Each year a number of students are admitted on transfer to the sophomore and junior classes. The number of admitted students varies each year, but on average it represents 15-20% of the transfer applicant pool.

Successful transfer candidates have done excellent work at other colleges and universities and present strong high-school records that compare favorably with those of women entering Bryn Mawr College as first-year students. Applications are reviewed by the Transfer Coordinator, Dean of Transfer Students, and admissions officers in a similar manner to that of first-year applicants. Emphasis is placed on the academic performance, essays, recommendations, and activities.

Transfer applicants should be ready to undertake a full-time program at a residential liberal arts college. Typically, students take 4 classes each semester. Almost all classes are taught during the day and none are offered on the weekends.


To be considered a transfer student at Bryn Mawr, you must be able to submit the grades from a minimum of one semester of college work so that the Committee may review your performance. If final grades will not be available by the spring deadline, you may not apply for spring transfer.

Your previous coursework must be completed at a two or four-year accredited college or university.

If you will be more than 24 years of age at the time of enrollment, apply through the McBride Scholars Program.

If you’re transferring from the Community College of Philadelphia or Montgomery County Community College, apply through Community College Connection (C3).

Foreign citizens who are currently enrolled at either an accredited U.S. college or university or a university abroad and who have completed a minimum of one full semester of coursework will be considered eligible to apply for transfer to Bryn Mawr. Foreign citizens who do not complete a minimum of one full semester of coursework can apply as first-year students. Because of visa delays, we are unable to admit international students for the spring semester.

If you applied to Bryn Mawr as a first-year applicant, you may apply as a transfer. However, you must begin the process again and submit all materials (we do keep test scores; please contact us to confirm if we have them on file. Write to and include your full name and high school).

Students who have failed to meet the prescribed standards of academic work or who have been put on probation, suspended, or excluded from other colleges and universities will not be admitted under any circumstances.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to transfer students. All materials must be submitted by the financial aid deadline under the plan to which you are applying.

Foreign citizens are only eligible for financial aid consideration if they are transferring from a U.S. college or university.

Credit Transfer

Because Bryn Mawr is a liberal arts college, students who have taken a broad array of general studies courses in the arts, sciences, and humanities often receive the most credit. Introductory courses in topics such as calculus, biology, chemistry, sociology, and philosophy are the most easily transferable.

Examples of course work that will not transfer into Bryn Mawr:

  • Classes in such disciplines as engineering, nursing, drafting or education
  • Classes such as math for non-math majors and science for non-science majors
  • Classes completed at an unaccredited college or university
  • Course work for which you have not received a minimum of a “C” or better
  • Online courses
  • College courses not taught on a college campus, such as college-level course work taught in your high school

In most cases, courses with descriptions closely matching those within the Bryn Mawr catalog may be considered for transfer. If you have questions about courses you are considering, please write to us at and direct your questions to the Transfer Coordinator.

With the acceptance letter, admitted transfer students will be directed to the Dean of Transfer Students to discuss a tentative credit evaluation that estimates the number of transferable credits.