Transfer Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Agnes Scott College and welcome!

Transferring to a new college can be both exciting and challenging. You will find information here to assist you in making a smooth transition into our academic community.

SUMMIT is a unique college experience in which every student, regardless of major, is prepared to lead effectively in a global society through a curriculum and co-curriculum focused on global learning and leadership development. As a transfer student, we recognize you have prior college work and experiences applicable to the Agnes Scott academic program. While exempted from the first year foundational courses, you will experience SUMMIT by participating in our innovative leadership immersion program, Legacy and completing Agnes Scott courses that emphasize leadership skills (teamwork, public speaking and digital literacy) and global concepts. Guided by your SUMMIT Advisor, you will construct a plan of study that is shaped by your interests and goals and prepare a digital portfolio polished in a senior year course, SUM 400.

Evaluation of your previous course work by the Registrar’s office will identify if any Agnes Scott general education requirements have been satisfied. These include one course in English Composition, completion of our non-English language requirement, one course in Physical Education and our three intellectual breadth requirements (Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences and Science/Mathematics).

To ensure you experience the benefits of SUMMIT, all transfer students complete one leadership skills course and one course in global social and cultural analysis.

While our general education program provides a foundation in global learning and leadership development, you may delve more deeply by pursuing a Specialization in either Global Learning or Leadership Development.  Specializations include course work and experiential learning and are compatible with all majors. Your advising team will assist you in identifying which specialization is right for you.

Global Learning Specialization

All students are able to participate in the many Advanced Global Experiences offered by Agnes Scott including co-curricular activities and study abroad opportunities. For those students who elect to complete a Specialization in Global Learning, they will undertake advanced work in global studies and earn a notation on their transcript.


Specialization in Global Learning Requirements

  • GBL 201: Global Learning Seminar (4 credits)
  • 1 Global Breadth (4 credits)
  • Global experiences (e.g., semester or summer abroad, global internship, global mentored research, etc.) (2-4 credits)
  • 3rd year Language course beyond intermediate (or 202) level (4 credits). 


Leadership Specialization

The Specialization in Leadership Development augments the leadership skills honed in the general education curriculum with additional experiential learning and coursework in Leadership Studies.  Students who elect to complete the Leadership Development Specialization earn a notation on their transcript.


Specialization in Leadership Requirements

  • LDR 200: Project Leadership (4 credits)
  • 2 Leadership Breadth courses (8 credits)
  • 1 Leadership practicum (e.g., team captain, RA, President of a club, Director of a play, peer tutor, etc.) 


1. If I transfer in the maximum number of credits (64), when should I declare my major and choose a major advisor?

To ensure you complete in a timely fashion, you will request a major advisor and declare your major. You may also declare a Specialization in your first semester at Agnes Scott. Your SUMMIT Advisor can assist you in connecting with faculty members in your chosen major and you may request a meeting of your advising team to discuss the options for how your specialization and other goals such as internships, study abroad and research work with your chosen major.

2. Can a Transfer Student study abroad?

Yes! Our emphasis on global learning encourages all students to incorporate a global learning experience. Once you have completed 24 semester credits at Agnes Scott you will be eligible to participate in a variety of global experiences. Such options include Global Study Tours (spring semester courses led by ASC faculty that culminate in an approximately three-week travel experience in May) as well as independent study abroad programs in both summer and the academic year.  Approved, affiliated programs will count toward your residency requirement (i.e. the courses will function the same way that courses on our campus will for requirements).

3. How would a Transfer Student design her own major?

The Student-Designed Major is an option for all students who have a strong interest in an area of study at the intersection of two (or more) existing disciplines at Agnes Scott. Due to the work involved in developing a proposal, transfer students entering as juniors will need to begin work on the proposal in their first semester and file the application by November 1st.  See the application on the forms section of our Academic Advising website.

4. Can I participate in one of the Dual Degree programs?

It depends. The nature of the Dual Degree programs require three years of study at Agnes Scott before applying to transfer to the Georgia Institute of Technology (for the engineering program) or Emory University (for the computer science or nursing programs) for what would be the senior year of study. The highly sequenced nature of course work and residency requirement (64 of the 92 credits must be done at Agnes Scott) makes these programs best suited for transfers with only a year of course work.

5. How do I change my anticipated degree completion date?

Complete the Request to Change Anticipated Completion Date form available from the Office of the Registrar.  Requests should be made before October 20th or March 20th for the change to be effective prior to course selection in the fall and spring semesters.  Transfer students with 44 or more credit hours must declare their major prior to submitting the Request to Change Anticipated Completion Date form.

6. Some of my courses transferred in as elective credit, but I believe they should apply to general education requirements. Who should I speak with?

The Office of the Registrar evaluates transfer credits so you should begin inquiries with that office. Please note that in order to satisfy the intellectual breadth requirement, a course must be considered equivalent to an Agnes Scott course that meets that requirement. For example, the Agnes Scott course, MAT 118 Calculus I, does not satisfy the SUMMIT in the STEM intellectual breadth requirement but MAT 115 Statistics does. Therefore a transferred course considered equivalent to MAT 115 will meet this requirement but one in Calculus will not. In the case of upper-level courses, you are encouraged to contact the chair of the Agnes Scott department for additional consideration. 

7. Who should I talk to about using one or more of my previous courses listed as “elective” to fulfill a major/minor requirement?

Your major advisor or chair of the department may approve a course not deemed equivalent to an Agnes Scott course as applicable to one or more of the major or minor requirements. If approved, you will have them sign the Petition to Waive, Substitute or Exempt a Standard form available at the Registrar’s office.  

8. What are the residency requirements?

The junior and senior years, or three of the four years, including the senior year are to be completed at Agnes Scott. A minimum of 64 credits (out of the total 128 needed) must be done “in residence” but courses taken through approved, affiliated study abroad programs and cross-registration through the Atlanta Regional Higher Education Council system are considered “in residence.” At least 16 credits must be completed in upper-level (i.e. 300- and 400-level) courses at Agnes Scott for any major and at least 12 credits must be completed at Agnes Scott for a minor.

9. What campus resources are available to assist me academically and socially?

Transfer students are encouraged to use all the resources available including the Center for Writing & Speaking, the Resource Centers for Math and Science (located in Campbell Hall) and the Center for Digital & Visual Literacy (located in McCain Library G-43) and many department specific tutoring. To help you find your niche here, you should connect with the Center for Student Involvement to learn about students clubs and activities and the Center for Leadership & Service for volunteer opportunities. Both centers are located in the Alston Student Center.