Transferring to Menlo

Transferring to Menlo

Ready to transfer to Menlo? It is an easy process to bring your class credits with you.  It’s just three easy steps to get started!​

1. Understand how Menlo defines a transfer student.

A transfer applicant is defined as any applicant who has graduated from high school and who has successfully completed at least 12 transferable academic semester credit hours (18 quarter credits) with a recalculated GPA of 2.0 or above. Applicants with fewer credits are welcome to apply; however, they must also submit high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. If you aren’t sure, contact our Admissions Office to determine whether the courses you have taken constitute transferable academic credit hours.

2. Apply

It’s never too early to apply for admission. Submit your application online. Please be sure to visit our Transfer Requirements section for details on what documents are required for admission. Email PDF copies of unofficial transcripts to admissions@menlo.edu, and request a transfer assessment. Hear back from us within five business days!

3. Schedule a visit

The best way to experience Menlo is to visit our campus. Select from a variety of visit-related activities, including one-on-one admissions counseling sessions, campus tours and sitting in on a class. Let us know when you want to visit!


Transfer Requirements

Congratulations on your decision to transfers to Menlo College. You’re not alone! Approximately 35% of Menlo College students have transferred from community colleges, and other four-year colleges and universities all over the United States and around the world. Transfer applications are accepted for both fall and spring semesters.

Transfer Applicant Defined

A transfer applicant is defined as any applicant who has graduated from high school and who has successfully completed at least 12 transferable academic semester credit hours (18 quarter credits) with a recalculated GPA of 2.0 or above. Applicants with fewer credits are welcome to apply; however, they must also submit high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. Our transfer specialists are happy to answer any questions you may have about whether the courses you have taken constitute transferable academic credit hours.

Transfer Admissions Application

We encourage you to get started by completing the Menlo College Transfer Application to fast-track your admissions decision. You are also welcome to apply using the Common Application.

Personal Essay

Please submit a personal essay of at least 250 words addressing your reasons for seeking a college education, expectations of a college education and reasons for applying to Menlo College.

Mailing Address

Menlo College
Office of Admissions
1000 El Camino Real
Atherton, CA 94027

Official Transcripts

Transfer applicants must submit official college transcripts. Transcripts may be submitted via email to admissions@menlo.edu, faxed to 650.543.4496, or sent by mail. Applicants who have not completed at least 12 transferable academic semester credit hours (18 quarter credits) must also submit high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores.

We welcome unofficial transcripts for preliminary assessment, but will require official copies if you are admitted.

Application Fee

The $40 fee may be paid online at the time of application, or you can mail the non-refundable application fee to the Admissions Office. Checks or money orders should be made payable to Menlo College.

We encourage you to contact us to provide you with personalized support through the admissions process. Please call 800.55.MENLO toll-free, or 650.543.3753, so that we can put you in touch with your admissions counselor. Additionally, please be sure to schedule your personalized visit to experience Menlo College firsthand!


Articulation Agreements

Menlo College has developed articulation agreements with many California community colleges. Want to find out what credits you already have earned with Menlo? Email PDF copies of unofficial transcripts to admissions@menlo.edu, and request a transfer assessment. Hear back from us within five business days!

Students do not need to complete all courses listed before transferring to Menlo College; however, the articulation agreements will help you to select courses that meet Menlo’s general education requirements. View our current agreements below.

Current Agreement

Canada College
College of San Mateo
De Anza College
Diablo Valley College
Foothill College
Mission College
Skyline College
West Valley College

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer a maximum of 70 lower division semester credits (105 quarter credits) and 24 upper division semester credits (36 quarter credits). However, students must complete a minimum of 30 units in their major at Menlo College, and must be enrolled at Menlo College during the last two semesters prior to graduation.

Credit from Non-Traditional Sources

Menlo College evaluates credit from several sources, including Advanced Placement Exams, International Baccalaureate Exams (higher level only), CLEP, and military education and experience.


Guest Students

Menlo College accepts guest students during the fall, spring and summer terms. During the fall and spring terms, guest students are visiting, regular degree-seeking students in good standing at another institution, who are admitted to Menlo College for one term only. Coursework completed under guest student status is considered a part of the student’s program elected under the jurisdiction of the home institution.

It is recommended that students seek academic advising from their home institution prior to enrolling at Menlo College. Summer session is open enrollment, but all guest students must still meet course prerequisites prior to registration. Guest students must also pay tuition and applicable fees prior to registration.

To be admitted as a guest student, students must complete and submit a Menlo College Undergraduate Guest Application.

Guest students interested in taking courses during summer open enrollment are also required to complete the Summer Registration Form.

Prospective guest students must complete Part 1, and submit the application to the registrar at their home institution for completion of Part 2. The home institution registrar will verify that the student has a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, is in good standing and eligible to return to the home institution. The home institution must sign, date and place the school seal on the application to make it official. Students may be required to produce an unofficial transcript to verify that they have fulfilled any Menlo College course prerequisite requirements.

Guest students are limited to a total of four semesters of enrollment. Guest students who wish to apply to Menlo College as degree-seeking students must complete a regular application for admission and meet all regular admission requirements. Courses taken at all institutions, including those taken as a guest student at Menlo College, will be used to calculate the admission grade point average. This calculation will be weighed in Menlo’s decision to admit the guest student as a regular degree-seeking student. Guest students are required to pay a $40 application fee.

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