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How to Apply as a Transfer Student

Transferring to a new school in the middle of your college experience can make anyone nervous – and it starts with the admission process. We want to help you achieve success at University of Houston-Clear Lake, so we’ve assembled this helpful guide.

1) Send in Your Application

Submit your application to UHCL at ApplyTexas.org.

  • If you want to enroll in an online or off-campus UHCL program, you should select the program on the application with your preferred campus location (e.g. HSH–Psychology BS- Sugarland) or the online option (e.g. BUS-Finance MS-Online).
  • It is important to select the correct program so you receive important information about your chosen campus and for accurate enrollment records.
  • Please note: selecting off-campus and/or online programs will not prevent you from enrolling for additional courses at the Clear Lake campus.

2) Pay the Application Fee

Pay a non-refundable application fee of $45 through ApplyTexas.org .

3) Send Your Transcripts

Submit an official transcript from every college or university you have attended electronically.

4) Send Your Test Scores

If you were born or educated in a country where English is not the native language, you must demonstrate English proficiency prior to admission. You can meet this requirement by taking the paper or internet TOEFL exam, Intensive English Language Test (IELTS) exam, Pearson Test of English (PTE), or by successfully completing the ELS Intensive English Language program.

Your minimum scores must be:

  • 550 on the paper-based TOEFL exam;
  • 79 on the TOEFL (iBT) exam;
  • 6.0 on the IELTS exam;
  • 53 on the PTE exam; or,
  • You can successfully complete level 112 in the ELS Intensive English Language program.

Send admission documents to:

University of Houston-Clear Lake
Office of Admissions
2700 Bay Area Boulevard, box 13
Houston, Texas 77058

We will process your application after you have submitted the necessary information. You can then log into UHCL E-Services to review the status of your application.

 Just make sure you review the application deadlines before you begin!

  • Transfer Deadlines
  • Spring 2020
    Priority - January 1
    Final - January 21
  • Summer 2020
    Priority – May 25
    Final (Summer Session I) – June 8
    Final (Summer Session II) – July 13
  • Fall 2020
    Priority - August 1
    Final - August 21
  • Spring 2021
    Priority - January 4
    Final - January 19

Online applications close for transfer students after the Priority Deadline. Students who apply after the priority deadline must submit all required documentation with their paper application to the Office of Admissions and will be processed for late registration.
  Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

The transfer application process considers factors like the number of college credit hours on your transcript and your grade-point average (GPA).

Semester Credit Hours Required Cumulative GPA*
0-11 Must meet freshman admissions criteria.
12-29 2.75
30-44 2.25
45+ 2.00
  • All grades earned from college-level courses, including repeated courses, are used to compute the transfer grade point average.

  • Applicable course work from regionally accredited U.S. institutions is accepted.

  • Other course work may be accepted by review on a case-by-case basis, if equivalent to course work offered at UHCL and applicable to appropriate programs.

  • Technical courses are not considered when calculating the number of hours completed.

  • Plus and minus grade designations are not used to determine the cumulative transfer GPA. Remedial or developmental course work is not used in the calculation of the transfer GPA.

Applicants who have earned associate degrees must meet the university's transfer admissions requirements. Applicants who do not meet the transfer admissions requirements may be reconsidered through departmental review or admissions appeals.

Once you’re accepted, you will work with our transfer counselors to ensure you get the maximum credit for the classes you have taken already and to plan your coursework at UHCL.

  Degree Programs with Exceptions


The RN to BSN program is designed specifically for licensed registered nurses seeking a BSN degree. The RN-BSN degree plan is offered two days of the week in a face to face classroom experience. The full-time program can be completed in three to five semesters.

  • RN-BSN Requirements and Deadlines
  • Admission Requirements
    • An Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN or AAS) or Diploma in Nursing
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 on all college course work attempted
    • Complete Anatomy and Physiology I, II and Microbiology with a grade of C or better and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
    • Complete all lower level nursing courses with a grade of C or better and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5
    • A current unencumbered Texas RN License (verification from Texas Board of Nursing website)
  • Application Materials
    • Apply online and pay a non-refundable $45 application fee for domestic applicants and $75 for international applicants.
    • Submit official transcripts from every college or university attended. To expedite processing, request transcripts be sent electronically. Hand-delivered transcripts should not be more than 60 days old and in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution. International applicants should review the Office of International Admissions website for additional details of application requirements.
    • Verification of Licensure from the Texas Board of Nursing to practice as an RN in Texas will be verified by the Nursing Office after application, transcript(s) and fee payments have been received. This document should not be submitted online through your To-Do List in E-services.
  • Deadline
    • Application for admission into the RN-BSN Program follow the same guideline as the University of Houston-Clear Lake general admissions dates for fall and spring semesters. For additional information, please visit the admissions website page at  www.uhcl.edu/admissions
  • Address

    Please send your documents to:
    Office of Admissions
    University of Houston-Clear Lake
    2700 Bay Area Blvd., Box 13
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Please request your official transcripts be electronically sent to UHCL. This will ensure faster processing of application.

For more information regarding the application process, please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at the Pearland Campus at plenrollment@uhcl.edu or 281-212-1690.

  • BSW Admissions Criteria and Policies
  • Criteria
    • Completion of essential elements of Texas Core Requirements.
    • Completion of Introduction to Psychology. Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher.
    • Completion of Introduction to Sociology. Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher.
    • Completion of one of the following natural science courses: Human or General Biology; Anatomy & Physiology; Human or General Biology for non science majors; or The Human Body - complete with any associated lab.
    • Completion of SWRK 3301 - Introduction to Social Work with a grade of "C" or higher.
    • Completion of SWRK 3304 - Professional Issues and Ethics in Social Work with a grade of "C": or higher.
    • Cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  • Policy & Procedures

    Contact Dr. Heather Kanenberg (Kanenbergh@uhcl.edu) or Dr. Roberta Leal (LealR@uhcl.edu) for BSW advising as soon as possible.

    How to Apply
    A completed application packet must include the following documents and information.

    • Application Form and Checklist
    • An unofficial copy of all college transcripts
    • 3 letters of recommendation from previous instructors or work supervisors (download Letter of Recommendation Form)
    • A 4-6 page autobiographical statement. Applicants should be certain that their autobiographical statement is a strong sample of their ability to express themselves in writing. The statement should include a description of the student's educational, work, and/or life goals, their personal and professional objectives, social work or human service experience, contact, exposure to, or experience with diverse groups and any other information the student believes may be important when considering their application for admission to the program.
    • Student Code of Conduct Form

    Application Instructions and Supporting Materials

  • Deadlines

    Applications accepted at any time.
    All materials must be submitted by August 1 for Fall admission and December 15 for Spring admission.

  • Office of Admissions

    Phone: 281-283-2500
    Fax: 281-283-2522
    Email: admissions@uhcl.edu

    SSCB 1.101
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 13
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Office Hours:
    Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


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