Transfer Students

Advance Your Expectations

Many Minerva students have made the decision to apply and enroll after attending — even graduating from — other prestigious undergraduate programs. The reasons, while varied, revolve around a feeling of deep dissatisfaction with these other institutions. In addition to the limits of life on campus, lecture-based classes, and the insular nature of most student bodies, there is a consistent concern that these other institutions are not adequately preparing students for success in the 21st century.

Though other top programs are not without merit, nearly all offer a similar approach to learning. Minerva is different. From the global residential experience and small, discussion-based classes to the international student community, Minerva provides an extraordinary educational experience at under half the cost of other top universities.

With majors and concentrations in a broad range of disciplines, the curriculum is designed to develop the skills needed for success in both existing and emerging fields. While you must complete all first-year Cornerstone courses with your cohort, the value of the skills you will learn far outweighs the renewed commitment to four undergraduate years. Additionally, you can elect to pursue a Master of Applied Arts & Sciences degree concurrently with your Bachelor’s degree.

If you are looking for a program that will challenge you every step of the way, pushing you outside your comfort zone and into new, exciting situations, Minerva may be right for you.

Shan Running in Berlin
Reasons to Transfer /

  • Find the challenging academics and world experience you seek
  • Join a community of intellectually-curious, ambitious, globally-minded peers 
  • Earn a Master’s degree concurrently with your Bachelor's degree
  • Transfer up to eight credit units* from your current university
  • Learn practical knowledge and flexible skills, not static information
  • Gain access to the Professional Development Agency

Transfer student Shan Zhong, China, enjoys a morning run during her semester in Berlin.

Photo: Marcus Reichmann/Blink

The Sunk Cost Concern

At the core of Minerva’s curriculum is a robust set of Habits of Mind and Foundational Concepts (HCs). These are the basis for the practical knowledge you will learn here. One such concept is the issue of sunk costs — expenses that cannot be recovered — such as the time you have spent and the tuition you may have paid at your current university. Traditional economists argue that one should not consider sunk costs when deciding whether it makes sense to continue to invest in a specific project.

As you contemplate whether or not you are ready to leave your current undergraduate program, be aware that sunk costs may be unduly influencing your decision making.

Applying as a Transfer Student

Completing the admissions process as a transfer student is nearly identical to the process for those applying directly from high school, or secondary school. On the application form, where you are asked to include your school information, be sure to include both the high school you graduated from, as well as the information for your current undergraduate institution. Because gathering information from your previous institutions can take time, we recommend initiating communication with your high school, as soon as possible. 

If you would like to transfer credits from university courses you have already completed, you must submit a description of each course, with the grades you received, because all credit transfers are subject to the approval of the relevant college deans.

*Note: Transferred credits are at the discretion of relevant college deans. However, due to the scaffolded nature of Minerva’s curriculum, in which each year builds upon the previous one, you must satisfy all core requirements so transfer credits can only be applied to elective courses.

Are you ready to embark on a different educational path?