Transfer Students

Steps to Transfer

Thank you for choosing FAU to continue your educational goals.  The College of Business has prepared the following information to ensure a smooth process for our students.

1: Requirements 2: Apply 3: Celebrate! 4: Activate Account
5: IFP  6: Register for Orientation 7: Check Holds 8: Attend Orientation
9: Parking 10: Owl Card 11: Final Transcripts 12: Appointment


Step 1: Review the requirements to declare a major in the College of Business.

Note that a math placement exam may be required if you are transferring without pre-business math courses completed. You may also utilize the Transfer Evaluation Services (TES) website to get an idea of transferrable courses.

Important Policies

Please review the following policies carefully regarding eligibility for College of Business programs.

Maximum Course Attempts
Transfer students who have not successfully completed a pre-business course within three attempts (at any institution, including W’s) are not eligible to declare a business major at FAU.  Once students transfer to FAU, courses may not be attempted more than twice.  The College of Business will not permit third or fourth attempts in any course.

Two Semesters to Declare
It is recommended that transfer students complete all of the requirements for declaring a major prior to starting at FAU.  Students who transfer with missing pre-requisites must be eligible to declare within two semesters of entering FAU.

Step 2: Complete the FAU admissions process.

  • Send all documentation as required by the Admissions Office.
  • For accurate academic advising, it is especially important that you submit all of the following educational records prior to orientation:
    • Official College/University Transcripts
      • From ALL colleges and universities you previously attended
    • Official score reports from any exams you may have completed for college credit, including but not limited to AP, CLEP, and DSST
    • Official high school transcript if you took two years of the same foreign language
      • This is one way of satisfying the Foreign Language Admissions Requirement, a necessary step to declare your College of Business major.  Failure to submit proof of foreign language will prohibit declaring any College of Business major.
    • AA Transfer Students Only
      • If you’ve earned an Associate in Arts (AA) degree from a Florida Public Institution, send in an official hard copy transcript to the FAU Admissions Office as proof of your earned AA degree. Please DO NOT send an electronic transcript as the proof of AA WILL NOT be indicated on it.

Step 3: Celebrate!

Congratulations!  Your acceptance letter contains information about your next steps to “Get Owl Done.”  Misplaced your letter?  The information can also be found on the accepted student’s webpage. The following steps highlight information that will be particularly useful in getting you ready to register for classes.

Step 4: Activate your MyFAU account.

Once logged in, you may apply for housing, accept financial aid awards, review course offerings, register for classes, check your email, complete your statement of responsibilities and receive FAU alerts. Your FAU Net ID can be found at the bottom of your acceptance letter. Please call the Help Desk at 561-297-3999 for assistance with your MyFAU account. Students should check their FAU email frequently.

Step 5:  Determine which courses you need to complete FAU’s Intellectual Foundation Program (IFP).

  • AA Transfer Students from Florida Public Institutions
    • Congratulations; sending a hard copy transcript with proof of your earned AA satisfies FAU’s IFP.
  • All Other Students

Step 6: Register for orientation.

You can contact the Office of New Student Orientation & Transfer Student Services at or 561-297-2733 if you have any questions prior to attending your orientation.  Please DO NOT contact the advising office to request full advising prior to attending orientation. We can only assist with general questions prior to orientation. You are not permitted to walk-in or make an appointment prior to orientation.

Step 7: Log into your MYFAU account to ensure that all holds have been released prior to orientation.

If you find that you have holds on your account that may prevent registration, please contact the office that placed the hold to inquire about how the clear it.

Step 8: Attend orientation and register for classes

Orientation is a full day event. It is divided into morning and afternoon sessions. You will meet with advisors in the College of Business in the afternoon session, generally from 1pm-4pm. The afternoon session consists of three parts:

  • A one-hour presentation in which College of Business advisors will review the New Transfer Registration Plan
  •  A short individual meeting with an advisor to discuss any questions you have about your individual registration plan
  • A “test drive” of the registration system during which you will register for one course via MyFAU Self-Service with the assistance of advisors in the registration lab

The Orientation Advising (OA) hold on your account will automatically be released prior to registering for those who attend on-campus orientation.

Students who intend to pursue a fully online program may attend Virtual Orientation and will need to schedule an in-person or phone advising appointment after which the hold can be released.

Once you have cleared all holds, completed orientation, and met with an advisor, you are ready to register for classes!

Step 9: Register your vehicle with Parking and Transportation Services.

Step 10: Visit the Owl Card Center to obtain your student ID.

Step 11: Send all final official transcripts to Undergraduate Admissions.

Your acceptance to FAU is tentative based on the quality of your academic record at the time your file was reviewed. It is required that students submit all official final transcripts to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before the first day of classes in order to avoid any future registration holds. Final admission determinations are based on your final high school and/or college transcripts.

Step 12: Make an appointment with an academic advisor 6-8 weeks after orientation for additional advising.

An academic advisor can help you better understand your current credits and how they apply to your chosen program so you can complete your degree in a timely manner and plan ahead. Advisors will provide course recommendations, registration assistance, and resources.

Getting your courses preapproved ensures that the credits you earn will apply to your degree and eliminates the possibility of taking a course for credits you have already completed and fulfilled.  It recommended that you:

  • Review your major program sheet.
  • Review your DARs.
  • Review the catalog.
  • Familiarize yourself with the University’s course options and methods for earning credit.   

To make the transfer process as smooth as possible, follow your step by step transfer guide, and meet with an academic advisor every semester!