Applying as a Transfer Student  

Transfer students come to Purdue from all different universities and community colleges* – bringing rich diversity and powerful perspectives. Our aim is to make the transfer process user-friendly and our orientation programs welcoming so you’ll feel at home from the moment you arrive on campus.

Use the resources on this page to understand transfer-specific admission requirements and deadlines.

  1. At Purdue, students apply for admission to specific majors. To be considered, you must meet the minimum GPA and any specific course requirements for the major you want. 

  2. You must have completed Purdue's minimum high school course requirements (in addition to the transfer criteria mentioned in item No. 1). You can make up for high school course deficiencies with college-level coursework. (One semester of college coursework is equivalent to two high school semesters.)

  3. Some transfer applicants may need to complete at least 12 to 24 semester credit hours of college-level coursework (not remedial or developmental) before their application will be considered. The number of credit hours required will depend on the quality of previous academic credentials (high school transcript, ACT or SAT test scores, for example) and whether the student has been denied admission to Purdue for a previous term. Learn more about how many college credit hours you may need before applying to Purdue.

  4. You must provide an SAT or ACT test score (with writing) unless you have completed at least 24 credit hours of college-level coursework (not remedial or developmental) or have been out of high school for at least five years. Scores must be sent electronically, from the testing agency.

  5. There are specific application deadlines for transfer students.

  6. Admission to individual majors may close at any time. Before submitting your application, check the current closed programs list.

  7. The major or college to which you are admitted will determine how your previous college credit will be applied within your plan of study at Purdue. You may use our online Transfer Credit Course Equivalency Guide along with the plan of study for your desired major to assess how previous college credit may transfer. After admission, you'll receive a credit evaluation report that lists how your credit transfers. See our Transferring Credit to Purdue page for additional transfer credit information, including AP and IB credit. 

  8. The transfer application for spring enrollment (term that begins in January) becomes available on Aug. 1. For summer or fall enrollment, the transfer application becomes available on Jan. 1.

  9. After submitting an application, you must provide final transcripts from all college coursework you have completed (any university, not just the most recent). Failure to do so may result in admission denial or enrollment cancellation.

  10. Students who have been out of high school for at least five years and whose high school record is significantly deficient (poor grades or missing many of Purdue’s high school course requirements) may use Purdue's community college roadmap to prepare for admission to Purdue as college transfer students.

*Purdue encourages applicants from the American Honors program. 

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