Tips for Transfer Applicants

Students working in Rosauer Center's Active Learning Center

November 18, 2022
Lindsey Spencer

We recognize that transfer students are a diverse group of students from a variety of educational backgrounds.

We’re happy to provide support and information throughout the admission process!

Here are some tips to help you get started. 

1. Don’t be intimidated by the transfer application process.  

At Gonzaga, transfer students are not competing with other students to gain admission. Majors and minors are also not restricted to a limited number of spots. Let your passions, interests, and merits shine through in your application! The application’s personal statement is great opportunity to tell us about yourself, your educational journey, and your goals.

2. Pay attention to the recommended transfer timeline, required documents, and admission guidelines. 

Gonzaga admits transfer applicants year-round, but there are ideal times to complete an application, confirm your enrollment, and apply for housing and scholarships. The recommended transfer deadlines are strategic to ensure that you are not missing out on opportunities for best class placement, preferred housing (if you’ll be living on campus), and other enrollment activities.

It’s also important to make sure to submit all necessary documents. You can complete your application and check on your application checklist in your application portal.

I also recommend checking out our transfer admission standard guidelines. If you are at all confused or concerned by this, you’re welcome to email me at spencerL2@gonzaga.edu to set up a meeting (phone, Zoom, or in-person); I am happy to provide guidance!

To see more information about our transfer admission process, check out our transfer webpage.


3. Check your email frequently for updates on your application status. 

Once your transfer application has been received, we will keep you regularly informed of any documents needed to complete your application. Don’t be afraid to respond and ask questions!

4. Complete the FAFSA or add Gonzaga's school code to your current FAFSA.  

The FAFSA is a great opportunity to supplement the cost of attendance; it’s a free application for federal student aid (grants, work-study, loans, etc.), but it also provides Gonzaga with an opportunity to offer you institutional aid (Gonzaga grants and other forms of aid). Don’t forget to add Gonzaga’s school code: 003778.   

5. Visit Gonzaga's Campus. 

We have multiple in-person visit options, including campus tours, information sessions, meetings with admission counselors, faculty interactions, and Preview Days. We also offer virtual options, including information sessions, meetings with admission counselors, and faculty and current student interactions. You can also check out our virtual tours.

6. Check out Gonzaga’s resources.

Gonzaga has a great Transfer, Veteran, and Returning Adult office that hosts regular events, social opportunities, and resources. There are also a multitude of other offices on campus that work to serve and support students during their time here.

7. Ask questions! 

I am an email or call away if you have any questions during this process. You can email me at spencerL2@gonzaga.edu or call me 509-313-6579.

If you have any questions as you navigate the transfer process at Gonzaga, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 509-313-6572 or email admissions@gonzaga.edu