Transfer Admissions Process

Your Enrollment Counselor will work with you through the entire admission process, from helping you complete your admission application to helping you register for classes for your first semester at Centenary!

Your Enrollment Counselor will be able to make an unofficial credit equivalency audit which will match your current transfer credits to the Centenary College curriculum. With this information, you will know what academic requirements you need to complete your degree at Centenary. You can also use our credit equivalency audit as a guide for completing your courses at your transferring (current) institution.

Applying to Centenary

  1. A completed Admissions Application and the corresponding application fee.  Choose either our secure online application or the Common Application
  2. Official transcripts from ALL colleges attended
  3. A 250 word essay is required on the topic of "How Centenary Can Help You Achieve Your Educational Goals And Objectives"
  4. Proof of high school graduation or the equivalent
  5. If you have not earned at least 24 credits at your prior institution(s) and are under 24 years of age, you are also required to provide SAT/ACT Scores
  6. Students pursuing specific majors may also have additional admissions requirements which are listed below

Letters of recommendation are not required, but will strengthen your application and enable the Admissions Committee to make a better determination of the College's ability to meet your academic needs.

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Application Review

Once your file is complete, the Admissions Committee will review it and make a decision regarding your admission. If you have 24 transferable credits or more, Centenary will base its admission decision on your collegiate course work. If you have less than 24 transferable credits, we will base our decision on a combination of the collegiate and secondary school course work. Transferable credits are courses in which the student has earned a “C-” or better and are 100+ level courses or above. Basic skills (developmental) courses are not transferable.

Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better will be considered for admission to Centenary.

Transfer Credit Guidelines

A minimum of 128 credits are required to earn a bachelor’s degree at Centenary College. Students from community colleges and/or proprietary schools are allowed to transfer a maximum of 72 credits with a C- or better. A maximum of 96 credits from a four-year or combination of two- and four-year institutions may be transferred.

Please review our full Transfer Credit Guidelines in our catalog.

When a final transcript is received by Centenary College, our Audit Evaluator will conduct an official evaluation of your credits. These will be posted to your Centenary College transcript.

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Major Program Requirements

The major you choose may affect which of your credits are applied toward your degree at Centenary. Only courses earned with a C- or better from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are considered transferable.

Applicants to Visual Arts must submit a portfolio for approval. Your admissions counselor will help you determine the appropriate portfolio review dates.

Applicants to Education Certification Programs must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.

Applicants to Equine Studies Programs and free-elective riders must submit a riding placement video for evaluation and assignment into appropriate-level riding classes.

Applicants to the Social Work Program must have a cumulative GPA of 2.8.  Transfer students who will be entering Centenary College as juniors (at least 56 transferable credits) are encouraged to request an application to the BSW program at the time of application to the college.

Independent Study and Practicum

Credit is awarded for scores at or above the “C” level on general exams or specific subject exams through the Advanced Placement Examination Program (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), or the American College Testing Program (ACT).


Readmission to Centenary is not automatic.

Students will need to complete a new application for admission in the following situatio

  • Student has graduated from Centenary College
  • Student has left Centenary without requesting a leave of absence.  This includes students who have completed a withdrawal with the Office of Student Life, and students who leave Centenary without giving notice (Administratively Withdrawn)
  • Student has left Centenary under a Leave of Absence, but the terms of the Leave of Absence have been broken.  This includes students who do not return to Centenary before the Leave of Absence expires, and students who attend another institution during their Leave of Absence
  • Student has been academically dismissed for not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students who attend another institution during their time away from Centenary must submit all transcripts with their application for readmission.

Students academically dismissed or on probation will need permission to return to the College from the Academic Review Board.

Admission Decisions

All applications to Centenary College are reviewed on a rolling basis. You should receive a decision approximately two to three weeks after your application and all required information is received.

Accepted students who wish to enroll are required to pay an enrollment deposit. This guarantees your placement and allows you to register for all classes.

Your admissions counselor will work with you to finalize your degree audit and help you select your classes for your first semester at Centenary.

If you are interested in living on campus, you should submit the housing request form as soon as possible after being admitted. You can complete the form online at tinyurl.com/CentHousing

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Admission Deadlines

Rolling Admission

  • All applications are evaluated on a rolling basis once all documents have been received.  
  • Decisions are typically released within 7-10 business days.  

To check on the status of your application, please contact the Admissions Office at 1-877-236-4723.