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Bellarmine makes it easy to transfer in and finish your degree quickly.

 

Transferring to Bellarmine is easy. 

  • All previously awarded scholarships will be honored.
  • Transcript reviews are completed quickly.
  • Dedicated counselor support throughout your journey.

Deciding to transfer to a new university is a big decision. When you choose Bellarmine University to continue your degree pursuits, you are choosing a challenging but rewarding educational experience in a close-knit community of faculty and students. When you are ready to move forward, our Admissions team is ready to help.

Previously Earned Credit Hours: We believe in credit where credit is due. To ensure your hard work does not go unnoticed, we will closely review transcripts from your previous education experience(s) to verify and apply credits that meet our high education standards. What credits will carry over? Check out the Transfer Equivalency tool below.

And it’s more affordable than you might think—financial aid means your actual price is similar to that of state universities. We will work with you to compile the best comprehensive offer of financial aid when you’re ready, but you can get a head start with an estimate using our Net Price Calculator.

 

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

We are excited for you to achieve your goals here at Bellarmine. As a transfer student the process is dependent on how many credit hours you have already earned at another college or university. Select from the options below to learn more about getting started.

Select Earned Credit Hours
  • I have earned more than 60 credit hours
  • I have earned fewer than 60 credit hours
  • I am an international transfer student
  • I am a Jefferson 2 BU student
  • A completed online application form. (Bellarmine Application or Common Application)
  • Official college transcript sent directly from each college attended.
  • The Office of Admission reserves the right to request additional information or a personal interview. Please note admission to an individual department program is determined by the department and not the Office of Admission.
  • A completed online application form. (Bellarmine Application or Common Application)
  • Official college transcript sent directly from each college attended.
  • Official high school transcript, GED or home school completion or diploma is required.
  • The Office of Admission reserves the right to request additional information or a personal interview. Please note admission to an individual department program is determined by the department and not the Office of Admission.
  • A completed online application form. (Bellarmine Application or Common Application)
  • Official college transcript sent directly from each college attended. TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB score is required.
  • TOEFL minimum scores are:
    Paper-based: 550; Internet-based: 79 or 80; Computer-based: 213.
    MELAB score of 78
    IELTS score of 6.
  • The Office of Admission reserves the right to request additional information or a personal interview. Please note admission to an individual department program is determined by the department and not the Office of Admission.
  • A completed online application form (Jefferson to Bellarmine 2BU app) - no application fee!
  • Official college transcript sent directly from Jefferson Community & Technical College is required.
  • Official high school transcript, GED or home school completion or diploma is required.
  • 2.0 GPA and a minimum of 24 credit hours is required.
  • The Office of Admission reserves the right to request additional information or a personal interview. Please note admission to an individual department program is determined by the department and not the Office of Admission.
 

Scholarship Opportunities

We know there is a lot to consider when you are a transfer student. Below you will find some of the most frequent questions we receive. As always, if you have additional questions please contact us.

Silver Scholarship

Bellarmine awards transfer grants to students who transfer from an accredited institution of higher education and have a minimum 2.0 GPA. Awards are based on review of the admission application, there is no separate application process. If you qualify, this award will be reflected in your initial scholarship offer that is awarded upon admission.

Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

Each year Bellarmine University awards four Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarships to incoming transfer students in the amount of $29,500! To be eligible for this award you must be a current member of your institution's PTK Chapter and complete our PTK Scholarship application. A committee will review all applicants and students that qualify will be selected to participate in an interview.

Application Submission Deadlines — Fall: July 1; Spring: November 15

How to Apply: Students will need to submit an essay between 500 and 750 words that addresses: 1) "What made you select Bellarmine?" and 2) How will a Bellarmine education help you achieve your educational and career goals?" Additionally, submit documentation showing current PTK membership status and your resume.

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Jefferson to Bellarmine

As part of the Jefferson 2 Bellarmine partnership, Bellarmine is offering Jefferson students a total tuition rate of $16,300 per year, inclusive of fees. Students are able to access all campus amenities, programs, and events, and have the ability to live on campus for an additional cost.

To learn more, visit the Jefferson 2 Bellarmine page.

Each year Bellarmine University awards four Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Scholarships to incoming transfer students in the amount of $29,500! To be eligible for this award you must be a current member of your institution's PTK Chapter and complete our PTK Scholarship application.

A committee will review all applicants and students that qualify will be selected to participate in an interview.

Deadlines:
Fall enrollment: Application submitted by July 1
Spring enrollment: Application submitted by November 1

How to Apply
To apply, students will need to submit an essay between 500 and 750 words that addresses:

  1. What made you select Bellarmine?
  2. How will a Bellarmine education help you achieve your educational and career goals?

In addition to your essay, please submit documentation showing your current PTK membership and your resume.

