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Transfer Students

Transfer students, complete your application today!

We accept applications from transfer students as long as you've taken rigorous coursework in your freshman year and earned a 3.7 GPA or higher

  1. Determine which type of Admissions Application to use (it varies based on earned credits). On the application, check the box indicating that you want to apply to the Honors College-- this is the best way to complete an application.
  2. Complete the Honors College section of the general admissions application online by responding to the essay prompt of your choice.
  3. Once you have submitted the Admissions Application, the Honors College will receive your supplemental materials, as long as you uploaded them to the application.
  4. All additional credentials (including letters of recommendation) should be sent directly to the Honors College at HCapplicants@cofc.edu.We cannot guarantee the processing for any letters of recommendation submitted by any other means (including Naviance/Docufide/Parchment of Script-Safe).
  5. The Honors College will notify you once we have received your application, and periodically we will send updates on missing requirements. We will also notify you once your application is complete.
  6. You will be notified by regular mail once the Honors College has made an admissions decision. Please be advised that the Honors College makes decisions only after the Office of Admission has returned a decision on your application. Letters are mailed beginning in early December and continue through the spring and summer semesters. You cannot check your status online, so if you have questions concerning your status at the Honors College, please email us at honors@cofc.edu or call us at 843.953.7154.

The Honors College will notify you once we have recieved your application, and periodically we will send updates on missing requirements. We will also notify you once your application is complete.You will be notified by regular mail once the Honors College has made an admissions decision. You cannot check your status online, so if you have questions concerning your status at the Honors College, please email us at honors@cofc.edu or call us at 843.953.7154.

The application deadline for transfer students applying for spring semester is December 15. The application deadline for transfer students applying for fall semester is June 15.

The Honors College does not make a final decision on current student applications until we have the final grades for the current semester. Once your application is complete, the Honors College Admissions Committee will review all of your materials.

A complete Honors College Application for a transfer student includes:

  1. Honors College Applicaton Form
  2. Honors College Essay
  3. Honors College Statement of Intent
  4. Current College Transcripts*
  5. High School Transcripts and SAT/ACT Scores (only if bringing under 24 credit hours)*
  6. Two Letters of Recommendation from professors in academic subject areas
  7. Resume

*The Honors College will obtain your test scores and transcript from the Office of Admissions. There is no need to send a duplicate copy to the Honors College.

The Honors College Essay

TThis essay is your chance to showcase your ability to write, to develop an argument, and to think logically. It also provides an opportunity for you show us who you are – how you think and what you will be like as a student. One of the most important components of a student's application is the "fit" for the Honors College, so be sure to use this essay to demonstrate exactly why you are such a great candidate for the Honors College! Select one of the following essay prompts and prepare a 500-800 word essay response. Students applying to the Honors College should cut and paste their response to one of these prompts into the appropriate box within the online application.

Fall 2014 Honors College Applcation Essay Prompts (select one)
  1. Though many pressing issues of the day have a global scale, they are most often felt and engaged on a local level.  Describe a problem of global proportions that also has local implications. Explain in specific terms how you would work to address this problem on a local level, and why you believe your solution would be effective.
  2. Imagine taking a college course that was unconstrained by traditional subject areas – a class in which you could read anything, go anywhere, and produce something truly remarkable at the end.  What would your dream course be called? What readings, assignments, and activities would be required and why?  What would your final project be?
  3. “The important thing is not to stop questioning.  Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” – Albert Einstein. Write about an aspect of the world that has engaged your curiosity and led you to ask questions. Explain the actions you have taken to learn more about the issue and the strategies you have used to address any concerns you have about the issue.

Honors College Statement of Intent

The Statement of Intent provides the Honors College Admissions Committee the opportunity to understand why you would like to be apart of the Honors College Community and is one of the most important components of your application to the Honors College. Below is the prompt that will be found on the application form and students should attach their response to the application form.

Explain, in 200-250 words, how and why you believe the Honors College at the College of Charleston would help you to reach your full academic potential and why you are the kind of student who would both benefit from the Honors curriculum and contribute to the Honors living-learning community.

Academic Profile Information

The following criteria represent the profile for transfer students who are accepted into the Honors College

Average GPA: 3.70

Other Criteria: The Honors College considers the difficulty of college level courses, college level GPA, strength of college level writing, and the quality of letters of recommendation from current college professors.  Standardized test scores and high school transcript information may also be used during considered as part of the Honors College admissions decision for transfer students.

Note: Transfer students are encouraged to communicate directly with the Honors College to determine if the curriculum is conducive to their plans.