant program?
No, the PA program is a 4-year Bachelors degree program specifically designed for students coming straight from high school. They cannot have any college credits prior to entering.

Do you need my SAT scores?
We require your SAT scores if you have less than 12 credits completed. We prefer to have the SAT scores if you are applying to the Tobin College of Business.

When can I find out how many credits will transfer over?
Students go through a credit evaluation 48 hours after being accepted to the University. The Dean will evaluate the credits and see which can be applied to your degree with St. John’s. For more information on how your credits have transferred you can contact Transfer Student Services at tsshelp@stjohns.edu.

Where can I find course descriptions and pre-requisites?
View our list of undergraduate programs and click on the program that you’re interested in. Everything is listed according to major.

What transcripts do I have to provide?
The transcripts from every institution you’ve attended. We do accept unofficial documents but require official transcripts before you enroll. If you do not have an Associate’s Degree, we would need your official high school transcript, complete with your graduation date posted.

Do you use four credit classes or only three credit classes from other colleges?
Most four credit classes would translate to three credit classes here. The exception would likely apply to a science lab which may be a four credit class.

What is the GPA requirement for admission?
It varies depending on the program. Traditionally we look for students with a 2.5 GPA, with a desired minimum of 2.3. For more information, you can email transfers@stjohns.edu.

Do I need to send letters of recommendation?
Recommendation letters are optional. We will review them but they are not needed for an admissions decision.

Is an interview required?
We do not offer an interview process. Interviews are not required for admission and are not a factor in an admissions decision.

Can I fax my transcript or does it have to be sent from the school?
You can fax your transcript for an admissions decision, but it would not be considered official until we receive the one from your college. The fax number is 718-990-2096. Please put “Attention: Transfer Team” on your fax.

What happens if I don’t send the official transcript?
You will be dropped from Financial Aid and your current semester courses. Also a hold will be placed on your account, preventing you from registering for the following semester and getting into your Residence Hall.

When is my bill due?
The tuition bill is due before the semester begins, but there are several different payment plans. Contact Financial Aid for more information at 718-990-2000.

Am I considered a transfer student if I attended St. John’s in the past?
If you attended St. John’s but did not attend another institution, you would be considered a re-admit student. If you attended St. John’s, then another University, then decided to come back, you would be considered a transfer student.

Can I apply to an Associate’s Program with more than 30 credits?
No, you would have to apply for a Bachelor’s degree with 30 or more credits.

Can I be an undecided major with 30 credits?
You would need to declare a major if you have 30 or more college credits.

Are there other scholarships other than the Academic Awards?
Yes we have a Phi Theta Kappa scholarship which is awarded to students who participate in the PTK Honor Society of community colleges. It is currently $2,000 a year.

How can I get involved with athletics or speak with someone from the athletics department?
Contact 718-990-1433 and they can assist you. To speak with a specific coach/department, please visit Red Storm Sports site.

What is the process to apply if I attended St. John’s in the past and would like to come back?
You need to complete a re-admit application. Re-admit applications can be found on your UIS account under the Admissions Tab.

How do I log into my UIS account online?
Your User ID for UIS is your official St. John's ID number, starting with a capital "X". Your PIN number is your six-digit date of birth.

Is there an Open House for transfers?
We have an open house for all applicants and prospective students in the Fall, however there is a transfer specific open house in the Spring. Please check our website for the updated dates and times.

What is an Instant Decision Day?
An instant decision day is when you can come to campus for an on-the-spot decision. You would need to apply online prior to entering, and bring transcripts from every college you’ve attended. Also, we would need your high school transcripts if you have less than 60 college credits. You would get a decision that day, and a scholarship if eligible.

If I am rejected from my program of choice, can I eventually transfer into it?
For certain programs, you can apply for an internal transfer for the program you originally applied for after completing a year of credits at the University. You can speak with one of the transfer counselors for more information.

Do I get a laptop as a transfer student?
Yes, you can choose your laptop after paying the registration deposit. You would need to graduate in order to keep the laptop.