Transfer students are students who have completed one or more college credits following high school graduation.

If you have completed 20 or fewer credits post high school you may be evaluated as a traditional first-year applicant and will be eligible for first-year scholarships.

Are you a previous student applying for re-admission

Complete our re-admit form

Important Information


Spring, summer and fall 2020

Deadline Date
Spring 2020  
Application and materials  Dec. 20
Deposit Jan. 1
Summer 2020  
Application and materials May 1
Deposit  May 15
Fall 2020  
Application and materials  July 31
Deposit Aug. 5
**Nursing fall 2020  
Application and materials Jan. 15
Deposit March 15

**Traditional BSN students can only apply for fall 2020 to be considered for admissions to the fall or spring cohorts.


Application requirements for transfer students include:

  • Saint Martin's Application or the Common Application*
  • Personal essay**
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Your official SAT/ACT scores, if applicable†
  • Your official high school transcript, GED certificate or home school documentation, if applicable†
  • Military credits‡

Application details

* There is no application fee for domestic transfer applicants.
** As instructed on the Common Application.
† Applicant has earned 20 or fewer semester credits after graduating from high school. Admitted students may submit updated SAT/ACT scores or transcripts before Feb. 15 of the academic year for which they are applying, to be re-evaluated for merit scholarships. Talk to your counselor for more information or to request a re-evaluation.
‡For those who have prior military credits: All scores from U.S. Armed Forces Institution Examinations (USAFI) and/or (DANTES) and/or College Examination Program (CLEP). Other documentation such as DD Form 214, DD Form 295, AARTS transcripts, CCAF transcripts, DLI transcripts and SMART transcripts.

Reverse Transfers

Students who have been admitted to Saint Martin’s University without a DTA associate’s degree, and who have at least 60 transferrable quarter credits, or 40 transferable semester credits, from a Washington community or technical college, may be eligible to earn a DTA associate’s degree from their transfer institution. This is accomplished by transferring SMU credits back to the community or technical college, which may then apply the credits towards its own associate degree requirements.

To activate this policy, students must alert the Registrar’s office that they wish to have their courses reverse transferred, and are responsible for ensuring that the receiving institution awards credit and the DTA associate’s degree. Students must then provide the Saint Martin’s University Registrar with an official transcript posting the DTA associate’s degree prior to their final semester or term before graduation. Upon receipt of the DTA associate’s degree, students will have satisfied Saint Martin’s Core 22 requirements (Gen Ed) with the exception of one course in religion and one course in philosophy, if not already completed.

Programs requiring separate, supplemental applications

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Education programs, including teacher certification

The College of Education and Counseling has a separate and supplemental application process for their education programs.

Breakdown of requirements and how to apply »

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RN-to-BSN program

In addition to our standard transfer application processes, the RN-to-BSN Program requires a number of pre-requisites and additional steps for acceptance.

Learn more about what is required »


Social Work

Social Work

In addition to our standard transfer application processes, the Social Work program requires prospective students to complete a program-specific application.

Social Work program application »

Why apply early?

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Priority consideration

Applicants who complete their application by each review deadline will receive priority consideration for admission, scholarships, and other types of financial aid. Those who apply later will be admitted on a space-available basis and should be aware that some types of housing, Saint Martin’s scholarships, and state and federal aid may be limited.

Applicants should submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning Jan. 1 of the academic year for which they are applying.


  • What is the difference between semester credits and quarter credits?

    Saint Martin's University operates on the semester system. Most community colleges and many other colleges and universities are on the quarter system. Saint Martin's fall semester begins in late August, spring semester in January. The University offers two summer sessions. One semester credit equals 1.5 quarter credits.

  • How many credits can I transfer to Saint Martin's?

    A maximum of 90 semester hours (135 quarter hours) will be accepted toward the fulfillment of requirements for a baccalaureate degree. Transfer credits from a two-year accredited college may not exceed 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours).