Required Credit Hours for Transfer Consideration

Depending on the quality of previous academic experience, some transfer applicants may need to complete up to 24 grade credit hours of college-level coursework (not remedial or developmental) before applying to Purdue. Below are guidelines you can use to determine how many credit hours you may need. You all must meet all other transfer criteria.


Students who were denied to Purdue as freshman applicants for a previous term
  • Must have at least 24 graded credit hours if you’re applying to the same major to which you were denied as a freshman.

  • Must have at least 12 graded credit hours if you're applying to program different* than the one to which you were denied as a freshman. 

*If admission to the different program is equally or more competitive than the one to which you were denied as a freshman, you also may need 24 credit hours. If you aren't sure, contact the Office of Admissions prior to applying.


Students who have never been denied admission to Purdue

If you have never been denied admission to Purdue, you may apply as a transfer student with as little as 0 graded credit hours. We will evaluate your application based on your previous academic performance (high school, SAT/ACT and any completed college courses). If you're enrolled in college at the time you apply, and are admitted, the admission offer will be probationary. This means you must provide a final transcript to confirm you completed the coursework and that you still meet Purdue transfer GPA and course requirements for the major to which you were admitted.

  • Transfer Students

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