Lehigh offers many opportunities for transfer students to excel in their chosen field, pursue their goals and develop as a leader.
Lehigh University welcomes applications from transfer students who are currently enrolled at other two- or four-year colleges or universities. The number of transfer students that we seek to enroll varies from 30-40 new students, which makes the application for available spaces very competitive. Lehigh exclusively uses the Common Application for Transfer Students, and prospective transfer students are strongly encouraged to visit the Application Requirements page to learn more about our deadlines for both admission and financial aid.
Deadline to apply for Fall Enrollment: March 15.
Transferring of Prior Courses
Lehigh provides a credit evaluation only after extending an offer of admission. Registration & Academic Services, in consultation with the faculty of Lehigh University, will make the final determination on which college credits will transfer to the institution.
An evaluation of prior college-level courses is complete only after a student has been extended an offer of admission as a new transfer. Our course evaluation process is often labor intensive because Lehigh utilizes the faculty of each department to translate previously completed coursework and determine if credit can be awarded. The Office of Admissions works in consultation with the Registration & Academic Services to coordinate our communication with students regarding the results of the evaluation in as timely a manner as possible. It is critical, however, for students to provide as much detailed information (course description, textbook list, syllabi, etc.) as possible for each course completed in order to allow the faculty to complete an accurate evaluation.
Use the following guidelines to estimate which courses will transfer to Lehigh:
Check the below Transfer/Articulation Agreement information if you currently attend Northampton Community College Honors Program or Montgomery County Community College.
Lehigh must offer an equivalent course.
The amount of time that the class met must be equal to courses offered at Lehigh (i.e., credit hours).
If the course at Lehigh has prerequisites, all prerequisites must be satisfied prior to taking the course.
Only a grade of "C" or better will transfer. A grade of "C-" will not transfer to Lehigh under any circumstances.
Courses in technology and science may require more information and faculty approval before Lehigh awards credit.
Applicants to the College of Business & Economics should attach the syllabus for each Business/Economics course under consideration.
In addition to a college credit evaluation, Lehigh will also accept Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credits from admitted transfer students to be used for both academic classroom placement and course credit. AP and IB scores should be submitted to the Registration & Academic Services after the student has been accepted to be considered for transfer credit. The following items are appropriate for class placement and course credit consideration:
Most AP Test Scores of 4 and 5 (with the exception of Calculus AB, Chemistry and both English exams, which require a score of 5)
Most IB Test Scores of 6 and 7 on higher-level examinations
A Transfer (Articulation) Agreement is a document which outlines which courses to take at your community college in order to complete the hours required for an associate’s degree. This will then allow you to apply as a transfer to Lehigh University to complete a bachelor’s degree. If you follow the transfer plan outlined in the agreement with your community college, you will meet the requirements to apply as a transfer to Lehigh University.
Northampton Community College
Montgomery County Community College
Additional Facts About Transferring College Credits to Lehigh
Pass/Fail credit/non-credit courses are not acceptable for transfer.
Transfer courses may not be used to delete a prior grade from your cumulative grade point average at Lehigh University.
Transfer grades are not calculated in the Lehigh GPA.
No student may receive more credit at Lehigh than was granted on the other institution's transcript.
Courses taken on the quarter system will have credit granted on a 3:2 ratio. No partial credit will be awarded.
The student will receive credit equivalent to the number of credits indicated on the transcript, up to the number of credits for the equivalent course at Lehigh. Registration & Academic Services has the final authority for the amount of credit awarded toward a Lehigh degree.
No credit will be granted for a course in which the student has already received credit for its equivalent at Lehigh.
No credit will be granted for continuing education unit courses, January or intersession courses, correspondence, independent study or any course less than three weeks during intersession, at least five weeks during summer, and/or 15 contact hours per credit without the advance approval of a petition to the Committee on Standing of Students. Courses taken online require additional information for consideration of transfer credit.
College courses taken while in high school may require additional documentation.
Courses must be taken at an institution that is accredited by one of the six regional associations.
For more information about transfer credit requirements, please contact Registration & Academic Services at (610) 758-3194.
Students with Degrees
Lehigh University accepts applications from students who have already earned one or more bachelor's/master's degree(s). If you have already earned a degree and wish to apply, you must submit the same forms as other transfer students, which can be found on the Application Requirements page.
If you already have a degree and the admissions committee offers you admission, a special degree plan will be designed by your advisor with the courses required to obtain a Lehigh degree. Registration & Academic Services will not transfer credit as in the case of other transfer applicants.
Domestic Need-Based Financial Aid
At Lehigh, we are dedicated to need-based financial aid and believe that we have a responsibility to evaluate a family's ability to contribute in an equitable and consistent manner, recognizing that special circumstances can and do affect a family's ability to pay. In order to be considered for need-based financial aid, please follow the steps on the Apply for Financial Aid page to determine the forms needed for application.
Applicants seeking Fall entry must submit the required documents by March 1.
Meeting 100% of financial need and minimizing student loan indebtedness, Lehigh University is committed to a strong need based financial aid program. The gap between the cost of attendance and the calculated Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is the Calculated Financial Need. We use a combination of grants, scholarships, work study, and loans to cover 100% of financial need. The amount of loans used to do so will not exceed $5,000 per academic year. Students may qualify for our Loan Elimination and Loan Reduction initiatives as determined by their family’s calculated annual income as illustrated below.
