Transfer Students

At SMFA, we value students who come from a variety of educational and experiential backgrounds. 

Because we offer a flexible studio curriculum and do not require a foundation year in our interdisciplinary BFA, we are uniquely poised to welcome transfer students at varying levels. 

Admitted transfer applicants to the BFA and Combined Degree BFA + BA/BS program will receive a preliminary evaluation of transferrable credit immediately following their admissions decision. 

While there are limits to the amount of credit a transfer student can receive within a given academic distribution area we are generally able to grant credit for the maximum number of transferrable studio courses. 

For questions regarding the transfer of credit, contact an SMFA admissions officer at 617-627-0077. 


Students interested in both the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and 5-year Combined Degree BFA + BA/BS apply directly through Tufts University using the Common Application. Everything that students need to apply, including the Tufts Writing Supplement, is hosted on the Common Application website. Tufts University only accepts transfer applicants to these programs for the fall semester. 

Application requirements: (Indicate on your application if you are applying to the BFA or Combined BFA + BA/BS degree program)

  • Completed Common Application. This application includes the Transfer Application, College Report, Academic Evaluation, Application fee, and Extracurricular Activities. 

  • Extracurricular Activities. Use this section to tell us about any extracurricular involvement. In addition, SMFA at Tufts seeks students who are engaged in art-making; share the ways in which you share your work with the world or access opportunities to try new media. If you have shown your work in your school or at a local gallery, taken continuing education classes, or participated in an artist residency program, tell us about it.

  • Tufts Writing Supplement. All applicants to Tufts must respond to two supplemental prompts. For BFA and Combined Degree BFA + BA/BS applicants, the second prompt will ask you to reflect specifically on your art practice. If you want to get a head start on your supplemental responses, you can view all Essay Questions on the Tufts Undergraduate Admissions site.

  • All secondary school transcripts.

  • Official college transcripts.

  • College Course Descriptions. These may be copies from your college catalogue.

  • List of courses in progress on Transfer College Report.

  • Transfer Mid-Term Report

  • Either SAT or ACT scores. We will accept self-reported testing on the Common Application when students are applying. Students who are admitted and choose to enroll at Tufts will be required to send their official scores.

  • Visual art portfolio. You must submit 15-20 images and/or up to 10 minutes of time-based work. More information on the portfolio requirement below. 

More details on the Tufts application requirements and deadlines for transfer students, as well as Frequently Asked Questions, are available on the Tufts Undergraduate Admissions site.


All applications to the BFA and Combined Degree BFA + BA/BS programs are required to submit a visual art portfolio. At SMFA, the development of ideational and technical skills requires that students explore by working across media—addressing issues in contemporary art, art history, and the liberal arts.

The ideal portfolio will demonstrate your conceptual development, while highlighting your technical abilities. We encourage you to submit work that you believe to be the strongest representation of your skills and experiences to date, regardless of medium. 

Submit 15-20 images of recent work and/or up to 10 minutes of time-based work.

Allowed Media Types:

  • Images (up to 10MB each)
  • Video (up to 500MB each)
  • Audio (up to 60MB each)
  • PDFs (up to 20MB each)
  • 3D Models
  • External media from YouTube, Vimeo, and SoundCloud

How to submit:
On the Common Application, you must indicate your plans to submit a portfolio as part of the Tufts application questions. You will see a link to submit your portfolio through SlideRoom at the end of the application.  Note: There is a $12 charge to submit your portfolio through SlideRoom. 

Important Dates

Transfer Application and Portfolio Deadline: March 15th 

Transfer Admissions Decision Notification occurs on a rolling basis.

Financial Aid

Tufts University is proud to meet 100% of the full demonstrated need of all admitted students, for their entire Tufts career. 

Each year, Tufts awards more than $86 million in need-based financial aid. We are serious about making sure that all admitted students can afford a Tufts education. Our financial aid is awarded on the basis of financial need, as determined through the analysis of family resources on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, and family tax returns. For DACA and undocumented students, more information on applying for financial aid as a Transfer Student is available on the Tufts Undergraduate Admissions site.

Financial aid packages may be comprised of a combination of grants, loans, and work study. Grants are awards that do not have to be repaid. Tufts grants are by far the largest source of grant aid received by Tufts undergraduate students, though students also receive grant funds from federal and state programs.

Admitted students with total family incomes of less than $60,000 will typically receive a financial aid package that includes no student loans; their full need will be met with grant funds and work study. All other financial aid recipients receive student loans as a part of their financial aid package. The standard freshman loan amount is $5,000, but individual loan amounts may range from $500 to $7,000 (maximum). No interest accrues on these loans and no payments are due until after the student graduates or leaves school. Financial aid recipients are usually also offered work study of up to $2000 per year. 

Visit the Tufts Undergraduate Admissions site to learn more about applying for aid and tuition & fees.


The SMFA at Tufts Admissions Office is located on the Fenway Campus at:

230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

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