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Frequently Asked Questions

Transfer Admissions Process

Application Process for Transfer Students


Complete the application form

  • Submit official transcripts from each college attended regardless of whether credit was earned. The minimum requirement of a cumulative college grade point average is 2.5 (4.0 scale). Requirements for online RN-BSN.
  • Submit a high school transcript showing graduation date and cumulative grade point average. If you have a college degree (associates or bachelors), the high school transcript is not required for the admission process. However, you may wish to provide your high school transcript to pass the foreign language proficiency requirement.
  • Submission of ACT or SAT scores may be required of transfer applicants who will have completed fewer than 24 semester hours of college credit by the time they begin classes at Clarke. This requirement is waived for students who have been out of high school four years or more.
  • International transfer students must comply with additional requirements, as stated under International Admission Requirements.
  • Student files are reviewed individually. See program page for additional requirements.

Transcripts and scores can be sent to:
Admissions Office
Clarke University
1550 Clarke Drive
Dubuque, IA 52001-3198

When will I be notified of my acceptance?

Once your application is complete, (application, transcripts from all institutions attended and auxiliary materials) it generally takes five to ten business days to receive an admissions decision. Decisions are announced through email and an acceptance package is mailed to full time, students.

Transfer Academic Evaluations

Academic evaluations are prepared by the Registrar’s Office for accepted students. The evaluation is subject to change if courses are pending completion to the term at Clarke University. The evaluation shows what credits are transferring into Clarke and what requirement they are satisfying.

Accepting the Offer of Admissions

If you decide to attend Clarke University, a $200 non-refundable enrollment deposit is required. The deposit is applied towards your final bill. Deposits can be paid by check or credit card.


Transfer students will meet with an academic advisor to select their courses. Once registration opens for the fall or spring term, students are able to request a registration appointment on a rolling basis up through the start of classes. Appointments can be conducted either in person or over the phone and typically last about thirty minutes. Students must submit their enrollment deposit prior to registering for classes.

Connect Orientation

Once you have registered for classes, you will receive an invitation to Connect Orientation. Connect is held the weekend prior to the start of the fall term and the weekend prior to the start of the spring term. Transfers are required to attend one specific day of Connect, but are invited to all Connect activities. More Connect information will be sent to you directly.


To apply for campus housing, submit the Housing Form. Housing options for transfer students include traditional residence halls with double and single rooms as well as the apartment style rooms. The Catherine Dunn Apartments are available to sophomores through seniors and offer apartment style living with the convenience of staying on campus. Students under the age of 21 are required to live on campus with the exception of students who live with a parent or legal guardian within 30 miles of campus. More details about campus housing can be found here.

Commuting Students

Commuter students are just as involved in campus activities as residence students. Relax between classes in the commuter lounge, atrium, library, or outside. Take advantage of your free access to games and come cheer on the Pride! Lunch in the café and be sure to RSVP for the famous Christmas Dinner. As a commuter student, you have access to all the same resources as residence students.

Transfer Policies

Clarke University accepts applications for admission from transfer students who have attended two-year and four-year colleges and universities accredited by the Higher Learning Commission or similar regional associations. Course work completed at a school not regionally accredited will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, with ordinarily no more than 16 credits accepted. A maximum of 64 semester hours earned in a two-year institution or 90 semester hours earned in a bachelor’s degree program may be accepted provided the student is in good academic standing, i.e., has a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above. Courses with grades lower than C- do not transfer.

After a student has enrolled and transferred the maximum number of credits, no additional credits will be accepted or exchanged for previously accepted courses. Internship, independent study, test-out credit and preparatory courses are not transferable to Clarke University. At least 15 credit hours in the major field of study and a minimum of 6 credit hours for the minor must be earned at Clarke University. The final 30 hours of credit must be taken in residence.

Admission as a transfer student does not imply admission to a specific academic major. Transfer students are encouraged to consult with department faculty during the admission process regarding admission to the major. The Nursing Department requires a separate application process for transfer, RN-BSN, and second-degree applicants seeking admission.