Frequently Asked Questions
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Next Steps Center
I received an acceptance packet from the UA. What is the next step?
Congratulations and welcome to the UA! As a newly admitted Wildcat, there are certain steps you must take to complete your enrollment. We call these: Next Steps! Your admissions packet should include a letter of acceptance, with instructions on how to access your personalized Next Steps Center checklist. Once your checklist is complete, you'll schedule an appointment to meet with your academic advisor. Get started today! Visit: nextsteps.arizona.edu
How do I “get connected” on campus?
The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership (CSIL) offers every University of Arizona student a variety of opportunities to “get connected” on campus. For more information, call 520.621.8064 or visit CSIL. Also, the Transfer Student Association (TSA) is a group created to support the social integration of Transfer students at the UA. Getting involved through the TSA is an excellent way to get connected on campus.
If I am admitted am I guaranteed a space in a residence hall?
No. Residence hall spaces are assigned on a first come first served basis. You can only apply for on-campus housing once you have been admitted. This is another good reason to apply for admission as early in the semester as possible.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
How do I apply for a scholarship or financial assistance?
The University of Arizona offers annual scholarships in variable amounts to transfer students who demonstrate exceptional academic performance. Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 cumulative, unweighted GPA and 36 transferable credit hours to qualify for consideration. You do not need to file a separate scholarship application. All students who submit a complete application for admission will be included in the scholarship pool. The selected students will receive a letter of award.
For transfer students interested in applying for federal financial aid, click here for instructions. By completing your FAFSA, you are applying for grants, loans, and work-study.
Can I visit the campus?
Yes. Campus tours are offered regularly when classes are in session. During Fall and Spring semester, they are scheduled at 10 am and 2 pm Monday-Friday. Saturday tours are available at 10 am. During Summer Sessions, tours are every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 9 am. Tours last more than one hour so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring water. If you need disability related accommodations, call 520.621.3268 prior to your visit. Sign up for a tour at: Visit the University of Arizona!
Transfer Tuesdays are designed specifically for prospective transfer students. These are half-day events, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm or 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, held on the University of Arizona campus. Attendees will have an opportunity to receive an optional instant admission decision and a campus tour, along with information about the Next Steps Center, financial aid, and other student services. For event dates and RSVP instructions, visit the Transfer Programs and Events page.
I received a bachelor’s degree from the UA and want to return for a second bachelor’s degree. What procedure should I follow?
If you have been absent from the UA for a semester or more, you must submit a readmission application by the appropriate deadline. Click here to download the required special readmission application.
When should I apply for general admission?
We encourage transfer students to apply one full semester prior to enrolling. Therefore, if you plan to enroll in a summer or fall semester, you are encouraged to apply in January of that year. If you plan to enroll in the spring, apply in September of the previous year.
To be considered for Transfer admission, applicants must have completed at least 24 transferable college-level credits at the time of application. Applicants with less than 24 college credits will be evaluated as incoming freshman.
You are encouraged to determine your number of transferable credits prior to submitting your completed application.
I am a non-degree seeking student. How do I become degree seeking?
If you never submitted a degree seeking (or regular) application, you must submit one and all supporting documents. These documents generally include official copies of college transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (even if no credit was earned), and an official copy of your high school transcript (if you are under age 22, or have less than 24 college credits). An application fee is required. It generally takes four to six weeks to process a complete application.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
I live out-of-state. How do I become a resident for tuition purposes?
Although not impossible, gaining residency for tuition purposes is difficult. Please refer to the Registrar’s - Residency Classification Office website for information regarding this important issue.
I am an out-of-state transfer student. What classes should I take?
Although we have a unique general education structure, students can transfer courses into our programs of study. The best recommendation is to enroll in courses from the following categories: English composition; mathematics; second language; social and behavioral sciences; science; humanities and art. These help establish a broad foundation of knowledge, which is the purpose for general education. For more information regarding how transfer courses can be applied to our general education curriculum, refer to the following Academic Information pages:
- Acceptability of Transfer Credit
- UA General Education Requirements with Transfer Courses: (Out of State Transfer Students)
- Credits from Community Colleges
- Course Equivalency Guide: For students from Arizona community colleges, learn how your courses will transfer.
- Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC): Overview
For students from California community colleges, contact a Transfer Advisor to learn how you can use the Intersegmental
General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or California State University General Education (CSUGE) to transfer.
Can I transfer courses from another institution?
Yes. There are several things to consider when attending another college or university. The University of Arizona will generally accept credit if these guidelines are followed:
- the college or university must be regionally accredited
- the courses you take are similar to courses offered at the UA
- generally, courses that are very specialized and/or technical, seminars, workshops, college preparatory courses, etc. are not accepted for transfer credit
- a grade of "C" or better must be earned in order for the course to transfer to a UA degree program (see Acceptability of Transfer Credit). Although a grade of "C" must be earned for a course to transfer, grades from previously attended colleges/universities are not transferable, when listed on a third-party transcript.
What must I do to have my credits transfer?
Contact the Registrar’s Office at all of the colleges and universities you attended, and request that an official transcript be sent to the following address:
If you are a continuing UA student and, for example, take a summer school course at another institution, your transcripts should be sent to the UA Registrar’s Office at the above address.
How do I know if I am a transfer student?
Students are considered transfer applicants if they have completed a minimum of 24 or more transferable college semester credits/units by the time of application and are a high school graduate (or equivalent).
Applicants with fewer than 24 units, are still eligible to apply; however, their admission decision will be based on Freshman application guidelines and comprehensive review.
Must I complete an Associate’s Degree before I transfer?
No. There are no programs for which an associate’s degree is required. Students can transfer with one or many college credits. Individuals are considered transfer students, however, if they have completed at least 24 transferable semester units at the time of application. Without 24 or more transferable semester units, the student is evaluated primarily on his or her high school work. Additionally, students can only apply 64 semester units from a community or junior college toward their University of Arizona degree program.
Does UA accept Military Credit?
Some military credit can be applied toward The University of Arizona degree. In order to have your military work evaluated, send the appropriate documents to the Office of Admissions for review. Some credit can be earned depending on your rank in service, and amount of time spent serving in the military. Other credit will be evaluated on a course by course basis to determine how compatible the credit might be with our curriculum.