Admissions - Transfer Students

A transfer student is one entering Centenary from another institution of higher learning. Transfer students may entry in Fall Semester (August) or Spring Semester Session (January). Candidates must be academically eligible to return to their previous institutions and must exhibit the ability to perform at a level required by a selective college like Centenary. The Admissions Committee will consider the curriculum chosen, grade point average earned, and the competitive nature of the institution from which the student is transferring.

The application review timetable for transfer candidates differs from first-year deadlines. In most cases, Centenary notifies students of their status within 3-4 weeks after an application is complete.

All accepted applicants who submit enrollment deposits will be considered provisional students until final official college transcripts from all colleges attended are received (mailed directly from college to Centenary). Admission to Centenary is conditional and can be rescinded by the College if a studentís final official college transcripts show significant differences when compared to the transcripts submitted for admission. (01-24-2005)

Fall Semester: Priority consideration for admission and financial aid will be given to transfer students applying prior to February 15. Applications received after this date will be reviewed, accepted, and packaged as space and funds are available. Notification letters will be sent to applicants with complete files beginning on March 15. Students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA by February 15. Copies of this form can be obtained from the Financial Aid Office at the College. The application deadline date for fall semester is August 1.

Spring Semester: Applications are due no later than December 1, and Centenary notifies students of their status as soon as possible.

The Admissions Committee will only review a complete transfer application, which consists of the following items:

  1. A completed application;
  2. An official high school transcript mailed directly from the high school that indicates graduation date (faxes, advisement and student copies are not official);
  3. An official college transcript mailed directly from each college attended;
  4. A response to the application essay;
  5. A brief written statement, indicating reasons for transfer and future academic goals;
  6. A copy of SAT I and/or ACT test results sent directly to Centenary, or scores reported on the official high school transcript (faxes and student copies are not official). This requirement may be waived if a student has more than 30 transferable hours or has reached his/her 25th birthday;
  7. At least one letter of recommendation from a college professor or advisor, but additional sources are also welcomed to provide further recommendations on the student's behalf.

Transfer students who meet either of the following conditions will be reviewed by the Enrollment Management Committee's Admissions Subcommittee:

A. Suspension or probation (more than one semester below 2.0 GPA) at previous school
B. A cumulative GPA below 2.0, when recalculated to remove grades in remedial or repeated classes or other grades which fail to meet Centenary's academic policies.

Additional factors, as determined by the committee, may be considered. The committee will compile, and annually update, a list of warning signs that often predict later academic problems. The presence of several of these warning signs would likely trigger committee review, especially if the student does not directly address the issue(s) in her/his written statement. (10/25/2004)

The following policies will apply to all students entering Centenary as transfer applicants:

  1. Credit may be transferred only from other accredited college and universities in which a grade of "C" or better (or a "P") has been earned, and only for courses in academic disciplines offered at Centenary. Some courses not regarded as college-level (such as remedial coursework) or consistent with the liberal arts tradition may not be transferred nor credited towards a degree. Grades from other institutions are not transferred, and cumulative averages are calculated only on work done at Centenary except for the calculation of graduation honors and rank in graduation class; (11/17/2003)
  2. Electronic and distance learning courses will be treated as regular courses if under the direct supervision of Centenary faculty, the appropriate contact hours for faculty and student interaction are maintained, and these courses are administered within the regular semester or module structure. These criteria will be applied to evaluate credit sought for distance learning from other colleges;
  3. After earning sixty-four (64) transferable semester hours at a two-year post-secondary college, a student may not take additional work at a two-year college and have it apply toward a degree from Centenary;
  4. A student must complete all college, major, and supportive requirements to obtain a Centenary degree;
  5. A formal evaluation of transferable credit will not be made until all official transcripts or records for all college work attempted have been submitted, the student has been admitted, and has paid the necessary admission fees and enrollment deposit;
  6. Transfer students who have completed an equivalent course to Centenary's English 101 will be exempt from having to take English 101. Transfer students will be required to take a First Year Experience course that contains a cultural perspective component. CA (2003-04), pp. 18-19.

Students with a baccalaureate degree from another institution (and wishing to transfer to Centenary to pursue a second degree) must meet all core requirements, either by acceptable credits transferred from the first degree or by work at Centenary, and successfully complete a minimum of 45 hours in residence. CA (2003-04), p. 57

No transferred courses will be considered for satisfying the W or S requirements of the College. CA (2003-04), pp. 55-56.

All students are required to complete the Centenary Plan. CA (2003-04), p.57.

To be eligible for graduation honors a student must have at least 65 hours (hours used for the calculation of ones GPA) taken at Centenary. The cumulative average of all work attempted at Centenary will be the only work used to determine eligibility for honors as well as the level of honor earned. CA (2003-04), p. 58

Students planning to attend LSUS or other institutions concurrently with attendance at Centenary must have the approval of the Dean of the College as well as the department chairman for the courses taken and the total number of hours registered for at both institutions.CA, p. 33. CL.

Transfer students (other than freshmen) must achieve a minimum 2.0 grade point average in their first semester at Centenary and thereafter meet the minimum academic requirements to receive financial aid. CA (2003-04), p. 29.

Students enrolling at Centenary who have transferred 27 hours or more that include two semesters of English will not have to participate in the FYE program. (01-29-2001)

Junior and senior transfers are expected to file a degree plan before the end of their first semester of residency. Most students find it advisable to file a degree plan upon declaring a major. Varsity athletics must file a degree plan with the registrar prior to being certified for completion at the beginning of their third (junior) year.

A student who transfers more than one half of the upper division courses required in the field of his major must complete additional hours at or above the 300-level in this major as determined by the chairperson of the department concerned. Because the minimum residency requirement is 45 hours, no more than 79 transfer hours will be applicable toward a Centenary degree. CA (2003-04), p. 52.