Undergraduate Transfer Students

Any transfer students interested in attending PAFA are welcome and encouraged to apply. An Admissions Counselor will work with each student independently to ensure students keep as many credits as possible without impacting the PAFA experience they will have once they enroll. Please find more specifics below, and reach out to your Admissions Counselor or the Office of Admissions with any questions. 


Transfer Requirements

  • To be eligible for transfer, all courses must have been completed in the past 10 years, and must have received a grade of “C” or better. (C-minus will not transfer)

  • The course must be equivalent to a course offered by PAFA.
  • Credits awarded at a previous institution through an internal placement test are not eligible for transfer credit.

Although it is not required, transferring students are strongly encouraged to submit course descriptions for all transfer coursework. Admissions counselors may ask to see additional works of art if necessary for a more complete review of courses.

Transfers to the PAFA BFA program

The PAFA BFA accepts both studio art and liberal arts classes based on certain criteria. Liberal arts courses must fall within one of the four liberal arts areas offered by PAFA: 

  • Art History and Criticism (15 credits) 
  • History, Culture & Social Science (9 credits)
  • Language & Literature (12 credits)
  • Science & Quantitative Studies (Math) (6 credits)

PAFA Residency Requirement: Based on the guidelines above, transfer students can bring in a maximum of 42 liberal arts credits. If a student brings in less than the maximum, the remaining credits must be taken in residence at PAFA. Transfer students may not take liberal arts classes outside of PAFA once enrolled. 

Transfers to the PAFA/Penn BFA program

Transfer students are also welcome to apply for the PAFA/Penn BFA. Students interested in this program should note that PAFA will only accept studio credits. No liberal arts credits can be transferred in. If you have any questions, please contact your Admissions Counselor or the Office of Admissions. 

Transfer Agreements

PAFA currently has transfer agreements with six regional schools: 

  • Camden County College
  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Montgomery County Community College
  • Atlantic Cape Community College
  • Northampton Community College
  • Rowan Community College

Students transferring from these schools are reviewed for admission and transfer credits according to the existing transfer agreement. Students should check with their transfer advisor or art teacher at their schools for more details. Feel free to contact your personal Admissions Counselor or the Office of Admissions with any questions you may have.

Applicants who have completed the FAFSA by the posted deadline may also be eligible for the following scholarship support:

  • Camden County College students are considered for "The Camden Connection" merit scholarship. ($1,000 to $6,000)
  • Community College of Philadelphia students are considered for "The Philadelphia Connection" scholarship. ($1,000 to $6,000)
  • "The Montgomery Connection" is for Montgomery County Community College graduates who are eligible for additional merit-based awards. ($1,000 to $6,000)


If there is interest at a community college currently without a transfer agreement, please reach out to the Office of Admissions for more information on how to start one.