We’re Transfer Friendly

We pride ourselves on providing an extraordinarily welcoming environment for transfers, and the large number of transfer students we welcome every semester attests to that. With diverse educational, occupational and geographic backgrounds, transfer students form a large and valuable component of our undergraduate community.

Transfer applications to Anna Maria College are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Fall Term
Preferred Transfer Application Deadline: March 1
International Transfer Application Deadline: June 1

Spring Term
Preferred Transfer Application Deadline: December 1
International Transfer Application Deadline: October 1

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Easy & Fast Application Process
How To Apply
Application Deadline
Important Information
Meet Our Admission Team
Transfer Admission Brochure

Easy & Fast Application Process

Let’s Talk Transfer!

Are you considering transferring to Anna Maria College for this fall semester?
Are you curious about how your credits will transfer to a new program of study?

Connect with your transfer admissions counselor by scheduling a virtual one-on-one meeting via phone or video. Meetings are scheduled in 30-minute blocks on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (ET). To schedule your meeting, please select a date and time from the calendar that is linked below.

For further assistance, please contact Shanni Smith-Arsenault, Director of Transfer Admission at ssmitharsenault@annamaria.edu or by phone at (508) 849-3485. All messages left by phone or email will be answered within 24 hours. Evening appointments can be scheduled upon individual request.

Let’s Talk Transfer – Meeting Registration

Make sure to check out our Virtual Information session in the meantime!
Access Virtual Transfer Information Session

How to Apply

  • Application: Apply using the Common App or the Anna Maria College Online Application.
  • $25 Application Fee: Fee can be waived for those who are eligible.
  • College Transcripts: Submit official copies from all colleges and universities attended.
  • High School Transcript: Submit official copy of high school transcript with the date of graduation: Alternatives to the high school transcript include the GED, HiSET, or TASC certificate/score report test results. One of these is required for applicants with fewer than 12 transferable credits; otherwise, an admission decision can be made without this but an official copy must be submitted prior to matriculation).
  • Personal Statement: A brief statement about your previous college experience(s) and why you have chosen to apply to Anna Maria College). Email this to admissions@annamaria.edu.
  • Standardized Testing Policy: In light of the impact caused by the COVID-19 global pandemic, Anna Maria College has adopted a temporary test-optional policy for ALL Fall 2023 applicants. Students pursuing degree programs in Education and in Nursing will continue to complete the necessary academic program and testing requirements to continue in their respective programs. This decision is tied directly to the significant difficulty that we are aware students are continuing to experience registering for any standardized testing and our lack of knowledge about the health-related conditions in various schools and testing centers that have attempted to host standardized testing. A test-optional decision has not yet been made for students interested in Fall 2024 admission and beyond. We will continue to monitor the situation over the next year and update our policies as necessary.
  • Prospective Art and Design Majors: (Art Therapy, Digital and Social Media Design, Graphic Design, Studio Art, and Video and Photographic Arts). We encourage the submission of an Art/Design Portfolio as a valuable part of the admissions process. Your portfolio gives the College and the Department of Art & Design insights into your interests. Portfolio guidelines can be accessed here.
  • Prospective Nursing Majors: Applicants for the limited transfer opportunities into the Nursing program are required to have achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0. with strong demonstrated  academic work in both math and science.  

Transcripts and other documents can be sent electronically to admissions@annamaria.edu or mailed to:

Admission Office
Anna Maria College
50 Sunset Lane
Paxton, MA 01612

Application Deadline

Important Information

Transfer Credit Policy

  • Up to 75 credits may be accepted in transfer for those students without a previously earned Bachelor’s degree.
  • Students pursuing a second Bachelor’s degree may transfer up to 90 credits.
  • Credit is generally granted for courses taken at other colleges or universities that correspond to or are comparable to those offered at Anna Maria College.
  • Courses taken at the remedial level, usually designated by a course number that is less than at the 100 level (e.g. 090 level) will not be accepted in transfer.
  • A grade of C- or better must be earned to be considered for transfer (unless the applicant has earned an Associate’s degree and/or 60 or more credits are accepted in transfer. In such cases, courses for which a passing grade has been earned will be accepted in transfer).
  • A minimum grade of C is required for courses considered the equivalent of and therefore satisfying the requirements for Freshman Composition (ENG 103) and Writing through Literature (ENG 104).
  • Certain majors may require higher grades in specific courses in order for them to be accepted in transfer to that specific major. Examples include: 
  • Social Work – a grade of C+ or higher is required for any Social Work course(s) taken elsewhere and must have been from another CSWE accredited college to be accepted in transfer.
  • Nursing – a grade of C+ or better is required for Introduction to Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology I and II, and Microbiology; a grade of C or better is required for Introduction to Psychology, Human Life Span Development, Introduction to Sociology, and Statistics. All science courses must have been taken within the past 7 years.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

