Transfer Center

Hello and welcome to the University of South Alabama Transfer Center Website! 

We are so glad you are considering USA as your transfer destination. South Alabama provides a small college feel, but showcases a full college experience and we want you to connect and be apart of the Jaguar Family here on the beautiful Gulf Coast.

Transferring can be exciting or stressful (or both!) and we are here to make it as seamless as possible. Check out our Transfer Team to address any specific questions you might have regarding your application, the cost of attending USA, scholarships, class advising, and more!

If you have any immediate questions, please call us!

We look forward to meeting you and supporting you in reaching your academic goals.

Birmingham-Southern Students

USA is here to support you and your transfer during this time. For information specific to BSC students, please go to our BSC Transfer Website.

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Upcoming Events we hope to see you at!

Week of Welcome: Transfer T-Shirt Swap - Tuesday, Aug. 27th 8:30am-12:00pm Student Center Lobby (2nd floor by the food court)
Bring one t-shirt from your previous institution and swap it for a new USA shirt.

National Transfer Week - October 2024


▼   Application Deadlines
Semester of Entry Priority Deadline
Fall (August) July 15
Spring (January) December 1
Summer (June) May 1
▼   Application Fee

If you prefer to mail in your application, print out the application form, fill it out and mail it to:

USA Office of Admissions
2500 Meisler Hall
390 Student Center Circle
Mobile, AL 36688-0002

The undergraduate application fee of $35.00 is valid for one year. If you have paid an undergraduate application fee within the past year, you may request to update your undergraduate application to a different term. This will help you avoid paying another application processing fee. To request your application be updated, please complete the Change of Entry Term Request Form.

▼   Transfer Admission Requirements

Transfer applicants have attended another college or university after high school graduation and earned 12 credit hours or more.

Required Official Documents: An official transcript from each college or university attended. (If the student has earned less than 30 semester or 40 quarter hours, then an official high school transcript is required. If the student graduated from high school less than five years prior to matriculation at USA or is not at least 23 years of age, then ACT or SAT scores are required in addition to the high school transcript).

Academic Requirements: Minimum cumulative grade-point average of 
2.0 is required for unconditional admission (GPA used is that which is computed by USA Admissions). Students must be eligible to re-enroll at the last institution attended. 

Applicants who have earned college credits, but fewer than 30 semester hours, must also satisfy freshman admission requirements.

▼   Admitted Student Checklist

Top Priority

  • Activate your JagNet Student Account at
  • Login to your JagMail and PAWS (Personal Access Web System) accounts
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid for financial aid at
    (FAFSA opens in December). Visit the USA One Stop Financial Resources
    page at
  •  If you plan to live on campus, apply for USA Housing at and pay deposit.
  • Register for Southbound, your New Student Orientation, and pay the fee in your admissions portal. Visit for more information.
    • Summer and Fall orientation registration opens in January.
    • Spring orientation registration opens in November.
  • Submit immunization information and records through the Student Health Web
    Portal at Please contact the Student Health Center at 251-460-7151, if you need assistance.
  • Request final official transcript(s) be submitted to South, if you have not yet
    done so.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to register for courses in PAWS. Your advisor
    will contact you for an appointment after you register for orientation. Some
    students may be required to take a placement test.
  • Attend your scheduled orientation.
  • After semester billing posts to your student account, pay tuition or set up a payment plan via PAWS. See for
    additional information.
  • Order your textbooks and other materials for classes as required.


Strongly Encouraged

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▼   How does my credit transfer?

The University of South Alabama transfer credit policy is designed to facilitate the transfer of students and their coursework from one college or university to another, assure the maximum utilization of work accomplished at another institution, and encourage students to advance toward graduation in four years.

The University of South Alabama accepts transfer work from regionally accredited post-secondary institutions. Incoming transfer coursework will be evaluated against the University of South Alabama bulletin in effect for the semester and year in which the student enrolls at the University. A University of South Alabama equivalent course, disciplinary elective or general elective will be assigned based on comparability of the course content.

Use our interactive tool, the Transfer Evaluation System (TES) to  assess which credits may transfer to USA. It is important to keep in mind that the TES is an unofficial course evaluation. USA will make an official determination of transfer credit acceptance after you are admitted to the university and official transcripts for all of your previously completed coursework have been received. 

You can also use the Alabama Transfers guides to determine what classes may transfer to USA.

Additional Resources:

▼   Orientation

All new students must attend Transfer Orientation. We offer virtual and in-person experiences. Orientation will present you with information on the resources available to you at the University of South Alabama.

Those who need to attend Transfer Orientation:

  • if you're transferring from another institution to complete your degree
  • if you are 23 years of age or older and have not yet attended college
  • if you are seeking a second bachelor’s degree

Those who do not attend Transfer Orientation:

  • Transient and non-degree seeking students are not required to attend orientation, but can opt to do so
  • First-year freshmen (under the age of 23) should register for a Freshman Orientation session

Once you've registered for Orientation, your name will appear on our Advising Dashboard and you will be contacted to schedule your advising and class registration appointment. All communications will go to your South Alabama email. To learn more about when class registration opens for new students, please review USA's Academic Calendar.

▼   Reverse Transfer

Alabama Community Colleges

The University of South Alabama is a participant in the Reverse Transfer system with the National Student Clearinghouse. Reverse Transfer is for students who transferred to the University of South Alabama from a two-year institution prior to completing an Associate’s degree. The University of South Alabama credits are transferred back to the two-year institution for evaluation and determination of eligibility for an Associate’s degree. 

Incoming students consent to the transmission of their University of South Alabama record during the transfer admission application process. 

Not all two-year institutions participate in Reverse Transfer; however, many do such as those in the Alabama Community College system. It is solely the responsibility of the two-year institution to evaluate the student’s record and determine the student’s eligibility for the Associate’s degree. Students should contact the two-year institution directly with questions regarding eligibility, award dates, deadlines for receipt of degree, any associated fees, etc.

Other Partnerships

The University of South Alabama has Reverse Transfer agreements with Bishop State College, Coastal Alabama Community College, Jones College, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Northwest Florida State College and Pensacola State College.

Students who have questions about Reverse Transfer should contact the Office of the Registrar.

▼   Student Handbook: The Lowdown

"A joint publication of Student Government Association and Division of Student Affairs."

The Mission: "The University of South Alabama, with a global reach and special focus on the Gulf Coast, strives to make a difference in the lives of those it serves through promoting discovery, health, and learning."

Click to access the student handbook, known as "The Lowdown."



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