Loan Reduction Initiatives
|Family Total Income1||Loans Used to Meet Calculated Financial Need2|
|$0 - $75,000||0 (Loan Elimination3)|
|$75,001 - $150,000||≤ $2,000 (Loan Reduction3)|
|> $150,000||≤ $5,000 (Standard)|
1. Family Total Income: Family calculated annual income is a combination of taxable and untaxed income, includes both custodial and non-custodial income and may include items added back to income such as losses that are merely tax allowances.
2. Calculated Financial Need: A family’s calculated financial need is the difference between the total cost of attendance for the year and the calculated EFC.
3. Family Asset Net Worth: Qualification for Loan Elimination or Loan Reduction requires a calculated family asset net worth of less than $500,000.
Cost of Attendance: $69,650
- Expected Family Contribution: $10,000*
= Financial Need: $59,650
*Calculated based on total family income less than $75,000 with a family asset net worth less than $500,000.
In this example, the student qualifies for Loan Elimination (based on total income and net worth of assets), so zero loans are used to meet the $59,650. 100% of the $59,650 financial need is covered through financial aid grants, scholarships, and a small work study award.
Please Note: Our commitment to reducing loans does not eliminate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC). The EFC is the responsibility of the family and may be paid utilizing current income, savings, a payment plan, and/or loan options (that may result in borrowing in excess of our initiatives above). Additional borrowing is at the discretion of the family and is not packaged to meet financial need.
Additionally, financial aid application submitted after required deadlines, or special circumstances and other changes that occur after our funds have been exhausted, may result in unmet financial need or the use of loans to meet need in excess of stated initiatives above.
International Transfer Financial Aid
International transfer students are not eligible for need-based or merit-based financial aid. Since Lehigh University does not allocate institutional funding to international transfer students, all non-U.S. citizens are required to submit the Certification of Finances (PDF) with their application for transfer admission.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the minimum GPA required for transfer applicants?
There is no minimum required GPA. However, competitive applicants typically have a GPA of 3.25 or above.
Is standardized testing required for transfer applicants?
Lehigh does not require the SAT, ACT or SAT subject exams for transfer admission provided a student has completed one year of study at another college or university. Students whose first language is not English are required to submit the TOEFL examination for admission consideration. If a student took the SAT exam in the past 2 years, we will waive the TOEFL requirement if they scored above a 570 on the Critical Reading component of the old SAT or with a 630 on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section of the new SAT.
How many students are admitted as transfers each year?
Although the actual number of admitted transfers differs each year, roughly a quarter (25 percent) of transfer applicants are admitted to Lehigh annually in order to fill the allotted 30-40 spaces.
Does Lehigh accept online/distance learning classes?
Courses taken online require the syllabus for the semester and section of the course you are taking for consideration of transfer credit. Generic college/university syllabi that do not include the course requirements/structure are not sufficient for review by Registration & Academic Services.
Are there any merit scholarships available for transfers?
No, there are no academic or talent-based institutional scholarships offered at Lehigh for either domestic or international transfer students.
Does Lehigh offer Yellow Ribbon GI educational benefits?
Yes. As a supporting institution of the Yellow Ribbon Program through the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act, Lehigh does provide financial support to Post-9/11 veterans. However, participants of the Yellow Ribbon Program must be admitted to Lehigh University through the traditional transfer admissions process before Yellow Ribbon considerations are made.
Are interviews available for transfers?
No. Lehigh does not offer transfer applicant interviews. Therefore, you should use the application as the appropriate platform to discuss and/or explain anything that you feel is of particular importance.
I have attended more than one college. Can I just submit a transcript from the school I am currently attending?
No. You must submit college transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended.
Will I know how many of my credits will transfer before I have to pay my deposit?
Yes. If admitted, you will receive a Transfer Credit Evaluation from Registration & Academic Services informing you of how many credits you have (tentatively) been awarded. Final credit approval will be granted when all final official transcripts from previous institutions have been received by Registration & Academic Services.
Where can I submit documents that are not submitted through the Common Application?
Your Transfer College Report can be sent to the Enrollment Services Center, 218 West Packer Ave, Bethlehem, PA 18015. Your College/University Transcript and Final High School Transcript must be submitted by a school official to be considered official. Parchment users can submit these to firstname.lastname@example.org for the Enrollment Services Center, the office that processes admissions and financial aid materials. Course Descriptions and Transfer Credit Summary Sheet (PDF) can be submitted to the LU FileSender (preferred) or mailed to Enrollment Services Center, 218 West Packer Ave, Bethlehem, PA 18015.
To be eligible for a degree from Lehigh, you must be enrolled as a full-time student. However, if you are not seeking a degree, you can take one or more courses through the General College Division (GCD). You may enroll in any course up to and including 300-level courses as long as prerequisites have been satisfied. Courses taken through GCD may not count toward a graduate degree at Lehigh. Fees for attendance in the General College Division are assessed on the current year "cost per credit hour" schedule.
For admission to the General College Division, you must submit a GCD application, high school and college transcripts, and written approval from the professor teaching each course you wish to take. To audit a course through GCD, you must obtain permission from the Committee on Standing of Students.
Deadlines for GCD applications are July 1 for the Fall semester and December 1 for the Spring semester. Students enrolled in courses through the GCD pay tuition according to the number of credit hours.
If you have questions about Lehigh's transfer admissions process, please contact:
Office of Admissions
27 Memorial Drive West
Bethlehem, PA 18015-3094