Application procedures

A transfer student is someone who has attended another college or university after graduating from high school and has more than 12 transferable credits. Transfer students are welcome at Lynn University, and every effort is made to make the transfer of credits and completion of the degree requirements as easy as possible. Students with fewer than 12 transferable credits need to follow the application procedures outlined for first-year students. Transfer applicants should submit the following:

  • Completed application form (www.lynn.edu/international). In addition to the Lynn University application, the Common Application is also accepted.
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended. All educational documents must be accompanied by certified English translations, a NACES approved credential evaluation, and documents submitted must carry the seal or stamp of the issuing educational institution. Uncertified photocopies are acceptable for evaluations towards an admission decision, but the Office of Admission must receive official documents prior to the start of the semester.
  • Dean of students certification and recommendation form signed by the dean of students at candidate’s current or most recent college/university attended.
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS test scores if English is not the applicant’s first language. Applicants with minimum TOEFL score 71 (Internet-based), a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or a minimum PTE Academic score of 50 will be considered for admission. To register, contact TOEFL (www.toefl.org), IELTS (www.ielts.org) or PTE (www.pearsonpte.com). Lynn University’s school code for TOEFL is 5437. Consideration for acceptance to Lynn University or the Pathway Program may be given to students who fall slightly below Lynn University’s TOEFL/IELTS/SAT/PTE English requirement. These cases will be reviewed on an individual basis by the Office of Admission. Applicants from Australia, Bermuda, Canada, the Commonwealth Caribbean, New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, South Africa or the United Kingdom are not required to submit proof of English proficiency test scores.
  • $45 non-refundable application fee (waived if application is submitted electronically).

Important deadlines

December 1 – Spring Semester

  • Transfer students who wish to apply for the spring semester should submit their application and supporting documents by December 1 and are notified of a decision on a rolling basis.
  • Applications submitted after December 1 are reviewed on a space available basis.

July 1 – Fall Semester

  • Transfer students are encouraged to apply as early as possible. The application and supporting documents should be submitted by July 1. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis.
  • Applications submitted after July 1 are reviewed on a space available basis.

Upon admission to Lynn University, students will receive an evaluation of transfer credits provided by the Office of the Registrar. Admitted applicants should submit a deposit to reserve a place in the class. This deposit is credited to the student’s account and is nonrefundable after May 1 for fall semester applicants.

Transfer credit is awarded for courses successfully completed at a regionally accredited institution or an institution whose accrediting organization is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Official transcripts from each institution attended must be submitted in order for the Office of the Registrar to complete a formal transfer evaluation. Courses completed outside of the United States require students to submit an official foreign credential evaluation and translation along with their official transcripts. Each transfer evaluation is reviewed by the Office of Academic Affairs and/or appropriate college faculty.

A course evaluated as equivalent to a Lynn course is accepted as that course. A course evaluated as not equivalent is accepted as an elective. If a preliminary evaluation is completed for a student based on an unofficial transcript, that evaluation will not be considered final until official documentation is received and reviewed for accuracy.

Although credits transfer in from other institutions, grades do not. Transfer courses are listed on the transcript with a grade of “T.” A student’s Lynn grade point average is based solely on courses completed at Lynn University. Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours at Lynn University.

The I-20 form

International students requiring an F-1 student visa must meet all of the requirements outlined above. Once admitted, students must also submit the following documents for the I-20 Form (Certificate of Eligibility) to be issued:

  • I-20 Required Documents Form (completed online using ISSO Student Access Portal) accompanied by:
    • A copy of a bank letter or bank statement on bank letterhead, signed and dated by a bank representative. Documentation of scholarships and/or government sponsorship can also be included to show funding.
    • Approval from financial sponsor using the online form or a scanned Certification of Finances Form.
    • Copy of the biographical page of the applicant’s passport.
  • Transfer Eligibility Form (completed online using ISSO Student Access Portal). All international students who are currently studying in the United States on an F-1 student visa are required to submit this form.

Once all of the necessary documents have been submitted, students will be issued the I-20 Form. This form, as well as a valid passport and financial certification, must be presented at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the student’s country of residence to obtain the required F-1 student visa for study in the United States.