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At AIC, we know that our transfer students are more than just a transcript, a test score, a part-time job, or an extra-curricular activity—so our application process is designed to help us learn as much as we can about you. Transfer applicants are evaluated for admission based on the content and rigor of their previous college or university course work, their grades, activities and involvement, and personal statement. There are no absolute "cutoffs" or minimums for grades. We are interested in how your academic experiences combine with your personal experiences. In particular, our transfer students often demonstrate life experience, professionalism, maturity and self-awareness; all qualities that we feel enhance our campus community and elevate the classroom experience for all students.
The following items are required for a transfer application to be considered complete:
The following items are optional, but contribute to our overall assessment of the applicant, and can positively influence the application review:
AIC's Application for Admission is available online. From start to finish, the application should only take about 20-30 minutes. Before you get started, we recommend having the following information handy: your social security number, and the contact information (including email and mailing address) for anyone writing you a letter of recommendation.
An unofficial copy of your high school diploma (or GED) is required. Applicants who were home-schooled or do not have a traditional high school transcript should contact their admissions counselor for next steps.
An official transcript from all colleges/university's attended is required.
American International College
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
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Springfield, MA 01109
An application will not be reviewed until all official transcripts are received.
Standardized test scores are not required for transfer applicants.
All transfer applicants are invited to submit a letter of recommendation. A letter of recommendation is optional, but does tell us more about you and may positively impact the application evaluation. You may submit more than one letter if you choose; however, the sheer number of recommendations received does not factor into our decision-making process. Rather, we are interested in what your recommenders say about you and your ability to be successful in college.
Health science applicants are strongly encouraged to include a letter of recommendation in their application, especially one that can speak to their ability in the healthcare field.
All transfer applicants are invited to submit a personal statement (we really read them!). A personal statement is optional, but does provide you the opportunity to tell us about your passions, interests, and goals. If you are worried about your GPA, or have had a personal experience that impacted your academics, the personal statement provides an opportunity to tell your admissions counselor why you feel you are qualified for acceptance to AIC.
The fundamental expectation of each entering student at AIC is that he or she is capable of handling college level coursework and has the desire and motivation to be successful in college. We realize, of course, that no two applicants are the same and that many of our transfer students have complicated personal circumstances. Our transfer admissions counselors work with you individually to understand your academic background and determine your ability to be successful.
There is no minimum GPA to qualify for acceptance to AIC. When transcripts are evaluated, consideration is given to courses taken, course load (the number of courses you have taken per term), improvement over time, and of course, outside factors that may directly or indirectly impact academic performance. Working two jobs? Raising a family? Got off to a rough start your first few years of college? Your GPA is reviewed in the context of your other activities, achievements, and responsibilities.
Our health science programs require a more rigorous demonstration of academic ability and although outside factors are taken into consideration, the competitive nature of these programs means that we cannot extend admission to all qualified applicants. Applicants to our health science programs (including Nursing, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy) are expected to have a more competitive GPA. To be considered a competitive applicant, the following GPA minimums are expected:
Nursing: minimum 2.5 cumulative transfer GPA. The minimum acceptable grade of C+ or better is required in order for the college to accept any/all of the following courses for transfer credit: English 101/101, English 102/104, Biology 103 and 104, Biology 209, Biology 213, Chemistry 111, PSY 101, PSY 309, SOC 101.
Occupational Therapy: minimum 2.85 cumulative transfer GPA
AIC's health science programs (including Nursing, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy) do have additional application requirements. These include the following:
Nursing: A labaratory science in Chemistry
Physical Therapy: Some demonstrated observational experiences in the field of physical therapy
All applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate English Proficiency, most commonly done by taking the TOEFL. AIC's minimum qualifying score for the TOEFL is 80 iBT.
At AIC, we are particularly interested in learning about your activities outside the classroom. The applicant's activity summary gives you the opportunity to highlight special skills or talents, interesting experiences, and personal accomplishments.
Personal interviews are an optional part of the transfer application process. We offer on-campus interviews throughout the fall. Students interview with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
The size of our applicant pool precludes us from interviewing every applicant; therefore, this element of the application is strictly optional. Appointments are limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis. History has shown that there is no appreciable difference in the admission rates of students who are not interviewed.