Transfer Application Guide

Transfer Application Guide

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Phone: 830-372-8050
Toll-free Phone: 800-771-8521
Email: admissions@tlu.edu
Fax: 830-372-8096

Still have questions? 

Contact Alecia McCain
Director of Transfer and Graduate Admissions


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.

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 within the past five years. (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.

Transfer Guidelines

  • 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.

Core Curriculum Crosswalk

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.

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