From its inception in 2014, the Transfer Honors Program (THP) has been devoted to cultivating the scholarly potential of talented transfer students. The program recognizes that transfer students contribute to the Queens College community by bringing not only the academic rigor of their work at their first colleges but also a wealth of life-experience that is distinct from that of traditional four-year college students.

In order to help our students to maintain scholarly momentum from their first colleges, to embark on high-level, individualized research, and to ask the big questions that they want to ask of their respective fields, the THP offers financial and academic support to its members. Students receive scholarships at two levels, half tuition and full tuition (NY resident tuition rate), for the four-semester duration of their studies at Queens College. And we provide dedicated academic advising, early registration for courses, and priority consideration for competitive majors and honors programs.

Learn More About The Transfer Honors Program Here

 The application  for the Fall 2024 cohort is open!

The priority deadline for Fall 2024 is May 1. Applying by the priority deadline will give you the best chance for a higher scholarship amount, but we will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after that date until the cohort is full.

Save the date! Our Open House and Information Session will be held on April 5, 2024.

Current QC Transfer Honors Program students and staff will be on hand to answer your questions about the Transfer Honors Program!


Application Opens

Spring Entry: October 15
Fall Entry: March 15


Priority Deadlines

Spring Entry: December 1
Fall Entry: May 1

Applications received after this date will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Program Email:

Office: Honors Hall Room 16

Phone: 718-997-5519

Dr. Lori Yamato
Program Director
Lecturer, Comparative Literature

Lisa Chan
Program Assistant

Application FAQ's

Am I eligible for the Transfer Honors Program?

  • You have completed at least 60 credits towards an associate’s or bachelor’s degree at another accredited college/university but have not obtained a bachelor’s degree.
  • You have a 3.5 GPA or higher.
  • You will be attending Queens College.
  • You are not a current Queens College student.

Whom should I ask for a letter of recommendation?

  • We recommend asking a former professor who has taught a subject related to the major you will pursue at Queens College.
  • Someone who can speak to your academic or research track record and potential.

What should I submit for my writing sample?

  • A paper you have written in a course related to a major you will pursue at Queens College.
  • A paper you have written in a humanities or social science related course.
  • Research papers or analyses rather than personal reflections.

How long should my writing sample be?

  • Approximately 4-7 pages.
  • Please don’t send us a book or a one page paper.

What are you looking for in a writing sample?

  • Analytical and critical thinking ability.
  • Evidence of original thought and/or passion.
  • Readability and clarity.

Can I send materials other than a paper?

  • We will still need a writing sample. However, we are happy to consider additional materials such as: art portfolios, science posters, resumes, sound/video files, photography.

If I already submitted a transcript to the Admissions Office, do I need to submit a separate transcript with my Transfer Honors Program application?

  • Yes. The Transfer Honors Program operates separately from the Undergraduate Admissions Office.

Do I need to send an official transcript?

  • If you are transferring from another CUNY school, you may submit an unofficial transcript.
  • If you are transferring from a non-CUNY school, please have the registrar email us an official transcript.