How Marymount elevates transfer students’ success

How Marymount elevates transfer students' success


Marymount University recognizes the integral role that transfer students play within its community. Their varied experiences, skills and perspectives enrich its academic environment in countless ways.

However, despite their immense value, transfer students often encounter unique challenges that can complicate their educational journey. Marymount is dedicated to helping these students overcome obstacles and equipping them for immediate and long-term success.

Comprehensive support systems for transfer students

Upon arrival at Marymount, transfer students will have access to many resources designed to make their transition as seamless and comfortable as possible. The University’s comprehensive onboarding process features specialized orientation programs, academic advising and peer mentoring from students who have successfully navigated the same experience. The ultimate goal is to ensure that transfer students feel supported in all aspects of their academic and social lives.

Tailored academic pathways

Marymount’s unique position — not all transfer students are created equal. Some come from two-year colleges, some from other four-year institutions and others may have non-traditional educational backgrounds. Marymount prides itself on offering academic pathways tailored to each student’s needs and aspirations. Whether it’s transferring credits, career counseling or mapping out a degree plan, Marymount has it covered.

Flexible course scheduling

Many transfer students need help to balance their academic pursuits with other responsibilities, such as jobs or family commitments. At Marymount, we understand that life can be unpredictable and busy. To support such students, we offer a range of flexible scheduling options, including evening classes, online courses and hybrid models. We aim to make higher education accessible to all, regardless of their circumstances.

Financial aid and scholarships for transfer students

Many transfer students face a significant financial challenge when pursuing their education. At Marymount, we take this issue seriously and offer various financial aid options, including scholarships and grants, to make education affordable for everyone. Our commitment to transfer students is evident in the provision of exclusive scholarships dedicated to them.

Marymount University transfer academic scholarships

Eligible full-time transfer applicants are automatically offered the highest scholarship they qualify for from the list below:

  • Academic Distinction Scholarship
  • Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • Saints Scholarship
  • Opportunity Scholarship

All four academic scholarships are renewable for up to four years of study, provided that the student maintains full-time enrollment (12+ credits) and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. To receive priority consideration for these awards, a student’s application for admission and supporting documents should be submitted by the published admissions priority date. Please note that students must be awarded, at most, one of these scholarships. These awards are all tuition-specific. For more information, please visit our Scholarships webpage, which also has details on scholarships for students with DACA and TPS status through TheDream.US.

Partnerships with community colleges

At Marymount, we prioritize the development of educational connections — instead of establishing barriers. Our collaborations with nearby community colleges forge a smooth pathway for students to transfer credits and even obtain associate degrees on the way to earning a Marymount bachelor’s degree. By embracing this cooperative strategy, we can reduce the burden of both time and financial resources while simultaneously providing students with the necessary preparation to tackle the academic hurdles they’ll face at Marymount.

Providing financial support is essential for transfer students. An example of such a partnership is with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). NOVA graduates can qualify for up to $25,500 in scholarships and grants per year before filing the FAFSA. Every transfer student is awarded a merit scholarship upon admission to Marymount. These awards range from $10,000 to $16,000 annually based on the student’s GPA.

NOVA students can only qualify for one of the following awards:

  • Students who graduate from NOVA with an associate’s degree will receive a $2,500 scholarship annually from Marymount.
  • Students with 30+ credit hours from NOVA who will not earn their associate’s degree before attending Marymount will receive a $1,500 scholarship annually.

If you’re a NOVA student interested in transferring to Marymount, make sure to attend our NOVA Transfer Day on Friday, September 29 from 10 am-3 pm! An exciting day planned specifically for NOVA students, you can take advantage of the chance to meet with Marymount advisors, connect with Marymount faculty, learn about scholarships and financial aid and start picturing yourself as a Saint!

A sense of community

Marymount offers a welcoming and inclusive environment for transfer students, encompassing more than just academic pursuits. The campus abounds with diverse clubs and organizations, and an array of on-campus events that offer plentiful opportunities for connecting with peers and fostering a sense of belonging. As a Marymount student, you can expect to be embraced as a valued member of a close-knit community that recognizes and applauds your journey and is dedicated to your success.

Final thoughts

At Marymount, we don’t just accept transfer students — we embrace them. We offer a range of tailored programs, financial support and a welcoming, inclusive community to make the transition as smooth and fulfilling as possible. We aim to equip every transfer student with a comprehensive skill set, valuable experiences and a strong sense of community that will serve them well in their future endeavors.

If you’re a transfer student seeking new opportunities, be sure to check out Marymount — we’re committed to elevating every student to their fullest potential. Join our community and experience the difference for yourself! Please feel free to share your thoughts or connect with Kyle Sauley, Assistant Director of Admissions, Dr. Louis Frisenda, Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Initiatives, or Sara Hedayat, Director of International Recruitment and Admissions, if you have any questions about transferring to Marymount.