Transfer Students

The Office of International Services at William Paterson University is available to assist international students through every stage of their journey, from new applicant through graduation.

If you have enrolled in university or post-secondary education, outside of or within the U.S., you may apply for admission as an advanced standing student.


Fall Deadlines

  • After June 1 - Rolling Admissions
  • June 1 - Regular
  • March 1 - University Honors College Consideration
  • January 1 - Merit Scholarship Consideration
  • February 1 - Nursing Application Deadline

Spring Deadlines

  • December 1

Prospective transfer & second Bachelor's degree candidates must arrange for a course-by-course credit evaluation of all post-secondary coursework completed outside the U.S. to be sent to the Office of International Admissions. You may use any NACES-accredited  or  AICE-endorsed  evaluation service, but we recommend SpanTran: The Evaluation Company  for fast service at a discounted rate for WP students. To apply for a course-by-course evaluation with SpanTran, please use the custom application they have created for WP students.

Students who have completed post-secondary courses in the U.S. must arrange for official transcripts to be sent directly to the Office of International Admissions through their previous institutions' transcript request process. For more information contact us at or begin the application process using our online application.

International students, with the exception of those eligible for waivers (noted below), must submit proof of English proficiency that meets admission requirements. Students must submit one of the following standardized English exams as proof:


Minimum Required Score

TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Internet-Based Test)


IELTS Academic

(International English Language Testing System)

6.0 overall band

Duolingo English Test


PTE-A (Pearson Test of English-Academic)


SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

EBRW Section


Michigan English Test (MET)


STEP Eiken Test




Exemptions from English Language Proficiency Requirement

The English Language Proficiency requirement may be waived if you meet one of the criteria noted below:

Please note that students who change university or post-secondary mid-stream (for example, from a local, non-English speaking curriculum to an English-language curriculum) are expected to be enrolled in non-ESL English courses consistent with their peers.

Unless required by your academic major, personal statements are not required, but are accepted. If you wish to submit a resume/CV or list of extracurricular activities you have participated in for review, you may do so after submitting your online application. Documents may be submitted by email:

For most academic majors a recommendation letter is not required but are accepted. You should submit a recommendation letter from a professor or academic advisor.

Please note that certain academic majors may require more than one recommendation letter. One of your recommendation letters should speak to your candidacy for your intended academic field of study. Recommendation letters may be submitted by email:

You will receive emails after you submit your application; one will be your Official Application Acknowledgement. This message will contain your WP Student ID (SID) number, along with instructions on how to check your application status and submit your documentation.