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Bellarmine Honors Program

The Bellarmine University Honors Program provides qualified, motivated students of all majors and backgrounds with the opportunity to achieve at the highest possible level while forming lifelong friendships with others who share their love for learning. To learn more, visit the Honors Program Homepage. Application Submission Deadlines - Fall: August 1; Spring: December 1

 

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Transfer Equivalency

What credits will carry over?

If your course or courses aren't listed here, complete the transfer transcript review to begin the evaluation process.

Transcript Review

Admissions Deadlines for Transfer Students

There are no application “deadlines” prior to the start of the semester for transfer students applying to Bellarmine because of our rolling admissions policy. We suggest, however, you apply and submit all credentials for admission three months before the start of the semester. This should give you enough time to become admitted, register for classes, and receive your financial aid package.

The last day for students to apply and submit all credentials for admission is the last day of the drop/add period.

Frequently Asked Questions by Transfer Students

We know there is a lot to consider when you are a transfer student. Below you will find some of the most frequent questions we receive. As always, if you have additional questions please contact us.

What Is The Tuition At Bellarmine University?

Tuition, fees, room and board for the current school year can be found online here.

Is A Deposit Or Matriculation Fee Required?

No, transfer students are not required to pay the matriculation fee. It is only required of freshmen who have recently graduated from high school or transfer students who wish to attend Orientation.

What Scholarships Are Available To Transfer Students?

Transfer students who are full-time at Bellarmine are eligible for transfer grants. The amount of the transfer grant is based on your transfer GPA, which includes only the courses that are transferable to Bellarmine. For the 2019-2020 school year the transfer grant ranges from $20,700-$26,000 per year. Member of Phi Theta Kappa can apply for our Phi Theta Kappa scholarship. If awarded, the PTK scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year is $27,000.

How Do I Apply For Transfer Grants?

Transfer grants are awarded automatically once you have been admitted fully to Bellarmine and your transfer credit evaluation is complete.

How do I apply for federal financial aid?

You will need to apply for federal/state financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.FAFSA.ed.gov. Bellarmine’s school code is 001954.

What classes will transfer to Bellarmine?

Beginning in spring 2021, there is a new policy in effect for students who transfer in with more than 51 credit hours. To see how this policy may impact your courses, please visit our Transfer Credit Policy page. An official transfer credit evaluation (TCE) will be completed by the Registrar’s Office once we have received your official transcripts and you have been admitted to Bellarmine. We will only accept college credits from schools that are regionally accredited.

Does my GPA from my previous college transfer to Bellarmine?

No, your transfer GPA does not calculate into your Bellarmine GPA. The only time your transfer GPA will be calculated with your Bellarmine GPA is if you are applying for a specific program, such as nursing, or you are eligible for graduation honors.

When do I register for my first semester of classes at Bellarmine?

Once you have been admitted to Bellarmine, you will receive an acceptance letter in the mail. The letter will include your advisor’s contact information. Please contact them to schedule an advising and registration appointment.

What majors does Bellarmine offer?

We offer more than 60 majors in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health sciences, communication and environmental studies.

Am I required to attend Knight u or Orientation?

No, you are not required to attend Knight U or Orientation. These events are specifically for first-time freshmen.

How do I apply for on-campus housing?

You will need to submit your housing application online along with a $200 deposit.

How do I arrange a campus visit?

You can schedule an appointment to meet with an admission counselor and/or take a tour of campus just about any weekday. You may schedule your visit by registering online. If you have questions about scheduling your visit, please contact our Campus Visit Coordinator, Michelle Johnson, at 502.272.8123 or mrjohnson@bellarmine.edu.

What is an Official Transcript?

An official transcript documents the academic record of an individual from a school. To ensure the validity of this record, an official transcript is printed on security paper, often featuring a watermark and signature. Unofficial transcripts are typically copies of this record (printed, emailed or photocopied) and cannot be used for application at a higher education institution. Typically an unofficial transcript will be marked “Issued to Student”. Unofficial transcripts can be submitted for a preliminary review by completing our Undergraduate Transcript Review Request form.

As a transfer student applying to Bellarmine University, an official transcript must be mailed directly to Bellarmine University’s Office of Admission, should not be marked “Issued to Student”, addressed to the student, or hand delivered by the student. To submit your official transcript for review, reach out to your previous learning institution and they will help you with their process.

Official transcripts should be directed to:

Office of Admission
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205
Phone: 502.272.7100
Fax: 502.272.8002
admissions@bellarmine.edu

Contact Us

Shelby Sullivan
Assistant Dean of Admission
502.272.7993
ssullivan2@bellarmine.edu

Chris Kircher
Associate Dean of Admission
502.272.8127
ckircher@bellarmine.edu