Anna Maria College recognizes the rigor of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program. Students who complete IB Diploma Program ​may apply for Anna Maria College credit and may be eligible to receive up to 32 credits.  Official IB score reports should be sent directly from International Baccalaureate to the Anna Maria College Registrar’s Office. The College will evaluate and notify the student of accepted credit once scores are received.  Students who complete the IB Diploma Program are eligible to receive up to 30 credits at Anna Maria College, which is equivalent to one full year of study, or sophomore status. Please note that under this policy, qualified students still must satisfy all requirements of their declared program of study as stated in the Anna Maria College catalog.  In cases where accepted IB coursework does not meet the standards their declared program of study, the course(s) must be taken and passed with sufficient minimum grade or higher.

International Baccalaureate students who do not complete the Diploma Program are also eligible to receive credit for specific courses, which may be awarded for Higher Level or Standard Level courses with grades of 4, 5, 6, or 7. A maximum of 32 credits will be awarded.  Credit may be applied to a major or minor only on the favorable written recommendation of the appropriate program director. IB course credit may not duplicate other credit granted, for example AP, CLEP, or transfer credit. To receive college credit students should have their International Baccalaureate Diploma or International Baccalaureate Higher Level examination scores sent to the Office of the Registrar.

The following tables provide general guidelines for use in evaluating International Baccalaureate course transcripts.

IB General Credit Guidelines

IB Course Level Awarded Acceptable Score Range Number of Credits
Higher Level 4 3
Higher Level 5, 6, 7 6
Standard Level 5, 6, 7 3
Theory of Knowledge B, A 3

IB Course Equivalency Table

Subject Name SL Score 4 (only 3 credits given) HL Score 5-7 (6 credits)
Language & Literature
Language A: Literature ENG 104 ENG 104 + 3 credits
Language A: Language & Literature ENG 104 ENG 104 + 3 credits
Language Acquisition
Classical Languages Global Language 1 Global Language 1&2
Language B SPN/FRN/ITL 101 SPN/FRN/ITL 101 & 102
Individuals and Societies
Business Management BUS 260 BUS 260 + 3 credits
Economics ECO 200 ECO 200 + 3 credits
Geography HUM 216 HUM 216 + 3 credits
Global Politics PSC 201 PSC 201 + 3 credits
History HST 117 HST 117 and 118 +6
Information Technology in a Global Society BUS 316 BUS 316 + 3 credits
Philosophy PHL 110 PHL 230 + 3 credits
Psychology PSY 101 PSY 101 + 3 credits
Social & Cultural Anthropology Elective 6 credits elective
Biology BIO 103 BIO 103 and 104
Chemistry CHM 110 CHM 110 and 111
Computer Science MIS Elective 6 credits elective
Design Technology Elective 6 credits elective
Physics EC in Nat Science ec in nat sci + 3 credits
Sports, Exercise & Health Science BIO 240 BIO 240 + 3 credits
Further Mathematics QR or MTH 127 MTH 127 and 221
Mathematics MTH 221 MTH 221 and 222
Dance EC- Creativity & Imagination EC- Creativity & Imagination + 3 credits
Film MCO 210 MCO 210 + 3 credits
Music MUS 257 MUS 257 + 3 credits
Theatre EC- Creativity & Imagination EC- Creativity & Imagination + 3 credits
Visual arts EC- Creativity & Imagination EC- Creativity & Imagination + 3 credits


Advanced Placement AP College Board Testing

Students with the following Advanced Placement scores are eligible for transfer credit at Anna Maria College. The Registrar’s Office requires that official score assurance reports from the College Board. More information about requesting score reports is available on the College Board’s website. The table of credit that is awarded for each test can be found here.

