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Welcome to Clarke University! Together, we will cultivate new ways of delivering the Clarke experiences supporting each other and our community. We stand as One Clarke, One Community.

Transfer Application Process & Policies

Transfer Admissions Standards

  • To be considered for admission, a student needs at least a 2.0 (4.0 scale).
  • Students must submit transcripts from all institutions attended for admission and academic credit review. Transcripts will need to showcase forward academic progress and success in core academic coursework.
  • Students with under 24 college credits may be asked to submit an SAT or ACT score and final high school transcript.

Transcripts can be sent to
Admissions Office
Clarke University
1550 Clarke Drive
Dubuque, IA 52001-3198

International transfer students must comply with additional requirements.

Application FAQ’s

Do I have to complete a new application if I applied to Clarke in the past? Students must file a new application if reapplying to a different start term. To reapply more efficiently, use the same email as your original application and complete the password reset process.  The application form will populate with your previous answers leaving you to edit and update.

What if my primary email address has changed since I originally completed my application?
If you no longer have access to your original primary email, send an email from your new email address to and ask to have your new email set as your primary email.  Once that is complete, you can follow the password reset steps

What if I cancelled my application for this term, but would like to reactivate it?
If you applied to Clarke for the current term, please email and ask to have your application reactivated. If your primary email is different, also indicate you need your new email set as your primary email.

Do I have to send official transcripts?
You may submit unofficial transcripts for an admission decision and unofficial academic credit evaluation, but you must submit official transcripts for enrollment and an official credit evaluation.

Does Clarke have a foreign language requirement?
Yes, Clarke requires students to have successfully completed at least two years of the same foreign language in high school, or two semesters of the same foreign language in college. Please provide your high school transcript if you met the foreign language proficiency requirement in high school.

When will I be notified of an acceptance decision?
Once your application is complete, (application, transcripts from all institutions attended and auxiliary materials) it generally takes five to ten business days to receive an admissions decision. Decisions are announced through email and mail.

Is my application to Clarke also an application to my major?
Admission as a transfer student does not imply admission to a specific academic major. Transfer students are encouraged to consult with department faculty during the admission process regarding admission to the major. The Nursing Department requires a separate application process for transfer, RN-BSN, and second-degree applicants seeking admission.

Transfer Policies

Transfer Academic Evaluations 
Academic evaluations can be prepared by the Registrar’s Office for accepted students who have submitted official or unofficial transcripts. The evaluation is subject to change if courses are pending completion to the term at Clarke University. The evaluation shows what credits are transferring into Clarke and what requirements they are satisfying.

Accepting the Offer of Admissions 
If you decide to attend Clarke University, a $200 non-refundable enrollment deposit is required. The deposit is applied towards your bill. Deposits can be paid by check or credit card.

Transfer students will meet with an academic advisor to select their courses. Once registration opens to new students for the fall or spring term, students are able to request a registration appointment on a rolling basis up through the start of classes. Appointments are conducted virtually and typically last about thirty minutes. Students must submit their enrollment deposit prior to registering for classes.

CONNECT Orientation 
Prior to starting classes, you will receive an invitation to Connect Orientation. The transfer specific portion of Connect is held the weekday prior to the start of the term. Transfers are required to attend that specific day but are invited to all Connect activities. More Connect information will be sent to you directly.

To apply for campus housing, submit the Housing Form. Housing options for transfer students include traditional residence halls with double and single rooms as well as the apartment-style rooms. The Catherine Dunn Apartments are available to sophomores through seniors and offer apartment-style living with the convenience of staying on campus. Students under the age of 21 are required to live on campus with the exception of students who live with a parent or legal guardian within 30 miles of campus, or students who obtain a housing waiver. More details about campus housing can be found here.

Commuter Students
Commuter students are just as involved in campus activities as residence students. Relax between classes in the commuter lounge, atrium, library, or outside. Take advantage of your free access to games and come cheer on the Pride! Lunch in the café or cafeteria. As a commuter student, you have access to all the same resources as residence students.