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How many credits do I need to transfer to ESU?

Transfer applicants must have successfully completed 12 or more college credits following high school graduation. Applicants who have successfully completed fewer than 12 credits following high school graduation are considered freshmen in the application process.

Check the transfer application and admission requirements for additional information.

Is there a maximum number of credits you'll accept?

There is no university-wide maximum. ESU will transfer in as many credits as possible to comparable courses at ESU. However, this does not guarantee that the coursework will satisfy your graduation requirements. ESU academic departments determine how transfer credit is applied to your major. To earn an ESU degree, you must also fulfill all University Requirements for graduation.

Several academic departments have limits on the number of credits that can be transferred and applied toward the major. These include:

  • Media Communication and Technology: 9 semester credits maximum
  • Philosophy: 12 semester credits maximum
  • Psychology: 15 semester credits maximum

Check with the academic department of your major for the most up-to-date academic information, program content and restrictions.

When will I know how my credits transferred?

If offered admission, within 5-7 business days of the offer of admission you will receive an initial Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) from the Transfer Center.  The initial TCE will indicate how your attempted coursework (with final grades) from other institutions will transfer to ESU.  Coursework in-progress will be evaluated for transfer credit when an official transcript with final grades is received.  At that time, an updated TCE will be delivered to you from the Transfer Center.

After you submit your E-Deposit, indicating your intention to enroll at ESU, the TCE is made available to your academic adviser. Your academic adviser will use the TCE information during the advising and course registration process.

Transferable credit is officially added to a student's ESU record upon receipt of the official final college/university transcript and upon verification of enrollment.

You may also use our on-line Transfer Equivalency Guide to check how credits from your prior institution(s) will transfer to ESU.

What is Academic Passport?

If you are a student at a Pennsylvania Community College, Lackawanna College or one of the Pennsylvania State System Universities and are ready to transfer, the Academic Passport is your guaranteed admission to East Stroudsburg University. To qualify you must have a conferred Associate of Arts (A.A.) or the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree from a Pennsylvania community college, Lackawanna College or at least 12 credits from a Pennsylvania State System University. Students must also have a minimum 2.00 grade point average. Students holding the Academic Passport from a Pennsylvania community college, Lackawanna College or Pennsylvania State System University will transfer credit according to the Board of Governors Policy titled "The Academic Passport and Student Transfer Policy".

For more information visit the Academic Passport page.

How are credits evaluated for Transfer?

Nearly all college-level courses taken at accredited institution will be considered for transfer credit, excluding coursework that is developmental, remedial, technical or religious in nature. At the time of admission review, provided an official college transcript has been received by the Office of Admission, the Transfer Center will review the prior college credit from other colleges/universities with final grades for possible transfer credit. The Transfer Center will then send an initial Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) within 5-7 business days from the offer of admission. For additional information, see 'How Credits Transfer'.

Are transfer students eligible for on-campus housing?

ESU’s campus housing inventory includes five traditional residence halls, two apartment complexes (University Apartments and University Ridge), and two suite style residence halls.

Campus housing is guaranteed for transfer students who make their $300 E-Deposit and complete the campus housing application by January 8, 2016 for spring 2016 enrollment, and June 1, 2016 for fall 2016 enrollment.  After these respective dates, campus housing will be offered subject to availability on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students interested in campus housing must complete the online housing application through their "MyESU" portal after they have submitted their $300 E-Deposit.

For more information, please contact the Residence Life & Housing Office at (570) 422-3460 or Residence Life

What other housing options are there at ESU for Transfer Students?

University Ridge Apartments located just north east of the campus, is a campus housing community built and designed with the convenience and comfort of the ESU student in mind. The complex offers apartment style campus housing. Our 541 ESU students enjoy scenic views in our picturesque complex looking over the Pocono Mountains. For more information call (570) 422-2400 or visit

Want to live off-campus, the Office of Residence Life can assist by providing a list of available rental units in the area. When local landlords advertise to us that they have apartments/homes/rooms to rent, we compile the list and make it available for interested students. Contact the Residence Life & Housing Office at (570) 422-3138 or Off Campus Housing Information.

I know you need my college transcripts. What about high school?

If transferring without a conferred associate or bachelor's degree, an official high school transcript with graduation date or GED score report from the state of issue is required as proof of graduation or the equivalent.

Applicants with fewer than 12 college credits completed at the time of application are evaluated using a combination of official college-level GPA/credits; high school record; and SAT/ACT scores for admission consideration. Therefore, you must submit a final school transcript for admission consideration.

Can I apply on-line?

Definitely! Access our on-line application here.

I attended multiple institutions, do you need all of my transcripts?

Yes. An official transcript is required from all college/university or post-secondary institutions attended even if you do not wish to have the credit considered for transfer credit. If you are currently enrolled elsewhere, please request the institution send an official transcript listing your in-progress coursework. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the sending institution (your prior institutions) to: East Stroudsburg University, Office of Admission, 200 Prospect Street, East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

Can I speak with an ESU transfer admission counselor?

Absolutely! The ESU transfer staff is here to help you.

Walt Lukow, Associate Director for Transfer Admission/Transfer Coordinator
(570) 422-3110 or (Contact for transfer students with last name initial of L-Z)

Nina Atanesian, Assistant Director for Transfer Admission
(570) 422-3149 or (Contact for transfer students with last name initial of A-K)

Millie Roman-Buday, Assistant Director of Admission for Accelerated Degree Completion Programs
(610) 419-2516 or

Contact Us and Receive Support

Reibman Administration Building
(570) 422-3542
(570) 422-3933 (Fax)
(877) 230-5547 (Toll-free)

Transfer Admissions Counselors

Associate Director
Transfer Admissions

Walt Lukow
(570) 422-3110
Contact for transfer students with last name initial of L-Z
Assistant Director
Transfer Admissions

Nina Atanesian
(570) 422-3149
Contact for transfer students with last name initial of A-K
Assistant Director
Accelerated Degree Completion Programs

Millie Román-Buday
(610) 419-2516