Information for CLEP Exams

CLEP examinations are offered in over 34 subject areas and cover material generally taught in introductory college level courses. Students take CLEP examinations to bypass classes that they have prior knowledge of. CLEP credit varies at each Institution.  CLEP exams are computer based, and consist mainly of multiple choice questions. Scores are generated and printed at the completion of exams except for those with essays. CLEP credit is awarded.  For additional information on the classes and CLEP requirements please see the information at this link.  

CLEP exams are administered in a number of different locations. To locate a test center please see the information at this link.

Acceptance Reactivation for Transfers

Anna Maria College accepts transfer applications from students who have previously applied to Anna Maria College and were accepted. You may reactivate your application if you applied and were accepted within the last two years.

How do I reactivate my acceptance?
Please send an official note or email to the admission office stating that you would like to reactivate your application and specify which semester you would now like to begin.

You will then need to submit the following information:

  1. Official college transcripts from all colleges attended
  2. Official final high school transcript (including your final senior grades and date of   graduation) if you have not done so previously
  3. A personal statement explaining why you would like to transfer to Anna Maria College.

Your Acceptance Status will be pending the receipt of the above documents and the satisfactory completion of college coursework to this point. 

Test Optional Admission FAQs

What does it mean to be a “test-optional” institution?
The test-optional policy at Anna Maria College allows applicants the option to either submit or not submit their SAT or ACT scores for the purpose of the admission process. We believe students should present the fullest picture of their academic and intellectual accomplishments when applying for admission to Anna Maria College. If a student believes his/her standardized test scores will be valuable supporting information during the review process then the results might be submitted. Students who feel their high school record alone is a better indicator of their academic achievement and ability may choose to exclude their test scores from their application without penalty. Typically, about 60% of applicants still choose to submit their test scores to test-optional institutions.

Why choose to go test-optional?
For several years, Anna Maria College considered eliminating the submission of SAT or ACT scores as part of the admission application process. During this time, the College carefully monitored changes in testing policies in the marketplace as well as research related to the best predictors of student success. Research has confirmed that the combination of the strength of a student’s high school curriculum and grades are the strongest predictors of academic success in college. Our test-optional policy has reinforced the College’s commitment to understanding a student’s overall academic experience as demonstrated through the high school transcript, as opposed to performance on a single test or combination of tests. The test-optional policy encourages all students who have achieved success in high school to strongly consider Anna Maria College, regardless of their standardized test scores.

If I choose not to submit test scores, how is my candidacy for admission evaluated?
The evaluation of prospective students considers a range of factors that reflect an individual’s academic record. Carefully examined are the strength of the high school, the rigor of the curriculum, grades, teacher and counselor recommendations and extracurricular activities. Additionally, you have the opportunity to present your academic and personal achievements through written short answer and essay questions found in the application of through in admissions interview with a member of the admissions staff.

Does Anna Maria require anything in lieu of test scores?
There is no supplemental component in lieu of test scores. Your academic and co-curricular achievements are highlighted and examined during the application process. You are free to submit any additional information that reflects positively on your candidacy.

Am I eligible for scholarships without submitting standardized test scores?
Yes, all applicants are considered for all merit scholarships whether or not test scores are submitted.

How do I know whether or not to submit test scores?
The application process is designed for students to show our admissions staff why enrollment at Anna Maria College would make a great academic and personal fit. If you feel confident that your test scores accurately display your abilities and work ethic in the classroom, the scores could strengthen your application. However, if your test scores are not a good indicator of your academic achievement throughout high school, they are not required to be submitted.

How do I indicate whether or not I want my test scores to be considered for admission?
You can indicate your intentions on the Anna Maria College member page of the Common Application.

Meet Our Admission Team

Christopher Monteforte

Assistant Director of Admission
Admission and Enrollment
(508) 849-3364

Haley Deane

Coordinator of Visitor Services & Operations
Admission and Enrollment

John Hamel

Vice President for Enrollment
Undergraduate Admission
(508) 849-3306

Karen Hubert

Director of Admission Operations
Undergraduate & Graduate Admission
(508) 849-3555

Christine LaRocco

Admissions Specialist
Undergraduate Admission
(508) 849-3389

John McLaughlin

Dean of Undergraduate Admission
(508) 849-3295

William Pekarski

Assistant Director of Admission
Undergraduate Admission
(508) 849-3796

Shanni Smith-Arsenault

Director of Transfer Admissions & Dual Enrollment
Undergraduate Admission
(508) 849-3485