Transferring to UNLV

Who is considered a transfer student? What are the requirements for admission to UNLV?

A transfer student is anyone who has earned college credits after completing high school. (Students who completed college credits only during high school will be considered freshmen for the purpose of admission and should file the freshman application.)

Transfer applicants are admissible to UNLV with a 2.5 GPA in transferable coursework. If you have not yet completed 24 transferable semester credit hours, your high school credentials will be used to determine admission, in addition to your college coursework.

There is some additional documentation required for international students, although the general process is the same.

Applicants who meet the criteria will be offered admission to the university; however, if you are denied admission, there are options available to make a pathway to UNLV.

If you are transferring from an NSHE (Nevada System of Higher Education) two-year institution, there are additional resources and pathways towards admission for NSHE transfer.

Please note: The above requirements are for general admission to UNLV; some majors may have additional requirements for full admission into a program of study.

Transferring Credits

Coursework will be officially evaluated only after an application has been submitted and official transcripts from each institution attended have been sent to the UNLV Office of Admissions.

In general, college-level coursework from regionally accredited institutions will transfer. Remedial coursework and vocational coursework will not transfer. Religion courses from private institutions will not transfer.

For non-U.S. colleges, UNLV will generally accept credits from postsecondary institutions recognized by a country’s Ministry of Education as a degree-granting institution. All official transcripts from non-US institutions must be accompanied by an evaluation (course-by-course with GPA calculation) from a NACES member organization.

If you repeat a transferable course at the same institution, the first attempt will not be included in GPA calculation for admission. UNLV does not recognize academic renewal or forgiveness policies from other institutions. To convert quarter credits to the semester credits value, multiply credits by two and divide by three (two-thirds ratio). For admissions purposes, credits do not expire, and all earned credits will be evaluated.

Nontraditional credits, including but not limited to AP (Advanced Placement), CLEP, and Dantes, may be applied toward your degree, although nongraded credits will not count toward the transferable total for admission. A maximum of 60 nontraditional credits can be used toward a degree at UNLV.


Transferology is the most specific resource available prior to transferring to give students an idea of how credits may transfer—based on coursework that has been evaluated by UNLV in the past. Keep in mind that this resource is not official or comprehensive, although it is constantly being updated.

To see how your coursework may transfer to UNLV, create a free account (you won't be spammed), enter your coursework in the "Will My Courses Transfer?" tab, search for matches, and filter by state for Nevada. You are also encouraged to familiarize yourself with the information below. There are additional resources available for students transferring from an NSHE two-year institution.

Ready to Apply?

UNLV admissions decisions are offered on a rolling basis, so you will be provided an admission decision relative to when you apply and submit required documents. The usual turnaround time is two to three weeks once all required documentation has been received and posted to your file. The deadline for fall admission is July 1; the deadline for spring admission is December 1. Early application is encouraged to allow you ample time to be admitted, get packaged for financial aid and scholarships, work with your academic advisor, attend orientation, and register for classes. It is also important to pay attention to earlier priority deadlines for Scholarship and Financial Aid opportunities. The application fee is $60 for domestic students and $95 for international students.

Your first step toward admission at UNLV is to apply online and submit an official transcript from each college you’ve attended. If you have fewer than 24 transferable semester credits completed when you apply, you must also submit your official high school transcript for evaluation. All official transcripts from non-U.S. institutions must be accompanied by an evaluation and translation (if necessary) from a NACES member organization.

ACT or SAT test scores are not required for transfer students, but they could help with admission and/or be used for placement.

If you require an F-1 visa to study in the US, you will qualify as an international student and must provide additional documentation for admission to UNLV.

Early application is encouraged. Even if you are still enrolled in classes, you can go through the admissions process by submitting in-progress transcripts. Completed coursework will be used to determine admission to UNLV. Once you’ve finished the term, you may submit an updated transcript to complete the transfer of your credits.

During the admissions process, a team will evaluate your coursework class by class to see what transfers to UNLV and how. Upon admission to UNLV, you must schedule an appointment with an academic advisor in your area of study to review the transfer of your credits—including how they fit into your selected major—and to create an academic plan.

Application Fees

In order to submit your application, you will be required to pay the application fee by credit or debit card. Application fees are nonrefundable.

Who Cost
Domestic students $60
International students $95
Non-degree-seeking students $30


Application fee waivers issued by UNLV are recognized as an official payment of the application fee. Application fee waivers issued by entities other than UNLV will not be accepted.

If you reside in Clark County, Nevada and participate in Upward Bound, Educational Talent Search, Adult Educational Services, or GEAR UP, you must contact the Center for Academic Enrichment and Outreach (CAEO) to have your application fee waived.


What When
Fall admission July 1
Priority date for financial aid and scholarship consideration Feb. 1
Spring admission Dec. 1

Supplemental Information

Veteran? Non-traditional? Check out the supplemental information to make your transition to UNLV even easier.

After You've Applied

After you have submitted your application to UNLV, there are a few additional steps to complete.

1. Check your Application Status

Typically within a few business days of submitting your application, you will receive 2 e-mails from UNLV with login credentials for your MyUNLV account. You will use this account as a student at UNLV, and during the admissions process it is your portal to stay up-to-date with the status of your account. We encourage you to check your MyUNLV account regularly. (Once you log in, click on “Student Center” for information about your admissions application.)

2. Apply for Financial Aid & Scholarships

To be awarded financial aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); UNLV’s federal code is 002569. The 2016-2017 FAFSA is currently available. The 2017-2018 FAFSA will become available October 1. For maximum consideration for UNLV aid, early application is important. For more information about federal aid and other scholarship opportunities, visit UNLV’s Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships.

3. Apply for Nevada Residency

Per policy set by the Board of Regents, only students who have graduated from a Nevada high school and listed that high school on the application for admission will be automatically considered in-state for tuition purposes. Anyone else who would like to be considered a Nevada resident for tuition purposes must complete and submit a Residency Application along with the required documentation. Please see Nevada Residency FAQs for answers to common questions. Complete submission and contact information is listed on the Residency Application. Email submission is recommended and preferred: Residency review for fall applications begins June 1; spring review begins November 1.

Materials Submission

Hard copies of official transcripts and test scores must be in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution or testing agency and may be mailed to the following address:

UNLV Office of Admissions
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy. Box 451021
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1021

Institutions sending transcripts through a secure email method may use the following address:

SAT and ACT test scores may be sent electronically from the testing agency using the following codes:

  • ACT: 2496
  • SAT: 4861