How to Apply

Submit application

Previously attended Nazareth?
  • If you are currently on a Nazareth-approved leave of absence: You don't need to re-apply. Contact the Registration & Records Office for information about enrolling for the term of your return.
  • If you previously attended Nazareth University and now want to reapply for undergraduate admission, use the Application for Readmission. Questions about your status, or whether this form is appropriate for your situation?  Contact Transfer Admissions, 585-389-2055 or


Ask all colleges you've attended to send an official transcript to Nazareth. Also, if you've earned fewer than 30 college credits, ask your high school to send your official high school transcript.

  • College/high school can email to
  • College/high school can mail to Nazareth University Transfer Admissions, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester NY 14618


For financial aid, add Nazareth University to your FAFSA online.

For Visual and Performing Arts Applicants

For the art, dance, music, and theatre programs: Review the visual and performing arts guidelines and register for the required audition or portfolio review.

Deadlines & Decisions

 Fall SemesterSpring Semester
Completed application Rolling* Rolling*
Admission decision Rolling Rolling
Last date for an enrollment deposit refund May 15 January 1

* Rolling excludes the following:

Nursing applications are due March 1 (fall) or October 1 (spring). Nursing decisions are mailed mid-March for fall applicants and mid-October for spring applicants.
Occupational therapy applications are due March 1 (fall only) and decisions are mailed mid-March.

Admission Guidelines

GPA, Transfer Credits, and More
  • Minimum GPA: A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher is preferred. Exceptions:
    • Candidates for teacher certification: minimum GPA of 2.7.
    • All majors in the sciences, clinical lab sciences, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and communication sciences and disorders (speech): minimum GPA 3.0 cumulative with "B" average in math and sciences.
  • Interviews: Not required, but all transfer applicants are encouraged to meet with a transfer counselor and have a campus tour. Contact Transfer Admissions,
  • Transfer credit: See complete information about transfer credits.

Prerequisites: See below for prerequisites for certain majors.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Applicants

Applying: A cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required.

Prerequisite coursework: Public Speaking or Small Group Communication

Education Applicants

Candidates for teacher certification: minimum GPA of 2.7

You choose a content area as a second major.

Which education program is right for you? The education program decision tool can help you explore Nazareth's teaching programs and determine which best fits your interests and your background.

Nursing Applicants


The following details apply to three Nazareth nursing programs:

Admissions standards

  • A cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required. See Prerequisite coursework.
  • If fewer than 30 college credits have been earned/in progress, your high school transcript must be sent.
    • Application deadlines: March 1 for fall, Oct. 1 for spring.
    • Admission decisions for nursing applicants are mailed mid-March for fall start, and mid-October for spring.

Prerequisite coursework

For direct entry into the Nursing program, the following prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of “B” or better without "repeats." Science coursework must have been taken within the last five years.

  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I (with lab), must be completed at the same institution as A&P II
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology II (with lab), must be completed at the same institution as A&P I
  • Microbiology (with lab)
  • One semester of college-level Chemistry (with lab)
  • Statistics 
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Developmental Psychology
Occupational Therapy Applicants


  • A cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required.  
  • Application deadline: March 1 for fall start only. Decisions are mailed in mid-March.

Due to the sequential nature of the coursework, all transfer students enter with sophomore or junior status.

  • For those entering as sophomores: The following prerequisites must be completed with a grade of B or better without repeats and must have been within the last five years: Biology (with lab), Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (with lab) — and the Human Anatomy and Physiology courses must be completed at the same institution.
  • For those entering as juniors: You must have completed a bachelor's degree (in any major, as long as you have completed the prerequisites). You must have completed the following prerequisites with a grade of B or better without repeats. The science coursework must have been taken within the last five years: Biology (with lab), Physics (with lab), Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Sociology or Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology, Statistics, and Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (with lab) — and the Human Anatomy and Physiology courses must be completed at the same institution.
Physical Therapy Applicants
  • You must have an overall GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher and a science-based GPA of 3.0/4.0 or higher.
  • Success in foundational science courses is positively associated with student success in our PT program.
  • Personal statements should focus on how you are committed to the profession and major.
Visual and Performing Arts Applicants

Art: Portfolio review required. Register for a portfolio review.

Dance Studies: Audition required. Register for a dance audition.

Music: Audition required. Register for a music audition.

Theatre and Performing Arts: Audition or portfolio review required. Register for a performing arts audition/portfolio review.

Definition of Undergraduate

Definition: Whether you're coming to Nazareth from a two-year college or a four-year college, you're an "undergraduate" student. (The terms graduate students and graduate programs are used only after completing a bachelor's degree.)

After Applying

  1. You will get an email confirming you have submitted your application, sent to the email address you provided on your application.
  2. Use your Admissions Dashboard to monitor the status of your application.
Financial Aid for Transfer Students
  • Add Nazareth University to your FAFSA online.
  • Scholarships and grants: Nazareth offers scholarships and grants to transfer students based on merit and academic achievement; based on need; and based on musical, artistic, or theatre talent. They require full-time attendance and may be used toward tuition charges only. When combined with other grants/scholarships or benefits restricted to tuition charges (i.e. NYS TAP, Veteran's/ROTC tuition benefits, tuition exchange, etc.), the combination may not exceed full tuition. Details: Financial Aid Scholarships & Grants

Financial aid notification: Accepted students receive a financial aid package seven to 10 days after notification of program acceptance and Nazareth's receipt of your FAFSA.

Let's Talk

To schedule a personal meeting, contact Transfer Admissions:

Connect with us

Transfer Admissions representatives are available for live chat. Schedule a 1-on-1 appointment to meet virtually or on campus to learn how a transfer to Nazareth University can work for you! To schedule: email 

Want a general overview of Nazareth, tour of campus and to learn about the transfer process? Sign up for a Transfer Thursday event.

Have Questions?

Please contact the Transfer Admissions Team at

Jeffery Garrett

For Jeffery Garrett '18, '19G, great guidance and opportunities from his academic advisor at Nazareth enabled him to get hooked on a teaching career that he loves. Transferring mid-year was "super smooth," he says.

Lakisha Sims

Lakisha Kenyatta Brown Sims ‘20, ‘21G transferred to Nazareth to achieve her dream: Serving returning veterans and people who are homeless and struggling with mental illness and chemical addiction, so they can become independent.

McLain Hunter poses in a Naz library study area

"So welcoming here"

Nazareth faculty and students "immediately went out of their way to make sure that I felt comfortable," student McLain Hunter '25 writes about her transfer experience.