Transfer, Readmit, Second Degree and Post-Baccalaureate Students

Why Should I Transfer to William Paterson University?

With five colleges and a wide range of undergraduate and graduate academic programs, you’re sure to find the right major for you at William Paterson. Small classes ensure you’ll get to know our faculty experts, and they’ll get to know you. You will experience hands on learning with faculty who are active in their fields, as you work with them on research and travel with them to conferences. And as a William Paterson student, you’re well-positioned to land an internship at a wide range of businesses, companies and nonprofits.

How Do I Apply for Transfer Admission?

  • Apply online.
  • Submit all official college transcript(s).
  • Please make sure that all the colleges you previously attended forward official transcripts of your college work, even if these courses are posted as transfer credits on your current college transcript.
  • Submit high school transcript and SAT/ACT scores (if fewer than 12 college credits completed).
  • Submit $50 application fee.
  • A portfolio review for art (BFA) and an audition for music applicants is required.
  • Applicants with 60 credits or more must declare a major.

Unofficial Transcripts Policy

Given the state of affairs, William Paterson University will be allowing unofficial college transcripts to be used during the admission, credit evaluation*, and registration process.

All unofficial transcripts must include the student’s full name, institution, grade points, credits, and grade point average.

To ensure a successful submission and to prevent delay, applicants who submit unofficial transcripts should follow these guidelines and requirements:

Which transcripts are needed by William Paterson University?

All of them. In order for us to evaluate an application for transfer admission, we require transcripts from all colleges and university ever attended. This is regardless of the length of attendance, whether the courses were completed or a degree was earned, even if the transfer credit appears on a different transcript, and/or whether it is believed that the academic record will affect admission or transfer of credit.

When do I send official transcripts and what happens if I don’t?

Applicants are encouraged to send official transcripts** as soon as colleges/universities begin operating on a normal basis.

It is the student’s responsibility to request all official transcripts to be sent to us. If WP does not receive official transcripts by September 18, 2020, a hold will be placed on the student’s record and they will not be permitted to register for the upcoming semester. In addition, all transferred credits will be deleted from the student’s evaluation.

For example, an accepted student for Fall 2020 that does not provide WP with their official transcripts will not be able to register for classes for the Spring 2021 semester and all of their transfer credits will be removed from their degree evaluation. 

*The unofficial degree evaluation is subject to change upon receipt of official transcripts and review by an authorized evaluator.

** If a student is not able to get official transcripts due to financial obligations at their previous institution(s) it is not recommended to submit unofficial transcripts to WP until all financial obligations are finalized. Students will not be permitted to progress at WP without official transcripts being submitted.

Application Deadlines

    • Fall - August 1 (Nursing applicants see below)
    • Spring - December 1 (Nursing applicants see below)

The Fall 2020 General Nursing deadline is February 1 for receipt of applications and all required supporting documents. Applications received or completed after February 1 will not be considered for admission; there are no exceptions. Students may re-apply for Fall 2021; the deadline will be February 1, 2021. Students who already hold an RN license may still apply for the BSN program through July 1.

The Spring 2021 Accelerated BSN application will be live on or before September 1, 2020. The deadline to submit an application and all required supporting documents will be October 1, 2020. Applications received or completed after October 1 will not be considered for admission; there are no exceptions. Students who miss that deadline may re-apply for the General Nursing program for Fall 2021 or re-apply for the Accelerated BSN for Spring 2022. Students must have completed a bachelor's degree by the end of December 2020 to be considered for the program for the Spring 2021 semester. 

*Students with extenuating circumstances after the stated deadlines should contact the Admissions Office directly at 973-720-2646 or and speak with an admissions counselor.

Note: In order to maintain quality programs and student services, the University will adhere to the printed deadlines. Failure to submit complete official records of all prior college coursework will result in a delay in the application review process. Students transferring with less than 12 college-level credit must submit a high school transcript.


Join us on Jan. 14 & Feb. 20 to receive an immediate admissions decision and credit evaluation. 

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