Advising for Transfer Students

Transfer students are defined as students who have previously matriculated at one or more accredited institution(s). This does not include students who completed dual enrollment through their secondary education and/or students who received advanced placement (AP) credit through their secondary education.

Our goal for advising transfer students includes, but is not limited to:

  • Mapping out remaining semesters of required major and core curriculum requirements based on student’s transfer evaluation
  • Clarifying university policies that may differ from their previous institution(s)
  • Integrating students with campus life and resources
  • Addressing financial concerns, including making students aware of various financial aid outlets specialized for transfer and non-traditional students

In process with transferring to Roger Williams University? Click here to view our transfer checklist.

A flyer of facts about the fall 2023 transfer student population listed in bullet points. Transfer Students at RWU Fall 2023 Fact Sheet. 363 returning and incoming transfer students. 49 different majors. Transferred from more than 345 institutions (same as many as 4 other institutions). 13% self-identify as first-generation students. 24% identify as students of color. 71% have earned or are entering having previously earned a 3.0 GPA or higher. 28% are commuting to campus this fall. 56% of returning transfer students report being involved in a campus club or organization. **all data as of 9/11/2023. Connect with CSAS: Students can connect with Sarah Mayer, senior academic advisor for transfer/pathways students to map out their remaining semesters based on their transfer credits. Email:

Transfer Students at RWU. Since 2017, we have welcomed more than 620 transfer students from over 345 different colleges and universities across 66 different majors. Debunking Common Myths about Transfer Students. Myth #1: Transfer Students are all commuters and are isolated from the campus community. Reality: 72% of fall 2023 transfer students are residents with 55% of transfer students being members of on-campus clubs/organizations. Myth #2: Most transfer students are older, non-traditional aged students. Reality: 81% of current transfer students are traditional-aged (18-22). Myth #3: Transfer students don't like attending events or getting involved in campus organizations. Reality: 55% of transfer students are involved in 1 or more campus organizations. 88% of transfer students reported attending on-campus events to be worthwhile because they are a great opportunity to make friends and feel more connected to their new community with free campus memorabilia.

Transferology is a database that provides students a way to see if their college level courses may transfer to schools that are part of the transferology network. This website is meant to be used as a guide for prospective students, not a guarantee that courses will transfer as there are many factors that contribute to transferring including grade received at the prior institution, accreditation of the transfer school's program, RWU program specific requirements, etc.

Click here to create your Transferology account to see how your credits could transfer.

Faculty and staff interested in learning how to better support transfer students are welcomed to join us for the Transfer Student Advocacy Workshop. Our next session will be held in the fall 2023 term. Please keep an eye out on our page for updates!

Matriculated students who are seeking a re-evaluation of previous coursework taken at another accredited institution to be transcripted as a specific RWU course must obtain dean/department chairperson approval. This form and recommended supplemental materials must be submitted to the appropriate dean or department chairperson for review. Please view the form by clicking here. For assistant completing the form, please contact Sarah Mayer, Senior Transfer/Pathways Academic Advisor via email at