Below are general application instructions for applying to Texas Lutheran University. TLU follows a rolling admission policy, which means that an admissions decision is made after the application file is completed by the applicant. A freshman student application is considered complete only after all items on the application checklist have been received. If you have questions about transferring AP, CLEP, IB, or Dual Credit to TLU, please visit the Credit by Exam page
Completing your Transfer Student Application
|Transfer Applicant Checklist|
- Application for admission and financial aid, including a writing sample.
- Official transcript(s) from every institution attended—even if no credit was earned, a transcript is required.
- Official high school transcript is required if you have less than 24 transferable hours*, or if you graduated from high school after January 1, 2005 (this is a federal requirement).
- Recommendation letter from someone familiar with your academic background.
- Transfer Addendum form that will be sent to you upon receipt of your application for admission.
- Non-refundable application fee of $40 (waived for students who apply by February 1).
*If a transfer applicant has fewer than 15 transferable hours, in addition to the high school transcript, the applicant must submit official SAT or ACT test scores.
- A maximum of 68 hours may be transferred from community colleges to Texas Lutheran University. For students with more than 68 hours, the 68 hours that best complete the degree plan as of the first semester the student attends TLU will be transferred. No changes may be made to the choice of transferred hours after the student starts classes at TLU.
- Only grades of "C-" or better will transfer. Grades of "D" do not transfer.
- Community college courses may not transfer into TLU as upper-division courses (300-400 level), even though TLU may have an upper-division course with exactly the same name and description. Community college courses may not be used to fulfill the 30-hour upper-division requirement for graduation at TLU. However, the course may be used as a substitute for an upper-division course with an approved substitution form signed by the chair and dean.
- FREX134, Exploring the Arts & Sciences, is required of all students except transfer students entering with 24 or more hours, no more than 12 of which may be earned through dual participation
- Only four hours of Physical Education (Kinesiology) activity will apply to degree requirements.
- Only four hours of Ensemble Music will apply to degree requirements.
|Core Courses Guide|
At TLU, we want our graduates to achieve a breadth of knowledge in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences. Toward that end, students need to meet requirements in 9 areas we call the Foundations and Dimensions of Liberal Education. These areas are closely aligned with what other schools call their “core” courses or “basics.”
Transfer students like TLU because we are flexible with the kind of courses we will accept as fulfilling these dimensions. Check out the core curriculum crosswalk below—you will see that you have many options when it comes to fulfilling each dimension.
Using the Crosswalk
For example, suppose a student has taken 9 hours of credit, English composition (ENGL1301 and ENGL1302) and a sociology course (SOCI1301). Using the core curriculum crosswalk, you’ll see that the 2 English courses fulfill the 6-hour composition dimension, and the sociology course fulfills 3 of the 6 hours required in the social science dimension.
Here’s another example: Suppose you are planning to transfer to TLU and you want to select a course that will fulfill the humanities dimension. Examine the humanities portion of the core curriculum crosswalk. You will see that the humanities dimension requires 6 hours (2 courses) from different disciplines. Any of the courses listed in that section will fulfill the requirement. You can pick from a multitude of history, communication, speech, geography, English literature, and philosophy courses.
|Q. ||Where can I find Degree Plans?|
|A. ||Degree Plans are available on the Registrar's page of the My.TLU portal.|
|Q. ||How do I know which of my credits will transfer to TLU?|
|A. ||Credits from a regionally accredited institution will transfer to TLU. That means that most students can transfer all of their credits. There are a few limitations, however. Courses that are not considered college level (developmental or remedial courses) will not transfer, technical courses used as part of a professional certification will not transfer, and courses with an earned grade lower than C- will not transfer. Also, community college students are limited to 68 hours of transfer work.|
|Q. ||How do the courses I have taken fulfill my TLU degree requirements?|
|A. ||Because our lower level (freshman and sophomore) Foundations and Dimensions of Liberal Education have so much flexibility, most students find that their coursework will fulfill some or all of those requirements, for example, English composition, math, and natural science. In addition to the dimensions, transfer credit may also fulfill the lower level components of the major requirements. Courses that do not fulfill the dimensions or major requirements can usually be used as electives. Electives are “free” courses – students can select the courses they want. Most degrees at TLU have room for electives, some as many as 25 hours.|
|Q. ||When will I know which credits will transfer?|
|A. ||If you contact the TLU transfer admissions counselor, you can get a quick unofficial evaluation of your transcript. You will then know how many hours are applicable and what kind of requirements you have fulfilled. Once you schedule an orientation date, an official evaluation will be done and you and your advisor will have a complete listing of each course and how it applies to your degree plan.|
|Q. ||Are transfer students required to submit high school transcripts?|
|A. ||Transfer students with less than 24 hours of transfer credit will be required to submit a high school transcript. Transfer students with less than 15 hours of credit will be evaluated under the requirements for first-year student admission.|
|Q. ||Will TLU accept CLEP or AP credit?|
|A. ||TLU will accept up to 30 hours of credit from AP, CLEP, DANTES, and Excelsior College exams. TLU accepts the American Council on Education (ACE) minimum score for receipt of credit on these exams. In addition, credit may be available to graduates for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.|
|Q. ||If I am not coming to TLU right away, how can I select courses at my community college that will transfer to my degree program at TLU?|
|A. ||Our transfer guides can help you plan your course of study. Selecting courses from those guides will ensure that you are taking only those courses you will need when you arrive at TLU. Sixteen weeks is a long time to spend in a course that you really don’t need for graduation. Save time and money by using the guides to select only the courses you need.|
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Toll-free Phone: 800-771-8521
Still have questions?
Contact Amber Martinez
Assistant Director of Admissions for Transfers and Non Traditional Students
|Follow these steps to ensure your enrollment at TLU!|
- Submit your application and all materials listed in the checklist.
- Check your acceptance letter for login information to the MY.TLU portal. (This is where you will find the latest information about your individual progress.)
- Submit your non-refundable $200 tuition deposit indicating your intention to enroll at TLU.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for financial aid.
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