Transfer Admission

Transfer admission into the Honors College is competitive and dependent on the number of vacancies in Honors courses. A cumulative college GPA of 3.4 or higher is required for consideration and a GPA above 3.8 is preferred. In most cases, it will take transfer students at least six semesters to complete the Honors Curriculum regardless of what transfer credits are awarded. If you have any questions about whether or how to apply to the Honors College as a transfer student, please email honors@cofc.edu

External Transfer Application Process

Fall Deadline: June 1st
Spring Deadline: December 1st*   

*Spaces for entry in the spring are limited; some qualified external transfer applicants may be asked to re-apply as campus transfers for the following fall semester. 

  1. If you are transferring to the College from an outside institution, complete the steps for general transfer admission and access the Honors College application on the Honors College tab of the CofC applicant portal

  2. Complete your Statement of Intent. This section allows you to share why you believe you are a good fit for the Honors College. Since you are transferring from another college/university, you must also tell us why you have decided to leave your current/previous school and why you have chosen the College of Charleston. 

  3. The Honors College requires that one of your college professors/instructors fill out our recommendation form. Please provide the first name, last name, and email address for your recommender, and we will contact that person on your behalf.

  4. Submit a résumé for consideration. This document should focus on your achievements outside of the classroom, paying special attention to leadership and public service.

If you are applying as an external transfer student with fewer than 12 credit hours, you should submit your high school transcript to the Admissions Office. Students who have completed 12+ college credits since high school graduation need only provide their college transcript(s).

You will attach your résumé and statement of intent and provide contact information for your professor or instructor on the Honors College application in your CofC applicant portal.  

Once you have submitted your completed application and all supporting documents, the Honors College will return a decision to you via your primary email address. 

The Honors College can only provide a conditional admission decision before receiving final grades from the most recent term you are enrolled in. The Honors College reserves the right to rescind a conditional acceptance offered to a transfer applicant whose cumulative college GPA falls below 3.4 once final grades are received. 

Campus Transfer Application Process 

Fall Deadline: May 15th
  1. Complete the Honors College Campus Transfer Form

  2. Complete your Statement of Intent. This section allows you to share why you believe you are a good fit for the Honors College. 

  3. The Honors College requires one letter of recommendation from one of your college professors. Please provide the first name, last name, and email address for your recommender and we will contact that person on your behalf.

  4. Submit a resume for consideration. This document should focus on your achievements outside of the classroom, paying special attention to leadership and public service.

Your résumé, your statement of intent, and contact information for your professor to submit a recommendation should be sent to Honors@cofc.edu.

Please be advised that the Honors College does not provide a decision to campus transfer applicants until we have received final transcripts from your spring semester. 

Once you have submitted your completed application and all supporting documents, the Honors College will return a decision to you via your primary email address.